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Microsoft HoloLens video shows amazing holographic future is near

Microsoft HoloLens video shows amazing holographic future is near

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If you didn't think Microsoft HoloLens would be on the top of your Christmas list soon, you will after seeing this new video.At the Microsoft Build Developer Conference 2015 the company showed off its holographic augmented reality HoloLens headset in... >>

SoundCloud podcasting now available to all: Here's how to get started

SoundCloud podcasting now available to all: Here's how to get started

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Now anyone can host a podcast with SoundCloud.SoundCloud is a popular audio distribution platform, and it has been beta testing a podcasting feature with a private group for at least four years. But the company has finally decided to lift the curtain... >>

Astell&Kern AK Jr is a £399 portable player designed for high-res audio

Astell&Kern AK Jr is a £399 portable player designed for high-res audio

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Astell&Kern is known for making high-resolution audio products like the AK100, and it has released a new portable player called AK Jr.Priced at £399 and sporting an aluminium case, the new portable player might as well be considered a luxury item. It... >>

Tidal teams up with Soundiiz to let you transfer playlists from Spotify and more

Tidal teams up with Soundiiz to let you transfer playlists from Spotify and more

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Tidal, the new streaming service owned by Jay Z and his famous pals, has partnered with another company in order to make it super easy for you to ditch Spotify.Tidal's new partnership is with Soundiiz, a service that lets you transfer playlists from Spotify,... >>

Denon's AH-GC20 Globe Cruiser: £249 wireless headphones with noise cancelling to boot

Denon's AH-GC20 Globe Cruiser: £249 wireless headphones with noise cancelling to boot

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Audio device maker Denon has announced new wireless, noise-cancelling headphones.Called the AH-GC20 Globe Cruiser, the new model is described as "the perfect travel companion, letting you enjoy your favourite music free from the distraction of unwanted... >>

LG Music Flow wireless speakers now support Google Cast streaming

LG Music Flow wireless speakers now support Google Cast streaming

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A few months ago Google said it wanted to turn its Google Cast platform into an audio streaming standard, and now LG is throwing support behind that decision with its Music Flow speakers.There are seven speakers in the Music Flow lineup, with prices... >>

Devialet Silver Phantom review: Futuristic funk from this French Fancy will make your ears dance with delight

Devialet Silver Phantom review: Futuristic funk from this French Fancy will make your ears dance with delight

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Gaming fans might think the Devialet Phantom looks like a real-life replica of Ghost from smash-hit title Destiny, but audiophiles will know the high-end French manufacturer doesn't speak in vocoded Peter Dinklage, but instead top-end, crystal clear audio.We'll... >>

What is Tidal and why should you care?

What is Tidal and why should you care?

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Jay Z has re-launched a newly-acquired music service called Tidal, with the purpose of making a difference for artists.It's an interesting strategy. Instead of catering to consumers and promising to improve their lives, Tidal is all about righting the... >>

Harman is buying Bang & Olufsen's car audio unit for £106M

Harman is buying Bang & Olufsen's car audio unit for £106M

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Harman is gobbling up one of Bang & Olufsen's main businesses.The audio and electronic systems company has announced it will buy the Bang & Olufsen automotive unit for about €145 million (converts to £106 million). Bang & Olufsen, which is known for... >>

Sonos offers high res streaming through Tidal as Jay Z's music service comes out of beta

Sonos offers high res streaming through Tidal as Jay Z's music service comes out of beta

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Now that Tidal is emerging from its beta status, Sonos has cemented its partnership with the music-streaming service.Sonos owners are officially able to stream high-quality music over the Tidal service, which was recently bought by one of Jay Z's company... >>

Taylor Swift snubs Spotify again by adding her albums to Jay Z's Tidal service

Taylor Swift snubs Spotify again by adding her albums to Jay Z's Tidal service

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OMG. Taylor Swift is now on Tidal.Swift made headlines last year when she spoke out against Spotify's free tier and pulled her entire music catalogue from the streaming service, but apparently, that doesn't mean she's against people streaming her tunes... >>

Bang & Olufsen teams up with HP to take on Apple and Beats

Bang & Olufsen teams up with HP to take on Apple and Beats

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Bang & Olufsen and HP have announced a partnership that will see the high end audio manufacturer and PC maker team-up to take on the Apple and Beats group.HP laptops used to have Beats branding and tuning until Beats moved to Apple.So what does this partnership... >>

Want to see what a £2,500 portable music player looks like?

