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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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Sonos IFTTT support lets your smart home sing

Sonos IFTTT support lets your smart home sing

Shortly after launching an open API, Sonos has wasted little time in partnering with a big IoT name. Sonos has announced that its platform is now compatible with IFTTT, which opens up a pretty wide array of options when it comes to integrating your speakers into your smart home set up. For now, IFTTT functionality is launching in beta, which means that you're somewhat limited in what you can do with it.

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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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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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Netgear Orbi Mesh WiFi system includes router and Alexa smart speaker

Netgear Orbi Mesh WiFi system includes router and Alexa smart speaker

Netgear has launched a new system composed of both mesh WiFi hardware and a smart speaker, the combination providing whole-home wireless coverage as well as direct access to Amazon Alexa. The system brings together the Orbi WiFi router and the Orbi Voice smart speaker, each working together for simplified WiFi control and a smart home experience.

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Marshall Kilburn II portable retro speaker has 360° sound

Marshall Kilburn II portable retro speaker has 360° sound

Marshall is back with a new retro-styled speaker, the new Kilburn II wireless offering. This new model features an old school appearance paired with modern features, including Bluetooth, multi-directional audio, more than 20 hours of playback per charge, and more. Unlike other portable speakers, says Marshall, the Kilburn II features Blumlein stereo sound.

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New Sonos Amp gives pro-audio some streaming power

New Sonos Amp gives pro-audio some streaming power

Sonos has revealed a new connected amplifier, the Sonos Amp, delivering streaming music, AirPlay 2 support, and more for installations where third-party speakers are preferred. Targeting professional installers, the new Sonos Amp is designed to fit into a standard AV rack.

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Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound Edge is a mesmerizing speaker you roll

Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound Edge is a mesmerizing speaker you roll

Bang & Olufsen has a reputation for unusual design, but its new Beosound Edge speaker goes further than most. Unveiled at IFA 2018 today, the circular speaker promises to be both a home entertainment device and "a minimalist design object," B&O says, with one very curious control system.

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Bose Home Speaker 500 expands Alexa’s reach

Bose Home Speaker 500 expands Alexa’s reach

Amazon Alexa lives inside the newest Bose speaker, a Bose Smart Speaker, made to sit on your counter-top. The first of several machines was made to deliver "the acoustic excellence and superior design Bose is known for - all hands free." It'll do so as it serves up Amazon's own products as quick as possible. This is the Home Speaker 500, and it's made to do battle with Apple's HomePod and the Google Home Smart Speaker right out the gate.

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B&O’s BeoSound 1 and 2 wireless speakers get Google Assistant

B&O’s BeoSound 1 and 2 wireless speakers get Google Assistant

Bang & Olufsen has announced the addition of Google Assistant for its gorgeous BeoSound 1 and BeoSound 2 wireless speakers. Both cone-shaped speakers will soon be available with Google's personal assistant, making it possible to get the weather, play music, and more using voice commands. The addition is joined by Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast support.

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Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series gives midrange a Continuum makeover

Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series gives midrange a Continuum makeover

Bowers & Wilkins speakers aren't typically known for being affordable, but the high-end audio company plans to offer at least slightly more accessible options with its new 600 Series. Borrowing technology from the high-end B&W 800 Series, the new speakers ditch some of the more esoteric materials in the name of hitting a price point.

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LG XBOOM team adds portable Bluetooth, ThinQ smart speakers

LG XBOOM team adds portable Bluetooth, ThinQ smart speakers

LG is perhaps best known for smartphones, TVs, and a few home appliances. It might not exactly be that popular for speakers. It has been trying to turn that around, with partnerships with Bang & Olufsen for smartphone headphones and Meridian for its bigger audio products. At IFA 2018, it will be making some noise, literally too, with its expanded and slightly rebranded lineup of XBOOM speakers, some of which you might have already seen, or rather heard of, before.

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