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Harman AKG N60 NC luxury headphones feature real leather

Harman has introduced a new pair of on-ear wireless noise-canceling headphones, the AKG N60 NC. The maker describes these as an ultra compact pair of headphones suitable for traveling, among other things, whether by train, bus or airplane. Aside from being small enough to fit in your bag, the headphones feature what is promised to be a luxurious design, including a headband that is made with real leather and ear cups made of aluminum paired with memory foam.

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SoundCloud faces lawsuit over alleged failure to pay royalties

Contentions regarding SoundCloud and the payment of royalties has been long-running, and now the audio streaming service is facing a lawsuit from Performing Rights Society for Music, more commonly referred to as PRS. The entity advised its members recently that it has sought for SoundCloud to “recognize their responsibilities” repeatedly; PRS states SoundCloud requires a license to operate in Europe and the United Kingdom. PRS went further and issued a press statement advising that it has “no choice” in the matter, and that after a half a decade of failed negotiations, it must proceed with a lawsuit.

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Logitech debuts G933, G633 premium gaming headsets

Logitech's gaming division has just announced two new premium headsets that are not just compatible with consoles and PCs, but home theater setups and mobiles devices as well. Dubbed the G633 and G933 Artemis Spectrum, the headphones feature Pro-G audio drivers and 7.1 Dolby surround sound, and aim to combine the sound from premium headphones adored by music lovers with gaming-specific functions and customization.

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Sony combines TV remote with wireless speaker for Japan

Sony is proudly continuing the Japanese trend of combining two random, unrelated products into one. The latest example is their newly announced SRS-LSR100, a wireless speaker that basically has a television remote on top. The idea behind the device is that users bring the TV's audio closer to them, while still being able to change the channel. You know, like the remote that comes with the TV set does.

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Samsung outs R1, R3, R5 Wireless Audio 360 speakers

Piling on the pre-IFA 2015 announcements, Samsung has just revealed three new speakers that make up its Wireless Audio 360 family. No weird egg shape this time. The R1, R3, and R5 wireless speakers are plain but stylish, industrial-looking and practical. Not only do they blast your music in all directions, their now flat tops also transform into a user interface area where owners can tap and swipe to control their tunes. Plus, the speakers work well with Samsung's Multiroom experience, bringing music and life to any part of the house.

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TuneIn adds premium plan, audiobooks, and MLB streaming

TuneIn, the radio streaming service that offers radio stations online, has added an $8 per month subscription plan that removes advertisements from 600 radio stations. In addition to the new premium plan, the service has also added a big library of audiobooks, many of which are well known and from big-name authors, and it will also provide audio streams from Premier League soccer and the MLB. The move brings the best of both worlds, allowing users to enjoy the perks of traditional radio alongside some of the features that would otherwise be limited to services like Spotify.

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Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction headphones leave your ears open

The problem with lots of headphones and ear buds on the market today is that they block your ability to hear what is going on around you. Without the ability to hear what is going on when you are running, walking, or cycling, you can get into some serious trouble in traffic. A new set of earphones that is designed to deliver your favorite audio content while leaving your ability to hear what is going on around you has debuted called the Trekz Titanium.

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Yamaha debuts MusicCast multi-room audio system with support for lossless formats

Yamaha has just announced it's getting into the multi-room audio system market with its new MusicCast system, complete with support for several lossless music formats. The company says it is introducing MusicCast with integration into more than 20 products, including all but one of their receivers for 2015, along with sound bars, monitors, and speakers. The system will support streaming from a number of sources via WiFi and Bluetooth.

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Pioneer rolls out six new car receivers for 2016

Pioneer Electronics has rolled out its line of car receivers for 2016. There are six CD receivers in the new line and one digital media receiver. The six CD receivers include the DEH-X6800BT, DEH-X5800HD, DEH-X4800BT, DEH-X3800S, DEH-X3800UI and DEH-X2800UI and the lone digital media receiver is the MVH-X380BT.

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LG pre-announces Music Flow P5, SoundPop 360 wireless speakers

The past days we've seen LG put out product after product, not of smartphones, but of audio equipment, from the curved Music Flow soundbar to the new TONE ULTRA headset. Coming full circle, LG is also announcing not one but two wireless speakers that you can take with you anywhere but also share the listening experience with others. The Music Flow P5 and the rather odd-looking SoundPop 360 will be making their public debut at one of the world's largest tech show, IFA 2015, next month.

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Ayris bluMe Hi-Fi Bluetooth music receiver works with any music system

Audiophiles and music fans probably have a stereo system at home that has been around since before music streaming. You may also have a set of powered speakers that sit around missing out on tunes from your favorite streaming app. A device called the Ayris bluMe Hi-Fi music receiver has debuted that is designed to give legacy music devices access to your favorite streaming services.

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Vinylify lets you make your own custom vinyl record

Your vinyl collection is only as robust as the options available to you. As the medium makes its comeback, we've seen different tools and services surface promising to produce a vinyl record on your behalf -- maybe something you plan to pass out at your band's upcoming gig, or something that will round out your personal collection. Vinylify is one of the newest services among them, and has managed to catch quite a bit of attention.

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