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Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 lasts longer and blasts louder

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 lasts longer and blasts louder

Ultimate Ears has given its chunky little WONDERBOOM speaker a revamp, with the UE WONDERBOOM 2 promising louder sound and more bass. A new Outdoor Boost mode promises to retune the Bluetooth speaker's EQ settings, with a special configuration designed for outdoor listening.

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Samsung Galaxy Home Mini could beat its big brother to release

Samsung Galaxy Home Mini could beat its big brother to release

It's been quite some time since Samsung first revealed the Galaxy Home, its Bixby-powered smart speaker. That happened way back in August, and we still haven't been given a release date for it yet. Despite all of that, Samsung is already looking toward the future of the Galaxy Home brand. As it turns out, the company may be plotting a smaller Galaxy Home that's meant to better compete with budget speakers from Google and Amazon.

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Comcast activity monitor may let Grandma stay safe at home

Comcast activity monitor may let Grandma stay safe at home

It would appear that Comcast wants to monetize your health. Word this afternoon is that Comcast is working on a smart home device not unlike that of the Amazon Echo and/or Google Home. Smart home speaker is the name of the game, and Comcast is aiming at making cash via hospitals. If they can keep you out of the emergency room, surely they deserve compensation for your health - and the health of your grandmother?

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Sony XB900N noise-canceling headphones have big bass, lower price

Sony XB900N noise-canceling headphones have big bass, lower price

Sony has a new set of noise-canceling headphones, and if the WH-1000XM3 proved too rich for your bank account, the WH-XB900N might fit the bill - and crank up your bass. Latest to join the Sony EXTRA BASS range, the new active noise-canceling headphones borrow the style of their more expensive sibling, along with some of the tech, too.

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Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation wireless speaker for audiophiles revealed

Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation wireless speaker for audiophiles revealed

British high-end audio company Naim has taken the wraps off the second generation of its Mu-so wireless audio system. The Mu-so 2nd Generation offers Naim's music streaming platform alongside 450 watts of power, new speaker drivers, a cabinet design that has been re-engineered to enhance bass delivery, and more than 10 times the processing power, resulting in improved musical accuracy.

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B&O Beoplay A9 2019 brings Google Assistant voice control to the mix

B&O Beoplay A9 2019 brings Google Assistant voice control to the mix

You probably wouldn't expect the Beoplay A9 to be a speaker when you first see it and instead presume it to be some artistic home decor. That's exactly what Bang & Olufsen intended and its continued availability in the market since 2012 is a testament to that strategy. But 7 years is a long time for a wireless speaker, even one as eye-catching as the Beoplay A9. For its fourth edition, B&O is bringing the "satellite dish" to modern times by giving is some smarts courtesy of Google Assistant.

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Urbanears Rålis portable cube-shaped speaker looks like a handbag

Urbanears Rålis portable cube-shaped speaker looks like a handbag

Joining its newly launched wireless headphones model comes a new portable speaker from Urbanears called Rålis. This cube-shaped speaker features a carrying handle that gives it the appearance of a bag; though the playback time isn't quite as lengthy as what users get with the new Pampas headphones, Rålis can offer a full day of wireless jamming.

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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Suite goes wireless with AirPlay 2

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Suite goes wireless with AirPlay 2

Today, Bowers & Wilkins revealed its new Formation Suite of wireless speakers. We don't often see Bowers & Wilkins go the wireless route, but the company says that with the Formation Suite, the wireless experience should be indistinguishable from using wired speakers. There are five products in all in the new lineup, and each one has quite a hefty price tag.

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IKEA sets a date for its affordable Sonos-powered speakers

IKEA sets a date for its affordable Sonos-powered speakers

IKEA will take the wraps off its new Sonos-powered Symfonisk smart speakers in Milan next month, the company has announced. Earlier this year, the company revealed that it would start selling these speakers in the US and Europe in August, but we'll get our first proper look at the products in April. IKEA released a brief teaser video to join its announcement, but few details were offered.

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Ultimate Ears myBOOM 3 custom color speakers detailed for release

Ultimate Ears myBOOM 3 custom color speakers detailed for release

This week the folks at Ultimate Ears released the myBOOM 3 custom color speaker - with an online design studio to boot. Much like we've seen with speakers, controllers, and even smartphones in the past, Ultimate Ears wants to make the speaker design process personal. Users will be able to buy a custom-colored speaker for around $180 inside the USA starting this week, and the design of said speakers will take place online and at select T-Mobile USA stores in Chicago and Miami.

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Amazon Echo install base dominates Google Home, Apple HomePod

Amazon Echo install base dominates Google Home, Apple HomePod

The latest data from CIRP suggests that Amazon's Echo device active installed user base towers over that of the competition. It's never really been a contest, since the group started recording data, back in December of 2017. Amazon's Echo devices with Alexa started with more than double the smart speaker installed base of their closest competitor in Google with Google Home. Each successive quarter showed a similar pattern, with Amazon in the very, very clear lead and Google Home sitting at around 1/3 the base Amazon commands.

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YouTube Music arrives on your Sonos speakers today

YouTube Music arrives on your Sonos speakers today

If you're a YouTube Music subscriber who happens to have an arsenal of Sonos speakers, then today is a good day. Google and Sonos have flipped the switch on YouTube Music integration for the latter company's speakers, making it the latest on a long list of music services that play nice with Sonos' products. With this new functionality comes the ability to control YouTube Music from within the Sonos app as well.

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