Rhythm & Bluetooth
By Michael Benninger
The proliferation of smartphones and streaming music services makes it a great time to be a music lover. And thanks to the ease of Bluetooth technology, transmitting favorite tracks stations and playlists wirelessly is just a click (or a tap) away, even in the shower.
(a.) HEAD HONCHO
($99)JLab OMNI Headphones, jlabaudio.com
Oceanside-based JLab Audio engineered these high-quality cans to provide immersive sound. Listen to 10 hours of tunes between charges and use the integrated mic to make calls and speak with Siri. The wireless headphones feature LEDs, a brushed-metal finish and a slick volume/track wheel.
(b.) SUDS AND SOUNDS
($199)Kohler Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker, available at Home Depot and kohler.com
Rub-a-dub dubstep with the new Moxie showerhead from Kohler. This high-tech showerhead lets bathers stream songs while scrubbing, thanks to an integrated and removable Bluetooth speaker. Microphone not included, so stick with singing into the shampoo bottle.
(c.) BEST BUDS
(pre-order for $216)Earin, earin.se
Say “so long” to tangled wires with this game-changing new audio accessory, crowd-funded on Kickstarter. Earin offers the world’s smallest, 100-percent-wireless earbuds made with music lovers in mind. This tiny twosome delivers three hours of tunes at a time and recharges inside its pocket-sized storage capsule.
(d.) WHEN IN DOME
($399)Harman Kardon Aura, available at the Apple Store and harmankardon.com
At first glance, the Harman Kardon Aura might look like a kitchen appliance, but this high-end hi-fi sound-system promises to fill any space with lush, omnidirectional, distortion-free music. Aside from Bluetooth, the Aura also plays nice with Apple AirPlay and DLNA technology.
(e.) IN FULL BOOM
($199)Logitech UE Boom, available at Best Buy and ultimateears.com
This portable Bluetooth speaker promises crystal- clear vocals and rich, bassy beats. Fifteen hours of nonstop playtime guarantee to keep the good times rolling into the wee hours. Connect two Booms together to create a stereophonic experience.
(f.) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
($49)iCarta 2 Toilet Paper Holder, amazon.com
When nature calls, answer the phone on the throne with this device that gives new meaning to crappy music. The iCarta 2 Toilet Paper Holder is a ready-to-rock dispenser with Bluetooth connectivity, four full-range speakers and a dedicated iPhone dock for when both hands are in use.
(g.) ROUGH RIDER
($199)Fugoo Sport, fugoo.com
The rubberized Fugoo Sport speaker is durable and, despite its small size, packs a serious audio punch. Able to withstand mud, snow, water and shock, it’s beach-ready and boasts a 40-hour battery life. Full Siri/Google integration allows for interaction with smartphones, even when they’re out of reach. The versatile mounting socket makes it a good fit for everything from beach cruisers to high-end action sports equipment.
(h.) STREAM CATCHER
($99)Grace Digital 3Play Receiver, available at Walmart and gracedigital.com
This digital doohickey, which hooks up to any home stereo, car stereo or powered speakers, gives up to three users streaming access at the same time. Pressing play on any one of the three paired devices pauses the current track and lets the next DJ take over the party.
(i.) MIX VAPE
Bluetooth E-Cigarette, supersmokerbluetooth.com
Holy smokes! For the e-cig aficionado who has it all comes the Supersmoker Bluetooth, a smartphone-friendly vape pen. This multi- functioning puff piece streams songs from paired devices and has a built- in mic that lets users take phone calls between exhales.
(j.) BOOGIE LIGHTS
AwoX StriimLIGHT, awox.com
With a long-lasting LED bulb and integrated Bluetooth speaker, the energy-efficient AwoX StriimLIGHT offers an illuminating music experience. It fits in any standard bulb fixture and comes with a remote control to dim the lights and crank the volume.
(k.) AMP’D UP
($399)Line 6 Amplifi Guitar Amp/Speaker, available at Guitar Center and line6.com
Perfect for practicing, performing and partying, the Amplifi Guitar Amp/Speaker rocks the house with five full-range speakers and sonic supremacy that regular amps can’t come compete with. A robust mobile app rounds out the offering, making Amplifi the cool new way to jam.