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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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Samsung Radiant360 series expands with trio of speakers

Samsung Radiant360 series expands with trio of speakers

Samsung has expanded its lineup of Radiant360 speakers with three new models, each similar in design but with different sizes. The new models are the R1, R3 and R5; they’re cylindrical and all-black, offering omnidirectional sound that is the same regardless of the speaker's angle or listener's position. Samsung’s own Ring Radiator tech is used in part to achieve the audio quality.

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Chant Sport 360-degree speaker is wireless, eco-friendly

Chant Sport 360-degree speaker is wireless, eco-friendly

House of Marley has announced its new Chant Sport, a Bluetooth speaker that boasts both "eco-conscious" construction and a waterproof design. In addition, the Chant Sport speaker also includes a 360 degree sound chapter for uninhibited audio. This is the latest addition to House of Marley’s Chant Bluetooth speaker lineup; it is, more or less, the size of a water bottle.

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Polk Omni S6 speaker is designed for big rooms

Polk Omni S6 speaker is designed for big rooms

Polk has announced a new expansion to its speaker lineup with the new Omni S6 wireless speaker. The S6, which is priced at $349.95 USD, is designed for use in medium sized and large room, a welcomed alternative to the many lower-powered speakers out there that aren’t suitable for large areas. This is a stereo speaker, which the maker promises offers “loud, rich” audio. It also boasts a new “first”, as this is the first speaker in the Omni Collection that allows music playback through a 3.5mm audio jack.

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Master & Dynamic ME05 earbuds look classy with machined brass

Master & Dynamic ME05 earbuds look classy with machined brass

Master & Dynamic has a new pair of classy-looking earbuds called the ME05. These earbuds feature flat black cables complemented with machined brass components, making for an overall sophisticated design alongside what is promised to be a high quality listening experience. The earbuds have already sold out, but those interested can buy a pair now ($199 USD) and should see them shipping within two weeks.

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New Millennium Falcon, Tie Fighter wireless Bluetooth speakers debut

New Millennium Falcon, Tie Fighter wireless Bluetooth speakers debut

Just in time for Episode VII: The Force Awakens — well, actually, with plenty of time before the movie the hits theaters — a new pair of Star Wars-themed wireless speakers have arrived courtesy of iHome. Available from ThinkGeek starting today for $60 each are the Millennium Falcon and Tie Fighter speakers, both supporting Bluetooth and the ability to stream music from 30 feet away. And when you're not blasting the Star Wars soundtrack through them, they can even be used as a speakerphone for calls.

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Batband headphones: an “ear-free” audio headband

Batband headphones: an “ear-free” audio headband

Personal music sessions in public places often happen with one earbud in and one earbud out -- this way you can hear others nearby and your music at the same time. That Batband is a far more attractive alternative, though it might get you a few sideways glances -- it uses bone conductivity rather than traditional speakers, making it a so-called "ear-free" pair of headphones.

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