“Music was my first love. And it would be my last “- with the song” Music “the Briton John Miles landed in 1976 a world hit that goes to the heart to this day when he is played on the radio. The right passion for music of course wants to be maintained – with gadgets for real music nerds.
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The best of both worlds: retro and modern are in the Gramovox Gramophone club. The hand-crafted speakers in minimalist design – there are only two ports (3.5 mm stereo and micro USB) and a button (off / on) – are delivered with a noble wooden base.
The most important thing: It has arrived in modern times and plays together with Bluetooth devices. You can connect the very warm but not overly loud speaker to any smartphone or tablet so that streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and Co. deliver the right audio output through the horn.
Once charged, the Gramophone battery lasts up to 12 hours. And you do not take a risk when you buy: The manufacturer provides a 60-day money back guarantee. The only downside: with about 100 euros very high shipping costs from overseas to Europe (280 dollars).
Marshall Kilburn II
The company Marshall stood for many years for technically high-quality bass and guitar amplifiers, put on the music greats such as Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Jimi Hendrix or Jeff Beck. Later, established bands such as Deep Purple or Led Zeppelin in Europe, the typical Marshall sound. Gradually, the collection was enlarged and also oriented towards the consumer sector.
The superbly crafted speakers are reminiscent of the original amplifiers that have conquered the music world since the 1960s. They are not only portable, but also full of sound at the height of time. Marshall is still the world’s leading manufacturer of guitar amplifiers, but music lovers who do not themselves play an instrument have long enjoyed their cool looks and crisp sound.
The Bluetooth 5.0-capable Kilburn II makes the right amount of pressure, is excellently processed and allows you to individually adjust the highs and lows using the typical marshal dial on the top. On the device itself, however, the music can not be paused. This is done via the free smartphone app from Marshall. The battery provides up to 20 hours of playtime. The Kilburn II is robust and therefore with only three kilos in weight also suitable for outdoor use (299 euros).
beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro
Good headphones do not always have to be expensive. Although the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II (with Amazon Alexa, wireless / about 300 euros) and the Bowers & Wilkins PX (wireless / around 390 euros) are still in a different league, but with the beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro we have a very reasonably priced one Headphones powerfully baffled in our tests. The over-ear studio headphone dispenses with the option of listening to music wirelessly, but the cable-boundness did not bother at all.
In addition to the very clear and surprisingly precise sound scores beyerdynamic also by the comfort thanks to pleasant ear pads. Noice canceling worked well. And the workmanship for this price is very high quality: The cables are made of aluminum, the brackets made of spring steel and the cables extra reinforced.
Surprise: In the on-line trade (for example amazon.de) there was the beyerdynamic last around 70 euro. Regular and absolutely fair selling price: 99 euros. A true all-rounder, which will also satisfy Podcaster in the recording.
hardwrk AirPods Case
The AirPods are currently the largest revenue drivers in Apple’s aftermarket business, analysts say. In the spring of 2019, a revised second version is expected, in 2020, it is speculated, Apple will then also present a new look. The widespread in-ears actually only have one big drawback at the moment (apart from the fact that they do not hide the surrounding noises): they can not be charged wirelessly. Not officially.
On Kickstarter, numerous startups are currently trying on a wireless solution, as Apple has still not released its long-promised AirPower station. The German provider hardwrk is already one step ahead with its wireless charging case for the AirPods.
Clever: When the AirPods are plugged into the hardwrk case, which has a built-in Lightning connector inside, it allows the coil in the cover to allow the AirPods case to receive power from any Qi-enabled charger wirelessly. A cheap retrofit option. To start the price was 24.90 euros, currently there is the hardwrk case for 19.90 euros.
Devialet Phantom Reactor
For many testers the Phantom Speaker from the devialet forge delivers “the best sound in the world”. However, this attribute also has its price. Depending on the equipment, up to 2600 Euros are required for the speaker in the extravagant design. Very fancy, very audiophile, very expensive.
Since many users have requested a cheaper version, Devialet has now responded and brings with the little brother Devialet Phantom Reactor in this month a not so expensive option in the shops. Let’s start with the Reactor with 600 watts, a 900-watt version is also provided. The music can be played back via Spotify Connect, Bluetooth and AirPlay – AirPlay 2, the new standard, should also be supported “soon” (from 990 to 1290 euros).
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