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Spotify quiz uses algorithms to recommend the perfect podcasts

Spotify quiz uses algorithms to recommend the perfect podcasts

Spotify is helping its users in some markets find new podcasts they're likely to enjoy based on their tastes. The company has introduced a new recommendation tool called Find the One that asks users to answer a few questions, then shows them a podcast show recommendation they may enjoy based on their music preferences.

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Sony WH-XB910N take the best wireless headphones down a few dollars

Sony WH-XB910N take the best wireless headphones down a few dollars

Sony revealed a new pair of wireless headphones today that capitalize on the power of their best, but cut features to cut price. Despite this, these headphones still have Active Noise Cancelling (ANC), true wireless tech with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, and microphones for noise cancellation, wireless calls (connected to a phone), and voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

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Technics EAH-AZ60 and EAH-AZ40 earbuds focus on voice quality

Technics EAH-AZ60 and EAH-AZ40 earbuds focus on voice quality

Panasonic's Technics brand is back with two new pairs of true wireless earbuds -- and unlike some competing models, the EAH-AZ60 and EAH-AZ40 give a particular focus to voice quality. In addition to using these earbuds to listen to your favorite music or podcasts, Technics says they can also be used for those times you need to join work calls and conferences.

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Marvel’s scripted and unscripted podcasts get Apple Podcasts channel

Marvel’s scripted and unscripted podcasts get Apple Podcasts channel

In October 2019, it was announced that Marvel would bring several podcasts exclusively to the SiriusXM and Pandora audio platforms, giving fans access to both scripted and unscripted content based on hit superheroes and the wider Marvel universe. Fast-forward nearly two years and SiriusXM is back with an update on this effort, noting that it now has a Marvel podcast channel on Apple Podcasts.

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AKG Ara plug-and-play USB microphone promises pro quality on a budget

AKG Ara plug-and-play USB microphone promises pro quality on a budget

Whether you're a streamer or a content creator, AKG's new Ara USB microphone offers what the company says is pro-tier sound quality at a budget price. The microphone offers two different capture modes, as well as universal compatibility with PC, Mac, and mobile devices, among many other features for users who need control over their audio.

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Marshall Motif ANC and Minor III ramp up the wireless earbud game

Marshall Motif ANC and Minor III ramp up the wireless earbud game

This week the folks at Marshall revealed a pair of new Marshall True Wireless audio devices. There's the Motif ANC and the Minor III. These devices are both wireless earbuds, and both work with heavy-duty audio in tiny, tiny packages. The Minor III is the slightly more affordable set of wireless earbuds, and the Motif ANC is the pair of earbuds you get if you want to take your Marshall audio experience to the highest place a pair of earbuds can go.

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Nintendo Switch finally gets Bluetooth audio support in new update

Nintendo Switch finally gets Bluetooth audio support in new update

Nintendo has released the latest software update for its Switch consoles, including the Switch and Switch Lite. The update is a notable one, and it brings with it a key feature that owners have been requesting for quite some time: support for Bluetooth audio devices. With this support, you can now play your games using wireless earbuds, headphones, or even a Bluetooth speaker if you prefer.

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Sennheiser CX Plus true wireless earbuds offer ANC at a lower price

Sennheiser CX Plus true wireless earbuds offer ANC at a lower price

Sennheiser has introduced a more affordable pair of true wireless earbuds that feature Active Noise Cancellation. The newly unveiled Sennheiser CX Plus earbuds pack a number of features that'll meet the needs of most users, including the promise of high-fidelity and deep bass, among other things. The model is also offered in two classy color options.

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Universal’s next podcast is about doomsday preppers and brainwashing

Universal’s next podcast is about doomsday preppers and brainwashing

Next week, Universal's UCP Audio (also called USG Audio) group will release a new podcast called The Followers: Madness of Two that focuses on prophets, doomsday prepping, and how seemingly ordinary, sensible people can get sucked into the absurd. The podcast will focus on the story of two people and the disappearance of their kids, as well as digging in to the why questions behind the drama.

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Sony HT-A5000 soundbar goes vertical for true surround sound

Sony HT-A5000 soundbar goes vertical for true surround sound

It's difficult to break away from the masses when it comes to soundbars here in 2021. Over the past half-decade, so many soundbars have been sold and made into Black Friday/super sale fodder that making a device that stands out from the crowd must be a monumental task in and of itself. Sony seeks to do so with the Sony HT-A5000 premium soundbar. This soundbar works with 5.1.2 channel Dolby Atmos tech with DTS:X support and a Vertical Surround Engine.

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Bose Smart Soundbar 900 combines spatial audio tech and Dolby Atmos

Bose Smart Soundbar 900 combines spatial audio tech and Dolby Atmos

Audio company Bose has introduced its new Smart Soundbar 900, a long speaker for your home entertainment system. The model packs Bose's spatial audio technology, offering an audio experience that seemingly projects different aspects of the audio to various parts of the room. A 'comparable' experience is offered even if the source doesn't offer Dolby Atmos audio.

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Boss Waza-Air Bass headphones pack amp features for bass guitarists

Boss Waza-Air Bass headphones pack amp features for bass guitarists

Boss has introduced the Waza-Air Bass, a new version of its Waza Air that is designed for bass guitarists. The headphones are a personal amp system for playing music without disrupting others in the home, offering access to a variety of immersive environments, touch controls for switching to different presets, and more.

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