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Chord Mojo: The DAC that wants to make your smartphone sound better

Chord Mojo: The DAC that wants to make your smartphone sound better

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Chord Electronics might not be a familiar name to the average smartphone owner. The term DAC might also be a little meaningless, and reference to audiophile, a little scary. But Chord want to change that with the launch of Mojo (a contraction of mobile... >>

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H7 wireless headphones cut the wires but not the class

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H7 wireless headphones cut the wires but not the class

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Bang & Olufsen has added a second pair of wireless headphones to its rapidly expanding B&O Play audio range.The BeoPlay H7 over-ear headphones are wire-free, with one of the aluminium encased ear cups offering touch controls. They even respond to gestures... >>

HP takes on Apple Music and Spotify with HP Lounge, free unlimited music streaming

HP takes on Apple Music and Spotify with HP Lounge, free unlimited music streaming

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HP has announced its own music streaming service that is free for all buyers of consumer laptops and PCs from the brand going forward.HP Lounge is essentially the company's rival to services like Apple Music and Spotify in that it presents streaming of... >>

Chromecast Audio review: Simply connect your disconnected speakers
5.0 stars

Chromecast Audio review: Simply connect your disconnected speakers

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Google's Chromecast, launched in 2014, grasped home cinema by the lapels and shook it firmly. The convoluted path to a connected TV experience was firmly diverted into modern streaming ease and at a price that was almost rude. Jump forward to the present... >>

How to stop Apple Music charging you when your free trial ends

How to stop Apple Music charging you when your free trial ends

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If, like us, you signed up to Apple Music almost as soon as it became available you will have to start to pay for the service from 1 October, which will cost £9.99 a month for a normal individual subscription, £14.99 for a family subscription for up... >>

Chromecast Audio explained: What is the new Chromecast with Spotify?

Chromecast Audio explained: What is the new Chromecast with Spotify?

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Google has launched a new version of its streaming hardware: Chromecast Audio. The idea here is to offer a way to turn any speaker or audio playing device into a smart connected wireless audio system.The dedicated hardware is made purely for audio and... >>

Future of Sonos: New Play:5 speaker and Trueplay software announced, but what's next?

Future of Sonos: New Play:5 speaker and Trueplay software announced, but what's next?

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Sonos has announced a completely redesigned and refreshed Play:5 multi-room speaker, along with a new software feature called Trueplay that will allow you to custom-tune your existing Sonos speakers.  The new Play:5 presents a new direction for the company... >>

Google might introduce a Play Music family plan at its big Nexus event

Google might introduce a Play Music family plan at its big Nexus event

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When it comes to streaming music services, Google Play Music is a solid option... except for one thing: it doesn't offer a family plan.Spotify, Apple Music, and plenty of other competing services currently offer households with multiple users the option... >>

Sony SRS-X55 Bluetooth speaker review: Serious sound
5.0 stars

Sony SRS-X55 Bluetooth speaker review: Serious sound

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It can so often be a gamble when going to buy a Bluetooth speaker such as the Sony SRS-X55. With so many makers in the market - some good, others bad - there's always the question as to whether diminutive size will bring big sound.With the Sony SRS-X55... >>

Batband headband uses bone conduction to play music through your skull

Batband headband uses bone conduction to play music through your skull

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The number one most annoying thing about headphones or earbuds is that, when in use, you can't hear a thing that's happening around you. Well, a new project on Kickstarter hopes to change that.Called Batband, it's basically a futuristic-looking headband... >>

UE Boom 2, the ultimate portable Bluetooth speaker sequel arrives

UE Boom 2, the ultimate portable Bluetooth speaker sequel arrives

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Just over two years after one of our favourite portable Bluetooth speakers hit the market, the sequel has arrived: the Ultimate Ears UE Boom 2.It's a reworked, revamped version of the original portable - although you might not think so to look at it.... >>

HiddenHUB speaker delivers 360-degree sound after detecting room layout, your location

HiddenHUB speaker delivers 360-degree sound after detecting room layout, your location

