Bowers & Wilkins T7


British hi-fi experts Bowers & Wilkins take on the Jamboxes of the world with their new entry into the Bluetooth speaker market, the T7. The first thing you'll notice about the T7 is the unique honeycomb design that surrounds the main speaker unit. That's not just for looks, that "Micro Matrix" reduces vibration and distortion to give you the best sound possible.

Inside the speaker unit is a set of twin bass radiators to allow for well-rounded lows and two 50mm drive units pump out big sound from its small footprint. You also get a high quality DACs and custom DSPs for crystal clear audio at high volumes and the rechargeable lithium ion battery will keep your music going for up to 18 hours.

$349, Bowers & Wilkins

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Sony SBH60 Bluetooth Headset


Anyone who's ever owned a Walkman will feel a bit of nostalgia when they see the SBH60 headphones from Sony. The retro-inspired cans are a 21st century update complete with Bluetooth audio streaming in a beautiful, low-profile design.

The headphones pack a bit of punch for such a compact design. They not only feature Bluetooth streaming and NFC, but can last up to 13 hours on a single charge for both music streaming and phone calls. The SBH60s are compatible with any A2DP compatible device and has a standard 3.5mm plug for tethered listening.


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Alpine Headphones


Mostly known for their car audio products Alpine branches out into a segment dominated by Beats by Dre with their own set of bass-heavy headphones. What's unique about Alpine's pair is the ability to connect to an app via Bluetooth to change the sound profile of your headphones. They've also created what they call "Full Frequency Immersion technology" that is designed to replicate the feel of live music in your headphones.

The Alpines are powered by a set of twin drivers and amplifiers and integrated DSPs. The Level App that works alongside the headphones not only customizes the EQ, but also scans your music and sorts and organizes playlists to your liking.

$299, Alpine

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Denon AH-MM400


Hitting shelves this winter, Denon is releasing a new collection of premium headphones and at the top of the range is their new AH-MM400, a closed headphone with a newly-developed 40mm driver and a high-end, premium wooden earcup design.

The new 40mm drivers have a wide frequency range of 10Hz ~ 40kHz which can also be tuned with a companion app and the wooden housing is crafted from American walnut. The headphones are slated to release early in December and a North American release should follow shortly.


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Shure SRH144/145


Shure's new SRH144/145 will be music to your ears if you've been looking for a solid pair of headphones that don't break the bank. The headphones come in two models for two styles of listening. The 145 features a closed-back design for deeper bass and the 144s have a semi-open design for enhanced frequency response and a more natural sound.

Both headphones also features a collapsible design for easy portability and on-the-go storage and if you're bag is filled with iOS devices they also have the 145m+ that combines their bass-specific model with three button remote/mic for calls and music/video navigation.

$39-$49, Shure

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Phiaton BT 220 NC


Phiaton designed the BT 220 NC to be the only headphone you'll ever need. They pack all the essential features you would want in 2014 and more. Whether you pack them for travel or for casual listening, these will surely become a part of your everyday carry.

The headphones feature the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology for wireless connectivity and low power requirements. This allows playback for up to 16 hours and standby time of up to 500 hours. You also get noise canceling that blocks up to 95% of environment noise, 14mm drivers, and NFC technology for instant and easy device pairing.


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Linn Akurate Exakt System Akudorik


Scottish hi-fi experts Linn announce the latest in their Akurate Exakt System line, the Akudorik. Consisting of their new Akudorik speakers and the Akurate Exakt DSM, the compact system aims to best larger and more expensive setups in a reasonably-sized footprint.

The Akudoriks are 4-way speakers that integrates 4 x 100W amplifiers into the stands and Linn's Exakt Engine to ensure that you're getting the best performance out of each speaker. The company's 3K driver array handles the mid to high frequency range while a bass drive unit and a rear firing port is designed to use more air for enhanced lows.


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Libratone Diva


Soundbars are convenient, but odds are you would rather hide it than have it sitting under your TV. That isn't the case with Libratone's DIVA, their speakers are designed like furniture pieces and their newest model is definitely one you would proudly have on full display.

The speaker features the brand's 360-degree "FullRoom" sound that has a toal of 225W of power that includes a powerful bass driver, two midrange drivers, and two tweeters. It features AirPlay and DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, NFC for easy pairing, and Spotify Connect.


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The Return of Technics


One of the most important names in audio is making a big comeback next year and this time they're taking it back to their roots, focusing squarely on the hi-fi products that put the company on the map. Technics will relaunch with two lines: an ultra high-end reference audio line and a new premium line of audio products.

The R1 Series, Technics' flagship line will feature three products: a stereo amplifier with their JENO (Jitter Elimination and Noise-shaping Optimisation) digital engine, a noise minimizing Network Audio Control Player, and their floorstanding SB-R1 speakers. Below the R1 Series is the C700 line which will also feature an amp, network audio player, speakers, and for those of you who still can't let go of their discs, they will also have a premium compact disc player.


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Sennheiser Urbanite


One of the biggest problems of most headphones that focuses their sound on the low-end is that you lose a bit of clarity and find that your sound becomes distorted and muddled. Sennheiser plans to change that with their new Urbanite, a bass-heavy headphone that keeps your sound quality in check without distortion.

Attention was also paid to the build quality of headphones with stainless steel hinges and an aluminum slider for a design that will hold up well over time. There's also a three button mic for controls and phone calls and the folding design keeps it compact for storage.

$199, Sennheiser

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