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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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Amazon Music Unlimited launches in the UK, starts at £7.99 mo

Amazon Music Unlimited launches in the UK, starts at £7.99 mo

Amazon has announced that its Amazon Music Unlimited service has launched in the UK. The service is an on-demand streaming music service with a catalog of over 40 million songs that is also packed with thousands of hand curated playlists and personalized stations for subscribers to enjoy. The service works in conjunction with a new Amazon Music Unlimited App that features Alexa voice controls.

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Skullcandy Crusher Wireless headphones pack bass you hear and feel

Skullcandy Crusher Wireless headphones pack bass you hear and feel

Wireless headphone users looking for an over the ear set with big bass have a new option from Skullcandy called the Crusher Wireless. The headphones connect to your mobile device via Bluetooth and are made using premium materials and promise an immersive audio experience. The headphones have integrated Crusher Technology and stereo sound.

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2016’s 21 best earbuds and headphones for those on a budget

2016’s 21 best earbuds and headphones for those on a budget

A good pair of headphones doesn't have to be an expensive pair of headphones. In the same way an expensive model may have subpar quality for the price, it's possible to find inexpensive offerings with quality far above what you paid. Knowing where to look is half the battle, but we’ve done the hard work for you: here are a variety of inexpensive headphones to satisfy every user type, including athletes, children, and the frequent commuter.

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iRig Mic Studio XLR has a large diaphragm in a small size

iRig Mic Studio XLR has a large diaphragm in a small size

As powerful as our smartphones have become, there are still limits to what it can do. It isn’t exactly easy, for example, to use one for recording professional-sounding audio. Not easy but not impossible, especially when you have the right accessories for the job. IK Multimedia is renowned for its boxes and attachments that turn smartphones into portable or makeshift recording studios. And its latest iRig Mic Studio XLR brings that professionalism to audio recording, in a device that is not much longer than an iPhone.

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