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The smartest Prime Day speaker deals: Sonos, Bose, Echo, more

The smartest Prime Day speaker deals: Sonos, Bose, Echo, more

If you've been holding off the smart speaker revolution, Amazon Prime Day 2018 may be the time you succumb to some home assistant action. There are deals on some of the most popular models around, including the Sonos One, Bose's waterproof SoundLink Micro, and Amazon's own line-up.

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Sonos Beam released today with some speaker deals

Sonos Beam released today with some speaker deals

Sonos Beam, the company's latest Alexa-powered speakerbar, is available today, along with a new set of bundles for those wanting to kick start their TV room audio experience. The Beam follows in the footsteps of the Sonos Playbar and Playbase, but with a far smaller footprint, being roughly 60-percent smaller than the Playbar.

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Studio19 Solo E500X-EQ Review

Studio19 Solo E500X-EQ Review

Although Bluetooth speakers aren’t exactly new or novel, the rise of smart assistants and the depreciation of the venerable headphone jack have put them under a sometimes harsh spotlight. No longer was it enough for them to “just work”, they needed to sound great, look great, and still be affordable to the masses. Often, two or even three of these pillars go missing for the sake of the others. Studio19 has attempted to offer that trifecta of qualities in the Solo E500X-EQ. We give it a closer look and listen to find out if it is truly that balanced or if it falls short on one of its legs.

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Yamaha YAS-108 sound bar is ultra-slim with 3D sound

Yamaha YAS-108 sound bar is ultra-slim with 3D sound

Yamaha has announced its new YAS-108 sound bar, a low-profile audio offering designed to blend seamlessly with a home entertainment setup. The company calls the YAS-108 a reimaging of its most popular sound bar, one that adds a single-chassis design with a low profile and "simple TV connections."

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Sonos Beam hands-on: Big sound, bigger promises

Sonos Beam hands-on: Big sound, bigger promises

Sonos has built its reputation on making streaming, whole-home music easy: now, with the Sonos Base, it wants to oust remote controls from your coffee table. Revealed today, the shrunken speaker bar relies on Amazon Alexa and some clever connectivity to streamline the living room, but as I discovered that doesn't mean Sonos has forgotten about sound quality too.

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Sonos Beam is new $399 smart speakerbar

Sonos Beam is new $399 smart speakerbar

Sonos has revealed its latest speaker, the Sonos Beam, a smaller soundbar that wants to be both your music and your home entertaining speaker. Unveiled in San Francisco, CA today, it also includes the same Alexa support - with more smart assistants in the pipeline - as the Sonos One.

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The Sonos AirPlay 2 update is coming in July

The Sonos AirPlay 2 update is coming in July

Sonos is bringing AirPlay 2 to its speakers in early July, allowing its connected devices to be linked with Apple's own HomePod in multi-room systems. Launched back in late May, AirPlay 2 saw Apple expand its streaming system from its own hardware, allowing third-party speakers to be linked in multi-room configurations and remotely controlled, en-masse, from an iOS or macOS device.

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Apple HomePod stereo pairing: Hands-on

Apple HomePod stereo pairing: Hands-on

If one HomePod sounds great, how about two of Apple's speakers set up as a stereo pair? With the arrival of AirPlay 2 this week, right on the cusp of WWDC 2018, Apple finally delivers on music promises it made back when it first announced HomePod at WWDC 2017 last year.

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eMeet M2 conference speaker uses AI to make sure voices are heard

eMeet M2 conference speaker uses AI to make sure voices are heard

Given the fiasco the Amazon Echo is involved right now, it seems almost ill-timed to launch a new smart speaker. Amazon's problems, however, doesn't really mean that the idea of an AI-empowered speaker is fundamentally flawed. It just needs to be better executed. There are cases, however, when a limited application of AI can do wonders to make human lives easier. That's the idea that eMeet is trying sell with its new OfficeCore M2, what it bills to be the first AI-powered conference speaker in the market.

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Sonos speakers and turntable bundle sets bring modest discounts

Sonos speakers and turntable bundle sets bring modest discounts

Sonos has launched a new series of bundle sets that include both speakers and turntables, enabling new customers to get entire systems for their home or office. The bundles range from two-speaker sets intended for two rooms all the way up to four speaker bundles, entertainment sets with soundbars, and even a couple bundles that include turntables.

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This JBL Link Bar is Google’s first Android TV and Assistant hybrid

This JBL Link Bar is Google’s first Android TV and Assistant hybrid

Google has teamed up with JBL for the first Google Assistant powered soundbar, with the JBL Link Bar effectively baking together its voice AI and an Android TV box. Launched ahead of Google I/O 2018, the new gadget is designed to plug into a TV and bring all of Google's media streaming and voice control technologies in one fell swoop.

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Sonos smart home theater speaker with HDMI appears at FCC

Sonos smart home theater speaker with HDMI appears at FCC

Documents newly surfaced at the FCC indicate Sonos is preparing to launch a new smart speaker product for the home theater market. The smart speaker has the model number S14 and features an HDMI port, at least based on the FCC filing, instead of the optical output found on the maker's other home theater products.

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