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Ultimate Ears Roll 2 Review – Louder, longer

Ultimate Ears Roll 2 Review – Louder, longer

In a world of square or cylindrical Bluetooth speakers, Ultimate Ears' circular Roll 2 stands out, freshly updated for 2016 for music-lovers on the move. The form-factor is the same, a saucer-sized disk of tough fabric and rubber with a handy bungee cord loop on the back, it's still waterproof to IPX7, and so is the price, $99.99. Inside, therefore, are where the main changes have happened.

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Meizu enters the US market with a “floating” Gravity speaker

Meizu enters the US market with a “floating” Gravity speaker

For those who keep tabs on the smartphone market, the name Meizu might be easily recognized as one of the more popular Chinese brands. Those who know the brand before that, however, will probably remember how the company started out making portable MP3, and then MP4, players. Meizu has no illusions that it isn't yet as strong a global brand as Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei, the three top dogs in the Chinese smartphone market. So in its first formal attempt to venture to the West, particularly the US, it is going back to its roots and crowdsourcing Gravity, a rather intriguing "floating" wireless speaker.

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Harman Kardon GO + Play next-gen speaker sports steel handle

Harman Kardon GO + Play next-gen speaker sports steel handle

Harman Kardon has taken the wraps off its next-generation GO + Play, a wireless speaker that supports three devices at once and includes a built-in handle for easily toting it around. The company boasts ‘premium’ materials in its construction, including stainless steel for the handle and fabric for the finish. The speaker will be launching in May for $299 USD with a bunch of other features rounding it out.

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8Bitdo Retro Cube Speaker is inspired by NES controller

8Bitdo Retro Cube Speaker is inspired by NES controller

After you’ve owned a few, most wireless speakers start to look alike. The particulars — color, shape — may vary a bit, but overall the designs are very similar. That’s not the case with 8Bitdo’s new Retro Cube Speaker, a small wireless speaker with a design inspired by the original NES controller. Rather than featuring a touch panel or ordinary buttons, the speaker has a useable directional pad on the top.

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808 Audio’s new portable speakers boost the bass

808 Audio’s new portable speakers boost the bass

808 Audio has introduced several new portable speakers as part of its’ CES 2016 lineup, including the new and quite large Canz XL, a larger-than-typical portable speaker based on the Canz. The company also has some more svelte options in the pipeline, though, such as the Hex Light and the Hex LXS. 808 Audio plans to release the new speakers this upcoming spring season.

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Sony Glass Sound Speaker doubles as classy light

Sony Glass Sound Speaker doubles as classy light

At its CES event today, Sony announced its Glass Sound Speaker, a vertical round glass tube with an “LED source” on the inside. The Glass Sound Speaker, as the name suggests, is a speaker first and foremost, with the light serving as a gentle accent that blends well with most decor styles. This is part of Sony’s previously announced Life Space UX product lineup.

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Sony Extra Bass line expands with new speakers, headphones

Sony Extra Bass line expands with new speakers, headphones

Sony has announced an expansion to its Extra Bass audio lineup, adding news headphones, speakers, and an audio system. The lineup, as its’ name suggests, is targeted at those with heavy bass audio tastes; those who find themselves often disappointed by the bass from most consumer audio devices. Sony plans to launch all of the products in Spring, though prices haven’t been stated yet.

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Pavilion spiraled wireless speakers double as art

Pavilion spiraled wireless speakers double as art

Hult Design has introduced its beautiful pillar-style Bluetooth speaker Pavilion. Unlike most other speakers, Pavilion in no way resembles a speaker; rather, it looks like a piece of art one might have sitting atop a bookcase or fireplace. When in use, though, Pavilion pumps out audio with what the maker says is “boomy bass” and “bright treble.”

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Razer Leviathan Mini Review

Razer Leviathan Mini Review

Inside the Razer Leviathan Mini you're going to get some deep, booming sound. That's for certain. If you connect this speaker to your Android device, you'll be able to say "OK Google" to it just fine - it uses what Razer calls "Clear Voice Capture" technology - you can use it as a speakerphone for your phone, too. But what is the Razer Leviathan Mini best at? Audio for your TV? Not so much. Wireless music. Wireless music in twos.

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LG Music Flow welcomes new sound bars, X-Boom speakers

LG Music Flow welcomes new sound bars, X-Boom speakers

LG might be more known these days for smartphones, TVs, and some home appliances, but at CES 2016 next month, it will show that it also got what it takes to be a force to reckon with in the audio market. There, it will unveil the new members of its Music Flow line of speakers, including three sound bars with support for wireless receiving tunes to play. It also has new X-Boom audio systems that deliver the needed oomph for a loud and lively music party.

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iClever IC-BTS02 Bluetooth speaker mini-review

iClever IC-BTS02 Bluetooth speaker mini-review

When you need your music on the go, you need it in a small form factor -- one that can easily fit in any bag and won't wear you down, but that doesn't sacrifice audio quality or battery life. Most portable batteries come in cylindrical form, but there are smaller single-speaker units out there that are about the size of a baseball. One such unit is iClever's IC-BTS02, a little wireless speaker we've taken for a spin.

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Songs Trueplay out now: auto-tuning your speaker system

Songs Trueplay out now: auto-tuning your speaker system

This week Sonos is releasing the iOS (for now) based auto-tune system known as Trueplay. This system will tune your Sonos speakers in a way that'll allow your system to sound good, no matter the position your units are in. This update will be coming to the Sonos app for iOS devices as of this morning - you'll receive your update likely by the end of the week, at the latest. Be on the lookout!

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