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Pandora Premium details spill: smart playlists and on-demand music

Pandora Premium details spill: smart playlists and on-demand music

Pandora has officially detailed its upcoming Pandora Premium service before it goes live early next year. As with other on-demand music services, users will be able to search for and choose specific music to play. Pandora plans to use its massive quantity of data to help with that process, though, providing things like smart playlists and a personalized search, among other features. Premium will cost ten dollars per month.

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Meters Music OV-1 over-ear headphones rock active visual monitoring and noise cancellation

Meters Music OV-1 over-ear headphones rock active visual monitoring and noise cancellation

Meters Music has unveiled a new set of over-ear headphones that have some cool and premium features. The headphones have automatic noise cancelling function to eliminate noise from the outside world to allow focus on the music. Active visual monitoring is a feature that gives a VU meter on the left and right ears of the headphones.

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Ixoost EsaVox speaker is $21K and uses real Lamborghini parts

Ixoost EsaVox speaker is $21K and uses real Lamborghini parts

These days, it's becoming more and more common to see luxury car brand names appear on products that aren't cars. This includes Ferrari on a phone, BMW on a bike, and even the Porsche Design team, which slaps the German maker's name on anything it can get its hands on. But this Lamborghini speaker from Italy's Ixoost takes things to a whole new level.

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Beoplay H9 wireless over-ear headphones pack active noise cancellation

Beoplay H9 wireless over-ear headphones pack active noise cancellation

For those out there who want headphones that look and sound good, B&O Play has a new offering called the Beoplay H9. These headphones are all about premium in listening experience and design with over-ear H9 headphones that aim to be comfortable and eliminate outside noise. The headphones use ANC noise cancelling tech to remove the listener from the sound around them and allow you to focus on the music you are listening to.

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Devialet raises $106 million to expand its audio tech

Devialet raises $106 million to expand its audio tech

Devialet raised $106 million in venture capital, it has announced, to fund the expansion of its proprietary tech amongst the smart devices, auto, and television sectors. As well, Devialet will expand its distribution network, adding more U.S.-based stores and ‘immersive rooms’ to its roster; this follows the launch of its sixth overall store, one located in NYC's SoHo neighborhood.

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Limited Edition Final Fantasy XV Walkman, headphones, and speaker hit Japan

Limited Edition Final Fantasy XV Walkman, headphones, and speaker hit Japan

Sony has launched several limited edition audio devices that fans of the Final Fantasy game franchise might want to snap up. That is assuming you live in Japan where these devices are available to purchase. The Walkman is an A-series device officially called the Walkman A-Series Final Fantasy XV edition and it will reportedly be available to purchase in Japan starting tomorrow.

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raD rugged wireless speaker supports multi-room use

raD rugged wireless speaker supports multi-room use

Mass Fidelity is the company behind The Core speaker that we talked about back in September, 2014 that had some cool features and tech packed inside. The company is back with another speaker and this time it's a wireless and rugged portable speaker called the raD that also supports multi-room features when home. The raD will connect with any The Core speakers that you already own.

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Review: Logitech Z337 Bold Sound with Bluetooth 2.1 Speaker System

Review: Logitech Z337 Bold Sound with Bluetooth 2.1 Speaker System

Consumers have two primary options for high-quality home audio: sound bars and surround sound speaker systems. Sound bars have their place, but tend to be television-centric with a highly directional design. Surround sound systems are the opposite, shedding the directional limitation by dispersing the audio across multiple speakers commonly placed on different sides of a room. One of the latest consumer-level sound systems to hit the market is Logitech's Z337 Bold Sound with Bluetooth speaker system, but is it worthy of your entertainment (or computer) room?

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TuneIn Radio adds offline listening support for podcasts

TuneIn Radio adds offline listening support for podcasts

Podcasts are back in vogue, and listeners have numerous options for accessing them. TuneIn Radio is one such option, and it just received an update that makes it a bit more useful for regular podcast consumers: offline listening support. Thanks to this support, TuneIn Radio users can now download episodes of their favorite podcast and then listen to them later during a commute or other time when WiFi isn't available.

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Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphones boast 30+ hours of playback

Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphones boast 30+ hours of playback

Marshall has launched a new pair of wireless headphones, the Marshall Mid Bluetooth model. The new offering looks very similar to the Major II headphones the company released a while ago, but with some notable differences, namely a new hinge and ear cup design. The previous model's best feature is still here, though: crazy long battery life. Marshall says you'll get at least 30 hours of playback per charge with the Mid Bluetooth.

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Samsung Harman acquisition could out-pace Apple

Samsung Harman acquisition could out-pace Apple

Today Samsung Electronics Co. announced that they are in negotiations with US-based Harman International Industries, Inc., in an $8-billion all-cash deal. This will easily make for Samsung's biggest acquisition in its history as an electronics maker, and launches the company into the auto industry with swiftness. This buy could also act as another jolt to the automotive industry for refresh rate - a jolt for an industry notorious for being more cautious and conservative than quick to change.

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Boomphones Re-Up are headphones and a portable speaker in one

Boomphones Re-Up are headphones and a portable speaker in one

Typically if you want headphones for private listening and a portable speaker to share the music with a group, you need two devices. The new Boomphones Re-Up that have turned up on Kickstarter allow you to have both private and group listening with one device. Re-Up can be turned from headphones into a portable speaker at the press of a button.

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