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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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BRAVEN 1100, 2200m, 2300 wireless speakers bring premium home

BRAVEN 1100, 2200m, 2300 wireless speakers bring premium home

Wireless Bluetooth speakers have been around for quite some time, but it was really only with the arrival of smartphones that they truly kicked off. While not exactly sporting the same smartness as “smart home hubs” like Amazon Echo and, now, Google Home, speakers like those from BRAVEN still mesh nicely with our digital lives. Just in time for the coming holidays, the Bluetooth speaker maker has unveiled the 1100, 2200m, and 2300 speakers as part of its new premium home line that doesn’t only sound good but looks good as well.

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Cork turns old wine bottles into a Bluetooth speaker

Cork turns old wine bottles into a Bluetooth speaker

A new Kickstarter campaign is offering one of the more unique Bluetooth speakers we've seen: it is called Cork, and it attaches to the top of just about any bottle. When put in place on a bottle, Cork's tinny sounding audio becomes more robust and deep. The idea is that sans the bottle, Cork is very small and early to carry around. When it's time to listen to some music, the odds are high you've got some kind of bottle around to help out.

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FABRIQ speakers lets you take Amazon Alexa anywhere

FABRIQ speakers lets you take Amazon Alexa anywhere

When Amazon revealed its very own, self-developed virtual personal assistant, there was much bewilderment and skepticism about its future. After all, it was only available on the Amazon Echo. Fast forward a year or two, Amazon’s Alexa has exploded into the smart home and mobile seen, now seen in places where Siri, Cortana, or Google Assistant can only hope to be. Almost all of them, however, are rooted in a single spot. But with FABRIQ’s new line of stylish, fabric-clothed speakers, you can start taking Alexa with you anywhere you go.

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Pyle Street Blaster X is a 1,000 watt Bluetooth speaker

Pyle Street Blaster X is a 1,000 watt Bluetooth speaker

Pyle is back with an updated version of its Street Blaster speaker, the Street Blaster X. This new iteration looks similar in design, though with some notable digital and colorful upgrades. As with most speakers, it supports wireless streaming over Bluetooth as well as wired playback via a 3.5mm port. Unlike the Bluetooth speakers most of your friends have, though, this one is a little more robust: it offers 1,000 watts of power, making it the kind of speaker you'd roll out for a party.

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Ultimate Ears PartyUp pairs 50+ speakers for group streaming

Ultimate Ears PartyUp pairs 50+ speakers for group streaming

Pairing two Bluetooth speakers for a stereo pair is tablestakes these days, so Ultimate Ears is cranking music to the next level with PartyUp, for more than 50 speakers in a single group. The new feature, being released today as a firmware update for some of the Logitech-owned company's most popular models, relies on some Bluetooth trickery and a revamped app to make managing large crowds of BOOM speakers straightforward.

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BRAVEN 405 HD Bluetooth speakers will survive a pool party

BRAVEN 405 HD Bluetooth speakers will survive a pool party

We take our smartphones with us everywhere, sometimes even to places too risky for those expensive pieces of equipment. Sometimes we do it out of necessity, to keep in touch with work or friends, but most of the time we do it for fun, like for music by the pool or beach. But your smartphone doesn’t have to be at the frontlines for that. Not with BRAVEN’s new 405 Active Series speaker, which can blast out tunes in HD quality, while your smartphone keeps safe and warm at a distance or inside a bag.

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Sonos PLAY:1, PLAY:5 comes to Apple.com, Apple Stores on Oct. 5

Sonos PLAY:1, PLAY:5 comes to Apple.com, Apple Stores on Oct. 5

By doing away with the 3.5 mm headphone jack, Apple has placed its iPhone eggs in wireless audio equipment basket. And not just wireless, Bluetooth headphones, but wireless speakers as well. When it comes to the latter, there is perhaps no brand that rings louder than Sonos. It was only natural that the two would eventually forge closer ties, which happens today as two of Sonos’ most popular connected speakers, the PLAY:1 and the PLAY:5, head to Apple’s online stores and, by next week, physical retail stores as well.

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Marshall Acton Oxblood Limited Edition speaker boasts classic vinyl design

Marshall Acton Oxblood Limited Edition speaker boasts classic vinyl design

Marshall has launched a new limited edition speaker, the Acton model in Oxblood. With this offering — of which only 300 units will be sold — the Acton home speaker is shrouded in a vinyl outer casing that’s dark oxblood in color; golden accents and control knobs complement the vinyl, making for an overall design that, says Marshall, would be ‘at home in a dark, smoky tavern” or next to a Chesterfield sofa.

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Logitech Z337 Bold Sound is a desktop speaker with Bluetooth

Logitech Z337 Bold Sound is a desktop speaker with Bluetooth

Logitech has taken the wraps off its new Z337 Bold Sound with Bluetooth, the company’s first desktop speaker that can play music via Bluetooth rather than an audio cable. Thanks to the Bluetooth support, users are able to stream their audio from any device that supports it — a laptop, smartphone, tablet, or similar device. The Z337 Bold isn’t limited to just Bluetooth audio, though, also offering RCA input and a 3.5mm audio jack for a wired connection.

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VIZIO SmartCast Crave speakers venture into Sonos territory

VIZIO SmartCast Crave speakers venture into Sonos territory

When talking with tech-savvy people about multi-room speakers, the brand that will probably pop up the most will be Sonos. Players in that market are still few, but the numbers are rising with the prevalence of IoT devices and platforms. Aiming to establish itself as early as now, VIZIO is announcing two new audio members of its SmartCast family, the Crave Pro and the Crave 360, both offering not just wireless audio streaming but also the ability to play the music all throughout the house. On other VIZIO Crave speakers, of course.

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