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Sound Torch: a speaker that is literally on fire

Sound Torch: a speaker that is literally on fire

There are speakers on the market that show light patterns adjusted to your music, but the Sound Torch is different — it produces fire. Real fire. The Sound Torch is a small cube-shaped Bluetooth speaker with a grille on the top through which flames dance in sync with whatever audio the speaker is currently pumping. The speaker itself is powered from an internal battery, and the flames are gas-fueled, making for an altogether atmospheric cube. And, yes, there are some safety features to keep the party from burning down.

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Hitachi whole home wireless speakers powered by AllPlay

Hitachi whole home wireless speakers powered by AllPlay

Hitachi has stepped into the whole home audio market with a trio of new wireless speakers that will bring your favorite music to any room of your home or office. The three speakers are WiFi enabled and all are powered by AllPlay technology under the hood from Qualcomm. All three of the wireless speaker solutions support streaming music via WiFi from both iOS and Android platforms.

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JBL Clip+ and Charge 2+ Bluetooth speakers unveiled

JBL Clip+ and Charge 2+ Bluetooth speakers unveiled

JBL, the audio company that recently had 16 speakers and two subwoofers squeezed into a Smart car, has taken the wraps off two new speakers: the JBL Clip+ and the JBL Charge 2+. Both are wireless speakers offering connectivity over Bluetooth, with the Clip+ featuring a hooked top and the Charge 2+ a long cylindrical design. Each speaker brings with it its own features, though the Charge 2+ is no doubt the higher end of the two. Both are up for order now, though the Clip+ won't be shipping again until September.

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Sonos 5.4 will finally give PLAY:1 some love

Sonos 5.4 will finally give PLAY:1 some love

It's been nearly two years since Sonos unveiled its PLAY:1 streaming speakers, though there have definitely been some special editions of it since then. Today, Sonos is showing that it hasn't forgotten about it nor has it abandoned the faithful fans who purchased one. The latest 5.4 update makes the speakers still relevant by improving its output quality. Of course, that's not the only thing that Sonos is pulling in. It is also emphasizing its commitment to rid your home theater system of restricting and tangling cables.

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B&O’s 90th birthday treats are Danishly delicious

B&O’s 90th birthday treats are Danishly delicious

When you hit ninety you could be forgiven for slowing down, but Bang & Olufsen is celebrating its 90th anniversary by giving some of its recent highlights the rose gold treatment. Dubbed "The Love Affair Collection", the name might be a little cheesy but the tech isn't, spanning B&O's best-selling BeoPlay H6 headphones all the way through to the indecently vast BeoVision Avant 85 with its 85-inch, 4K display.

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Wren V5US wireless speaker includes AirPlay, Play-Fi, aptX Bluetooth

Wren V5US wireless speaker includes AirPlay, Play-Fi, aptX Bluetooth

Wren has introduced a new wireless speaker, and it hails it as a unique offering due to its inclusion of Apple AirPlay, aptX Bluetooth, and DTS Play-Fi, something said to be the first of its kind. It's the Wren V5US (universal) speaker, and it can serve the needs of just about any user, where that user prefers AirPlay or Bluetooth. The myriad wireless support is coupled with an attractive, somewhat conservative design available in two colors. The speaker itself is available now through Wren and its authorized dealers for $499 USD.

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New LG Music Flow speakers work with Google Cast

New LG Music Flow speakers work with Google Cast

LG is introducing seven new members to its Music Flow family of speakers. What makes these seven noteworthy, aside from being new, is that they are the first of their kin to support the Google Cast streaming technology. This means that users will be able to "cast" their music easily and effortlessly, not just from their Android smartphones and tablets, but also from iOS and Chrome OS devices. With the new Music Flow line, audiophiles will be able to enjoy the benefits of quality wireless audio, on top of LG's own special features.

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Echo’s PowerSound speaker boasts 32 hours of playback

Echo’s PowerSound speaker boasts 32 hours of playback

Portable speakers have gone wireless, and that's a good thing -- you're now able to play tunes from your phone or tablet over Bluetooth, no cable tethers to be found. The downside of battery life still remains, however, and when the internal battery dies, so does the party. Enter Echo's PowerSound speaker, which has a giant battery and boasts 32 hours of playback time on a single charge -- something that'll take you through an entire weekend of camping and music listening, for example. It also doubles as a power bank.

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TDK Life on Record TREK 360 review; big sound in every direction

TDK Life on Record TREK 360 review; big sound in every direction

When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, there’s plenty out there to choose from. If you want to get a bit more premium, the choices start to thin out quite a bit. Try to get an upgraded option, but still remain affordable, and the choices are fewer. With the TREK 360, TDK wants to give you reason to think smaller without considering compromise. With speakers forcing sound in 360-degrees, does the TREK 360 produce enough quality sound to make you want to buy one? We find out.

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Divoom Bluetune Bean speaker includes selfie button

Divoom Bluetune Bean speaker includes selfie button

Portable speakers are old news at this point. It is not hard to find a little Bluetooth offering to complement your on-the-go lifestyle, and so another announcement elicits little more than a yawn. What's a company to do? Try to make its product unique by including something you wouldn't ordinarily expect to find on your speaker -- in Divoom's case, that is a shutter button for taking selfies. Yes, you can now take a selfie using a speaker. What a world.

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