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Apogee Groove USB DAC makes your laptop sound better

Apogee Groove USB DAC makes your laptop sound better

If you travel a lot and find yourself listening to music or movies frequently from your notebook, you may want to improve the sound as much as possible. A company called Apogee has a new USB DAC that promises to give your notebook a big boost in audio performance in a very small package. The device is very small making it easy to take with you on the road.

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KORG synthesizer collection brings audio heat to NAMM

KORG synthesizer collection brings audio heat to NAMM

The team at KORG aren't holding anything back this week at NAMM 2015. They've revealed multiple devices, including the KAOSS DJ - a USB DJ controller and audio interface, the kaossilator 2S - an enhanced version of the original palm-sized synth, KRONOS - their most powerful synth yet, and the ARP Odyssey - a new look at the original legendary analog synth. This full music-making collection of devices is coming your way this year, and they're being shown for the first time all at once this week, in full detail.

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Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator puts a synth in your pocket

Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator puts a synth in your pocket

Teenage Engineering might not be a name you recognize, the company makes a synthesizer for music lovers that competes against big names in the business like Roland, Korg, Moog, and others. Teenage Engineering's first product was called the OP-1 and it was an expensive device selling for around $799. The company has a new product range out for people who want to make music, and it's much cheaper.

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Sony MDR-AS600BT earbuds have both NFC and Bluetooth

Sony MDR-AS600BT earbuds have both NFC and Bluetooth

Sony has introduced a new pair of in-ear headphones, the MDR-AS600BT. As you might have guessed from the model name, these earbuds feature Bluetooth connectivity (hence the "BT" at the end), as well as NFC for even quicker pairing with mobile devices. The headphones seem targeted at ordinary usage but include some features that would go along well while out running or in the gym, or when commuting on the train everyday. The headphones will be available starting February 13.

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Pioneer HRM-7 headphones arrive in March for discerning music lovers

Pioneer HRM-7 headphones arrive in March for discerning music lovers

Pioneer has added to its already expansive lineup with the new HRM-7 studio headphones, a pair that is intended for use both in private studios and in general usage, skewing more toward the discerning and audiophile users out there. Pioneer has packed a few notable features into the cans, which -- as far as construction goes -- set their focus on comfort via the use of hybrid memory form ear pads. The comfort allows for long listening sessions without discomfort, while the audio features provide a high-quality listening experience.

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Spotify saw growth last year despite bumps in the road

Spotify saw growth last year despite bumps in the road

The world of online music streaming has grown both massive and competitive, and so it is always interesting to get a look at the numbers -- particularly when they buck the trend, as Google experienced last year. Spotify, of course, is one of the biggest options out there at the moment, and it has just given a glimpse into how its business held up last year. As you might have expected, the company saw an increase in subscriber numbers, as well as active listeners.

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Braven BRV-PRO “tank-like” speaker brings outdoor accessories

Braven BRV-PRO “tank-like” speaker brings outdoor accessories

Braven has introduced its new BRV-PRO rugged Bluetooth speaker, something the company is bidding as a solid option for outdoorsy folks in need of a "tank-like" speaker. The BRV-PRO is both ultra-rugged and portable, and is being offered alongside accessories that improve its usefulness for certain users, including an extended battery pack to keep the tunes coming sans a convenient power outlet. The speaker is already available and the accessories will be coming soon, and we have all the details on what they have to offer.

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HARMAN and Pono team up to bring HD music to cars

HARMAN and Pono team up to bring HD music to cars

When two of the music industry's top brands say they're going to make listening to music in cars a blast, you better start listening, almost literally. CES 2015 might be all but over, but HARMAN and Pono Music saved the best announcements for last. The company behind the popular Harman Karman audio product line and Neil Young's young Pono brand are joining forces to deliver high definition audio to vehicles, bringing the quality listening experience you find at home or the new Pono Player right into your car speakers.

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Gibson Trainer headphones target runners with safety LEDs

Gibson Trainer headphones target runners with safety LEDs

Many headphones targeted at runners are of the earbud variety, which is usually the preferred form for those out running. Still, there are those who prefer over-ear headphones, and Gibson has moved to satisfy those users with its new Trainer cans. The Gibson Trainer headphones have some features that make them particularly useful for runners, including embedded LED lights that are intended to make runners more visible -- and, thusly, more safe -- when jogging at night. The device was made in partnership with Usain Bolt.

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