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JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker boosts the bass

JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker boosts the bass

Harman has introduced its new JBL Flip 3, a cylindrical portable speaker that updates the product line. The speaker is said to offer “powerful sound” despite its diminutive size, and it is splash proof, which enables it to operate in places where it is subjected to moderate water exposure (it can be cleaned under the tap, says Harman). Other improvements over the JBL Flip 2 speakers include “richer bass” and better overall audio quality via the use of dual passive radiators. The speaker will start shipping later this week.

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Sonos unveils PLAY:1 Tone limited edition speaker

Sonos unveils PLAY:1 Tone limited edition speaker

Audio company Sonos has just taken the wraps off their second limited edition speaker from the PLAY:1 line, the Tone. Much like the first limited edition, the Blue Note, released earlier this year, the Tone continues with the PLAY:1's seamless, minimal design, but now in "absolute black" or "pristine white," and with a soft matte finish. It's still the same size as the standard PLAY:1, so the speaker is compact and can be placed in almost any room without having an over-bearing presence.

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Star Trek Communicator Bluetooth handset gets unveiled at Comic-Con

Star Trek Communicator Bluetooth handset gets unveiled at Comic-Con

Star Trek fans rejoice! You're now going to have the chance to own an exact replica of the sci-fi show's Communicator device, and it's fully-functioning to boot. Sadly, the Communicator won't let call up to the Enterprise, but it will work as Bluetooth handset and speaker for your smartphone. The device is built by The Wand Company, and will be officially shown off for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con this week. You can even pre-order one now for $150 on the official Star Trek web store, however it won't be shipping until January.

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Sony MHC-V7D speaker shows off sound you can see in new video

Sony MHC-V7D speaker shows off sound you can see in new video

It's hard to show off just how powerful a speaker can be if you aren't there in person to hear the speaker play. Sony is trying to show off its new MHC-V7D speaker on video and to do so it has poured red, blue, and yellow paint into the speaker cone surface and then cranked the tunes. The sound pressure from the track being played, something called Hideaway, makes the paint leap off the speaker.

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Twist LED bulb plays music, mimics the sun

Twist LED bulb plays music, mimics the sun

The days of light bulbs that can play music are upon us, and another option in the still sparse market has arisen: the Twist light bulb. Rather than using Bluetooth to connect to a mobile device, however, it can stream music over AirPlay and Wi-Fi. The speaker functionality is joined by LEDs and color that changes based on preference and the time of day. Says the maker, the light Twist gives off is a bluish white in the morning, and becomes a warmer color in the evening. In addition, the Twist bulb can mimic the sun’s own patterns for better integration with your lighting system.

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The RZA interview: Boombotix and the future of physical-format music

The RZA interview: Boombotix and the future of physical-format music

This week SlashGear caught up with the music producer and artist Robert Diggs, also known to you as the RZA of the Wu-Tang clan. This season RZA takes a new role as a guide for content strategy with portable audio equipment leader Boombotix. He's the new "Head Abbot", a take on his role as The Abbot with legendary hip hop group the Wu-Tang Clan. While other legends in the music industry turn to streaming services to claim a spot in the next wave, RZA turns to the fans. To you. "To put music back in your hands."

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WristBoom: Because a wearable speaker isn’t entirely crazy

WristBoom: Because a wearable speaker isn’t entirely crazy

I was all ready to trash WristBoom, and then I thought of my grandmother. Well, alright, there were a couple of stages in-between, but I had to drop the “cynical geek” persona and think outside the bubble to properly appreciate a chunky Bluetooth speaker you wear strapped to your wrist. And, while I’m still not sure this is the product the world has been holding its breath for, that’s not to say I’m unconvinced by its odd charms.

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Square Root loudspeaker promises no distortion

Square Root loudspeaker promises no distortion

Square Audio has introduced a new loudspeaker called Square Root, and it is designed to be a high end speaker for musicians and others who want quality speakers that eschew common design problems. The Square Root is built upon the foundation the company built with its Square One loudspeaker, which it says was high quality but beyond the budget of most musicians. Square Root is said to have benefits over competing speakers, including a lack of "crossover introduced distortion" and more.

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