Want to see what a £2,500 portable music player looks like?

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Astell&Kern is particularly known for it's incredibly high-end high resolution audio players and in the stainless steel version of the AK240 it has truly outdone itself.The company has introduced the limited edition version to give an even more deluxe... >>

Deezer Elite now delivers FLAC audio streaming to Sonos users

Deezer Elite now delivers FLAC audio streaming to Sonos users

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Deezer has today released its Elite service of high quality music streaming for Sonos customers.The Deezer Elite service first launched in the US, before becoming available to Sonos owners in the UK last month has added a lossless FLAC music streaming... >>

The Vamp review: Raising old speakers from the dead
4.0 stars

The Vamp review: Raising old speakers from the dead

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Got an old speaker knocking around? The Vamp can easily turn it into a Bluetooth speaker to receive wireless audio from phone, laptop or other Bluetooth devices.The audio equivalent of a vampire bat - “re-vamp” is the official name inspiration, but... >>

Damson Audio Headbones use bone conduction to deliver your music

Damson Audio Headbones use bone conduction to deliver your music

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Damson has announced the launch and availability of the Headbones wireless bone conduction headphones in the UK, which allow the user to listen to their music while leaving their ears open to hear their surroundings. The Headbones use the temporal... >>

X-mini Clear Bluetooth speaker review: Sound that pops
4.0 stars

X-mini Clear Bluetooth speaker review: Sound that pops

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When it comes to Bluetooth speakers there's real variety available, making that choice all the more difficult. There's waterproof, waterbottle-shaped, portable, high-end, affordable, big brand and no name.As a company X-mini is best known for an innovative... >>

JBL Reflect Response earbuds have gesture control so you can wave in the air like you just don’t care

JBL Reflect Response earbuds have gesture control so you can wave in the air like you just don’t care

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JBL has unveiled what it claims to be the "world's first gesture control smart headphones". The JBL Reflect Response earbuds come with motion sensing technology, so can recognise waves of a hand in order to change tracks or answer calls without needing... >>

Lossless Led Zeppelin available to stream for the first time and not where you'd expect

Lossless Led Zeppelin available to stream for the first time and not where you'd expect

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Six of Led Zeppelin's classic studio albums are available to stream in a lossless music format for the first time, through Norwegian Spotify rival Tidal.Guitarist Jimmy Page has even worked with the music streaming service to remaster the albums to present... >>

Blur to release first new album in 12 years, Spotify gets first single: Listen to it here

Blur to release first new album in 12 years, Spotify gets first single: Listen to it here

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The British group Blur has announced its first studio album in 12 years, which will be available in all formats and to stream from 27 April. And to celebrate the announcement, the first single "Go Out" is now available to listen to on Spotify.You can... >>

Spotify move over, YouTube Music Key will give you offline music vids soon

Spotify move over, YouTube Music Key will give you offline music vids soon

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YouTube is preparing to launch its paid monthly subscription music service in a few months.YouTube Music Key, as it's called, was announced as imminent by Robert Kyncl, head of content and business operations, at the Code/Media conference.The service... >>

Zane Lowe leaves BBC for Apple, here are 6 jobs he could be doing

Zane Lowe leaves BBC for Apple, here are 6 jobs he could be doing

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Zane Lowe, the BBC Radio 1 DJ has announced that he will leave the BBC in March to join Apple.Lowe, who has been with the BBC for 12 years, currently hosts a number of shows at the station, but is giving all that up to relocate to Cupertino with his family.Apple... >>

Deezer Elite now available in UK, CD quality streaming through your Sonos

Deezer Elite now available in UK, CD quality streaming through your Sonos

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Deezer has announced that its Deezer Elite high-quality streaming service will now be available for use through Sonos stereo systems.Sonos already offers Deezer's conventional service and will soon add higher quality audio access through a Deezer Elite... >>

Onkyo Music to be your one-stop shop for high res music

Onkyo Music to be your one-stop shop for high res music

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AV brand Onkyo has expanded its existing e-onkyo music service outside of its native Japan to offer high resolution music for download in the UK, US and Germany too.The company has partnered with digital music specialist 7Digital for the new Onkyo Music... >>

One Direction take over Spotify, you can get them to add your songs to their playlist

One Direction take over Spotify, you can get them to add your songs to their playlist

