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Sonos’ CEO just responded to the legacy speaker fury

Sonos’ CEO just responded to the legacy speaker fury

Sonos has tried to stem the tide of bad press around its controversial plan to leave behind old hardware, after news that it would be ceasing support for some of its earlier connected speakers left the company's loyalest fans fuming. Legacy Sonos products - including the original Play:5 - would no longer get updates from May, the company had warned earlier in the week. Now, the company's CEO says, the plan has evolved a little.

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IKEA FREKVENS limited-edition tech products revealed: Red, Yellow, Black

IKEA FREKVENS limited-edition tech products revealed: Red, Yellow, Black

Today the folks at IKEA revealed a limited-edition collection of products made in collaboration Teenage Engineering. Included in the mix of items is a speaker with subwoofer, a tripod, an LED spotlight, a bar stool, a serving set, a tote bag, a blanket - and a few other oddities. Just when you thought you'd never see a Cajon drum at IKEA, they make one available - neat!

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These Sonos devices lose software support in 2020

These Sonos devices lose software support in 2020

Sonos announced today that it will be ending support for some legacy hardware later on this year. The phase out won't happen for a few months yet, and Sonos says that it will only impact its "oldest products." Those products can still be used once support ends too, but they'll no longer receive software updates and new features from Sonos.

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Enclave CineHome PRO hands-on: accessible wireless 5.1 surround

Enclave CineHome PRO hands-on: accessible wireless 5.1 surround

After a long period of obsessing primarily about display quality and visuals, consumers are now wising up to the fact that audio is just as critical in creating an immersive experience, especially when it comes to entertainment. But as they start to look for audio systems that mix performance and design as well as their TVs, they may be shocked to discover that those tend to sometimes cost more than their TVs. Enter Enclave's two new CineHome home theater systems that bundle five speakers and a subwoofer at the cost of a single high-end soundbar.

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Belkin Soundform Elite combines a Hi-Fi speaker with a wireless charger

Belkin Soundform Elite combines a Hi-Fi speaker with a wireless charger

Accessory maker Belkin is probably best known for its chargers, cables, and power banks but now it is dipping its toes into a brand new market. It partnered with audio brand Devialet to develop a new audio accessory that doesn't simply connect to a speaker but is a speaker in its own right. And something more up Belkin's alley, the Soundform Elite Hi-Fi smart speaker also doubles as a wireless charger to boot.

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Sennheiser and Continental speakerless audio turns cars into instruments

Sennheiser and Continental speakerless audio turns cars into instruments

Automobiles are becoming more and more advanced these days, almost becoming like smartphones on wheels. Especially with the advent of full or hybrid electric vehicles, smart car systems, and the upcoming 5G, modern cars offer an almost completely new experience to both drivers and passengers except in one aspect. Audio is still delivered by conventional speaker systems, something that Sennheiser and Continental are working to change with their new immersive audio system that turns the whole car into a soundbox.

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Samsung QLED 8K, Sero, Frame, MicroLED TVs lead the CES 2020 charge

Samsung QLED 8K, Sero, Frame, MicroLED TVs lead the CES 2020 charge

With the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite out of the way, Samsung is free to shine the spotlight on its other consumer electronics products, particularly its home entertainment products. Yes, Samsung is proudly showing off its "nearly-bezel-less" Infinity Screen applied to TVs. The Q950TS 8K QLED TV isn't its only highlight though, in addition to upgrades to existing TVs and Soundbars, Samsung is also unveiling The Sero, a TV that's designed to mirror your vertically-oriented smartphone screen.

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Sonos Recycle Mode bricks still usable devices to trade up to a new one

Sonos Recycle Mode bricks still usable devices to trade up to a new one

As much as we'd love to keep holding to consumers electronics as much as we could, there are times when they just can't move forward any longer. Usually, that takes years of regular use but some manufacturers often give people reasons to upgrade to a new model sooner rather than later. And what better way to do that than by rendering a device completely useless the way Sonos is doing now with its so-called Recycle Mode.

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Sonos price increase incoming: Here’s what’s changing

Sonos price increase incoming: Here’s what’s changing

Sonos is raising the prices of two of its multi-room music products, as the company shifts some of its production out of China. The Sonos Amp and Sonos Port will both be seeing a $50 increase, Sonos confirmed today, though it's not blaming tariffs for the change.

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LG 2020 soundbars use AI to self-calibrate based on room acoustics

LG 2020 soundbars use AI to self-calibrate based on room acoustics

Audiophiles often talk about the nuances one needs to consider in the perfect audio setup but not everyone has the patience, time, or knowledge to make the tweaks needed for that kind of experience. For all but the most meticulous audio buff, speakers tend to be left at their default settings. LG's promise for its next generation of soundbars is that you won't have to do that yourself takes to its new AI Room Calibration that lets these smart speakers do the work for you.

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Sony SRS-WS1 is a wireless speaker you wear around your neck

Sony SRS-WS1 is a wireless speaker you wear around your neck

Wireless audio equipment have gotten a surge of popularity and innovation, in no small part thanks to the demise of the venerable headphone jack on smartphones. A variety of wireless headsets have popped up, ranging from gigantic over ear cups to not so tiny earbuds. The Sony SRS-WS1 Immersive Wireless Speaker may, at a quick glance, look like one of those neck brace earphones like the LG Tone series. The difference, however, is that this pillow like contraption that hangs around your neck is no headphones. It is a full blown speaker.

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JBL’s new personalization option lets buyers print photos on speakers

JBL’s new personalization option lets buyers print photos on speakers

Audio company JBL has introduced a new personalization option that allows buyers to have their favorite image printed on the grill of the speaker they're purchasing. The personalized result is very photo-realistic, though with the obvious grille effect added into the mix. The same personalization is also available for headphones, though limited to text and select designs.

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