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Google Home Max reported to have latency with line-in connection

Google Home Max reported to have latency with line-in connection

Google’s latest foray into the world of smart home speakers hasn’t been exactly smooth sailing compared to the first gen Google Home. The Google Home Mini had a manufacturing defect that ruined the touch controls for everyone. And now the Google Home Max, which only just started shipping in time for the holidays, has its own issue as well. Fortunately, it might be something that can be fixed by a software update and might not even matter much to the majority of the speaker’s users.

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Samsung NW700 Soundbar tries to disappear into your wall

Samsung NW700 Soundbar tries to disappear into your wall

TV makers these days are trying to make their products almost impossibly thin for the purpose of making them blend with walls.While they may have succeeded in doing that, the price they sometimes have to pay is in sound, which is either too weak because of the small space, or decent but has to be routed to bulky speakers, breaking the illusion. Samsung may have the solution in the new NW700 Sound+ soundbar designed to perfectly go with your super thin Samsung TV but still has enough space to pack its own woofer inside.

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Samsung Bixby smart speaker winds up for 2018 debut

Samsung Bixby smart speaker winds up for 2018 debut

2017 could very well be considered the year of the smart speaker. Though Google Home launched at the tail end of 2016, Google introduced two new models this year: the Google Home Mini and Home Max. Apple revealed its Siri-powered HomePod for an early 2018 launch, while Amazon let its new Echo Show out of the gate and released a new version of the standard Echo. Surely we can't expect Samsung to sit on the sidelines and just watch all of this happen, right?

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Google Home Max is now available for purchase

Google Home Max is now available for purchase

Since the day the Google Home Max was first revealed, we knew Google planned to launch it in December. Google never really got more specific than that, but late last month, a listing from Best Buy revealed a release date of December 11. That day is now here, and sure enough, you can now purchase the Google Home Max.

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Google Home Mini reportedly crashes when used at high volume

Google Home Mini reportedly crashes when used at high volume

The Google Home Max, launching in less than two weeks, is supposed to be Google’s audiophile contender. The old Google Home was more or less decent but the Google Home Mini was probably never meant to be used to jam. Still, you wouldn’t expect it to crash and burn, not literally thankfully, when you do use it for rocking out to your favorite music. Unfortunately, some owners are discovering exactly that and Google is still in the dark as to its cause.

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Google Home Max launch isn’t going to miss the holidays

Google Home Max launch isn’t going to miss the holidays

Apple has received an amusingly large amount of backlash over its decision to delay its HomePod launch past the holiday and shopping season. It seems that Google won’t make the same mistake with its equivalent Home Max speakers. According to Best Buy’s very early listing, the speakers will become available for purchase mid-December, just as Google promised. It remains to be seen, however, if Google will be able to avoid the problems that Apple might have been trying to steer clear from with an early launch.

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Ultimate Ears Megablast and Blast Review: Alexa cuts the cord

Ultimate Ears Megablast and Blast Review: Alexa cuts the cord

Bluetooth speakers may be a commodity at this point, but Ultimate Ears wants to set the new Blast and Megablast apart with Amazon's Alexa. Joining Bluetooth is WiFi, and the ability to speak to Amazon's virtual assistant: whether that be for requesting music, giving your connected home instructions, or asking questions to help the kids with homework. It's an obvious pairing, but has Logitech-owned UE quite got the recipe right?

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Sonos’ Spotify Alexa support arrives ahead of schedule

Sonos’ Spotify Alexa support arrives ahead of schedule

Sonos, Spotify, and Amazon Alexa are finally best friends, with support being added to control playback by voice on the multi-room speakers. Sonos users with an Amazon Echo device, a Sonos One, or any other Alexa-powered gadget can now ask for playback from their Spotify account through the networked speakers.

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Apple’s HomePod delay is the right decision

Apple’s HomePod delay is the right decision

Apple may be missing the holiday shopping season by delaying its HomePod until 2018, but that decision could pay dividends if it makes Siri a better assistant. The smart speaker was due to launch in the US, UK, and Australia in December 2017, having been announced back in June alongside the iMac Pro at WWDC. Today, it conceded it will "need a little more time" before HomePod is ready for public consumption.

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Apple HomePod delayed

Apple HomePod delayed

Apple has delayed its HomePod smart speaker, pushing the launch of the Siri-powered Amazon Echo rival back into 2018. HomePod was revealed back in June 2017, a streaming speaker that physically embodied Siri, and which promised both smart home control and better music playback than other such products on the market.

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Roku acquires Dynastrom audio startup amid rumored smart speaker plans

Roku acquires Dynastrom audio startup amid rumored smart speaker plans

Roku has confirmed the acquisition of Dynastrom, a Danish multi-room audio startup that will continue to operate out of Denmark as a Roku subsidiary. In confirming the acquisition, Roku said the business move was a way to expand its own engineering team, but the talent grab comes amid a wider rumor: that Roku is planning to launch its own smart speaker to take on Echo, Google Home and more.

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Beoplay M3 is B&O’s most compact wireless speaker

Beoplay M3 is B&O’s most compact wireless speaker

Bang & Olufsen has released its most compact wireless speaker thus far in its lineup, the Beoplay M3. The M3 model is a home speaker with a swappable front cover, making it possible to tailor the speaker's looks to your own home or office's design. Though compact, the M3 isn't an ordinary tiny Bluetooth speaker: it will still have a prominent place in whatever room you place it.

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