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BRAVEN 405 HD Bluetooth speakers will survive a pool party

BRAVEN 405 HD Bluetooth speakers will survive a pool party

We take our smartphones with us everywhere, sometimes even to places too risky for those expensive pieces of equipment. Sometimes we do it out of necessity, to keep in touch with work or friends, but most of the time we do it for fun, like for music by the pool or beach. But your smartphone doesn’t have to be at the frontlines for that. Not with BRAVEN’s new 405 Active Series speaker, which can blast out tunes in HD quality, while your smartphone keeps safe and warm at a distance or inside a bag.

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Sonos PLAY:1, PLAY:5 comes to Apple.com, Apple Stores on Oct. 5

Sonos PLAY:1, PLAY:5 comes to Apple.com, Apple Stores on Oct. 5

By doing away with the 3.5 mm headphone jack, Apple has placed its iPhone eggs in wireless audio equipment basket. And not just wireless, Bluetooth headphones, but wireless speakers as well. When it comes to the latter, there is perhaps no brand that rings louder than Sonos. It was only natural that the two would eventually forge closer ties, which happens today as two of Sonos’ most popular connected speakers, the PLAY:1 and the PLAY:5, head to Apple’s online stores and, by next week, physical retail stores as well.

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Marshall Acton Oxblood Limited Edition speaker boasts classic vinyl design

Marshall Acton Oxblood Limited Edition speaker boasts classic vinyl design

Marshall has launched a new limited edition speaker, the Acton model in Oxblood. With this offering — of which only 300 units will be sold — the Acton home speaker is shrouded in a vinyl outer casing that’s dark oxblood in color; golden accents and control knobs complement the vinyl, making for an overall design that, says Marshall, would be ‘at home in a dark, smoky tavern” or next to a Chesterfield sofa.

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Logitech Z337 Bold Sound is a desktop speaker with Bluetooth

Logitech Z337 Bold Sound is a desktop speaker with Bluetooth

Logitech has taken the wraps off its new Z337 Bold Sound with Bluetooth, the company’s first desktop speaker that can play music via Bluetooth rather than an audio cable. Thanks to the Bluetooth support, users are able to stream their audio from any device that supports it — a laptop, smartphone, tablet, or similar device. The Z337 Bold isn’t limited to just Bluetooth audio, though, also offering RCA input and a 3.5mm audio jack for a wired connection.

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VIZIO SmartCast Crave speakers venture into Sonos territory

VIZIO SmartCast Crave speakers venture into Sonos territory

When talking with tech-savvy people about multi-room speakers, the brand that will probably pop up the most will be Sonos. Players in that market are still few, but the numbers are rising with the prevalence of IoT devices and platforms. Aiming to establish itself as early as now, VIZIO is announcing two new audio members of its SmartCast family, the Crave Pro and the Crave 360, both offering not just wireless audio streaming but also the ability to play the music all throughout the house. On other VIZIO Crave speakers, of course.

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B&O’s BeoSound 1 and 2 have exquisite detailing for a sky-high price

B&O’s BeoSound 1 and 2 have exquisite detailing for a sky-high price

Bang & Olufsen may not be the most affordable brand when it comes to wireless speakers, but they certainly know how to get the details right. The company has launched its BeoSound 1 and BeoSound 2 pair at IFA 2016 this week, and they're full of the charming Danish details that fans of the brand have come to expect.

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Fireside Audiobox pulses fire to the beat of your music

Fireside Audiobox pulses fire to the beat of your music

Mixing together the primitive and modern is a new Bluetooth speaker that pulses flames to the beat of whatever music you’re playing. Called Fireside Audiobox, the speaker is battery-powered and uses propane to fuel the flames; combined together, you get all the functionality of a portable wire-free speaker coupled with the classic beautify of an open flame. It's like lighting candles and playing music, only better.

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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless speaker launches in white

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless speaker launches in white

Bowers & Wilkins has announced the upcoming launch of its Zeppelin Wireless speaker in white, complementing the black option it launched several months back. The white color is more contemporary in nature and goes better with certain types of decor versus the black model. Says the company, it made this color model “to appeal to palette purists and design enthusiasts who prefer a more neutral color tone."

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BOSEbuild aims to teach kids tech with DIY speaker

BOSEbuild aims to teach kids tech with DIY speaker

Bose may not be the first name you associate with learning about electronics, but the company's BOSEbuild educational division is aiming to change that with a DIY speaker. The BOSEbuild Speaker Cube is a $149 Bluetooth speaker broken down into its component parts, intended to teach kids not only what goes into a modern gadget but how principles like sound operate.

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Devialet’s Gold Phantom packs 4,500W of French ear-melting power

Devialet’s Gold Phantom packs 4,500W of French ear-melting power

If you thought Devialet's oddball Phantom speaker was extreme, get ready to slap on some ear protection for the new Gold Phantom. Squeezing more power into the same curvaceous body, Gold Phantom is the French company's most potent standalone speaker to-date, but it promises more than just potential hearing damage.

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Libratone ONE Click and TOO portable speakers are easy to carry

Libratone ONE Click and TOO portable speakers are easy to carry

Libratone has taken the wraps off a pair of new speakers, the ONE Click and TOO. Both speakers are portable and wireless, and each one is small but in its own way. The ONE Click is said to be about the size of a paperback book with a shape to match, while the TOO speaker is more like “an overstuffed hot dog,” says Libratone. Both speakers boast 360-degree sound, as well, being able to project audio in every direction around it for a full and robust presence.

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Jawbone tipped trying to sell speaker business as focus shifts to trackers

Jawbone tipped trying to sell speaker business as focus shifts to trackers

Jawbone is looking to sell its speaker business, according to sources, as its shifts its focus solely to its wearable and health business. According to a report, Jawbone has been pitching its speaker business at possible buyers, which, if it’s successful, will see its Jambox wireless speakers changing hands. In addition, a source says Jawbone is liquidating its current speaker stocks.

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