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Sony soundbars, 4K Blu-ray player aim for a more immersive experience

Sony soundbars, 4K Blu-ray player aim for a more immersive experience

Almost everyone seems give priority to image and video quality but it’s no secret that terrible or even just unsatisfying audio can ruin the experience just as well. As TVs become thinner, TV makers have found the opportunity to offload the audio duties to dedicated speakers, particular stylish soundbars. At CES 2019, Sony is announcing two such products, including its first with dual built-in subwoofers. And to complete the set, it is throwing in a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player into the mix as well.

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Sony Extra Bass lineup gets new portable, party, and high-power speakers

Sony Extra Bass lineup gets new portable, party, and high-power speakers

Sony's Extra Bass speaker lineup has been updated with three new portable models, as well as an outdoor party speaker and a high-power speaker. The refreshed offerings cover a variety of needs, including outdoor use, providing audio for larger groups, and music while out traveling. Notable among the products is GTK-PG10, an outdoor party speaker with built-in cup holders.

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LG XBoom Speakers get powerful and tiny

LG XBoom Speakers get powerful and tiny

At CES 2019 we'll be seeing our fair share of speakers - but likely none so extravagant as these from LG. These are the latest LG XBOOM speakers and speaker systems, ready to roll for the first quarter of 2019. Included in the mix are a high-end LG XBoom OL100 single speaker and all-in-one as well as the LG XBoom CL98 mini system - so tiny!

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Klipsch has a load of new wireless speakers for CES 2019

Klipsch has a load of new wireless speakers for CES 2019

It’s that time of year again when the who’s who of the consumer electronics industry (except maybe Apple and Microsoft) gather at Las Vegas for one of the biggest tech shows of the year. CES is always an auspicious time to tease both attendees and remote observers on what’s coming soon, hopefully with a few months. Famed speaker maker Klipsch isn’t one to sit the opportunity out and it has no less than ten products to show off on the CES 2019 floor.

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LG Advanced 2019 Sound Bars hide some smarts inside

LG Advanced 2019 Sound Bars hide some smarts inside

TVs are becoming slimmer and almost invisible as far as frames and bezels go. That, however, also means there’s less room to fit decent speakers in their bodies. TV makers’ solution is to relocate the speaker to a relatively new product category they’ve aptly called sound bars. At CES 2019, LG says it is raising the bar, pun totally intended, by introducing a new line of its Sound Bars that not only try to sound and look smart, they’re also really smart as well. Thanks to Google Assistant, of course.

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Marshall Stanmore II and Acton II Voice speakers get Google Assistant

Marshall Stanmore II and Acton II Voice speakers get Google Assistant

Marshall has launched two more wireless speakers with personal assistant support, these models offering Google Assistant rather than Alexa. The Stanmore II Voice and Acton II Voice models give consumers two size options with the classic, iconic Marshall design joined by class D amplifiers, a bass reflex cabinet system, custom-tuned drivers, and more. These models join the company's Alexa speakers.

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Bose Frames are sunglasses with speakers (and AR)

Bose Frames are sunglasses with speakers (and AR)

The folks at Bose revealed a new sort of product called Frames today. Bose Frames are sunglasses that have their own speakers built in. Each pair of Frames is connected via Bluetooth to the user's smartphone and provide wireless access to virtual assistants as well as sounds of all sorts. While the speakers are external, they're still relatively private - aimed at the user and kept from the rest of the world with some interesting directional sound tech.

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Roku TV Wireless Speakers release date confirmed: What you need to know

Roku TV Wireless Speakers release date confirmed: What you need to know

Home movie night is about to get louder, with Roku's TV Wireless Speakers set to begin shipping at the end of the week. The company announced its speaker bundle all the way back in July, promising not only better audio quality for your streaming media, but more convenience than rival speakers, too.

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Anker Model Zero speakers with Google Assistant arrive next month

Anker Model Zero speakers with Google Assistant arrive next month

During CES 2018, Anker introduced two new wireless speakers: the Model Zero and Model Zero+. The two classy speakers were detailed and presented, but a release date wasn't provided at the time. Now, nearly a year later, we finally know when the new wireless products will be available, with Anker saying they'll drop in November.

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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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