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Jabra Sport Pace wireless earbuds mix sports, premium audio

Jabra Sport Pace wireless earbuds mix sports, premium audio

Jabra has introduced a new pair of wireless earbuds for athletes and sports enthusiasts who are also particular about the quality of their music. The Jabra Sport Pace wireless sports earbuds are touted as offering “premium audio” alongside the features we’ve come to expect in such headphones, including a wireless design that doesn’t get in the way and earbuds that hold tightly in place, even if you’re out jogging or jumping around.

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Pandora pushes premium plan with one-day pass

Pandora pushes premium plan with one-day pass

Pandora has announced a new one-day pass option for those who want advertisement-free listening for a single 24 hour period. This pass is like its premium subscription plan, but obviously limits the ad-free listening time to one day rather than a full month. The new pass option will be available starting this upcoming Thursday, and will be priced at $0.99 USD. The Internet radio service is notably quiet in regards to its reason for introducing the new pass, however.

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These are the guts of Panasonic’s new Technics turntable

These are the guts of Panasonic’s new Technics turntable

Panasonic will be bringing a new Technics turntable to the market soon - until then, here's its guts. Inside the first (of many) Technics turntables for the modern world is a new Direct Drive motor, ushering out the first 40 years of turntables driven with the gear of old. This new Technics solution has been developed, says Panasonic, "with the aim of enhancing the grade and sound quality of the renowned SL-1200." It'll still play vinyl, needless to say - but it'll be a whole smoother.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack releases in December

Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack releases in December

The new Star Wars movie will certainly be the best part, but the subsequent soundtrack will be just as exciting for music lovers. Fans have been requesting information about The Force Awakens' soundtrack and when it will be released, and that information has finally been provided: the soundtrack will be launching on the same day the movie premieres in theaters, December 18.

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Withings Aura alarm clock gets Spotify Connect support

Withings Aura alarm clock gets Spotify Connect support

Withings has announced a partnership with Spotify under which it will provide Aura Clock owners with musical playlists. This makes Aura the first connected alarm clock to sport Spotify Connect, says Withings; with such support, users are able to access in excess of 30 million songs to set up music playlists for when it is time to get up and time to go to sleep. If you don’t have time to pick through songs to find the perfect playlist, though, Withings has you covered.

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Sennheiser HD 400 headphones series expanded at IFA 2015

Sennheiser HD 400 headphones series expanded at IFA 2015

Sennheiser has updated its HD 400 product lineup with new headphone models: the HD 451, HD 461, and HD 471. All three models isolate the listener from ambient noises, but retain a lightweight and closed-back design. Likewise, all three of the models are made with neodymium magnets; the two higher end headphones, the HD 461 and HD 471, offer superior sound quality, with the HD 461 being tailored toward the bass-lovers among us, while the HD 471 is more neutral and balanced.

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TomTom Spark Music hands-on: a fine little player for fitness

TomTom Spark Music hands-on: a fine little player for fitness

Today we've gotten our hands on the TomTom Spark, a new sports watch aimed at runners, primarily. This device works with a preloaded set of songs on a list called Running Trax, including 30-minutes of upbeat tunes curated by the Ministry of Sound - so you know where they're coming from. If you're interested in loading your own music, you can do that too - "more than 500 songs" can be loaded to this device right off the bat.

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Marshall Headphones Stockwell, a tiny speaker with big sound

Marshall Headphones Stockwell, a tiny speaker with big sound

The folks at Marshall Headphones reveal a device they call the "biggest little speaker" in its class. This device looks like an amplifier - much like the last several independent speakers the brand has made - but it's a whole lot smaller than every speaker they've created thus far. This "Stockwell" speaker is about the size of half a shoebox, coming in at just 2.65 pounds (1.2kg), with two 2.25 woofers and two-channel Class D amplifiers.

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Harman unveils slew of new headphones, speakers

Harman unveils slew of new headphones, speakers

A slew of new JBL and Harman Kardon speakers and headphones were unveiled at IFA 2015 today, including portable speakers, loudspeakers for televisions, earbuds, noise canceling headphones, and more. The headphones will be released at different points over the coming weeks, and obviously will sit at different price points. Chief among them all, though, is the new JBL Everest series, including its flagship model, the JBL Everest ELITE 700.

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Bose SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones II: 15hrs battery life

Bose SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones II: 15hrs battery life

Bose has introduced its new SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones II, a pair of cans the maker says offers both the best wireless audio quality available and a host of new features, included among them being 15 hours of run time on a charge. In addition to the longer battery life, the new SoundLink headphones can connect two devices, feature NFC for fast pairing, voice prompts, and more. The headphones became available for purchase today in both white/gold and black/blue editions.

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New Kraftwerk “album” will be released in 3D

New Kraftwerk “album” will be released in 3D

While past Kraftwerk albums have been traditional in presentation, more or less, their next album will summon the heart of the band with a full 3D experience. While we're still crossing our fingers for a virtual reality presentation, thus far it would appear that the next Kraftwerk album will be released as a 3D blu-ray. This disc (or set of discs) will be released "hopefully" in the late fall of 2015.

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Vine’s Snap to Beat adds looping music to looping vids

Vine’s Snap to Beat adds looping music to looping vids

Anyone and everyone seems to be adding music capabilities to their services, whether they make sense or, as in some cases, not (hello, LINE). The latest to join the fray is Vine, but don't be afraid, this isn't a new music streaming service. Considering Vine's nature of looping videos (do I hear GIFs?), "Music on Vine" takes on a different meaning, which is to say, looping sound clips. While that has always been possible to do manually, the new Snap to Beat tool makes its, well, a snap.

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