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The hottest electronics this season are wireless speakers, hands down. Our office is littered with speakers of all sizes and colors, with varying sound quality. Most speakers, unfortunately, do not make the cut — which makes it even more special when they do.

Case in point is the excellent Grain Audio PWS1, short for Packable Wireless speaker. The enclosure on the unit is milled from solid walnut (no plastics!) giving it the benefits of wood acoustics (see our Thinksound On1 review for another example). But Grain Audio does not just win on looks alone. Their soundboard — the board inside the speaker that transmits and delivers the music we hear — features Wave’s MaxxAudio technology, a professional sound tool that lives within many of the mixing console that produce and output the music we love. In short, MaxxAudio helps deliver detail in music and a sound stage the way it was meant to when recorded.

Grain Audio PWS1 is a rare speaker on the market that sounds as beautiful as it looks. Available now for $249 direct.

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Jeff Carvalho is Managing Director for Highsnobiety N.A. in New York City. He holds a journalism degree from Northeastern University.

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