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Sony BRAVIA OLED 4K HDR TVs, sound bars get pricing and release dates

Sony BRAVIA OLED 4K HDR TVs, sound bars get pricing and release dates

Sony showed up to CES 2017 with a collection of new BRAVIA 4K OLED TVs in tow, but as is usually the case with these trade show reveals, Sony wasn't quite ready to talk release dates or pricing at the time. Today Sony is delivering that information at last, but with these TVs offering 4K OLED panels, don't expect them to be inexpensive.

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Study: audio synced to brainwaves improves memory in elderly

Study: audio synced to brainwaves improves memory in elderly

A new study out of Northwestern Medicine has found that playing audio synced to one’s brainwaves both improves memory in the elderly and improves their deep sleep quality. The memory increase is likely due to the substantial improvements in deep sleep quality, which gets worse as a person gets older, but especially starting in middle age. The discovery could lead to non-medicine-based interventions to improve both memory and sleep quality in older adults and the elderly.

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Fluance DB12 subwoofer boasts ‘ultra-low’ bass frequencies

Fluance DB12 subwoofer boasts ‘ultra-low’ bass frequencies

Fluance has announced the arrival of its new DB12, a subwoofer that is able to produce ultra-low bass frequencies for one’s home entertainment needs. Officially called the DB12 Powered Subwoofer, this model offers consumers a standalone way to add powerful base to their home audio setup. The model offers 240 watts of dynamic power with a peak of 400 watts, and it packs it all within a modest, somewhat classically-designed wood cabinet.

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Top 3 Ways to Stream Hi-Res Music (2017)

Top 3 Ways to Stream Hi-Res Music (2017)

So you’ve grown tired of poor-quality music streaming, but you’re not interested in downloading a massive library of FLAC files to fill up your music player. What’s the solution? So-called hi-res music streaming, an increasingly common tier of on-demand music access for audiophiles and others with discerning tastes. We recently heard a rumor that Spotify is planning to launch a 'Hi-Fi' subscription tier, but what options are available right now?

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B&O Play Beolit 17 wireless speaker boasts more power than ’15’ model

B&O Play Beolit 17 wireless speaker boasts more power than ’15’ model

Bang & Olufsen’s B&O Play has unveiled the latest model in its Beolit line of wireless speakers, the Beolit 17. This model boasts more power than the previous Beolit 15 model, and brings with it what the company describes as ‘distinct cool Scandinavian style.’ The speaker is being offered in two different color options, Stone Grey and Natural, and it is launching across more than half a dozen countries.

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Nokia OZO Audio is a spatial audio tech for phones, cameras

Nokia OZO Audio is a spatial audio tech for phones, cameras

Nokia has dipped its hands into a lot of cookie jars lately, including the hottest computing and gaming trend, virtual reality. But most, if not fall, VR systems today only deal with the visual part of that made-up reality. A fully immersive virtual experience would need to also have 3D audio to go along with the 3D visuals. And for that, you need to record, and play back, audio in 3D, which is why Nokia is announcing OZO Audio to complement its existing OZO camera and platform.

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Spotify Hi-Fi music tier tipped with lossless audio

Spotify Hi-Fi music tier tipped with lossless audio

The days of low-quality audio streaming may be behind us, at least as far as Spotify is concerned. Screenshots from the service have appeared online detailing a not-yet-available “Spotify Hi-Fi” service that gives users access to lossless CD-quality audio for an additional $5 or $10 per month. Users aren’t yet able to sign up for the service and the pricing seems inconsistent at this time.

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Grace Digital’s Mondo+ radio has Chromecast built-in

Grace Digital’s Mondo+ radio has Chromecast built-in

Grace Digital already offers products that play nice with Chromecasts, but perhaps not at this level: its new radio, called the Mondo+, has a Chromecast built-in. Those of you who are familiar with the original Mondo will feel right at home here, as the Mondo+ doesn't offer too many aesthetic differences. Functionality is similar as well, but with a built-in Chromecast, your streaming options expand quite significantly.

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Urbanears Spring/Summer 2017 Color Collection headphones unveiled

Urbanears Spring/Summer 2017 Color Collection headphones unveiled

Urbanears has introduced its new Spring/Summer 2017 Color Collection of headphones, of which there are three models available in different color options. According to the company, the newest models ‘take inspiration from bold shades of cosmic dust,’ hence the color options like Comet Green, Cosmos Purple, and Eclipse Blue. As with past collections, the headphones will be available from some Urbanears retailers around the globe.

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LOVE gives the classic turntable a modern do-over

LOVE gives the classic turntable a modern do-over

If you haven’t been paying attention lately, record players are back in fashion. Almost like retro gaming, the unique audio experiences that can be offered only by a classic medium is luring both the young and the young at heart. But most turntables today are faithful recreations of the turntables of old and nothing more, which is mostly the point. That, however, doesn’t mean there’s no room for some hi-tech innovation. Like this LOVE record player that offers the amenities of modern mobile and audio technologies while promising fidelity to the “soul of vinyl”, including the crackles and pops.

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Music to my ears: the rise of high-res audio

Music to my ears: the rise of high-res audio

With few exceptions, smartphones have never really been seen as serious audio equipment because of compromises that must be made for the sake of portability, size, and price. Lately, however, there has been an undercurrent in both the mobile industry as well as the digital audio market that is turning heads, or rather ears. More than ever, greater attention is being paid to digital audio quality, even on smartphones, as terms like “hi-res audio” become mainstream. But what is hi-res audio really and how is it affecting even the mobile market? We take a deeper look, or rather a deeper listen.

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FM radio on smartphones? The FCC wants to see it happen

FM radio on smartphones? The FCC wants to see it happen

There's no lack of streaming radio apps available for your smartphone, but one thing that is still mysteriously in short supply is access to FM radio. Most smartphones today have FM radio antennas built into them, but those antennas are only active in about half of smartphones here in the US. The FCC's new commissioner, Ajit Pai, would like to see that change.

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