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Tech Gifts to Make Summer Funner

The heat and wet weather has become unbearable in some parts of North America and Europe but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy that time away with family.

JBL PartyBox On-the-go Portable Bluetooth Speaker on the beach lifestyle

It has been a summer of extreme weather so far and we know from personal experience how that can interrupt planned movie nights outdoors and other activities with the family. We are still huge proponents of the backyard movie theater, camping, and trips down to the Jersey Shore where live music is everywhere. Depending on where you live, trips to the beach might be the only way to stay cool right now in North America and Europe and that doesn’t mean you can’t take the fun with you.

We have some tech gifts to make summer funner and hopefully more bearable with almost 7 weeks to go before Labor Day. Stay cool. Keep the music playing.

JBL PartyBox On-the-go Portable Bluetooth Speaker

JBL PartyBox

With included microphone, built-in light show, and padded shoulder strap with bottle opener, JBL’s PartyBox On-The-Go portable Bluetooth speaker makes any event more fun. Sing all-night with 6 hours of battery life or use the instrument input to play along.

$349.95 at Amazon

Vertical Turntable

Pro-Ject’s VT-E BT R is a vertical turntable that defies gravity. Place it on a table or mount on the wall. Either way it will become a conversation piece. Plus with built-in wireless connectivity it can play through any Bluetooth speaker. Available in piano black, high-gloss red, or high-gloss white.

$649 at Amazon

Pro-Ject VT-E BT R Wireless Turntable in red
Sony PS5 Console

Sony PS5 Console

Sony’s PlayStation5 Console (with disc) is back in stock. Not only can it play the latest blockbuster video games, but can also stream music and movies, as well as playback 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs.

$499 at Amazon

AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)

The latest, top-of-the-line Apple AirPods (2nd generation model) are the perfect music listening companion for iPhone. With super simple pairing, active noise cancellation, and support for spatial audio, enjoy music in any situation.

$249.99 at Amazon

AirPods Pro 2nd Gen
Groovewasher Record Cleaning Kit


GrooveWasher’s Vinyl Record Cleaning Kit has been the choice of our podcast producer and all-vinyl DJ, Mitch Anderson of Black Circle Radio for years. The kit includes a 4 oz. bottle of G2 cleaning fluid and a microfiber pad to clean records with beauty, style and ease.

$39.95 at Amazon

The Freestyle

Samsung’s most portable projector is smaller than it looks, and can display high definition video onto a wall, outdoor screen, or even a ceiling. With Auto Leveling, Auto Focus and Auto Keystone you’ll be enjoying a clear picture within seconds, while its battery base ensures three hours of outdoor use.

$745 at Amazon

Samsung The Freestyle Portable Projector
Shure SE846 Gen2 IEM in Jade (green) color

Shure SE846 Gen 2

We reviewed the Shure SE846 Gen 2 last year and it remains one of our favorites. Plus it’s compatible with optional wireless adapter for $189 and comes with four sound filters offering different sonic signatures to match a listeners preference. Choose new Jade color, as well as Graphite or Clear.

$899 at Amazon

Echo Show 8

Access Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant with an 8-inch screen. It’s the middle size of the range, and has auto-framing to keep you centered for video calls. Echo Show’s display is particularly handy in the kitchen when following recipes, and makes it super easy to put on music, podcasts or news.

$129.99 at Amazon

Amazon Echo Show 8 (2021 model)

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