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Mid ANC noise canceling headphones are a game changer for Marshall

Mid ANC noise canceling headphones are a game changer for Marshall

Marshall has launched a new pair of Bluetooth headphones, the Mid ANC. Unlike its previous models, the Mid ANC sports active noise cancelation, a first for the company. Despite that feature, the Mid ANC still manages to offer excellent battery life alongside the promise of "superior wireless audio." As with the company's other headphones and audio products, the Mid ANC sports the classic design Marshall is known for.

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Sonos Audible support launches for real this time

Sonos Audible support launches for real this time

Remember earlier this month when Audible launched on Sonos, only it turned out it didn't and it was all a cruel mistake? That changed today with the actual, official, guaranteed-real-this-time launch of Audible support for Sonos speakers, making it easy for users of both products to listen to their audiobooks through their sound system.

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Master & Dynamic’s Leica-inspired 0.95 headphones go silver

Master & Dynamic’s Leica-inspired 0.95 headphones go silver

A little under a year ago, Master & Dynamic announced a new team up with Leica. This partnership saw Master & Dynamic create a new series of headphones under the brand 0.95, which was an call out to the Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH lens, with two pairs of headphones and a pair of earbuds initially leading the way with this new line. Fast forward to today and Master & Dynamic is ready to reveal the next products inspired by Leica's lens.

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Jabra Elite 65e wireless earbuds bring on pro noise cancellation

Jabra Elite 65e wireless earbuds bring on pro noise cancellation

This week the folks at Jabra revealed the Jabra Elite 65e wireless earbuds. These earbuds are connected to one-another with a wire that runs along the back of the neck of the wearer. With this new pair of earbuds, users are able to take advantage of ANC, Active Noise Cancellation, "providing two levels of noise cancellation" so that you'll never have to hear the gym play Steve Winwood again.

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Every phone should come with this dongle

Every phone should come with this dongle

This week Sony revealed an accessory that SHOULD come with every new smartphone by default. The device is called USB Type-C 2-in-1 Cable EC270, and it's rather simple. This dongle has a USB-C jack on one side, and both a headphone jack and a USB-C port on the other. Can't it be when it was all so simple?

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This tiny Marshall Acton Tawny speaker keeps it classy

This tiny Marshall Acton Tawny speaker keeps it classy

Marshall Headphones brand made a lovely little old-school speaker called the Acton Tawny - and it's tight. This speaker is a "special edition" in color combination (Tawny), including "buttery soft camel vinyl exterior and basket weave fret." It's a bluetooth speaker that also works with aux input, and it's part of a collection of sort of similar-looking speakers from the same brand.

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Sonos Audible support tipped near launch in leaked blog post

Sonos Audible support tipped near launch in leaked blog post

Sonos is nearing the launch of support for Audible, Amazon's audiobook service. This won't be the first time the audiobook service has been supported by Sonos, though it was removed a couple years back due to an incompatibility with an update at the time. Sonos had revealed in February 2017 that it was working with Audible to restore compatibility with its systems, and now mention of that support briefly appeared online.

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Bragi nanoAI brings headphone company closer to true goals

Bragi nanoAI brings headphone company closer to true goals

AI and machine learning is everywhere but, as far as end users are concerned, majority of them are in phones or smart speakers. Some, like Sony, have tried to put AI assistants in earbuds. Bragi, most popular for its intelligent DASH wireless earbuds, are going beyond that. It has announced its new nanoAI, but more than just creating yet another smart assistant or even smart earbuds, Bragi is building a platform for other businesses to build theirs around Bragi’s audio technologies instead.

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Massdrop x NuForce EDC3 earbuds promise audiophile quality at $99

Massdrop x NuForce EDC3 earbuds promise audiophile quality at $99

Optoma NuForce has teamed up with Massdrop to launch the Massdrop x NuForce EDC3 IEM earbuds, a model said to offer audiophile quality at a budget (relatively speaking) price. The earbuds were made in collaboration with Massdrop and its "audiophile enthusiast community," according to Optoma, which says the model sports three balanced armature drivers.

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Bang & Olufsen DIY device gives new life to old speakers

Bang & Olufsen DIY device gives new life to old speakers

It's time to head to the ol' swap meet to find a few vintage speakers - they're about to get wicked sweet again. Bang & Olufsen teamed up with HiFiBerry this week to reveal the Beocreate 4 Channel Amplifier. This piece of equipment can be installed in any old B&O speaker to enable wireless features. As such, your father can finally say "I told you so" for keeping his ancient box speakers sitting in your parents' basement for the last several decades.

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Mad DIYer turns Furby choir into singing electric organ

Mad DIYer turns Furby choir into singing electric organ

Furby toys were an unholy union of fake fur, poor animatronics, and annoying voices, but they aren't extinct yet. You don't have to look too hard to find someone with an old Furby in a box somewhere, and it's pretty easy to find them online. Now one crazy DIYer has introduced us to a bizarre reality in which Furbies aren't just fake pets that sit on a shelf -- they're a full choir and a new type of instrument playing the soundtrack for your nightmares.

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Best Buy music CD sales end tipped with July phase-out date

Best Buy music CD sales end tipped with July phase-out date

Digital music sales and streaming have made the venerable music CD very close to obsolete for some consumers. The format can still be found in homes, but new sales of audio compact discs are on the decline in the US and now Best Buy is doing something about it. The electronics retailer plans to end its music CD sales this summer, according to sources, and it's not the only retailer considering this move.

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