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Ikea Vappeby Bluetooth speaker doubles as a lamp, but there’s a bigger surprise

Ikea Vappeby Bluetooth speaker doubles as a lamp, but there’s a bigger surprise

It looks like Ikea is working on a new Bluetooth speaker, but this new product looks quite a bit different from the Bluetooth speakers we're used to. Dubbed the Ikea Vappeby, this new speaker will also double as an outdoor lamp. While the design of the Vappeby is probably attention-getting enough, it seems this speaker also has a Spotify Tap button on it, which would make it the first of its kind.

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Bose SoundLink Flex speaker can handle dirt, drops, and water exposure

Bose SoundLink Flex speaker can handle dirt, drops, and water exposure

Bose has introduced SoundLink Flex, a new portable Bluetooth speaker that features an "ultra-durable" construction for use in environments that may be hazardous to less robust portable audio devices. SoundLink Flex is small enough to carry with you to the workshop, on your next hike, or to the poolside, with Bose noting that its new product packs its proprietary audio tech.

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IKEA Symfonisk Table Lamp Speaker (Gen 2) Review

IKEA Symfonisk Table Lamp Speaker (Gen 2) Review

Sonos' collaboration with IKEA continues to flirt at the odder edges of the smart home, and the new IKEA Symfonisk table lamp speaker (Gen 2) is a perfect example. Like the original, launched back in 2019, it's a Sonos speaker and an IKEA lamp in the same footprint, combined with the relative affordability the Swedish furniture-maker is infamous for.

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Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Review – Dolby Atmos magic

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Review – Dolby Atmos magic

Sonos' original Beam wowed with just how much home theater audio it packed into its tiny footprint, and now the Beam (Gen 2) is adding Dolby Atmos to the mix. A little more expensive at $449, and a lot smarter inside, this new Beam sees Sonos double-down on targeting an audience that wants surround sound but doesn't want to be surrounded by speakers. There, with some qualifications, the surreptitious soundbar succeeds.

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Sonos and IKEA made some great changes to the Symfonisk table lamp speaker

Sonos and IKEA made some great changes to the Symfonisk table lamp speaker

IKEA and Sonos have revealed a new version of their Symfonisk lamp speaker, upgrading it with more flexibility around design and more choices for bases and shades. The original Symfonisk table lamp was launched in the first wave of Sonos and IKEA's collaboration back in 2019, effectively combining a connected speaker in the base with a simple lamp on top.

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Sonos Beam (Gen 2) adds Dolby Atmos and HDMI eARC support

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) adds Dolby Atmos and HDMI eARC support

Sonos has revealed its newest soundbar, with the next-generation Beam (Gen 2) keeping the compact footprint but adding Dolby Atmos support and more. The updated version follows on from the larger Sonos Arc, with HDMI eARC support and 3D audio from a single box, though at a much more attainable price.

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Sony HT-A5000 soundbar goes vertical for true surround sound

Sony HT-A5000 soundbar goes vertical for true surround sound

It's difficult to break away from the masses when it comes to soundbars here in 2021. Over the past half-decade, so many soundbars have been sold and made into Black Friday/super sale fodder that making a device that stands out from the crowd must be a monumental task in and of itself. Sony seeks to do so with the Sony HT-A5000 premium soundbar. This soundbar works with 5.1.2 channel Dolby Atmos tech with DTS:X support and a Vertical Surround Engine.

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Logitech Logi Dock aims to solve multiple home office problems

Logitech Logi Dock aims to solve multiple home office problems

Logitech today announced the Logi Dock, a new device that serves as both a docking station and a speakerphone. The Logi Dock is aimed directly at those who find themselves working at home either temporarily or permanently because of the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, it seems the Logi Dock is targeted at remote employees who could benefit from a little cable management in their new home offices.

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Bose Smart Soundbar 900 combines spatial audio tech and Dolby Atmos

Bose Smart Soundbar 900 combines spatial audio tech and Dolby Atmos

Audio company Bose has introduced its new Smart Soundbar 900, a long speaker for your home entertainment system. The model packs Bose's spatial audio technology, offering an audio experience that seemingly projects different aspects of the audio to various parts of the room. A 'comparable' experience is offered even if the source doesn't offer Dolby Atmos audio.

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LG XBOOM 360 Bluetooth speaker masquerades as a bulky lantern

LG XBOOM 360 Bluetooth speaker masquerades as a bulky lantern

Ever since the Amazon Echo came out, cylindrical or conical wireless speakers have become en vogue, especially in the smart speaker market. Of course, that has also given rise to gimmicks and design quirks to give their products some character and make them stand out from the crowd. Not all those designs appeal to consumers, of course, and some just look almost out of place in any setting. The new LG XBOOM 360 omnidirectional speaker might be one of those that will make you wonder if it makes sense to carry around a fabric-covered lantern that happens to plays music.

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JBL Flip 6 gives Bluetooth speaker a sound and durability upgrade

JBL Flip 6 gives Bluetooth speaker a sound and durability upgrade

JBL has unveiled a new version of its popular portable Bluetooth speaker, with the new JBL Flip 6 promising better audio quality without compromising on the rugged build. Successor to the Flip 5, the new model adds to the go-anywhere promise with an upgrade from IPX7 waterproofing to full IP67 dust and water resistance.

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Focal’s high-end Aria K2 speakers are adding two new models

Focal’s high-end Aria K2 speakers are adding two new models

Focal is expanding its Aria K2 family of speakers, filling in some gaps in the living room so as to make the system just as much at home for surround sound theater use as it is for music. Building on the Aria K2 936 floor-standing speaker launched in 2020, the French hi-fi company's new additions tap the same unusual materials that helped set the 936 apart.

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