Whether the gear is getting smaller and more portable, louder and more encompassing, or somewhere in between, there's no denying the constant drip of newer, more advanced audio equipment out there today. As we sift through product drops we're excited about each morning, it's hard not to get wrapped up in this consistent drumbeat of development. From the home speakers we're finding a shelf for in our homes to the rapidly expanding "Bluetooth sunglasses" market, here are a few different audio products we're excited about (along with a few other things). As ever, this is Today in Gear.
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While Bowers & Wilkins's Zeppelin speaker may have been originally designed for dock-based playback (see: iPods), this thoroughly modern iteration is built for the present day. Alexa-supported right out of the box and featuring a fully all-in-one design, this speaker supports a myriad of streaming options including AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Soundcloud and several others.
V-Moda's Hexamove wireless earbuds are designed to... well, move. With six hours of battery (and 18 more thanks to a charged-up case), there's plenty of playback available. The big feature here is the earbuds' flexibility: the Pro set comes with ear hooks, a stabilizer and neck strap (not to mention customizable headphone shields). On top of full EQ personalization via the V-Moda app, these are earbuds designed to be truly shaped by you.
London-based biking-meets-lifestyle brand Rapha has dropped a new collection of gear centered grounded in its signature logo. While the brand prides itself on outfitting bikers across the spectrum, this collection is a distinctly more style-focused offering, featuring soft materials, chain-stitched logos and pieces like hoodies, polos, trousers and denim.
We've already covered the buzz around the Ray-Ban Stories and the Bose Frames, but Anker's new Soundcore Frames prove that we should expect sunglasses to be far more than sun-blockers. Featuring two speakers on each temple, battery life just over five hours and IPX4 water resistance, we're excited to give these new smart sunglasses a try when they release in November.
Flower by Edie Parker knows how to put a bit of playfulness into the art of smoking. While the brand sells everything from plastic tampers to sleek bongs, a cult-favorite has to be its fruit-shaped pipes. Coming in the form of a banana, cherry , orange or bunch of grapes, these molded borosilicate glass pipes don't just make smoking a lot more interesting — they'll make one hell of a conversation piece.