If you use a pair of portable headphones, or even budget headphones, you could probably do with a decent amplifier. But if your favorite way of listening involves music on the go, it’s got to go with you. This week, we’re looking at portable headphone amps, based on your recommendations.
Bluetooth speakers tend to trade sound quality for a compact form factor and portability—but not this monstrosity. Looking like a contraption you'd find in Willy Wonka's factory, this vacuum tube amp promises to vastly improve the sound of music streaming from your mobile device.
It's late afternoon on a Friday, which means we're all thinking about our weekend plans. That might mean a party, but what's a party without a little music? The attractive Timbre Amplifier is just the ticket for your shindig's soundtrack, and you don't have to worry about charging it.
Wirelessly streaming music around your house is great, but for audiophiles, the middling audio components in wireless devices are a drag. But if those devices output a digital signal, you can bypass those components and let a device like NuForce's Dia handle the audio processing.
Audiophiles love tube amps because of the warm, full sound they provide. But the vacuum tubes wear out, and generally requires a specialized, increasingly rare, technician to diagnose which ones are bad. High-end audio manufacturer McIntosh say their redesigned MC275 tube amp remedies part of that problem.
A five-year-old surround-sound receiver has all the appeal of a five-year-old banana. But a five-year-old (or even 25-year-old) stereo amplifier might sound and perform every bit as good as one built last month. Much stereo equipment is timeless, which is why so many audio enthusiasts are getting back into vintage gear
Ikea serves a purpose, sure, but I hate buying furniture out of necessity. More thought should go into your surroundings—but if you really can't part with the Scandinavian furniture, at least consider Mykea's fun decals.
Danger! There's a '60s British rock vibe lurking 'round Gabriel Sound Garage's Stinger amp, and I know some people won't like that. Never fear, however—just turn the knob to the "Yank" setting and let the tunes floooow.
This is one beautiful amplifier—it's just a shame it's not real. Designer Edouard Urcadez "borrowed" the Fiskars branding to come up trumps with this "88" amplifier concept. There's no point dwelling on the purported specs of it when it doesn't exist beyond our computer screens, but hot damn I want it in my living…
This is Bongue, a music amplifier designed by Studio Toer. It certainly doesn't look like any amp I've ever seen. And this video of it in all its kinetic glory isn't doing much to clear things up.
Straight from California comes one of the sleekest headphones amps I've seen. I could just leave you to gaze at its two fiery eyes—sorry, tubes—but what sort of tech site would we be if we didn't discuss specs?
The Phonofone III, like the Phonofone II before it, pumps tunes from your iPhone at 60dB without having to be plugged in to any outlet. Yup. It's just big beautiful acoustic amplification.
One of the simplest gadgets ever is also one of my favorites. I'm talking about Griffin's original AirCurve, the acoustically-shaped amplifier that docks and increases the iPod/iPhone's volume. It's now been updated for iPhone 4s, increasing music 10dB louder.
How long did it take you to set up your audio system? Dick Burwen's been at his for 48 years—and he still isn't finished.
Following up on a 2007 world record for the fastest transistor speed, Northrop Grumman announced today that it has shattered the world record for integrated circuit performance, nearing one terahertz.
Most amplifiers are black. Inconspicuous. But not Orange. The designers saw legions of muted amplifiers on the market in 1968 and went, well, really orange. As for this new Thunder 30, it may be just as loud as the color.