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Hidden has unveiled a new, smart, and networked speaker system that can adapt to the shape and layout of any room in order to immerse the entire room with lossless-quality audio. It's called HiddenHub.HiddenHub features a built-in accelerometer so that... >>

Linn's new Series 5 Hi-Fi systems come cloaked in Harris Tweed

Linn's new Series 5 Hi-Fi systems come cloaked in Harris Tweed

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Linn has unveiled two Hi-Fi systems under a new line called Series 5 - and what makes these systems standout from similar audio offers is their unique fabric.Described as a "textile speaker covering," the speaker fabric comes in various designs that consist... >>

BBC to launch music streaming service to enhance Spotify and Apple Music

BBC to launch music streaming service to enhance Spotify and Apple Music

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The BBC is planning to launch its own music streaming service that will offer extras on top of the already established offerings.Spotify and Apple Music would be used in the new offering if the BBC's plans outlined in its British. Bold. Creative report... >>

Panasonic has invented a surround sound rug. Yes, you read that right

Panasonic has invented a surround sound rug. Yes, you read that right

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The home of the future is a weird and wonderful place. And to go with your robot butler you’ll obviously want a 6.1 surround sound system that doesn’t get in the way. So why not put it in a rug, on the floor?That’s exactly what Panasonic has shown... >>

Ed-Ph0n3s in not a new YouTuber, its the first pair of Iron Maiden headphones from Onkyo

Ed-Ph0n3s in not a new YouTuber, its the first pair of Iron Maiden headphones from Onkyo

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It might be seen as l33t gone mad, but Ed-Ph0n3s is actually the first product to spring from the collaboration between Onkyo and heavy metal gods Iron Maiden.The headphones have been designed for rock and heavy metal fans in mind - sort of the anti-Beats... >>

Borderlands latest 360 game to get backwards compatibility to complete Xbox One Handsome Collections

Borderlands latest 360 game to get backwards compatibility to complete Xbox One Handsome Collections

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Those who own Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for the Xbox One will be fully aware that as excellent as it is, it is hardly complete. It only comes with Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!And while those two titles are simply superb, it's... >>

Apple Music will get better, promises iTunes boss

Apple Music will get better, promises iTunes boss

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When Apple Music launched in June it was seen as a Spotify killer, giving away three months of free access to entice iPhone, iPod and iPad users opting for it as their primary streaming service.But it has been widely criticised since then, with users... >>

B&O's latest wireless speaker is the curvy BeoPlay A6, and it costs £799

B&O's latest wireless speaker is the curvy BeoPlay A6, and it costs £799

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Bang & Olufsen has yet another fancy, wireless speaker to sell you.It's called BeoPlay A6, and it's really cool looking. It's also really expensive. The speaker, which has a curved shape, was designed in collaboration with Danish studio Kvadrat, a manufacturer... >>

Philips Fidelio E6 hands-on: 5.1 surround without any of the clutter

Philips Fidelio E6 hands-on: 5.1 surround without any of the clutter

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Philips unveiled its Fidelio E5 system last year to much love. The idea was to offer a 2.1 system with detachable speakers that made it 5.1 surround, minus the wires.It has taken this successful idea to the next level with this year's Fidelio E6 system.Upgrades... >>

Philips E6 Fidelio wireless surround and Izzy multi-room speakers announced

Philips E6 Fidelio wireless surround and Izzy multi-room speakers announced

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Philips has taken the wraps off its latest E6 Fidelio wireless surround cinema speakers at IFA 2015 and announced its Izzy multi-room system.The Fidelio E6 follows on from the E5 system using the same wireless smarts to dot speakers about a room for either... >>

Onkyo W800BT finally bring us quality truly wireless Bluetooth earphones

Onkyo W800BT finally bring us quality truly wireless Bluetooth earphones

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Onkyo has announced its new W800BT earphones from IFA 2015. These are what we hope for when we read "wireless earphones", they are actually wire-free.The Bluetooth earphones use independently working left and right earbuds that don't even have a wire... >>

Sony makes high-res fashionable with h.ear headphones and colour-matched Walkman

Sony makes high-res fashionable with h.ear headphones and colour-matched Walkman

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Sony announced a range of devices designed to deliver high-res audio in style during its press conference at IFA 2015. There are two headphones within the h.ear range, an on-ear model and an in-ear model, as well as a new Walkman.The range has fashion... >>

Sony continues down high-res audio path for new Walkman portable players

Sony continues down high-res audio path for new Walkman portable players

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Sony has announced a trio of Walkman devices to further its commitment to high-res audio in the home and on the move.The NW-A25HN and NW-A27HN devices are coming in October and take up where the A15 left off. They feature an enhanced version of Sony's... >>

Is this Sony SRS-LSR100 a wireless speaker or TV remote control?

