Audiophiles from all genres of music-appreciation voted in our Readers’ Choice 2014 awards, and named the top audio gadget that did all the golden ears justification.
Is it the Singapore-born Creative Roar or the X-mini Clear that you chose? Or is it another audio gadget that’s known to be a more global name – such as the B&O BeoLab 17, Pioneer DDJ-WEGO3, or Sony MDR-Z7? Enough of the suspense, here's what's top of the pops for you.
B&O BeoLab 17
Bang & Olufsen has promised to deliver "Immaculate Wireless Sound" with its B&O BeoLab 17 speakers and sub. It may look as bonkers as ever but the speaker brings about all kinds of auralsome. It uses the 5.2-5.8 GHz wireless range and is one of the first speakers with the WISA wireless standard (which supports hi-res 24-bit, 96KHz audio).
The Creative Roar is a portable bluetooth speaker that represents everything that’s heading in the right direction for Creative since its fall from grace almost a decade ago. And going by what’s mentioned in the industry about this audio tool, the Creative Roar is probably one of the high-performance portable speakers you should part with your cash for.
The Pioneer DDJ-WEGO3 gets you all deejay-ed up and ready to go. The stylish tactile DJ console is made from an aluminium top plate, is portable and provides an authentic mixing and scratching experience. And its Spotify and iTunes integration may impress more than just a few.
The Sony MDR-Z7 marks Sony’s flagship high-resolution audio headset. It’s got class, it’s got style, and most importantly, it boasts high-resolution audio. It’s got a 70mm HD driver unit that completely covers your ear, meaning it’s got massive ear cups, so you’ll get to hear all of the deep lows and limpid highs.
Check out this sexy back – and get your head out of the gutter, we’re talking about the X-mini Clear. Commemorating X-mini’s 49th birthday, this 49th product of the company may be partially transparent from its rear but comes with a custom 2.1 audio system and a 70mm active long-throw subwoofer that is enhanced with 3-mode mood lighting.