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Pioneer XDP-100R is another hi-res portable music player

Pioneer XDP-100R is another hi-res portable music player

Consumer electronics company Pioneer wants to take on the Walkman, even after the venerable Sony brand is itself trying to get back its footing in the market now almost obsoleted by smarpthones. It has just announced the upcoming availability of its XDP-100R, a standalone Portable Music Player or PMP. And like many PMPs that are trying to view for attention in a smartphone-obsessed world, like Neil Young's Pono or the most recent generation of Sony's Walkman, the XDP-100R is trying to sell the idea of high resolution audio as its killer feature.

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Google Play Music billboard has 13K headphone jacks and plays 35M tracks

Google Play Music billboard has 13K headphone jacks and plays 35M tracks

Google has an interactive display installed in the square by Parco in Shibuya Japan that will be there until October 24. The billboard looks mire like a popup kiosk or big rig trailer that was left behind than you would expect of a billboard. The words on the front are spelled out with dots that surround headphone jacks.

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Triby connected speaker will offer Amazon’s Alexa

Triby connected speaker will offer Amazon’s Alexa

If you’re familiar with Amazon’s Echo speaker, you’ll also be familiar with its voice service, Alexa. Today, Amazon announced that Invoxia’s own connected speaker, Triby, will work with the Alexa voice service; this will make it the first third-party device with such support, likely paving the way for a larger lineup of similar gadgets. Triby itself is shaped somewhat like a basket, and is designed to stick to your fridge door.

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B&O’s BeoPlay H7 headphones are wireless, beautiful

B&O’s BeoPlay H7 headphones are wireless, beautiful

Bang & Olufsen has introduced its new BeoPlay H7 wireless headphones. This latest pair of headphones features a wire-free design coupled with advanced features like a touch-based control pad. As with the maker's other products, the functionality is joined by sleek form, with both aluminum and leather making its way into the construction. On top of it all, B&O promises the headphones offer "amazing sound quality."

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iHeartRadio adds a personalized radio station

iHeartRadio adds a personalized radio station

iHeartRadio is a drop in a sea of big-name music streaming services, having to contend with the likes of Pandora, Spotify and more. Today it announced an addition that may help it compete: a personalized radio station that knows what you listen to and gets smarter as you continue to stream. The personalized radio station is called "My Favorites Radio", and it mixes a little bit of everything you listen to together.

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Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth sport earbuds mini-review

Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth sport earbuds mini-review

Gone are the wired shackles of past headphones and earbuds -- we live in the wireless age, and with it comes freedom from wires. That's what makes certain wireless earbud models a little bizarre. You've likely seen them; they feature a thick plastic neckband which wraps behind the neck and rests on the shoulders. That's large, garish, and for many users, uncomfortable. Fortunately, not all wireless earbuds feature that design. Inateck's BH1001 earbuds are one such example.

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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless is a blimp-shaped speaker without the dock

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless is a blimp-shaped speaker without the dock

Bowers & Wilkins Apple-compatible Zeppelin speaker, with its large, bulbous shape, has seen a few revisions since it was first introduced in 2007. While it originally featured a dock for the then-ubiquitous iPod, the company's latest model, the Zeppelin Wireless, ditches any form of wired or direct connection. The high-end speaker's industrial design remains the same, but it now focuses on streaming audio with support for AirPlay, Spotify Connect, and Bluetooth aptX.

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Beats Pill+ wireless speaker features an Apple-inspired design

Beats Pill+ wireless speaker features an Apple-inspired design

Other than a few revamped headphone models, Beats hasn't really released a new product since its acquisition by Apple. That changes today, as Beats has just announced the Pill+, a wireless Bluetooth speaker that clearly has an Apple-influenced design, not to mention a Lightning port for charging. Featuring a slightly evolved pill shape, although with flatter top and bottom, the Pill+ replaces and is slightly bigger than the previous Pill speaker, but not as big as the discontinued Pill XL.

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Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 90 is a sound engineer’s idea of perfection

Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 90 is a sound engineer’s idea of perfection

Bang & Olufsen has a long history of making speakers that are very high-end and very expensive. Perhaps the highest end speaker that the company has ever made has been unveiled and it is called the BeoLab 90. The specifications for these speakers are impressive and sound very expensive. Each speaker packs 8200 watts of power.

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Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone 2.0 ships in November

Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone 2.0 ships in November

Those who want a touch of hipster-chic in their homes but don’t want to fully embrace retro technology can find a nice compromise between the two with Gramovox’s Bluetooth Gramophone 2.0, an updated version of its first Bluetooth Gramophone. The audio player can stream music from your mobile device, but does so without making it obvious — to those unaware, it simply looks like a small wooden box with a large horn speaker.

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Meze’s 99 Classics luxury headphones ship next month

Meze’s 99 Classics luxury headphones ship next month

Headphones are available in a bunch of shapes and sizes with price ranges that span from the cheap to the luxurious. Meze’s 99 Classics headphones are on the latter end of that spectrum, providing an unusual, gorgeous design that far outpaces most headphones on the market. The 99 Classics are part of Meze’s Classics series; they’re described as “classy” and “timeless”. The headphones are up for pre-order now, and will be shipping next month.

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Will Smith gives shout-out to Tesla in first rap in a decade

Will Smith gives shout-out to Tesla in first rap in a decade

This week Will Smith appeared on a rap track - a remix of a song by the name of "Fiesta" - with a shout to Tesla. "No gassin' me, I'm a Tesla," says Smith on the track. Smith is one a number of celebrities that currently own a Tesla Model S, and - as of April 2013 - Smith's son planned on picking one up as well. In a Google+ hangout with a number of "Top Thinkers" including Elon Musk, Jaden Smith suggested that the Model S was "simply fly."

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