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Beoplay H8i, H9i headphones unveiled: ANC, 18+ hour playback, luxury designs

Beoplay H8i, H9i headphones unveiled: ANC, 18+ hour playback, luxury designs

Bang & Olufsen has announced an expansion of its product portfolio, including the new H8i and H9i, as well as Special Edition Collection versions of the E8, namely the addition of all-black and all-white limited color options. The company has also announced the addition of Google Assistant to some of its TV audio products and speakers, allowing them to be controlled via Google Home or Google Home Mini devices. B&O is also adding AirPlay 2 support to many of its products.

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Razer Nommo Pro hands-on: blasting THX-certified Dolby Virtual Speaker sound

Razer Nommo Pro hands-on: blasting THX-certified Dolby Virtual Speaker sound

With Razer Nommo, three pairs of speakers have arrived from the gaming device company that's notorious for bringing heat to CES. These speakers arrive just in time for CES 2018, coming in three editions: Razer Nommo, Razer Nommo Chroma, and Razer Nommo Pro. These speakers look like cannons and they're made to sit right next to your gaming monitor, ready to melt your ears off.

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Sony MDR-1AM2, EXTRA BASS, sports earbuds: 2018 mobile audio lineup

Sony MDR-1AM2, EXTRA BASS, sports earbuds: 2018 mobile audio lineup

Sony has unveiled a slew of mobile audio products, including portable speakers and earbuds. Joining the lineup is the new Sony MDR-1AM2, a sequel of sorts to the 1A model Sony launched back in 2014, as well as Sony's own alternative to AirPods -- the WI-SP700N "truly wireless" earbuds, which feature a charging case and no wires at all.

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ION’s outdoor solar speakers blend in as they stream

ION’s outdoor solar speakers blend in as they stream

Outdoor speakers aren't new, but ION wants to make them a whole lot easier to install and use by cutting the cords completely on its new, solar-powered range. The ION Audio Tiki Sounds and Solar Stone Multi each pretend to be more humble garden fare - a tiki lamp and, well, a rock, respectively - but inside they have rechargeable batteries and Bluetooth for streaming.

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LG ThinQ smart speaker leads 2018 audio lineup

LG ThinQ smart speaker leads 2018 audio lineup

Smart speakers are in, if Amazon's sales numbers for the Echo, especially the Echo Dot, are any indication. OEMs are already jumping on board, including Apple, though not until early 2018. That gives them enough time to test the waters first at CES next month. That's exactly what LG is doing with its first ever smart speaker, powered by Google Assistant and one of the first new products under the ThinQ brand. But if you're not into always listening equipment, worry not. LG has a lot more in store.

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IKEA and Sonos pair up will make your home sound better

IKEA and Sonos pair up will make your home sound better

Sonos has been making some pretty big strides lately. First was the launch of its new Sonos One speaker, which comes supporting Alexa out of the box and will launch support for Google Assistant next year. Now, the company has announced a new partnership with IKEA, in which it will attempt to make music more prevalent and effortlessly accessible throughout your home.

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Damson S-Series makes Dolby Atmos wireless: Hands-on

Damson S-Series makes Dolby Atmos wireless: Hands-on

Home cinema fans want Dolby Atmos, but they generally don't want a room full of speakers and cables: enter Damson's confusingly small, wireless Atmos surround sound system. The British company has cooked up the first wireless modular home cinema system to support Atmos sound, promising ridiculously easy setup and performance that punches above its scale. I picked up some popcorn to find out if that could be true.

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TIDAL app gets Sonos speaker control feature on Android and iOS

TIDAL app gets Sonos speaker control feature on Android and iOS

The TIDAL music app is on the receiving end of an update that adds an important feature for Sonos users: the ability to control their speakers from within the streaming app. The feature arrived in the most recent updates for both the Android and iOS apps, making it possible to control the wireless speakers without leaving the TIDAL app.

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Google Home equalizer paves way for the big Max

Google Home equalizer paves way for the big Max

If your demands from a smart speaker focus more on, well, music than how well it answers questions, the latest update to Google Home might be of interest. In a new update, the Google Home and Google Home Mini have gained an equalizer, allowing owners to tweak the audio levels to suit their own particular tastes.

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Devialet Phantom gets a big price cut, more power via software update

Devialet Phantom gets a big price cut, more power via software update

Devialet, the French company behind the Phantom speaker we reviewed a couple years ago, has just announced a new speaker software update called Phantom Elevate. The new Elevate update brings new features to the powerful speaker, not the least of which is a boost from the original 750W to a higher peak capacity of 1200W.

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808 Audio XL-V smart speaker arrives with Alexa next month

808 Audio XL-V smart speaker arrives with Alexa next month

808 Audio has just launched its first smart home device, the 808 Audio XL-V. This smart speaker is cylindrical with a tower design and, most importantly, it has Alexa built-in. As with other Alexa devices, 808's new smart speaker allows users to ask for the weather, request that it play music, tell them the news, answer questions, and more.

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Google Home Max release date and pricing hit in a big way

Google Home Max release date and pricing hit in a big way

Google's Home Mini was joined by a much larger device this morning by the name of Google Home Max. This device is more of a sound-blaster or a music-blaster than it is a smart assistant-holder. This device is made to present a "thoughtful, crisp, sound experience." This device is made to work with YouTube Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, and other music services.

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