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Sonos Five updates Play:5 with cleaner look and S2 software

Sonos Five updates Play:5 with cleaner look and S2 software

Sonos has updated its flagship speaker, with the new Sonos Five replacing the old Play:5. Now effectively the third-generation of the multi-room speaker, the new Five focuses on music rather than TV audio like the new Arc soundbar, though the changes are more for your eyes than your ears.

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Sonos Arc to succeed the Playbar with upward-firing speakers

Sonos Arc to succeed the Playbar with upward-firing speakers

The Sonos Playbar is long overdue a successor but it might not get one at all, at least not in the strict sense of the word. The connected speaker manufacturer does have a new soundbar ready to debut but it won't be taking anything from the 2013 accessory, not even its name. It turns out, it will be a completely new soundbar inside and out and it will be called with the rather odd and slightly unrelated name of Sonos Arc.

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Sonos Five and 3rd-gen Sub leak ahead of reveal event

Sonos Five and 3rd-gen Sub leak ahead of reveal event

Sonos is a name that's come up quite a bit lately, but not necessarily for reasons the company may like. Following reports last week that detailed a pair of new speakers and an incoming soundbar, that rumored soundbar was leaked over the weekend. Now it's the speakers' turn, as images of both have made their way to the internet - seemingly a day before they'll be revealed to the world.

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Sonos Playbar 2 leak could have worrying implications

Sonos Playbar 2 leak could have worrying implications

It's not unusual for companies to silently drop products without further notice or succession and, for a time, it seemed that the Sonos Playbar was exactly that. Now it seems that Sonos has finally decided it is high time for a Playbar 2. But from the few leaked product photos, Sonos' next soundbar might not exactly be what many hoped it would, least not in terms of the functionality that the first Playbar offered.

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HomePod switching to tvOS could hint at future plans

HomePod switching to tvOS could hint at future plans

The HomePod was arguably one of the more divisive products Apple has launched in recent years, next to the Mac Pros, of course. It was terribly late to the smart speaker game and launched with a small set of features compared to the likes of the Amazon Echo or Google Home (now Nest Home). Still, the audio quality was regarded as superb and the quality experience was exactly what Apple was known for. Some, however, have started to wonder if the HomePod was a one-off product but recent changes to the operating system it's running may put those fears to rest.

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Google Assistant smart speakers can now directly play audiobook samples

Google Assistant smart speakers can now directly play audiobook samples

If you own a Google Nest or Google Home smart speaker and use it to listen to audiobooks while at home, you'll find the product's latest support particularly useful: samples. As of now, Google Nest and Home speakers can be used to download and listen to audiobook samples before the user purchases the product, giving them a chance to hear the audio and decide if they want the entire book.

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Huawei Sound X wireless speaker debuts alongside Watch GT 2e

Huawei Sound X wireless speaker debuts alongside Watch GT 2e

If you thought the Apple HomePod was late to the smart speaker party, you probably forgot that one other major smartphone maker still doesn't have one. Huawei did announce a new wireless speaker today but calling it smart might be a very big stretch considering, somewhat ironically, it doesn't seem to integrate Huawei's new smart assistant. Fortunately, that's not the only smart accessory it announced today, adding a new Watch GT 2e to its popular line of smartwatches.

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Marshall Uxbridge smart speaker packs Alexa and multi-room support

Marshall Uxbridge smart speaker packs Alexa and multi-room support

Retro speaker company Marshall has announced its latest portable speaker product: Uxbridge. The new model functions as a smart speaker, meaning users can summon and use Amazon Alexa alongside expected wireless connection options like Bluetooth, Airplay 2, and WiFi. The model brings the same classic Marshall design as the company's other more modern speakers, as well as physical button controls.

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Sonos S2 promises big features – and a big decision for current owners

Sonos S2 promises big features – and a big decision for current owners

Sonos is readying Sonos S2, its new OS for connected speakers, which will be released in June and power all new hardware from the company from that point on. As you might have guessed, the arrival of Sonos S2 is also the reason why the company began encouraging owners of some of its earliest hardware to consider upgrading over the past few months.

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Sonos Trade Up program ends controversial Recycle Mode requirement [Update]

Sonos Trade Up program ends controversial Recycle Mode requirement [Update]

In December, audio company Sonos faced criticism over the 'Recycle Mode' mode it introduced to brick perfectly good, but obsolete, speakers. The mode was a requirement for customers who wanted to use the company's Trade Up program, which offers a discount on new products that are still supported. Going forward, Sonos no longer requires users to brick their devices, but the speakers will still soon be obsolete.

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Bang & Olufsen Beosound Balance smart speaker is striking and expensive

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Balance smart speaker is striking and expensive

Bang & Olufsen has revealed its latest speaker, the Beosound Balance, intended to hold up to scrutiny even when you're not listening to it. A solid oak base, topped with a knitted textile cylinder, it has touch controls and supports multi-room playback through services like AirPlay 2 and Chromecast.

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Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM cranks the bass in a clever Bluetooth speaker

Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM cranks the bass in a clever Bluetooth speaker

Ultimate Ears is adding to its portable rugged Bluetooth speaker line, and the new UE HYPERBOOM is as big as it promises to be loud. Resembling what the apes from 2001: A Space Odyssey might come up with were they tasked with designing a speaker, it's an ominous black monolith that's topped with some unexpectedly simple controls.

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