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Mars Bluetooth speaker levitates like a tiny UFO

Mars Bluetooth speaker levitates like a tiny UFO

Remember the Om/One levitating speaker? It now has a UFO-shaped competitor fittingly called the Mars levitating speaker. Mars is promised to provide 360-degree sound projection due to its shape and levitating nature. A subwoofer charging station is positioned below the floating speaker -- called the "craft" -- and is complemented by an integrated microphone for taking calls. Perhaps with a hint of humor, the maker notes its Mars speaker is made with aircraft-grade aluminum.

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Philips Spotify multiroom speakers take on Sonos

Philips Spotify multiroom speakers take on Sonos

Sonos has found itself a new rival, with Philips jumping onboard the Spotify Connect train with a pair of new multi-room speakers for the streaming music service. The Philips Spotify SW700M and SW750M can either be grouped together for the same music in multiple rooms - useful if you're having a party, for instance - or each play different tracks to suit each individual listener. While they may be cheaper than Sonos, however, there are a few limitations to bear in mind all the same.

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Ohm Bluetooth Speaker doubles as wireless charger

Ohm Bluetooth Speaker doubles as wireless charger

Joining its recent slew of new products comes a new audio device from Quirky, the Ohm Bluetooth Speaker. The unit won't be shipping until December 10, but interested parties can pre-order it now from the company's website for $169.99 USD. As far as speakers go, the Ohm isn't terribly notable -- what sets it apart is the base, which includes a wireless charger to power up any device that supports Qi charging units. There's a USB cable to join it, something expected considering many devices still don't support wireless charging, as well as an integrated battery for portable use.

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Sennheiser SP 10 and SP 20 portable speakerphones launch

Sennheiser SP 10 and SP 20 portable speakerphones launch

Sennheiser has launched two new portable speakerphones, the SP 10 and SP 20. Both models are targeted at "business professionals", and are promised to mix stylish design with the functions needed for use in the conference room. The SP 10 and SP 20 are largely the same, but differ in their connectivity options (the SP 20 has more of them), and both are said to be appropriate for group conference calls, whether personal or amongst a small group of individuals. Both models are available now for purchase.

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MartinLogan’s Neolith speaker takes music to the next level

MartinLogan’s Neolith speaker takes music to the next level

MartinLogan has introduced its new Neolith speaker, and it's a doozy. With the Neolith comes the maker's biggest electrostatic radiating surface to date and the promise of producing "living sound". The speaker is notable for many reasons, not the least of which is its modern, nearly minimalist, design. The speaker is said to be the by-product of three years of development, and it'll be making its public debut via the maker's Truth in Sound Tour kicking off tomorrow. While you'd be hard-pressed to find fault with the device, there's one big sticking point: prices start at $80,000 USD for a pair.

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The Core holographic speaker blasts past $1m milestone

The Core holographic speaker blasts past $1m milestone

Remember the Core wireless speaker? We detailed it back in September when it was still wet behind the ears on Indiegogo. Though only on the crowdfunding website a short while, the device -- which stands out from the crowd on a platform involving holographic audio -- was already seeing notable success. Fast-forward to this past weekend, and the campaign reached it ends, with the makers having hit 2,379-percent of their goal with more than $1 million in pledges. According to the makers, more than 3,000 Cores will be shipped to backers in 80+ countries.

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JookBox speaker lets every listener add to its playlist

JookBox speaker lets every listener add to its playlist

The wireless speaker market is getting crowded, being packed by big players like Sonos and smaller brands alike. That doesn't mean there isn't room for new products, however, only that they need to stand out in some way to catch attention. BSX Electronics has achieved that with its new JookBox Bluetooth speakers, boasting that they're the first of their kind that allow multiple people to add music to a central party playlist from their own devices. In addition, JookBox offers three wireless syncing options.

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Razer Leviathan speaker system aims for your games

Razer Leviathan speaker system aims for your games

The gaming crew at Razer are once again taking aim at the speaker business, this time with a two-piece setup called Leviathan. This system "is powered by" Dolby Virtual Speaker technology with multiple inputs and full-range surround sound. That's 5.1 "true-to-life" surround sound with connectivity converted from your sound card, console, or set-top box. This speaker system (with subwoofer) is aimed at gamers, but not limited to one kind of gaming - or one kind of media, for that matter.

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B&O’s BeoPlay A2 is maker’s first Bluetooth speaker

B&O’s BeoPlay A2 is maker’s first Bluetooth speaker

Bang & Olufsen has introduced its first portable Bluetooth speaker, marking its entrance into yet another segment of the audio industry. Called the BeoPlay A2, this new speaker is a stylish, relatively compact offering that is -- as those familiar with the brand would expect -- hailed as offering superb audio quality. This is despite being a Bluetooth device, which is often criticized for its compressed, lackluster performance. Even better, for those located in the United States the device has already launched at $399 USD.

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Marshall Acton amps up your smartphone with Hi-fi sound

Marshall Acton amps up your smartphone with Hi-fi sound

This week the folks at Marshall - a team known for guitar amps, mostly - have let it be known that they’ve created a new speaker for the mobile universe. This is the Marshall Acton Speaker, the most compact speaker Marshall Headphones crew have made outside of a pair of… well… headphones. And it’s not made for your guitar. Unless you play guitar on your smartphone or tablet, of course.

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