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Teen pop sensations One Direction are taking over Spotify for two days this weekend, starting 2pm GMT Friday 6 February. They will be in control of the Teen Party playlist, which already has almost one million followers, and fans can request songs they... >>

Dali Kubik One review: One serious soundbar
4.5 stars

Dali Kubik One review: One serious soundbar

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The Dali Kubik One is a statement soundbar if we ever saw one; the pillar box red model in particular being as eye-catching as it is ear-catching.Surprisingly the Danish manufacturer, synonymous with quality standalone audio products, hasn't ventured... >>

Jay-Z bids to take on Spotify at its own game

Jay-Z bids to take on Spotify at its own game

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Jay-Z appears to be moving into the music streaming game with Spotify in his sights. The rapper placed a 464 million Krona bid, which is about £37 million, for high quality Norwegian streaming service Tidal.To be exact a company directly owner by Jay-Z's... >>

Bose SoundLink on-ear Bluetooth headphones review: Premium performance
4.0 stars

Bose SoundLink on-ear Bluetooth headphones review: Premium performance

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Although Bluetooth isn't a new technology, there has been a renewed interest in Bluetooth devices of late, with a push towards quality that's seeing some of the more established audio brands producing a wider range of wireless audio devices than ever... >>

Sony ditches Music Unlimited in favour of Spotify, will offer Spotify streaming over PS4 games too

Sony ditches Music Unlimited in favour of Spotify, will offer Spotify streaming over PS4 games too

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Sony has announced the death of its own music streaming service, Music Unlimited. Instead it is partnering with Spotify to offer its streaming platform to PlayStation console and Xperia phone and tablet users.Called PlayStation Music, the new hub will... >>

Music sounds better with... sound engineer Aden Gregory

Music sounds better with... sound engineer Aden Gregory

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Aden Gregory has been a professional sound engineer for many years, working on plenty of projects in the process, including Later... with Jools Holland for the BBC since 1992. He's therefore heard a lot of music of dramatically varying styles over the... >>

Music sounds better with... Prog magazine's Jerry Ewing

Music sounds better with... Prog magazine's Jerry Ewing

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A welcome return for our regular series of bite-sized music interviews puts the editor of Prog magazine Jerry Ewing in the hot seat. We find out his musical tastes and heroes to give you some tips of what to cue on your home or portable system, gleaned from... >>

What is Google Cast for Audio, what speakers support it and why does it matter?

What is Google Cast for Audio, what speakers support it and why does it matter?

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Google has announced a new method for streaming audio and you'll want to pay attention: it's called Google Cast for Audio.It capitalises on the success of Chromecast and it uses the same system to let you send audio to a compatible device, like a speaker... >>

What is Spotify Connect, and why does it matter?

What is Spotify Connect, and why does it matter?

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Spotify has a tonne of features, though some of the fancier ones, such as Spotify Connect, are limited to users who pay up.Spotify Connect is a relatively new feature (or rather a new button in the Spotify app) that enables you to play tunes from Spotify's... >>

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 headphones review: Neutral over-ears are positively priced
5.0 stars

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 headphones review: Neutral over-ears are positively priced

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We've been seeing over-ear headphones rain from the skies over the last couple of years, as one of the fastest expanding areas in tech. With new names entering the fold, the long-time established brands, such as Audio-Technica, are fighting back with... >>

Spotify won't support Google Cast, prefers to further develop Spotify Connect

Spotify won't support Google Cast, prefers to further develop Spotify Connect

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Contrary to reports, including an official statement from Sony, Spotify will not be supporting Google Cast for playback on home speakers.Instead, it will be sticking with its own Spotify Connect system, which streams music to compatible speaker solutions,... >>

Iron Maiden and Onkyo join forces for new audio venture, Maiden Audio

Iron Maiden and Onkyo join forces for new audio venture, Maiden Audio

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British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden and Onkyo have joined forces for a new venture called Maiden Audio. What that will produce is currently underwraps for now it seems, but the possibilities are exciting enough for fans.As part of the launch campaign,... >>

Braven Balance Bluetooth speaker will fill the gym with heart-pumping bass as you workout

Braven Balance Bluetooth speaker will fill the gym with heart-pumping bass as you workout

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Braven has a new Bluetooth speaker. It's called Braven Balance.The manufacturer is at CES 2015, showing off its newest product ideal for people with an active lifestyle. Braven Balance features a low profile, ultra-thin desgn, and proprietary bass optimisation... >>

