THE SOUNDS OF SUMMER. For many, spring and summer means traveling, lounging by the pool at some exotic locale, soaking up the sun at some faraway beach or just chilling out at your favorite hangout place
Now, those activities could sure use a nice soundtrack to it, right?
And while your average smartphone and included earphones plus your MP3 collection (or streaming service) can do the trick, for some serious musical accompaniment to your summer vacation, nothing beats some dedicated hardware.
Take, for instance, the Astell & Kern A320 music player. It’s solidly built (machined from a single block of aluminum), comes with a wide range of accessories and connectivity features, and—most importantly—top-of-the-range audio performance.
Portable audio doesn’t get any better (or stylish) than this.
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1. For a prime example of superior form and function in one neat package, the Master & Dynamic MW60 is a definite must have for the traveling audiophile. The form part includes a leather and metal construction that not only looks sophisticated and feels comfortable, while functionally, this pair of headphones delivers stellar audio quality and the convenience of wireless connectivity.
2. Sometimes, less is more, and a more low-profile audio delivery is required. This is where the Fender FXA7 in-ear monitor comes in. Slim and snug, the FXA7 provides transparent audio with punchy bass, rich mids and crisp high end while also eliminating ambient noise. You’ll definitely feel the difference in performance, even when listening music from your smartphone.
3. One of the most exciting gadgets coming out this year is LG’s modular G5 smartphone, in no small part due to the LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY. Developed in collaboration with B&O PLAY, this snap-in module is essentially a portable Hi-Fi DAC audio player capable of turning a high-end smartphone into a high-end portable audio player.