You want to chill with a cup of coffee and some nice tunes. You put on a pair of standard earphones when, suddenly, you realize that its audio capabilities isn't giving the awesome Metallica song you're listening to enough justice. You know the track could sound waaay better, but you admit that its not gonna happen with a P500 piece of equipment.
As gents living in a time when audio gizmos and knock-offs are a dime-a-dozen, we've all been in this situation. It might have occurred while you were listening to a song or tuning in to Papa Jack, whatever, the simple truth is that finding a good personal audio device nowadays can be tricky.
And because we feel you and your ears' pain when sub-standard gadgets wreak havoc on your playlist, we decided to do the heavy lifting and present you with a list of new and top-notch audio devices. All of them are from Harman, the company behind esteemed brands like JBL and AKG, so you know you'll be getting eargasmic quality!
JBL Synchros E40BT
This ain't your ordinary headphones, fellas. Able to reproduce deep bass lines, fine mids, and impressive highs without quality loss, the Synchros E40BT is a capable device that comes in a lightweight frame for added comfort. It also has Bluetooth connectivity, because its makers know how we loathe 'em wires. But if you have no choice, it also has an audio cable for hooking up with your audio gadgets.
Yours for: P5,290
Harman Kardon Esquire
Is it a shiny new hard drive? Your girl's makeup kit? Nope and nope. It's the new Harman Kardon Esquire, a wireless speaker that's as elegant as they come. With a metallic frame, this one has durability and that premium feel you won't get from cheap tiangge offerings. It has extended bass response (for deeper-sounding and more realistic bass lines) and Bluetooth, too. And if your smartphone is running out of juice, whip this bad boy out and connect it (via microUSB) to your handset and it will charge your cell in a jiffy!
Yours for: P7,995
JBL Charge 2
The larger and louder bro of the Esquire, the Charge 2 is a Bluetooth speaker that can fill up your man cave with booming sounds, thanks to dual sound drivers and twin bass radiators. And it will do so for as long as 12 hours! Also, the Charge 2 can act as a speakerphone that you can use if you want to talk and listen to your bros in better audio quality.
Yours for: P7,995
A pair of brightly-colored cans, the Y50 brings style, durability (it has a semi-metallic frame!), and audio goodness in one package. Its swivelin' cups screams portability while its 40mm audio drivers has your discriminating audio taste covered, whether it's for fine high notes or deep, rumbling bass lines. We've tried it out before, so we know what we're talking about here.
Yours for: P4,990
Harman Kardon Omni 10
Looking all classy in its all-black frame, the Omni 10 is a spherical standalone speaker that can connect to your existing home theatre system for added oomph while watching movies in your sala. It lets your ears bask in high-definition sounds as well as stream songs from your mobile devices via Bluetooth.
Yours for: P10,990
Harman Kardon Omni 20
An oblong-shaped wireless loudspeaker, the Omni 20 delivers top-notch sound that definitely upgrades your movie marathons sounds-wise, thanks to its powerful audio drivers that are loud enough that your neighbors might just hate you for having it. Like the Omni 10, it comes with wireless connectivity as well as studio-grade HD audio streaming to make it sound like you're fave artist is on live.
Yours for: P15,990
JBL Cinema SB350 Soundbar System
A sleek audio device that won't cramp up your living room, the Cinema SB350 pumps out impressive sounds that will enhance your home-viewing experience. The system also boasts of a wireless subwoofer for a stronger audio punch and adjusts to your TV's remote control for added convenience. It's essentially a 2.1 home theatre sound system with less bulk and sleek curves that make your home TV setup earn more points in the looks department.
Yours for: P19,990