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Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack releases in December

Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack releases in December

The new Star Wars movie will certainly be the best part, but the subsequent soundtrack will be just as exciting for music lovers. Fans have been requesting information about The Force Awakens' soundtrack and when it will be released, and that information has finally been provided: the soundtrack will be launching on the same day the movie premieres in theaters, December 18.

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Parrot Zik 3 headphones add wireless charging to touch control, Bluetooth

Parrot Zik 3 headphones add wireless charging to touch control, Bluetooth

At IFA 2015 in Berlin, Parrot has announced the latest iteration of their upscale, high-tech headphones, the Zik 3. While the new model looks almost identical to last year's Zik 2, right down to the bright orange color option, the Zik 3 adds wireless charging to features list. Also sticking around are the impressive touch panel controls on the right side, noise cancellation, and wireless audio playback via Bluetooth. New colors and overstitch designs are introduced, adding to the headphones' premium look and feel.

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Philips wireless audio gear cuts the cords and keeps the sound quality

Philips wireless audio gear cuts the cords and keeps the sound quality

Philips has unveiled several new wireless audio devices this week including the SHB5900 wireless in-ear headphones, TX2BT in-ear headphones, ActionFit Sports SHQ8300, and the Philips BT6600 Bluetooth speakers along with a few other devices. The first of the audio products is the wireless in-ear headphones SHB5900.

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Withings Aura alarm clock gets Spotify Connect support

Withings Aura alarm clock gets Spotify Connect support

Withings has announced a partnership with Spotify under which it will provide Aura Clock owners with musical playlists. This makes Aura the first connected alarm clock to sport Spotify Connect, says Withings; with such support, users are able to access in excess of 30 million songs to set up music playlists for when it is time to get up and time to go to sleep. If you don’t have time to pick through songs to find the perfect playlist, though, Withings has you covered.

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Sennheiser HD 400 headphones series expanded at IFA 2015

Sennheiser HD 400 headphones series expanded at IFA 2015

Sennheiser has updated its HD 400 product lineup with new headphone models: the HD 451, HD 461, and HD 471. All three models isolate the listener from ambient noises, but retain a lightweight and closed-back design. Likewise, all three of the models are made with neodymium magnets; the two higher end headphones, the HD 461 and HD 471, offer superior sound quality, with the HD 461 being tailored toward the bass-lovers among us, while the HD 471 is more neutral and balanced.

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Harman unveils slew of new headphones, speakers

Harman unveils slew of new headphones, speakers

A slew of new JBL and Harman Kardon speakers and headphones were unveiled at IFA 2015 today, including portable speakers, loudspeakers for televisions, earbuds, noise canceling headphones, and more. The headphones will be released at different points over the coming weeks, and obviously will sit at different price points. Chief among them all, though, is the new JBL Everest series, including its flagship model, the JBL Everest ELITE 700.

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Philips Izzy challenges Sonos in multi-room music

Philips Izzy challenges Sonos in multi-room music

Philips has just announced a pair of multi-room speaker offerings, the Izzy BM5 and Izzy BM50. Aimed at keeping all aspects of music playback simple, from connecting multiple units to controlling each individually, the Izzy units let users hear music from a number of sources, including mobile apps and CDs, without the need for a WiFi connection. Only a single speaker need to connect to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, and then Izzylink handles getting audio to all the units in the house.

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Panasonic Technics SC-C500 HiFi system and EAH-T700 headphones aim at audiophiles

Panasonic Technics SC-C500 HiFi system and EAH-T700 headphones aim at audiophiles

Panasonic has unveiled a pair of new audio products at IFA 2015 in Germany that includes the OTTAVA SC-C500 HiFi system and the EAH-T700 premium stereo headphones. The HiFi system combines the SU-C501 Stereo Amplifier with Panasonic's OTTAVA speakers and supports high-resolution audio. The SC-C500 is designed to be very small and compact so it can fit into areas where space is at a premium.

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Jabra debuts new wireless Sport Pace, Halo Fusion, Eclipse headsets

Jabra debuts new wireless Sport Pace, Halo Fusion, Eclipse headsets

Bluetooth headset and earbud maker Jabra has unveiled a new trio of wireless options at IFA 2015. The new offerings span the range of sports focused to traditional one-ear headsets, each with a roster of features, including clear audio for calls and music, and incredibly light weights. The new models are the Sport Pace wireless earbuds, the Halo Fusion Wireless headset, and the Eclipse headset.

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Sony Walkman NW-ZX100HN enhances even compressed MP3 audio

Sony Walkman NW-ZX100HN enhances even compressed MP3 audio

Unless you've been keeping tabs on Sony's product line, you might still be thinking that the Walkman is still a classic cassette tape player. The iconic brand, however, has long moved to the realm of digital and now boasts of a skill that very few of its rivals could claim: high resolution audio. But not all music available to consumers come in hi-res format. That's why the new NW-ZX100HN Walkman model tries to bring even compressed audio formats like MP3s and DSEE HX to near hi-res quality for your listening pleasure.

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Bose SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones II: 15hrs battery life

Bose SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones II: 15hrs battery life

Bose has introduced its new SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones II, a pair of cans the maker says offers both the best wireless audio quality available and a host of new features, included among them being 15 hours of run time on a charge. In addition to the longer battery life, the new SoundLink headphones can connect two devices, feature NFC for fast pairing, voice prompts, and more. The headphones became available for purchase today in both white/gold and black/blue editions.

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Pugz earbuds are wireless and charge from your phone

Pugz earbuds are wireless and charge from your phone

Many of the headphones and earbuds on the market today are big and bulky items that look like something a DJ would wear during a show. If you are the sort of person who wants their audio gear to be as small as possible the Pugz earbuds might be just what you are looking for. These earbuds have a minimal size and shape and are designed to fit in the ear comfortably.

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