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ASUS Xonar U3 Plus soundcard comes in a USB dongle

ASUS Xonar U3 Plus soundcard comes in a USB dongle

If you're an audio nut and only have a laptop with you, then you're mostly out of luck when it comes to boosting your rig with a better audio system. Luckily for you, ASUS might have just covered your needs. The latest addition to its Xonar line is the Xonar U3 Plus, an external DAC that can fit snugly into USB ports to deliver the power of a home studio but at a very portable and inconspicuous size of a USB dongle.

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Geek Wave PMP supports 32-bit/384kHz plus DSD 128

Geek Wave PMP supports 32-bit/384kHz plus DSD 128

There are plenty of music players out there from the mundane iPods that just about everyone has to PMPs that are made specifically for audiophiles that want formats with the best possible clarity. A new portable media player has debuted called the Geek Wave and it promises more clarity than other audiophile grade PMPs available today.

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LG Music Flow Wi-Fi Series lineup unveiled ahead of CES

LG Music Flow Wi-Fi Series lineup unveiled ahead of CES

LG is set to debut its new Music Flow Wi-Fi Series music devices next month at CES. Among the product lineup are a couple sound bars, a wireless speaker, and a 3D streaming Blu-ray player. Each device can be mixed up with other devices or used on its own, and the maker has taken some steps to make them convenient for mobile users, including being able to continue streaming to the speaker from a smartphone even if a call comes in.

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Jack wireless guitar adapter connects amps without cords

Jack wireless guitar adapter connects amps without cords

Everything else is going wireless, and your guitar is no exception. Jack is a simple wireless adapter that connects to a guitar and pairs with an adapter for the guitar's related amp. Once connected, users can rock out without the hassle of cables and without, says the maker, suffering with poor audio quality. The adapter isn't limited to guitars, however, also working with any other instrument featuring the same amp connection port. We have all the details after the jump.

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Netherlands’ LEAF sound system is so loud it could kill you

Netherlands’ LEAF sound system is so loud it could kill you

The LEAF, short for Large European Acoustic Facility, will never host the world's biggest music show and for good reason. This large facility, built in the name of science, produces only noise. And not just noise, mind you, but noise that could potentially blow your head off from your ears if you happened to still be inside the chamber when it blasts spectral noise, believed to be the loudest in the world. Luckily, no one has been reported to have suffered that fate yet.

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Grooveshark online radio app Broadcasts to launch next month

Grooveshark online radio app Broadcasts to launch next month

Grooveshark didn’t start on the right foot with the music companies that own the music it offered to listeners free. The reason for the ire and legal trouble for Grooveshark was that it didn’t pay for the music or license it before it made the tunes available in its app for listeners at no cost. Grooveshark has been around for eight years and is now trying to go legit.

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Mikme wireless mic offers studio quality, mobile mixing

Mikme wireless mic offers studio quality, mobile mixing

Mikme is a portable wireless microphone offering musicians and other audio hobbyists a way to capture studio-quality audio without setting up a recording station. The idea behind the device is that users should be able to start recording whenever the moment strikes without having to put the moment on hold to set up a quality microphone -- or, alternatively, without having to settle for a lesser-quality smartphone recording. The microphone is joined by a smartphone app that offers, among other things, mobile audio mixing and sharing.

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Hush smart earplugs block out unwanted sounds while still letting you hear

Hush smart earplugs block out unwanted sounds while still letting you hear

There are many reasons that people need earplugs, and not all of them are reasons you might expect. People need earplugs in very loud situations, such as shooting guns or at a loud racetrack for sure, but there are other reasons in the home that people use them as well when it's important that you still be able to hear sounds around you, such as sleeping. For situations like this, a new set of earplugs called Hush smart earplugs have debuted.

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Spotify preps playlists for Thanksgiving festivities

Spotify preps playlists for Thanksgiving festivities

The holidays are a lot of things for a lot of people: a time to get together with people you mightn't otherwise see often, to express gratitude, and, on the less serious level, to watch shows and partake in activities reserved specifically for this time of the year. To help you frame your Thanksgiving soundtrack are some curated playlists from Spotify, which intends to entertain you while your bird cooks. To be sure the playlist has enough songs for your time spent waiting, the service asks a few questions about your turkey to get you started.

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