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Google Play store will soon sell audiobooks

Google Play store will soon sell audiobooks

In this age of podcasts and other forms of streaming media, the audiobook format has been growing in popularity over the last few years. Amazon currently dominates the market, however, with its ownership of Audible, but it appears Google is about to make a big push back. The Google Play store has revealed that it will soon start selling audiobooks alongside its existing media like movies, TV shows, music, digital books, and more.

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Aventho Wireless headphones hands-on: personalized to your hearing

Aventho Wireless headphones hands-on: personalized to your hearing

Wireless Bluetooth headphones have become more abundant lately thanks to the premature death of the headphone jack but not all of them can be said to offer the best sound quality. And even those that do can’t claim to offer a listening experience that is customized and personalized to each person’s unique hearing capabilities. That is the proposition that beyerdynamics is making with the Aventho wireless headphones. More than just your premium, high-quality headset, the Aventho features technologies that adjust the settings not just to your tastes but to your personal hearing capacity.

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Sennheiser GSP 600 gaming headset: better bass and ultra-deep memory foam

Sennheiser GSP 600 gaming headset: better bass and ultra-deep memory foam

Sennheiser has a new gaming headset called the GSP 600. This model builds upon its GAME ZERO model, offering gamers improved audio and a better microphone experience, as well as enhanced durability and better comfort. The model features a modest design, at least as far as gaming headsets go, with an all-black scheme featuring red trim and somewhat angular components.

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Jabra Elite Active 65t are an AirPods alternative for athletes

Jabra Elite Active 65t are an AirPods alternative for athletes

At CES 2018, audio company Jabra announced a new product line called Elite, which is currently comprised of three earbuds models: the Elite 45e, Elite 65t, and Elite Active 65t. The first of the bunch, the 45e, feature a typical wired connection between the two otherwise wireless ear pieces, but the other two models are different: they're 'truly wireless,' meaning there aren't any wires connecting the bits together.

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Beoplay H8i, H9i headphones unveiled: ANC, 18+ hour playback, luxury designs

Beoplay H8i, H9i headphones unveiled: ANC, 18+ hour playback, luxury designs

Bang & Olufsen has announced an expansion of its product portfolio, including the new H8i and H9i, as well as Special Edition Collection versions of the E8, namely the addition of all-black and all-white limited color options. The company has also announced the addition of Google Assistant to some of its TV audio products and speakers, allowing them to be controlled via Google Home or Google Home Mini devices. B&O is also adding AirPlay 2 support to many of its products.

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Sony MDR-1AM2, EXTRA BASS, sports earbuds: 2018 mobile audio lineup

Sony MDR-1AM2, EXTRA BASS, sports earbuds: 2018 mobile audio lineup

Sony has unveiled a slew of mobile audio products, including portable speakers and earbuds. Joining the lineup is the new Sony MDR-1AM2, a sequel of sorts to the 1A model Sony launched back in 2014, as well as Sony's own alternative to AirPods -- the WI-SP700N "truly wireless" earbuds, which feature a charging case and no wires at all.

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Sony 2018 home audio lineup: sound bars, Dolby Atmos, vertical audio

Sony 2018 home audio lineup: sound bars, Dolby Atmos, vertical audio

Home entertainment enthusiasts will have a slew of new home audio products to choose from this year thanks to Sony, which has just unveiled a bunch of sound bars and more. Though the products, which include speakers and sound bars, won't be arriving until this spring season, the company has shown them off ahead of time. Vertical Surround Engine, surround sound audio, Chromecast support, and more round out the features.

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JBL Everest headphones, earbuds have Google Assistant built-in

JBL Everest headphones, earbuds have Google Assistant built-in

Audio company JBL has announced headphones featuring Google Assistant built-in. Called Everest, these wireless headphones tap Google's voice assistant for audible notifications and the ability to control music using voice instead of touch (though a bit of touch is still necessary). Google Assistant has been integrated into the Everest 710GA and 110GA around-ear headphones and earbuds.

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Sennheiser HD 820 closed-back headphones are made for audiophiles

Sennheiser HD 820 closed-back headphones are made for audiophiles

Open-back headphones have a special place in any audiophile's heart, but sometimes a closed-back pair are more appropriate. Here to fill that need is Sennheiser with its newly unveiled HD 820 closed-back headphones. Sennheiser says its HD 820 are dynamic stereo headphones sporting a glass transducer cover for keeping resonances to a minimum. The model has a circumaural design and is promised to "set a new benchmark" for closed-back headphones.

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TuneIn Premium unlimited audiobook plan will end next month

TuneIn Premium unlimited audiobook plan will end next month

If Audible's fairly pricey monthly credit system is too expensive for your tastes, TuneIn's premium unlimited audiobook subscription is no doubt appealing. Unfortunately, it also appears the plan may not be sustainable -- the company has quietly announced that it will get rid of the offering next month. TuneIn hasn't given its customers a reason for getting rid of the service, saying only that you have until January 15 to enjoy it.

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Signia Nx hearing aid separates user’s own voice from the background

Signia Nx hearing aid separates user’s own voice from the background

Many headsets today flaunt features like active noise cancellation or even sophisticated audio technologies that let the world’s sounds through while you listen to your music. Such things might be “nice to have” features for audiophiles, but technologies like these are essential to people with less than perfect hearing. Sivantos, the hearing aid company spun off from Siemens, is putting that technology at the service of such people. Its new Signia Nx, for example, boasts of the ability to replicate nature by allowing separating the user’s own voice from ambient sound.

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Amazon Music scraps storage subscriptions for MP3 imports

Amazon Music scraps storage subscriptions for MP3 imports

Amazon is planning to retire its Music storage subscription service, the plan that enabled Amazon customers to upload their own music to the company's servers. Mind you, this doesn't mean the Amazon Music or Amazon Music Unlimited products are being retired; rather, just the option to upload personal music libraries to the platform. You have until January 15 to sign up if you want this subscription.

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