When your weekly poker game involves more fine scotch than PBR, you should consider upgrading your playing deck to these Black Playing Cards ($55) by Alexander Wang. These black on black custom printed playing cards come in a black mock croc bound card box with black suede lining. If nothing else, they will limit your opponents ability to see your pocket aces.
It’s tough to win break dance battles when you are still rocking a ghetto blaster from the 90’s. Improve your b-boy stance and your sound quality with the TDK 3 Speaker Boombox Audio System ($375). This modernized version of the classic boombox comes with a high-excursion dedicated 6-inch subwoofer and two 6-inch coaxial drivers for the highs. Plug in your iPod, put on some Wu-Tang, and show ’em what you got. (via)
Jeff Staple is no stranger to collaboration, which is why we were excited to hear that Staple Design is teaming up with Beats by Dr. Dre to issue these limited edition Staple x Beats By Dre Studio Headphones ($350, in-store only). With only 500 units made world-wide, these headphones don the distinctive Staple Designs Pigeon. Available at the Beats SoHo store and at Reed Space in NYC.
What better way to say “You’re Welcome” than to fasten a huge tag on your awesome gift. Your lucky friend can skip the thank you card when you use these You’re Welcome. Linoleum Block print Gift Tags ($6.75). Tags are hand-pressed, single process linoleum block print on 13 point cardstock with brown, reinforced circle.
Skullcandy has introduced their next generation of over-ear mid-range headphones. The Hesh 2 Headphones ($60 – $70) come equipped with Skullcandy’s Supreme Sound technology, with attacking bass, natural vocals and precision highs. Available with or without a mic, these headphones are in the upper echelon of over-ear headphones without the lofty price point.
The coolest bluetooth enabled portable speaker we have found, Jambox, just got a cooler younger brother. The Jawbone Big Jambox ($300) weighs in at a whopping 2.7lbs and sits at 10in long. Precision-tuned drivers and dual passive bass radiators work in concert to produce amazingly clear, full audio at any volume, and the built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to 15 hours. The bluetooth wireless range reaches up to 33 feet, so whether its a deck party, beach party, or house party, you can keep the party going night long.
If you want minimum desk space and maximum sound, then the La Boite LD120 Hi-Fi Soundsystem Laptop Desk ($1,680) will suit you well. Developed by Paris-based La Boite Concept and CC LAB, this 22.5″ w x 20.5″ d laptop desk is packed with enough audio power to crank up your jams while you crank out some work. It has a built-in DAC (digital to analogue converter) sound card that translates the digital audio of the laptop via USB into a much higher quality analogue sound card. The signal is fed to two 25 watts and one 70 watt amp, and then to seven speakers developed exclusively for La Boite: two tweeters, two full range, two mid and one woofer. The desk also has a built-in sensor that reverts the system to standby when the speakers haven’t been used for 15 minutes. Just try not to keep the neighbors up when you are working late.
Every so often we come across a product on Etsy that we need to tell the world about. This Wooden Earbud Holder ($27) is one of those products. Made of East Indian Rosewood, this pocket companion is a must-have if you are an avid earbud user. Your cord rolls up like a yo-yo, making it easier to store your buds without creating a messy knot.
Sometimes its ok to be a little geeky, especially when it comes to toys. And if you are as excited about The Dark Knight Rises as we are, you might want to acquire a bit of Batman memorabilia for yourself. “The Tumbler” Sixth Scale Batmobile ($439.99) is a 1/6 scale toy replica of “The Tumbler” Batmobile from The Dark Knight. Commissioned by Bruce Wayne himself in the super-secret “Applied Science Division” of Wayne Enterprises, this toy replica is approximately 29 inches long, with a detailed cockpit, movable braking flaps, and headlights that light up. It’s up to you to figure out how to get the motorcycle out of it (although we don’t recommend it).
With all the recent advancements in wireless technology, a hi-fi home audio system has become a necessity. The Libratone Live Speaker ($699.95) sets the bar for single-speaker audio solutions. The Scandinavian design makes it look more like furniture than audio equipment, and the sound quality is top-notch. The speaker comes equipped with Libratone’s FullRoom acoustic technology, AirPlay wireless audio streaming, and digital amplification to pump up the tunes when the party gets going.