Cubik Speakers

Even if you could get perfect sound from a pair of speakers, if they were bright pink and had pictures of Hannah Montana on them (that’s what the kids are watching these days, right?) we would never buy them. Are we image obsessed? Hell yeah we are. Is it too much to ask to get something that is well-made and stylish to boot? We keep this in the back of our minds when we are searching out products, and we found the perfect combo in these Cubik Speakers from Palo Alto Audio Design. Thanks to digital amplification and a digital USB connection, these desktop speakers deliver sound that you wouldn’t expect from, well, desktop speakers. The advanced enclosure design means you don’t even need a subwoofer with these little cubes. People won’t pay attention to how messy your desk is with these on it.

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AirPods, Apple’s popular wireless headphones, get a fresh look thanks to BlackPods, a company that paints real Apple AirPods using a proprietary painting and finishing process. Available in matte black, space gray or high-gloss black finish, each pair is hand-finished and tested. Whether you’re sending in yours or ordering new, combining the flexibility of wireless headphones with the sleek and luxurious BlackPods look will make plain old white AirPods seem boring by comparison. Better yet, BlackPods gives you $30 off your order by joining their e-mail list. It’s time to upgrade.