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Anker Model Zero speakers with Google Assistant arrive next month

Anker Model Zero speakers with Google Assistant arrive next month

During CES 2018, Anker introduced two new wireless speakers: the Model Zero and Model Zero+. The two classy speakers were detailed and presented, but a release date wasn't provided at the time. Now, nearly a year later, we finally know when the new wireless products will be available, with Anker saying they'll drop in November.

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Beastie Boys Sonos Play:5 speaker looks as loud as it sounds

Beastie Boys Sonos Play:5 speaker looks as loud as it sounds

Sonos has revealed a new version of its Play:5 connected speaker, with a limited-edition Beastie Boys Play:5 aiming to celebrate the iconic group and raise some money for charity along the way. The speaker design features a new, specially created typeface for the band, overlaid atop a monochromatic white speaker.

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Bang & Olufsen launches Artwork by David Lynch speaker collection

Bang & Olufsen launches Artwork by David Lynch speaker collection

Bang & Olufsen has introduced its new David Lynch speaker collection, a lineup of B&O speakers featuring art from the creator. The newly unveiled collection include images from the War Between the Shapes series, says B&O, as well as from the Paris Suite lithographs and paper works by Lynch from the 1970s. This isn't the company's first collaboration with the artist.

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Devialet Phantom Reactor is a tiny speaker that packs a lot of punch

Devialet Phantom Reactor is a tiny speaker that packs a lot of punch

It's been a little while since we last heard from Devialet's Phantom line of speakers, but today it's getting a rather exciting expansion. Today, Devialet announced the Phantom Reactor series, which is comprised of two speakers at lower price points than the products in the mainline Phantom series. A new, lower price point is exciting enough for a company that has made a name for itself selling expensive speakers, but perhaps even more noteworthy is the smaller size of the Phantom Reactor speakers.

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Bang & Olufsen reveals Beoplay B2 Brown Limited Edition portable speaker

Bang & Olufsen reveals Beoplay B2 Brown Limited Edition portable speaker

Bang & Olufsen has teamed with LINE, the company behind the messaging app, among other things. Thanks to this new collaboration, the speaker company will be launching a new Brown Bear-themed speaker featuring the character's color and small adorable emblem. Fans will be able to pick up one of these speakers in several countries, but only for a limited time.

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Amazon Echo Plus 2018 release detailed: Now with temperature

Amazon Echo Plus 2018 release detailed: Now with temperature

This week the folks at Amazon responsible for Alexa hardware dropped a massive number of devices on our heads, all at once. One of these was the 2018 edition of the Amazon Echo Plus. This device is an Echo with a smart home hub built in. Echo Plus 2018 has more powerful bass than before, according to Amazon, and there's a temperature sensor inside, too.

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Echo Dot 3rd-gen revealed and detailed for release

Echo Dot 3rd-gen revealed and detailed for release

A new Echo Dot was revealed at an Amazon hardware event this week, complete with a new look and bumped-up specs. This new version of the Echo Dot is no longer just a plastic hockey puck-like device, now it's coming in a variety of colors with a fabric-covered exterior. This version of the Echo Dot (generation 3, let's call it), has a more powerful speaker, too.

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VIZIO Dolby Atmos Home Theater Systems bring sound form above

VIZIO Dolby Atmos Home Theater Systems bring sound form above

In the past, it was enough for “surround sound” to come from front and sides, sometimes also from the back if you have enough speakers. Sound, however, doesn’t just travel sideways, it can also come from up high and sometimes even from below. You can’t, however, easily and safely screw in a vibrating device on your ceiling. Vizio’s new Dolby Atmos-enhanced Home Theater Sound Systems offer the next best thing: upward-facing speakers that bounce sound on the ceiling instead, creating an audio net that better mimic what the real world sounds like.

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HomePod finally gets much-awaited, long-overdue features

HomePod finally gets much-awaited, long-overdue features

While Apple’s recently concluded event focused on the new iPhone X generation and Apple Watch Series 4, that wasn’t the only big things the company had prepared. Outside of the spotlight, Apple announced an update to the HomePod that might make its $349 price tag finally worth it for some interested buyers. In addition to things like being able to make and take calls, the smart speaker is finally getting a whole lot smarter thanks to the addition of Siri Shortcuts.

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UE Boom and Megaboom speakers lose Alexa support in latest update

UE Boom and Megaboom speakers lose Alexa support in latest update

UE Boom and Megaboom owners received an unpleasant surprise after updating the maker's mobile app: the speakers no longer support Amazon Alexa. The models, which originally launched as "dumb" speakers before getting Alexa as part of a smart update, are once again reduced to simple Bluetooth functionality.

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Marshall Stanmore II Voice, Acton II Voice become smart with Alexa

Marshall Stanmore II Voice, Acton II Voice become smart with Alexa

When Amazon launched the Echo speakers and, along with it, its Alexa smart assistant, it created waves that eventually gave birth to a new market segment. But while these smart speakers often make for good assistants, they don’t always make for good speakers. Fortunately, Amazon has opened its doors to other speaker makers to provide the acoustics while it provides the brains, making things like the new Marshall Voice series of smart speakers possible and available to provide knowledge, convenience, and quality sound.

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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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