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Audio Technica Sound Reality line gets trio of new wireless earbuds

Audio Technica Sound Reality line gets trio of new wireless earbuds

Audio Technica, the audio company that targets audiophiles with some high-end headphones, has announced an expansion to its Sound Reality line that adds three new wireless earbuds to the product lineup. These new earbuds are comprised of the ATH-CKR75BT, ATH-CKR55BT, and ATH-CKR35BT. All three models feature microphones and support for taking and making phone calls.

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Amazon Music Chromecast support arrives for Android users

Amazon Music Chromecast support arrives for Android users

If you're an Amazon Prime customer, you have access to one of the company's better services, Amazon Music. This service is available via a mobile app on both Android and iOS, and now one of those two apps (Android) now has support for Google Cast. Thanks to that new support, Android users are able to cast the Amazon Music content to any device that supports Google Cast, including the venerable Chromecast itself.

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Roku acquires Dynastrom audio startup amid rumored smart speaker plans

Roku acquires Dynastrom audio startup amid rumored smart speaker plans

Roku has confirmed the acquisition of Dynastrom, a Danish multi-room audio startup that will continue to operate out of Denmark as a Roku subsidiary. In confirming the acquisition, Roku said the business move was a way to expand its own engineering team, but the talent grab comes amid a wider rumor: that Roku is planning to launch its own smart speaker to take on Echo, Google Home and more.

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Beoplay M3 is B&O’s most compact wireless speaker

Beoplay M3 is B&O’s most compact wireless speaker

Bang & Olufsen has released its most compact wireless speaker thus far in its lineup, the Beoplay M3. The M3 model is a home speaker with a swappable front cover, making it possible to tailor the speaker's looks to your own home or office's design. Though compact, the M3 isn't an ordinary tiny Bluetooth speaker: it will still have a prominent place in whatever room you place it.

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SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth headset supports simultaneous audio

SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth headset supports simultaneous audio

SteelSeries has launched a new Bluetooth headset for gamers: the Arctis 3. This particular model is notable for its support of simultaneous audio, making it possible to get audio from the game console while also getting chat or music audio from a different source, such as a Discord server. This brings the best of both worlds into a single device.

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Devialet Phantom gets a big price cut, more power via software update

Devialet Phantom gets a big price cut, more power via software update

Devialet, the French company behind the Phantom speaker we reviewed a couple years ago, has just announced a new speaker software update called Phantom Elevate. The new Elevate update brings new features to the powerful speaker, not the least of which is a boost from the original 750W to a higher peak capacity of 1200W.

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Audio-Technica ATH-M50xRD limited red and gold edition now available

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xRD limited red and gold edition now available

Audio-Technica is now shipping a special red and gold version of its ATH-M50x headphones. The special version is called the ATH-M50xRD, and it offers an attractive, almost velvety red color with subtle gold trim, the combination of which contrasts well with the black headband and ear cups. The headband itself includes thin writing in gold.

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Google Assistant can now identify any song playing around you

Google Assistant can now identify any song playing around you

Google Assistant now has the ability to identify any song that is playing around you, pitting it against the music ID app Shazam. How does it work? Exactly as you'd expect. If there's a song playing nearby that you like but can't identify, simply ask Google Assistant, "What song is this?" The AI will take a listen and, after a few moments, tell you the song, artist, and provide a link to a streaming version.

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Android Bluetooth Fast Pair released – one tap connect

Android Bluetooth Fast Pair released – one tap connect

Google really, really wants you to use Bluetooth headphones. So much so that they've gone and made a new process for connecting their smartphones to audio devices. This is called Fast Pair, and it's not just limited to the Google Pixel 2. Users with any Android device running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and forward with Google Play Services 11.7+ can make this bit of magic happen.

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Pandora Featured Playlists give users Hipster Brunch and more

Pandora Featured Playlists give users Hipster Brunch and more

Pandora has launched a new feature that gives it a bit of Spotify flavor, and they come in the form of Featured Playlists. These playlists are assembled around various musical themes, such as 'Hipster Brunch,' giving users a fast way to play various music targeted at a particular circumstance or time of day. Many of these playlists are joined by a related radio station, making them available to everyone.

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Sennheiser Ambeo 3D / VR audio recording earbuds now available

Sennheiser Ambeo 3D / VR audio recording earbuds now available

Earlier this year, Sennheiser introduced a headset that features microphones built into each ear piece. This design enables the headset to record 3D audio that sounds natural to the human ear, a type of recording known as binaural audio. Now, several months later, Sennheiser has announced the shipment of this headset, giving everyone a relatively cheap way to record 3D sound.

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808 Audio XL-V smart speaker arrives with Alexa next month

808 Audio XL-V smart speaker arrives with Alexa next month

808 Audio has just launched its first smart home device, the 808 Audio XL-V. This smart speaker is cylindrical with a tower design and, most importantly, it has Alexa built-in. As with other Alexa devices, 808's new smart speaker allows users to ask for the weather, request that it play music, tell them the news, answer questions, and more.

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