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment wireless music system is fronted by touch-sensitive wood interface

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment wireless music system is fronted by touch-sensitive wood interface

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Bang & Olufsen, the high-end audio manufacturer, isn't a company to do things by half measures. Using the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 as its platform, the Danish company has unveiled its latest wireless music system: the BeoSound Moment.Described as... >>

Philips Spotify Multiroom Adapter will let you turn your existing speakers into Spotify Connect speakers

Philips Spotify Multiroom Adapter will let you turn your existing speakers into Spotify Connect speakers

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Philips announced its dedicated Spotify Connect speakers at the beginning of December 2014, but there's a new addition to the set, the Spotify Multiroom Adapter SW100M. The adapter can be connected to existing speakers you have using analog (RCA) or... >>

Beats Solo for £50? Samsung Gear Fit for £70? Grab a bargain as Phones4U tech auction closes

Beats Solo for £50? Samsung Gear Fit for £70? Grab a bargain as Phones4U tech auction closes

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UPDATE: The auction ends today, grab a deal fast.Phones4U has collapsed not too long ago, which is a sad thing, but as the saying goes every cloud has a silver lining. In this case its more metallic, like a gadget. Phones4U gadgets are being auctioned... >>

Walkman ZX2: Sony brings back the Walkman, ready for high-resolution audio

Walkman ZX2: Sony brings back the Walkman, ready for high-resolution audio

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No it's not 1988, but that hasn't stopped Sony bringing back the Walkman brand, and in particular a Walkman for music fans keen to keep the audio experience decidedly hi-resolution.The new Walkman NW-ZX2 will pitch itself as a dedicated hi-res compatible... >>

Monster Shaq Attack: Shaquille O'Neal helps Monster waterproof Bluetooth speaker get afloat

Monster Shaq Attack: Shaquille O'Neal helps Monster waterproof Bluetooth speaker get afloat

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Monster has announced a new version of its Superstar portable Bluetooth speaker that can be completely submerged in water. And it garnered the help of Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal to demonstrate the device to a gathered throng of journalists during... >>

Plex to add new music streaming features, HD videos from Vevo to match your tracks

Plex to add new music streaming features, HD videos from Vevo to match your tracks

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Plex has been busy of late, having introduced apps for consoles, including PS4 and Xbox One, and now it is refreshing the way its server software presents music files to make that experience better.Although the Plex service is already able to stream... >>

Parrot Zik Sport smart headphones offer heart rate monitor, noise cancelling and more

Parrot Zik Sport smart headphones offer heart rate monitor, noise cancelling and more

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Parrot has unveiled its latest Zik headphones that move away the from Zik 2.0 comfort over ears into the active world with its Zik Sport.The Parrot Zik Sport, unveiled at CES 2015, are wireless Bluetooth headphones that sit over the head and fit snuggly... >>

Tonino Lamborghini Quantum HL-01 review: Raging bull
4.0 stars

Tonino Lamborghini Quantum HL-01 review: Raging bull

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Tonino Lamborghini isn't a name in audio that you'll recognise. In fact, you'll probably need a little schooling to learn that this isn't Automobili Lamborghini, the car company. It is the same family, however, with the founder (Tonino himself) devoting... >>

High-end audio specialist Astell & Kern unveils Sonos for audiophiles, yours for £9K

High-end audio specialist Astell & Kern unveils Sonos for audiophiles, yours for £9K

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Astell & Kern has made a name for itself in treating digital audio files with the utmost respect, producing products that are capable of playing lossless music in the best form possible.That includes the AK120 portable Hi-Fi system that is sort-of an... >>

Spotify free vs Spotify premium: What's the difference?

Spotify free vs Spotify premium: What's the difference?

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Spotify has made some big changes to its platform in recent years, revamping the way its desktop and mobile applications work in order to attract more users.There have long been three tiers of Spotify listening: Free, Unlimited (£4.99 per month), and... >>

LG Music Flow multiroom system expands with new soundbars, portable H4 speaker

LG Music Flow multiroom system expands with new soundbars, portable H4 speaker

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LG's Music Flow system is one of the recent additions to the world of multiroom speakers, announced in August 2014. We always knew that LG would be expanding the system, and CES 2015 will see the launch of some new components. Adding to the selection... >>