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B&O’s BeoPlay A2 is maker’s first Bluetooth speaker

B&O’s BeoPlay A2 is maker’s first Bluetooth speaker

Bang & Olufsen has introduced its first portable Bluetooth speaker, marking its entrance into yet another segment of the audio industry. Called the BeoPlay A2, this new speaker is a stylish, relatively compact offering that is -- as those familiar with the brand would expect -- hailed as offering superb audio quality. This is despite being a Bluetooth device, which is often criticized for its compressed, lackluster performance. Even better, for those located in the United States the device has already launched at $399 USD.

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Naim mu-so hits Apple store for High-resolution digital sound

Naim mu-so hits Apple store for High-resolution digital sound

Naim Audio have let it be known that they're aiming for the big-time with their newest wireless audio device, the mu-so, going so far as to hit Apple with the device. Landing a spot in the Apple Store and Apple online, the Naim mu-so will bring on 450 watts of power, six 75-watt digital amplifiers, and 24/bit/192kHz high-resolution music. This isn't your momma's CD player - this is digital music playback, "identical to the master tapes from the artists themselves." If that sounds familiar, it very well should. That's very similar to what Neil Young promised back in 2012.

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NASA taps Soundcloud to aggregate sounds of space

NASA taps Soundcloud to aggregate sounds of space

"In space, nobody can hear you scream." That tagline is growing less relevant by the day. We've heard sounds that were recorded deep in the ocean, and thanks to NASA's various efforts, we've heard sounds from outer space. Keeping track of these audio files isn't terribly simple, however, and so the next time you feel like firing up the sound of radio waves inside Earth's atmosphere at your next party, NASA wants to make sure you can do it hassle-free.

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Bowers & Wilkins gets into wireless with T7 Bluetooth speaker

Bowers & Wilkins gets into wireless with T7 Bluetooth speaker

Audiophiles and purists might bemoan the trend, but almost anyone and everyone in the audio industry is making a Bluetooth speaker one way or another. The latest to join that bandwagon is Bowers & Wilkins, well-known for their high-end loudspeakers and audio equipment. Bringing in their expertise, especially in bass performance, the company is trying to give Bluetooth speakers an air of professionalism and credibility with its new T7 speaker. But not only does it sound nice, it also looks good to boot.

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Marshall Acton amps up your smartphone with Hi-fi sound

Marshall Acton amps up your smartphone with Hi-fi sound

This week the folks at Marshall - a team known for guitar amps, mostly - have let it be known that they’ve created a new speaker for the mobile universe. This is the Marshall Acton Speaker, the most compact speaker Marshall Headphones crew have made outside of a pair of… well… headphones. And it’s not made for your guitar. Unless you play guitar on your smartphone or tablet, of course.

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Twitter Audio Cards official; listen while you tweet

Twitter Audio Cards official; listen while you tweet

If you find a lot of music via Twitter, it can be a bit bothersome to have to migrate away from the app just to listen to a track. At least with the mobile version of Twitter, that’s about to change. Twitter is announcing a new feature named Audio Card, which lets you click on a shared track for playback right in their app. You can also continue browsing your stream while the track plays, as it docks to the bottom of your screen.

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Alpine Headphones lets you literally feel your music

Alpine Headphones lets you literally feel your music

If you know anything about Alpine Audio, it's likely in relation to the company's automotive offerings. Despite its usual focus, the company has introduced a pair of headphones with an interesting twist on tradition: technology that lets you literally feel your music. Simply called the Alpine Headphones, these cans work in conjunction with the Alpine Level Play iPhone App (sorry Android users) to add an extra sense to your music sessions. They are available now at Apple stores for $299 USD.

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Sennheiser teams with Google for Ingress headphones

Sennheiser teams with Google for Ingress headphones

There’s a game called Ingress out there, ladies and gentlemen, and it’s Google’s game. They promote it at every event, they play it, they live it. It’s a game you play with your smartphone, GPS, and a lot of patience. The folks at Sennheiser have teamed up with Google to bring an added dimension of addiction to those that love the game with a couple of pairs of headphones. One for the "Enlightened" side of the game, the other from the "Resistance."

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Bose SoundTouch Series II expands wireless speaker array

Bose SoundTouch Series II expands wireless speaker array

A wave of new hardware is coming to Bose’s wireless sound system brand, the SoundTouch Wi-Fi Music System Line. Along with units like the SoundTouch Series II, Portable Series II, and CineMate 520 systems, Bose has also revealed that Deezer, Spotify, and iHeartRadio are joining in as compatible music systems. They join Pandora already in effect.

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