Speakers Headphones

Portable Magnetic Speaker

Hrm, I wonder if this Portable Magnetic Speaker actually produces decent sound? It’s tiny at 1.75″ x 1.75″, and has a powerful magnet that can be clipped to clothing or bags to keep it close. The battery (lithium-ion) is rechargeable via the included USB cable. Audiophiles, what do you think?


Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods


Yes, there are a ton of iPhone amplifiers out there. However, this eco-amp is different in that it is made from FSC Certified 100% Post Consumer paper and can be assembled/disassembled as needed. Think of it as an ultra simple and somewhat temporary option for increasing your iPhone’s sound output. You can, of course, also recycle it when its lifespan is complete.


Purchase Information:

Price: $7.99
Available from: eco-made


If you’ve ever found yourself cupping your hand around the iPad’s speaker in order to get a louder or clearer sound, take note of this little ‘ear’ that clips onto the iPad’s corner. Sounds are projected towards you for better hearing and higher frequencies get a bigger boost.


Purchase Information:

Price: $24.95
Available from: bitemyapple.co

Nixon TPS Portable Speaker

I’ve had the Card Speaker on my wish list for a while now but I think I’ve found a replacement with the release of this new speaker. The Nixon TPS is a portable speaker system made for media players and notebook computers. The battery charges through USB and is good for 6 hours of jams. Two can be linked together for enhanced stereo separation and volume. Available in silver, green, and black.

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Nixon

Pulpop Speakers

The more stuff made out of recycled paper, the better. So why not speakers? These speakers by Balance Studio are made from recycled paper pulp and use vibration speaker technology to “intensify the sound through the surface on which they stand, as well as through the hollow space inside the doughnut.” Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?


Purchase Information:

Price: $56.00
Available from: Gessato


Don’t get too excited, it’s not a modern day earhorn for your less-than-great hearing (though I suppose you could try it out to see if it works), it’s an analog acoustic speaker for the iPhone 4. You know all about acoustic speakers, as we’ve posted several, but this pint sized version seems all the more charming because of its size (and because it looks like an earhorn).


Purchase Information:

Price: $19.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop


Can you guess what this is from the photo above? If your guess had anything to do with earbuds, you’re right. AIRbudz is an earbud attachement that allows you to hear ambient noise while you’re listening to music. When you’re out walking or running, certain noises can alert you to potential safety hazards (like bikes, cars, buses) and unfortunately your regular headphones muffle, if not completely silence, those sounds that alert you to danger. The AIRbudz have air channels that let ambient noise in- thus keeping you aware of your surroundings without sacrificing your soundtrack. It’s currently a Kickstarter project, and for $10 or more you’ll get one of the first sets.

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Available from: Kickstarter

The Boomcase

Looking for a different sort of portable speaker? Dominic Odbert (aka Mr. Simo) takes old suitcases and transforms them into portable music speakers. Every BoomCase is constructed in California by hand and is made to produce the best sound possible. The BoomCase will last 9+ hours on a single charge (charger included) and can also be plugged in if you prefer. Pretty fun, aren’t they? A few are shown below, but see more of the selection at Decurate.

Purchase Information:

Price: $325.00 and up
Available from: Decurate

IDEA Dynamic Headphones

These minimal headphones look very similar to the Ashidavox ST-90, but have been reworked for better sound and comfort. Music to your ears, right?

Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Available from: Vetted

Speakr Box by Buka Projects

This portable wooden speaker requires no batteries or power source and works with pretty much any gadget you own (mp3 players, iPods, phones, laptops, etc.). Nice to see a simple wooden speaker option for the desktop or for outdoor activities (don’t take that to mean it’s waterproof though).

Support BLTD by buying here: Speakr Box, $79.00 from gnr8.biz

Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00

Support BLTD by buying here.

Available from: Generate


Add another headphone organizer to your list of considerations, because this one is super small and seems to do the job nicely. It slides onto your earphone jack and provides a place to clip in the cord after wrapping the earbuds around your device. If you’d like to see more, visit Budtrap’s site for more details.

There’s also a slight discount if you buy in bundles or packs… fyi.


Purchase Information:

Price: $5.95
Availability: Buy Budtrap here

Bird-Electron EZ0 Limited Portable Speaker

From our archives (originally posted April 9, 2010), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

Weird name for a company, but certainly a cool looking and hopefully good sounding speaker for your mp3 player. I’m impressed that it doesn’t require a power source but still has a switch to control loudness. This is a Japan exclusive product, available only through AudioCubes.

Material: Aluminum with leather strap
Color: yellow, blue, silver.
Dimensions: W73 x H76 x D32 mm


Purchase Information:

Price: $89.99
Available from: AudioCubes

Jawbone Jambox

You in the market for a bluetooth speaker? This one is a tiny bit larger than 6″ long and weighs less than a pound. Frequency range of 60Hz-20kHz with an output level of 85dB @0.5m… also has 3.5mm audio. Available for pre-order.


Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00
Available from: Jawbone

Source: Cool Material

Card Speaker

Hmm, is this perhaps a viable option for a portable speaker? Sound quality reviews, anyone?

No bigger than a credit card and as thick as a blister pack of chewing gum, the Card Speaker puts most every mp3 accessory to shame with its good looks and crisp fidelity. Designed by IDEA International, this little speaker is ideally suited for trips to the park, the beach, or anywhere you�d like to share a little music on the fly. It comes in either black or silver, with a mirror-polished back, and includes a protective carrying case, a 3.5 mm connection plug, and a USB battery charge cable. The speaker has an operating time of approximately five hours on a two-hour charge

Black or Silver.

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Availability: Buy Card Speaker here

IDEA’s Micro Gem Headphones

While these might not be the most masculine-looking set of headphones, they do appear super light and comfortable and won’t fall out like standard iPod earbuds when you’re exercising, which you do no less than three times a week, right? Plus, the bead-like earpiece would all but disappear, and androgyny is in style nowadays, trust me.

Orange or Pink.
Packaging: Foil/Clear giftbag
Earphones ball diameter: 0.5″

Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Availability: Buy IDEA’s Micro Gem Headphones here