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2015 Audi A3 First Drive

2015 Audi A3 First Drive

No chances are being taken with the 2015 Audi A3. While the outgoing model never quite achieved the same cachet in the US as it did in Europe in five-door hatchback form, the new car targets the US from the outset with an A3 Sedan leading the charge. Starting just under $29,900 but promising Teutonic refinement - and a typically lengthy options list, including what may be the best infotainment system we’ve used so far - the A3 aims to follow in the footsteps of its well-received bigger siblings, not to mention return fire against other recent entrants in the premium C-segment niche. Read on for our first drive report.

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Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 12-65 New Generation TV pushed as full-room entertainment system

Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 12-65 New Generation TV pushed as full-room entertainment system

With the release of the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 12 New Generation system, the company suggests that one 65-inch plasma television is never enough - not in and of itself. Instead Bang & Olufsen deliver a full home theater setup - effectively - with an all-digital video platform above a motorized floor stand and a set of speakers that'll bring full 7.1 surround sound to your living room. This is not your uncle's big-screen TV made for football Sunday - it's part of a whole new class.

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Bang & Olufsen shuttering shops as AV sales stumble

Bang & Olufsen shuttering shops as AV sales stumble

Bang & Olufsen will shutter up to 125 stores across Europe in an attempt to save money, the Danish style merchant has confirmed, after retail sales of the company's high-design A/V products failed to keep pace with its automotive deals. Sales grew 5.5-percent year on year in September to November 2012, B&O announced, but that was predominantly down to in-car audio tie-ins with Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, and other marques, rather than its more traditional media player and TV range.

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Audi, Bang & Olufsen, Fraunhofer IIS team up for 3D auto experience

Audi, Bang & Olufsen, Fraunhofer IIS team up for 3D auto experience

The folks at three of the biggest names in auto and/or audio have come together this month to bring on a beast of a system for the Audi Q7 for 2013. Bang & Olufsen have partnered with Audi as well as Fraunhofer IIS to bring on a "3D sound experience" for the next generation of Audi vehicles. Fraunhofer IIS, if you did not know, was the "main" inventor (as they say) of the MP3 and is an innovator of next-level audio experiences top to bottom - as any average Joe would tell you.

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BeoVision 11 is Bang & Olufsen’s first Smart TV

BeoVision 11 is Bang & Olufsen’s first Smart TV

Bang & Olufsen has launched its first smart TV, the BeoVision 11, up to 55-inches of media-streaming LCD pleasure clad in the Danish company's typically minimalistic design. Available in 40-, 46-, and 55-inch sizes, all running at Full HD 1080p resolution, the BeoVision 11 throws in Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter apps, as well as streaming content from various country-specific providers, along with a full web browser.

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B&O BeoPlay A9: AirPlay gets outlandish

B&O BeoPlay A9: AirPlay gets outlandish

High-end home entertainment kit provider and style trend-setter Bang & Olufsen has outed its latest music system, but though the BeoPlay A9 goes wireless, it's certainly not discrete. The vast, round speaker system - which reminds us of an archery target, albeit one with touch-sensitive volume controls and a companion smartphone and tablet app - can be wall-mounted or stood on three wooden legs, streaming music around your home via DLNA and AirPlay.

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B&O offers free iPhone 5 Lighting upgrade for pricy BeoPlay A8 dock

B&O offers free iPhone 5 Lighting upgrade for pricy BeoPlay A8 dock

Ever wondered whether it's worth shelling out the extra cash for a Bang & Olufsen system rather than cheaper rivals? B&O's free Lightning upgrade deal for the BeoPlay A8 might convince you; the company has confirmed that all existing and new owners of the eye-catching iPhone and iPod speaker-dock will get a free Lighting adapter that seamlessly switches over with the legacy 30-pin Dock Connector.

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ASUS Audio Dock hands-on with Transformer Prime

ASUS Audio Dock hands-on with Transformer Prime

This week the folks at ASUS have brought on a new addition to the ASUS Transformer family with the ASUS Audio Dock, and we got our hands on it at Computex this morning! This device is an extremely slick-looking speaker dock for the ASUS TF201 (Transformer Prime), TF700T (Transformer Prime 700 Series), and TF300T (Transformer Pad), two out of three of which we've done full reviews on already. What you'll get is 4 x 3W speakers with ASUS SonicMaster Audio tied with Audio by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower.

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Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay V1 TV pic leaks

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay V1 TV pic leaks

Anytime I hear the name Bang & Olufsen; I know the device will be something that costs a lot of money. There are other things you can count on when you hear the B&O name as well, like style and quality sound. Back during CES Bang & Olufsen announced a new series called B&O Play that would be less expensive consumer devices.

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