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Marshall Acton Oxblood Limited Edition speaker boasts classic vinyl design

Marshall Acton Oxblood Limited Edition speaker boasts classic vinyl design

Marshall has launched a new limited edition speaker, the Acton model in Oxblood. With this offering — of which only 300 units will be sold — the Acton home speaker is shrouded in a vinyl outer casing that’s dark oxblood in color; golden accents and control knobs complement the vinyl, making for an overall design that, says Marshall, would be ‘at home in a dark, smoky tavern” or next to a Chesterfield sofa.

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Logitech Z337 Bold Sound is a desktop speaker with Bluetooth

Logitech Z337 Bold Sound is a desktop speaker with Bluetooth

Logitech has taken the wraps off its new Z337 Bold Sound with Bluetooth, the company’s first desktop speaker that can play music via Bluetooth rather than an audio cable. Thanks to the Bluetooth support, users are able to stream their audio from any device that supports it — a laptop, smartphone, tablet, or similar device. The Z337 Bold isn’t limited to just Bluetooth audio, though, also offering RCA input and a 3.5mm audio jack for a wired connection.

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Amazon’s Alexa integrates with another big speaker brand: Denon HEOS

Amazon’s Alexa integrates with another big speaker brand: Denon HEOS

Also known as one of the biggest rivals to speaker company and system Sonos*, Denon creates HEOS, a speaker system that'll soon work with Amazon Alexa. This system will be updated in the first quarter of 2017, where a wide variety of speakers with the HEOS brand will be given a software update to allow Amazon Alexa to give their voice control powers a big boost.

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HTC Desire 10 line seeks to break the mold [UPDATE]

HTC Desire 10 line seeks to break the mold [UPDATE]

In the past, HTC Desire devices were known for their ability to entice at a level just below that of the brand's hero smartphone line. They've always been fine phones, and they've always had price points that put them in direct contention with the best in the mid-range market around the world. Now, with the HTC Desire 10 pro, the company would - at first - appear to be doing something entirely new.

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Spotify has reached the 40 million paid subscribers milestone

Spotify has reached the 40 million paid subscribers milestone

Spotify now has 40 million paying subscribers, the company has announced, ten million more than it announced back in March. Company CEO Daniel Ek teased followers with the new milestone on Twitter, saying in a tweet that ’40 is the new 30. Million.” This is contrasted by the 100 million plus users the company has on its free tier, and comes at the same time as now-former Spotify Chief Revenue Officer Jeff Levick announced his departure from the company.

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Onkyo NCP-302 Wireless Multi-room speaker rocks with dual 3-inch woofers

Onkyo NCP-302 Wireless Multi-room speaker rocks with dual 3-inch woofers

Onkyo is set to debut a new multi-room wireless speaker at CEDIA 2016 called the NCP-302 along with some other new products. The NCP-302 speaker is designed to support a wide range of wireless protocols to allow it to work with just about every method of streaming and major service out there. Supported protocols include FireConnect, DTS Play-Fi, AirPlay, Google Cast and Bluetooth.

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Jays q-JAYS IEM review – a second shot at excellence

Jays q-JAYS IEM review – a second shot at excellence

Apple’s forced demise of the 3.5 mm headphone jack has ironically brought headphones and earphones into the spotlight, with many wondering whether wired audio accessories are still worth their salt. Audiophiles and audio professionals will wholeheartedly agree, and the second gen q-Jay in-ear monitors from Jays is one prime example. By no means an inexpensive purchase, the q-Jays quickly pays for itself in the priceless joy of having a pair of earphones that deliver outstanding quality, clarity, and fidelity worthy being called Jays’ most precise reference earphones.

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Beats by Dr. Dre rolls out new wireless headphones packing Apple W1 chip

Beats by Dr. Dre rolls out new wireless headphones packing Apple W1 chip

Beats by Dr. Dre has rolled out a new line up of three products that are all wireless earphones. The new line of products include the Beats X, Powerbeats 3, and Beats Solo 3 earphones and headphones. All three of the products are wireless and all use the new Apple W1 chip, Class 1 Bluetooth, and Fast Fuel charging systems.

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Sony launches a slew of new wired and wireless headphones

Sony launches a slew of new wired and wireless headphones

Sony has trotted out six new wired and wireless headphones for audio fans to use with some aimed at active sporty types and others aimed at folks who just want more bass and better sound form their music. The new products include the XB80BS Extra Bass sports in-ear Bluetooth headphones on the high-end selling for $149.99. The headphones have an around the ear design that holds them in place with activity.

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Bowers & Wilkins P3 Series 2 headphones bring black leather finish

Bowers & Wilkins P3 Series 2 headphones bring black leather finish

Bowers & Wilkins has introduced an updated version of the P3 headphones called, aptly enough, the P3 Series 2. These headphones bring a lot of the elements we like most from the P3 model and adds a new luxury black leather finish, according to the company. The headphones are targeted at music lovers who want ‘pristine sound’ coupled with lightweight earphones and more.

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Bragi The Headphone debuts along with Bragi OS update for The Dash

Bragi The Headphone debuts along with Bragi OS update for The Dash

Bragi first surfaced with its Kickstarter campaign for it smart wearable device called The Dash. The Dash hit Kickstarter back in 2014 and was notable for having no wires and using an in-ear design along with the Bragi OS inside to make the wearable smart. Bragi is back with a couple announcements including a new set of headphones simply called The Headphone and an OS update for The Dash.

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Sony ‘Signature Series’ audio devices include gold-plated Walkman

Sony ‘Signature Series’ audio devices include gold-plated Walkman

Sony has a new ‘Signature Series’ line of what it calls high-resolution audio devices. Counted among these new devices is the MDR-Z1R headphones, the NW-WM1Z and NW-WM1A Walkman devices, and the TA-ZH1ES headphones amp. All four devices are stylish, especially the NW-WM1Z Walkman with its gold-plated copper chassis. According to Sony, that design keeps down magnetic interference and contact resistance/oxidation.

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