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Logitech Z537 Powerful Sound with Bluetooth keeps things simple

Logitech Z537 Powerful Sound with Bluetooth keeps things simple

Smart speakers seem to be the trend these days, but not everyone wants a speaker that talks back at you or buys dollhouses just because the TV said so. Some just want the ability to wirelessly play audio from their phone or computer and sound great while doing it. For these more traditional use cases, Logitech is providing the new Z537 Powerful Sound with Bluetooth. A mouthful that really just translates to a wireless, sometimes wired, 2.1 speaker system.

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“Invoke” could be Harman Kardon’s Cortana-powered speaker

“Invoke” could be Harman Kardon’s Cortana-powered speaker

The personal assistant war has long moved from smartphones to smart homes the day Amazon launched its Echo speaker and introduced Alexa to the world. Pretty soon, Google followed with its Home (not Gnome) and Google Assistant and soon, Microsoft will do likewise with Cortana. That device has already been teased before to bear Harman Kardon's brand but very little else. Now some more details are falling into place courtesy of leaks, including a rather unusual but still totally generic name: Invoke.

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Sonos PLAYBASE Review: A flat soundbar with big sound

Sonos PLAYBASE Review: A flat soundbar with big sound

Sonos is the first to admit it made a mistake. The PLAYBAR, its home entertainment-focused soundbar speaker, was an audio marvel back in 2013 when it was first announced, but the ergonomics didn't live up to the sound. Turns out, Sonos belatedly realized, that while the PLAYBAR works best when wall-mounted, only the minority of people actually wall-mount their TVs. Enter the Sonos PLAYBASE, completely redesigned to slip right underneath your flatscreen.

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V-MODA Remix Bluetooth speaker has a built-in headphone amplifier

V-MODA Remix Bluetooth speaker has a built-in headphone amplifier

V-MODA has introduced its new Remix Bluetooth speaker, a model that features an integrated V-MODA VAMP tech headphone amplifier. According to the company, its new speaker is able to drive high-end headphones that have higher-impedance with 83mW x 2 power, rivaling standalone headphone amplifiers offered at high price points. Remix also boasts a variety of other features, including support of various personal assistants like Alexa and USB-C charging.

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Fluance DB12 subwoofer boasts ‘ultra-low’ bass frequencies

Fluance DB12 subwoofer boasts ‘ultra-low’ bass frequencies

Fluance has announced the arrival of its new DB12, a subwoofer that is able to produce ultra-low bass frequencies for one’s home entertainment needs. Officially called the DB12 Powered Subwoofer, this model offers consumers a standalone way to add powerful base to their home audio setup. The model offers 240 watts of dynamic power with a peak of 400 watts, and it packs it all within a modest, somewhat classically-designed wood cabinet.

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B&O Play Beolit 17 wireless speaker boasts more power than ’15’ model

B&O Play Beolit 17 wireless speaker boasts more power than ’15’ model

Bang & Olufsen’s B&O Play has unveiled the latest model in its Beolit line of wireless speakers, the Beolit 17. This model boasts more power than the previous Beolit 15 model, and brings with it what the company describes as ‘distinct cool Scandinavian style.’ The speaker is being offered in two different color options, Stone Grey and Natural, and it is launching across more than half a dozen countries.

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Sony EXTRA BASS Wireless Speakers hit shelves next month

Sony EXTRA BASS Wireless Speakers hit shelves next month

Sony has finally revealed the pricing and availability info for its previously unveiled EXTRA BASS Wireless Speakers, as well as some EXTRA BASS Wireless Headphones. The company took the wraps off its new speaker last month during CES 2017, giving us a look at the features but without the pertinent availability details. As it turns out, both the headphones and the speakers will be hitting shelves in March.

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Amazon Tap’s biggest Alexa problem just got fixed

Amazon Tap’s biggest Alexa problem just got fixed

Amazon has fixed the number one complaint about its Amazon Tap Bluetooth smart speaker, with a firmware update that brings it up to par with its Echo and Echo Dot cousins. Launched last year, the Bluetooth speaker promised the same Amazon Alexa functionality as the original Echo, only in a battery-powered, portable form-factor. However, in the process Amazon left out one of the core features that has helped make Alexa so popular.

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LG Music Flow to get Google Home, Multiroom next month

LG Music Flow to get Google Home, Multiroom next month

At least among Google’s fans and partners, Google Home, and its smart Assistant, is the new hot trend. It also happens to be Google’s biggest walled garden as far as features go. Which is why, almost like a major Android version, users are incessantly asking when they’re going to get even some integration with those features. For owners of LG’s Music Flow wireless speakers, the answer is “end of February”, which might be a generous estimate but a much welcomed estimate nonetheless.

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VIZIO Crave 360, Crave Pro speakers get some Spotify love

VIZIO Crave 360, Crave Pro speakers get some Spotify love

VIZIO is a brand better known for its TVs, both traditional and smart, but of late it has been making huge strides to leave a mark in the connect speaker market segment. Last September, it unveiled its Crave 360 and Crave Pro Cast-enabled multi-room speakers, encroaching on Sonos’ territory. Now VIZIO, which is being acquired by Chinese tech giant LeEco, is stepping up its challenge by striking a partnership with Spotify. Starting today, actually starting last Christmas, owners of Crave 360 and Crave Pro speakers will be able to cast their Spotify tunes to the speakers just as easily as any Chromecast-enabled device.

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Sony EXTRA BASS wireless speakers brings light to the party

Sony EXTRA BASS wireless speakers brings light to the party

Wireless Bluetooth speakers and headsets have traditionally been seen as a compromise between portability and quality, but recent market and product trends have been trying to push against that connotation. Take for example Sony’s EXTRA BASS lines that adds much needed depth to these portable audio equipment. At CES 2017, the company is introducing four new members of that family that not only puts a spotlight to the music’s thump, it literally puts light into your music that also dances to the beat.

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LG unveils ‘4K’ speaker and more audio devices at CES 2017

LG unveils ‘4K’ speaker and more audio devices at CES 2017

LG is debuting a number of speakers and audio devices at this year's CES 2017 event, including sound bars and speakers designed to offer the best sound from users' TVs. Heading the lineup is the new SJ9 sound bar, which boasts of Dolby Atmos tech, a slim and sleek profile, and even "4K High Resolution Audio," which might be the first time you're hearing of such a feature on a speaker.

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