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Sonos Makes A Play To Reconquer Your Living Room's Music 

For years, Sonos speakers and software have been our de facto choice for a wireless multiroom music system. In the face of increasing competition from the likes of Denon, Polk, Samsung, Yamaha, and others, the company is releasing an overhauled flagship Play:5 speaker and some smart software that makes your Sonos speakers sound good no matter where you place them in a room.

Chromecast And Chromecast Audio Hands-On: Damn, These Seem Promising

As predicted, today Google unleashed not one but two Chromecast devices. They’re both impressive. I just spent a little time with both of them and here are my impressions.

A Millennium Falcon Speaker Is The Best Way To Blast John Williams

It’s quite possibly the most recognisable film score of all time, and without a doubt, the best way to enjoy John Williams’ Star Wars soundtrack is on iHome’s new Millennium Falcon-shaped Bluetooth Speaker.

Scientists Have Created A System That Absorbs 99.7% Of All Sound

Is this thing on? That’s likely what Hong Kong University of Science and Technology scientists thought, shortly after they’d developed a new system that absorbs 99.7 per cent of all the sound that hits it.

UE Boom 2: The Best Bluetooth Speaker Is Now Waterproof For The Same Price

For a couple years now the UE Boom has been the Bluetooth speaker I recommend to people. With the UE Boom 2, it gets better, and even harder to argue with in an increasingly crowded field of competitors.

Onkyo's New Wireless Earbuds Look Hilariously Huge

Onkyo is best known for its strong tradition of audiophile-grade home theatre gear. But the legendary Japanese hi-fi company is branching out, and just unveiled a massive-looking set of completely wireless earbuds at IFA in Berlin. They probably sound great, but like home theatre components, you probably couldn’t go jogging with them.

An R2-D2 Bluetooth Speaker Is Obviously The Best Bluetooth Speaker

Does it really matter how this R2-D2 dome Bluetooth speaker sounds? Or how good its battery life is, or how easy it is to pair with your mobile device? If you’re a diehard Star Wars fan you’ve already decided this is the wireless speaker for you, so head on over to ThinkGeek to pre-order one.

Marshall's Rock N' Roll Android Phone Actually Looks Awesome

Marshall Headphones, the splinter manufacturer that labels “lifestyle” electronics with the amplifier brand’s logo and styling, is making a new Android phone with music-centric features. To be sure, there’s a little gimmicky nostalgia here, but forgive me lords of rock n’ roll authenticity if I kind of love it.

This Music Video Is Also An Amazing Lesson In Acoustics

Different places shape sound in unusual ways: a cathedral creates rich reverb, in wide open space your voice gets lost, and in an anechoic chamber very strange things happen indeed. This music video was shot in 15 different locations and it reveals how their acoustic characteristics vary so wildly.

Are Beats Headphones Really Designed To Trick You?

Last month, Beats by Dre headphones went in for a thorough slagging across the internet, and on this here blog, on the basis of a teardown of the flashy cans. The exercise, conducted by a venture capital outfit called Bolt that focuses on hardware startups, seemed to prove that the headphones were a sham. It turns out that the teardown itself was based on a sham: The headphones were counterfeit. But as revealed by our own teardown of what we’re pretty sure is a legit pair of Beats, Bolt wasn’t wrong about the quality of these devices.

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