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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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Hydrogen, the Supercapacitor-powered speaker

Hydrogen, the Supercapacitor-powered speaker

It’s time to get supercapacitor-powered with Blueshift Hydrogen. That’s not a term from Back to the Future, it’s right here and now, and it’s a speaker to be reckoned with. It runs with Bluetooth - connects to your smartphone or tablet with Bluetooth, that is - and it’s set to be rechargeable up to half a million times. That means no cords unless you’re charging, and it means super-powerful sound. This device will be able to be charged fully in 5 minutes, and will be able to play "more than 4 hours at 80% volume." Sound like a winning combination to you?

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iLoud review: Bluetooth speaker by day, amp by night

iLoud review: Bluetooth speaker by day, amp by night

The problem with Bluetooth speakers is that they’re typically underpowered, and not very dynamic. You get small-ish speakers pushing out varying levels of sound in both level and quality. The iLoud is meant as a no-compromise device that can even double as an amp for your guitar. To find out if it actually pulls double-duty, we took it for a spin.

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The Core: Wireless home speakers with revolutionary holographic sound

The Core: Wireless home speakers with revolutionary holographic sound

The Core is a wireless speaker system that connects to your iPhone or Android device and sounds like "two widely separated full size HiFi speakers." The Core can work with any device - OS X, Windows, iOS or Android included - just so long as it has Bluetooth. According to manufacturers Mass Fidelity, it relies on wave field synthesis to produce what they're describing as "acoustic holograms": sound that literally floats in space within your room.

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Bose SoundLink expands with new speaker and headphones

Bose SoundLink expands with new speaker and headphones

Bose has expanded its SoundLink lineup with two new products, the SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker and the SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones. With these products comes two different ways to enjoy your music, one of which involves a rainbow of colors.

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Apple Watches can speak to one another

Apple Watches can speak to one another

Intercommunication - Apple Watch to Apple Watch - is something Apple seems to have been adamant about when they first started designing the devices. Making communication between the devices central to their being, these devices not only open a new device category for the brand - they also make them an exclusive club membership card, so to speak.

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Pure Jongo X Series audio system ushers in myriad of new features

Pure Jongo X Series audio system ushers in myriad of new features

Joining Harman's new audio system is Pure's Jongo X Series, a multi-room audio setup with a somewhat old-school design resembling computer speakers from days gone by. As with the company's last big update, the Jongo X Series leverages Bluetooth Caskeid to stream any music service to one or more speakers.

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Harman Kardon Omni Wireless HD Audio System arrives in October

Harman Kardon Omni Wireless HD Audio System arrives in October

Amidst the smartphones and tablets introduced at IFA 2014 is a new wireless audio system from Harman, the Harman Kardon Omni wireless audio setup. With the Omni system comes two loudspeakers, as well as a wireless adapter for integrating one's existing stereo system.

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Sony HT-ST5: a huge sound bar with a wireless subwoofer

Sony HT-ST5: a huge sound bar with a wireless subwoofer

If you're tired of your boring, run of the mill speakers and want to fill your huge living room not just with sound but also with a giant sound system, then Sony has got something for you here at IFA 2014. But while the HT-ST5 is not a speaker you will be carrying around or constantly relocating, its wireless connectivity makes sure that you won't be tethered to one spot, even if itself is.

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Samsung speakers round out your home theater ecosystem

Samsung speakers round out your home theater ecosystem

Two new speaker sets have been shown this week by Samsung Electronics America, bringing about one that bows outward and another that bows inward. The Shape M3 Wireless Audio-Multiroom Speaker adds to the "Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom ecosystem" with its smaller form factor. The Samsung HW-H7500 Curved Soundbar, on the other hand, stands alone as a compliment to your massive curved TV.

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Samsung unveils Curved Soundbar to go with your Curved TV

Samsung unveils Curved Soundbar to go with your Curved TV

You may have a brand new shiny Samsung curved TV, but those flat speakers flanking it just breaks the spell of the TVs alluring curves. Luckily for you, Samsung has just announced a new Soundbar that will complement that TV with its own curves and can even take the place of the TV stand. Continuing the audio theme, the company is also outing the M3, the latest of its "Shape" wireless multiroom speakers, poised to be the smaller and cheaper of its two other siblings.

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QuarterWave: a rustic wooden Bluetooth speaker

QuarterWave: a rustic wooden Bluetooth speaker

Modern gadgets are a lot of things: sleek, shiny, angular. They're beautiful by all accounts -- but not necessarily suited to your tastes. If you're more of a rustic log cabin type than a modern high-rise condo owner, the QuarterWave Bluetooth speaker will match your style with a hearty dose of worn wood.

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