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JBL GO hands-on: the cutest little Bluetooth sound blaster

JBL GO hands-on: the cutest little Bluetooth sound blaster

This little beast may be cute, but it packs a surprising punch of sound quality. What you're working with here is Bluetooth connectivity to your mobile smart devices for music or audio for entertainment on the go. JBL GO is a box of sound blasting you'll be able to fit in your pocket, working with built-in speakerphone abilities and a whopping 5 hours of sound playback. This past week at CES 2015 we got to get up close and personal with the whole color collection.

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Harman hits Vegas with KISS: a photo journal

Harman hits Vegas with KISS: a photo journal

To give an extra punch to the release of their several new pairs of headphones and speakers this week, Harman employed The Hottest Band in the World: KISS. A miniature concert took place at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and with the HTC Desire EYE, we went about capturing it. What follows is a brief account of the power of the audio brand Harman and a microcosm indicator of the year they expect to have with the products they've revealed this week - massive, that is to say.

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Chromecast opens up for streaming music to connected speakers

Chromecast opens up for streaming music to connected speakers

The greatest thing about Google’s Chromecast is not that it’s cheap (even though that’s an amazing aspect), it’s that Google made it wide open. All any software provider has to do is support the Chromecast rather than wait for it to come around to them. To that end, Google is aiming for the growing connected speaker market, and will make their dongle available for streaming to speakers and soundbars. They’ve also got a lineup of heavy-hitting partners in Sony, LG, and Denon to kick this new functionality off.

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SuperTooth takes on Sonos with Multiroom speaker system

SuperTooth takes on Sonos with Multiroom speaker system

There's no shortage of options if you want to spread music around your home, but SuperTooth thinks its Multiroom System has an edge by virtue of its affordability. Offering three zones for under $300, the system eschews WiFi in favor of a combination of Bluetooth and its own, proprietary radio connection, piping through audio from whatever sources you have on your phone or tablet. It's a tough segment to break into, though, especially when you consider well-regarded rivals like Sonos are already established.

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Samsung echoes eggs with 360-degree Ring speakers

Samsung echoes eggs with 360-degree Ring speakers

CES may still be a week away, but that hasn't stopped Samsung from whipping the covers off its latest audio products, a pair of egg-shaped speakers promising omnidirectional sound. The Samsung WAM7500 and WAM6500 each look distinctive, with their 2001: A Space Odyssey meets Alien pod aesthetic, but according to the South Korean firm they should sound even better too, thanks to some special tuning tech. Samsung has dubbed it "Ring Radiator", and it's all about the groove running the speakers' periphery.

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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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