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Sonos PLAYBAR hands-on: Your TV audio gets clever

Sonos PLAYBAR hands-on: Your TV audio gets clever

Streaming music specialist Sonos has been hinting at home theater expansion for years now, but it's taken until today for the fruits of that ambition to arrive: the Sonos PLAYBAR, aiming for a spot under your TV. Promising the traditional Sonos ease of setup and use, but with a dual-personality catering both for TV and movie audio, and for music, the PLAYBAR hooks up as another zone in your home entertainment network and packs nine speakers as well as playing nicely with other PLAY models. We caught up with Sonos to find out why the PLAYBAR was special.

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Pure Jongo hands-on: Sonos on a budget

Pure Jongo hands-on: Sonos on a budget

Pure is on a mission, and that's to steal the streaming music crown from industry heavyweights Sonos. The strategy to do that is make Pure Jongo cheap, undercutting Sonos' premium price tag with a range of affordable wireless speakers and WiFi music adapters at up to a third of the price of a Sonos box. And, just as you'd expect, there's on-demand playlists and internet radio from iPad, iPhone, and Android remote control apps.

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Sonos PLAYBAR hits FCC

Sonos PLAYBAR hits FCC

A new Sonos music component, the Sonos PLAYBAR, has cropped up in FCC testing, suggesting the streaming company is readying a push into TV audio. The PLAYBAR, spotted in an FCC filing, is believed to be Sonos' first proper home theater device, likely including support for both streaming music in the same way as the current PLAY:3 and PLAY:5, and the soundtrack from your TV.

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Olive ONE wants $200k to overthrow Sonos

Olive ONE wants $200k to overthrow Sonos

Whole-home streaming audio has a new upstart in the shape of Olive ONE, a touchscreen-blessed Sonos rival aiming to funnel all of your music sources - whether local or cloud-based like Spotify - into a single network. A round console for your coffee table or wall, the Olive ONE works as a wireless HD docking station with audiophile-level DAC and amps, optional internal storage, and a brace of streaming options. However, you can't go out and buy one today; the Olive team has turned to IndieGoGo to fund its ambitious plans.

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Skifta to challenge AirPlay and Sonos with streaming speaker deal

Skifta to challenge AirPlay and Sonos with streaming speaker deal

Qualcomm's Skifta music streaming system has found itself an A/V partner, with speakers toting the chip firm's DLNA-based AirPlay rival set to hit stores in the summer of 2013. The Skifta team has inked a deal with Tymphany, a speaker ODM (original design manufacturer) whose hardware is rebadged under various brands and sold in stores like Best Buy, to embed the Skifta Audio Module into future systems as the default, replacing Bluetooth in the process.

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Sonos SUB Review

Sonos SUB Review

When you decide to pick up a Sonos speaker, you decide to jump into an ever-expanding ecosystem of both hardware and software, with a brand that's dead set on pushing an immersive experience out to the customer. With the newest member of the family, the Sonos SUB, you've now got an earth-rumbling bass component in addition to a couple of sets of high-quality speakers and several center points - dock, bridge (hub), amplifier, whatever you want. The big question you should be asking yourself here is not just if you want to work with the magic that is the SonosNet wireless mesh network, but if you feel its necessary to pick up more than one of the Sonos family components.

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Sonos adds AirPlay-style streaming from iPhone and iPad music

Sonos adds AirPlay-style streaming from iPhone and iPad music

Sonos has updated its controller apps for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, adding the ability to stream music stored on the iOS devices directly to the multi-room wireless audio system. The new update, which popped up in the App Store today, treats local storage on the phone or tablet just as it does your traditional music collection and online sources such as Spotify, taking on Apple's own AirPlay system in the process.

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Murfie and Sonos want your CD collection in the mail

Murfie and Sonos want your CD collection in the mail

If you've got a massive stack of CDs sitting in your closet and both want to listen to them all the time and don't want to take the time to import them all to your computer, Sonos and Murfie have just the solution for you. In a brand new brand team-up, Murfie and Sonos have joined forces to present a "Better Together" sort of situation in which they want you to literally send them all of your CDs in the mail so they can import them to your cloud storage for you.

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Sonos gets Amazon Cloud Player streaming

Sonos gets Amazon Cloud Player streaming

Sonos can now stream music directly from your Amazon Cloud Player account, giving the wireless mesh whole-house audio system another source option for digital tracks. Cloud Player supports uploads of a user's existing music, as well as keeping in a copy of all MP3s bought from Amazon itself, removing the requirement to download them and store them on a local NAS or computer on your home network.

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Sonos updates with Songza for pro-made playlists

Sonos updates with Songza for pro-made playlists

This week you'll find that your Sonos player is able to hook up with none other than Songza, a system which not only allows you to make fabulous playlists, but to see playlists made by professional musicians as well. Sonos is already a system with many musical sources working with it for a fabulously harmonious system of speakers and mobile connections galore - now with Songza, you'll be able to sit back and enjoy the sound in a whole new way.

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