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Sony’s XAV-AX3005DB car audio receiver has massive 6.95-inch screen

Sony’s XAV-AX3005DB car audio receiver has massive 6.95-inch screen

Sony has unveiled a new in-car AV receiver that has a gigantic touchscreen called the XAV-AX3005DB. That screen is 6.95-inches and the receiver supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on compatible devices. That means you can shoot the output from compatible apps out to the larger screen on the receiver for use when driving.

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Yamaha MusicCast VINYL 500 turntable has WiFi for multi-room streaming

Yamaha MusicCast VINYL 500 turntable has WiFi for multi-room streaming

Yamaha has a new turntable product for vinyl enthusiasts: the MusicCast VINYL 500. This new turntable supports both playing vinyl albums and streaming music to speakers throughout one's home from online services. Yamaha points toward the WiFi feature as the MusicCast VINYL 500's most unique feature, saying it can connect to up to a pair of speakers without a receiver.

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Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 5 wireless speaker packs Dual Sound support

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 5 wireless speaker packs Dual Sound support

Harman Kardon has expanded its Onyx Studio series with the newly unveiled Onyx Studio 5. This new speaker has a classy circular design with a built-in handle for portability, as well as the maker's Dual Sound, which enables two speakers to be paired together for a more immersive experience. The new model is being exclusively sold by Brightstar and Sprint.

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Netgear Orbi Mesh WiFi system includes router and Alexa smart speaker

Netgear Orbi Mesh WiFi system includes router and Alexa smart speaker

Netgear has launched a new system composed of both mesh WiFi hardware and a smart speaker, the combination providing whole-home wireless coverage as well as direct access to Amazon Alexa. The system brings together the Orbi WiFi router and the Orbi Voice smart speaker, each working together for simplified WiFi control and a smart home experience.

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Marshall Kilburn II portable retro speaker has 360° sound

Marshall Kilburn II portable retro speaker has 360° sound

Marshall is back with a new retro-styled speaker, the new Kilburn II wireless offering. This new model features an old school appearance paired with modern features, including Bluetooth, multi-directional audio, more than 20 hours of playback per charge, and more. Unlike other portable speakers, says Marshall, the Kilburn II features Blumlein stereo sound.

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Jaybird X4 Wireless Sport Earbuds are made for outdoor athletes

Jaybird X4 Wireless Sport Earbuds are made for outdoor athletes

Jaybird has launched its new X4 wireless earbuds for athletes. The new model is waterproof and designed for runners or other sporty individuals who spend time outdoors. Users are promised a comfortable fit coupled with long battery life, fast charging, thermo-reactive foam tips, and more. Unlike some earbuds, buyers can also control the audio using a mobile app.

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Grado goes wireless with GW100 Bluetooth headphones

Grado goes wireless with GW100 Bluetooth headphones

Grado Labs is a boutique brand that has been building headphones by hand in Brooklyn, New York for over 60 years. They make a few select number of models with an open-air design, and they are adored by audiophiles for their quality. But now Grado has made a surprising shift to keep up with the biggest modern headphone trend: they've just revealed their first wireless Bluetooth headphones, the GW100.

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B&O’s BeoSound 1 and 2 wireless speakers get Google Assistant

B&O’s BeoSound 1 and 2 wireless speakers get Google Assistant

Bang & Olufsen has announced the addition of Google Assistant for its gorgeous BeoSound 1 and BeoSound 2 wireless speakers. Both cone-shaped speakers will soon be available with Google's personal assistant, making it possible to get the weather, play music, and more using voice commands. The addition is joined by Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast support.

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Skullcandy Venue headphones have Tile built-in for tracking

Skullcandy Venue headphones have Tile built-in for tracking

Skullcandy has unveiled a new pair of wireless headphones called Venue, a model the company claims offers a "fully immersive listening experience" alongside noise-cancelling technology. Though the model is similar to competing headphones in many ways, it does have one very big point of distinction: Tile's tracking technology built-in.

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Google Shortwave podcast discovery app revealed by trademark doc

Google Shortwave podcast discovery app revealed by trademark doc

Google's experimental products workshop Area 120 may be working on a new project called Shortwave that helps users discover new podcasts. The app made an appearance in a recent trademark filing, and though it didn't have many details, a Google spokesperson revealed a bit more about the project, pointing toward spoken content as the focus.

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Audible adds guided meditation and workouts for beginners

Audible adds guided meditation and workouts for beginners

Amazon's audiobook company Audible is expanding into guided meditations and audio workouts, the company has announced. The new workout content is limited to beginners for now, but Audible has detailed additional workout content it plans to release in the near future. The audio is offered in partnership with Aaptiv.

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Spotify tests unlimited ad skips for free users

Spotify tests unlimited ad skips for free users

In its current form, Spotify offers free ad-supported access to its music library. These advertisements are short but cannot be skipped, forcing users to sit through a brief clip before their music returns. The company is testing a major change to the way that system work, allowing users in Australia to skip as many advertisements as they want without any limitations.

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