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JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam Soundbar brings cinematic 3D audio to home theaters

JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam Soundbar brings cinematic 3D audio to home theaters

Joining its new headphones and speakers comes the JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam Soundbar, a long speaker designed for use with your home entertainment system. JBL describes its new soundbar as compact enough for use in a variety of spaces. Key to the new model is MultiBeam beamforming technology, offering a surround sound experience without extra speakers.

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Amazon Echo gets group calling and other key features for the holidays

Amazon Echo gets group calling and other key features for the holidays

Amazon has announced new features for its Alexa assistant and related Echo products, including group calling and support for new video conferencing options on its Echo Show 8. The features come just ahead of the year's biggest holidays, giving users new ways to connect with their friends and family while staying socially distanced.

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Sonos dual Sub home theater setups are now supported

Sonos dual Sub home theater setups are now supported

Sonos is adding support for two subwoofers in a home theater setup, allowing those wanting maximum bass to wirelessly connect two Sonos Sub to the system. The update will double up the low-end for those with bigger rooms - or just an unstinting appetite for bass in their action movies - while keeping it all wireless still.

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Apple Music on Google Home smart speakers brings Assistant and Nest to the party

Apple Music on Google Home smart speakers brings Assistant and Nest to the party

Google has added Apple Music support to its smart home system, meaning subscribers can now ask the Google Assistant to play tracks on their Nest Audio and other smart speakers. The new integration further bridges the divide between Apple and Google's media and smart home platforms, which can at times prove a headache for those trying to make the most of all their content subscriptions across all their devices.

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Sonos Arc multi-channel LPCM added as improved Upgrade Program launches

Sonos Arc multi-channel LPCM added as improved Upgrade Program launches

Sonos is adding a much-demanded feature to its Arc soundbar with a new software update, bringing multi-channel LPCM support to the flagship Dolby Atmos product. Meanwhile, the company is retiring its controversial Sonos Trade Up program, replacing it with a new Upgrade Program which promises hardware discounts for those users with older devices.

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Acer Halo smart speaker serves up Google Assistant with RGB and an LED display

Acer Halo smart speaker serves up Google Assistant with RGB and an LED display

Most of Acer's announcements today centered around laptops and PC gaming in some form, but one surprising reveal was that of the Halo smart speaker. Halo is powered by Google Assistant, and it almost seems like it's bringing the PC gaming treatment to smart home speakers through its RGB lighting. There's also an optional LED display, which might make the Halo stand out in a sea of other smart speakers.

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Apple HomePod 14.1 software adds HomePod mini, Intercom support

Apple HomePod 14.1 software adds HomePod mini, Intercom support

After nearly two years of no major movement in its smart speaker product line, which itself came years late to the market, Apple has finally announced a half-successor to the HomePod. The HomePod mini isn't due to ship until next month but isn't stopping Apple from pushing out a new version of its HomePod software that prepares for its arrival. Software version 14.1, however, which lines up with iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1, isn't just about the mini speaker but also introduces features that make all HomePods, and Siri, smarter.

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Nest Audio vs Sonos One vs IKEA Symfonisk – Speaker Wars

Nest Audio vs Sonos One vs IKEA Symfonisk – Speaker Wars

There's no denying that the Nest Audio fills a sweet-spot in Google's smart speaker range. Long-anticipated replacement to the original Google Home, the new speaker delivers markedly better sound quality than the Nest Mini, but a much more affordable price point - not to mention smaller footprint - than the Google Home Max. No product lives in isolation, though, and the most common question I've been getting is "what about Sonos?"

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Roku Ultra and Roku Streambar give new OS 9.4 its first streaming outing

Roku Ultra and Roku Streambar give new OS 9.4 its first streaming outing

Roku has revealed two new streaming devices, with the Roku Ultra as its new flagship and the Roku Streambar integrating a home theater speaker. The new models arrive alongside Roku OS 9.4, the latest generation of the company's set-top box software, which will eventually bring features like Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to several of Roku models.

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Nest Audio, Chromecast with Google TV leaks leave little to imagine

Nest Audio, Chromecast with Google TV leaks leave little to imagine

Google has scheduled an event at the end of the month but, by the time it rolls around, everyone may already know everything it has to say. From the Pixel 5 to the pillow-like new Nest speaker, Google's hardware line up has been leaking left and right. While there's still room for some of the finer details, these pair of leaks for a new Nest product and a new Chromecast pretty much confirm at least how Google's upcoming smart home devices will look on shelves or on your drawer.

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Bentley Naim Mu-so, Focal Radiance replicate the car audio system anywhere

Bentley Naim Mu-so, Focal Radiance replicate the car audio system anywhere

Car enthusiasts consider all aspects of a vehicle when making a purchase, and that includes one of the most neglected aspects of all. Bentley has long partnered with the audio experts over at Naim to deliver its in-car audio experience that loyal fans of the marque have grown to love. To celebrate 12 years of collaboration, the two are launching the Naim for Bently Mu-so Special Edition and the Focal for Bentley Radiance to allow Bentley car owners and fans to take the same car audio experience anywhere they go.

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Bose Frames lineup’s three new sunglasses pack tiny speaker systems

Bose Frames lineup’s three new sunglasses pack tiny speaker systems

Audio company Bose has expanded its Frames product line of glasses packing built-in speakers. Starting today, buyers have three new Frames sunglasses models to choose from, each with a different style and tint, but with one thing in common: the company's tiniest speakers, offering what Bose says is a personal but immersive audio experience without wearing earbuds.

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