Yes, this is a sponsored post for Staples, but — as always — all opinions are 100% mine.
Remember the good old days, when you’d return home with a fresh Annette Hanshaw 78 to plunk down on the wind-up Victrola? You’d have the neighbors over for a listening party and a swell time was had by all around the punchbowl! Some among such excellent company danced the Lindy Hop, some sang along, and some did both — but everybody had fun. Alas, it wasn’t an experience that could be carried along for the morning subway commute or a Model T ride into the countryside.
Not without a strong back and a few strange looks, anyway.
Fast forwarding on imaginary jetpacks into the 21st century, we’ve got an overwhelming number of options whenever — and wherever — we want to enjoy our audio indulgences. Now we can listen to Annette Hanshaw, Aretha Franklin, or Motörhead on our portable telephone computers with Beats by Dr. Dre Wireless Headphones if we don’t want the kids on the bus to make fun of our superior taste in music, or we can share the sounds with the rest of the class through the magic of the JBL Pulse LED Speaker and turn it into a flashy party for all. It’s a new world of exciting possibilities, by gum!
If you’ve made the choice to listen to your favorite music or podcast or Red Foxx comedy album (or whatever) in private, there are some things you should know about the aforementioned Beats by Dr. Dre Wireless Headphones. For one, since they’re wireless, they can be used to connect to any Bluetooth-enabled device. Of course this applies most obviously to smartphones and computers, but it could certainly come in handy if you’ve got one of those new-fangled television sets (or even an old-fashioned one with the right adapter) that can transmit via Bluetooth if you like to listen to your “stories” at full volume without disturbing the rest of your family and the surrounding neighborhood.
These headphones are powered by rechargeable USB batteries, so you don’t need to keep an entire drawer stocked with expensive disposables to keep them going. They’re lightweight for maximum portability, their earcups are designed to be comfortable for extended use, and the built-in microphone even has your hands-free calling needs covered. The sound, of course, is what’s going to matter to most, and most will be pleased with the distortion-free balance between highs, lows, and midrange.
Still, we’re not all audio introverts. Some of us like to make a little noise and share it with our friends, and for this purpose, the JBL Pulse LED Speaker fits the bill perfectly. Like the Beats by Dr. Dre Wireless Headphones, it’ll connect to your Bluetooth-enabled devices with the greatest of ease and its rechargeable battery (which lasts up to 10 hours) ensures that you’re not breaking the bank on disposables.
It’s not gigantic, but its sound will fill a room with impressive clarity. What makes this particular wireless speaker stand out from its competition, however, is its ability to scintillate with the power of pre-programmed LED themes to accompany its musical output in mesmerizing hues that Buck Rogers might enjoy while cranking out some Three Dog Night.
It may look like a little bit like a bug zapper in holiday mode, but it’s primarily a people pleaser. You’ll see!
But what if you’re like the Artist Formerly and Then Once Again Known as Prince and you like the flash of the party mixed with the solitude of privacy? Then maybe something like Light Pulse Cables would do the trick? Unlike the other two audio accessories mentioned, these aren’t wireless — because, in this case, their light pulsing wires happen to be the main attraction! Harnessing the power of electroluminescence, these earbuds glow for show while keeping the details of what you’re hearing completely confidential.
They have a rechargeable battery that lasts two and a half hours, but it’s purely for keeping the lights on — the audio function will endure even if the battery dies, so there’s no danger of being stranded in a strange place without your tunes or the ability to communicate with the outside world through its built-in microphone. And if that strange place happens to be a coal mine, then you probably should have brought along a more sturdy device for illumination, friend! Still, you’ll have something to listen to while you’re waiting for the rescue party to arrive, regardless.
Light Pulse Cables will be coming soon to Staples for $29.99.
I’ve done a lot of audio/video work during my day-to-day tasks at LockerGnome. During that time, I’ve gone through my fair share of equipment here in the home office. Some of this equipment I’d rather not speak about, but there are a handful of these products that I would absolutely recommend.
One thing you learn in the world of tech writing is that every product, no matter how great it is compared to everything else in its class, has faults. There are no exceptions in this group, as I’ve become acutely aware of the flaws and hassles that accompany each of these devices. Some of them are recommended because they work every time I use them, while others I’d recommend based on comparisons with other options in the same price range.
Bottom line: if you take audio and video production seriously, you want equipment that you know will work. Guessing which products will or will not perform the way you need them to while you’re capturing moments that will not repeat themselves is vital. Each of these products has passed the test on multiple occasions, and that makes them among my favorite here in the home office.
Do you find that your extreme lifestyle makes frequent replacement of electronics a necessary — and expensive — evil? This All Terrain Rugged Bluetooth Personal Speaker might be able to help. No matter what the terrain — in rain, snow, sun, or wind — you can listen to your favorite tunes (or, you know, important announcements from the National Weather Service while you’re waiting out the storm) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Virtually indestructible, this thing can survive drops of 10 feet onto concrete!
Oh, and it should go without saying, but it’s also waterproof. But there! I said it.
The Universal Car Mount with a 360° adjustable fit keeps your hands on the wheel where they belong when you need to use your smartphone, while a TwistedWave audio editor for the Mac keeps your ears on the prize. Everything in its proper place!