Is this Sony SRS-LSR100 a wireless speaker or TV remote control?

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Here's an oddity. Sony has released a device in Japan that looks like a wireless, portable speaker from one angle, but a remote control for a television from another.And that's because the Sony SRS-LSR100 is actually both. It has a full TV remote control... >>

Astell&Kern does nothing by half, its in-ears feature Beyerdynamic Tesla technology and cost £799

Astell&Kern does nothing by half, its in-ears feature Beyerdynamic Tesla technology and cost £799

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During IFA 2015, audiophile brand Astell&Kern will launch the world's first in-ear headphones to feature Beyerdynamic's Tesla technology.The portable high-end audio specialist will debut its AK Ti8e earphones, which will cost £799 a pair and be made... >>

Orbitsound A70 Airsound Bar review: Stylish soundbar
4.5 stars

Orbitsound A70 Airsound Bar review: Stylish soundbar

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Of all the British brands out there, Orbitsound might not be the first one to pop into your head. But since the London-based company's conception back in 2005 it's forged forward with decent audio products and, in the Orbitsound A70 Airsound Bar, it's... >>

Ministry of Sound has always been ‘about the sound as well as the music’ as it sets up for quality Bluetooth speaker release

Ministry of Sound has always been ‘about the sound as well as the music’ as it sets up for quality Bluetooth speaker release

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Ministry of Sound has been moving more and more into the quality end of the audio speaker and headphone market of late, with the Audio S Plus portable Bluetooth speaker being a particular recent highlight. However, it won't end there.Indeed, the company... >>

Sony goes Metal Gear Solid mad: MGSV Xperia and Walkman devices in-bound

Sony goes Metal Gear Solid mad: MGSV Xperia and Walkman devices in-bound

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Having already announced a special edition 1TB PlayStation 4 decked out in Metal Gear Solid motifs and colour schemes, Sony is now turning its attention to other devices.In Japan you will soon be able to buy special Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain... >>

No, these aren’t milkshakes, they’re LG’s new Bluetooth speakers

No, these aren’t milkshakes, they’re LG’s new Bluetooth speakers

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LG is never one to remain tight-lipped on the build up to a major convention and its pre-IFA plans offer no exceptions.It has announced that it will be debuting two new Bluetooth speakers at the show in Berlin at the beginning of September, the Music... >>

Apple Music Festival line-up teased: Pharrell, Disclosure, One Direction and more

Apple Music Festival line-up teased: Pharrell, Disclosure, One Direction and more

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Following the Apple Music and Beats 1 launch there was always going to be a special attention given to this year's Apple Music Festival. Especially as the old iTunes Festival name has been ditched. Now the line-up has been partially announced and it shouldn't... >>

Denon Heos review: Multiroom made easy
4.5 stars

Denon Heos review: Multiroom made easy

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Denon has been toying with networked streaming devices for a while – the Airplay-touting Ceol family being the pick of the bunch – but with the Heos system the company has set its sights on the one-box, house-party-loving, multiroom domain currently... >>

LG smartphone users get two free high-res audio tracks a month

LG smartphone users get two free high-res audio tracks a month

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LG is offering high-resolution audio tracks through its SmartWorld app to owners of its premium smartphones at up to 50 per cent off the usual price. And to give them a taste of the upshift in quality, users get to download two free songs a month.The... >>

LG HS8 is a curved, connected, soundbar for your curved TV

LG HS8 is a curved, connected, soundbar for your curved TV

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Curved TVs have been hitting the market for the last couple of years, and now LG has the perfect accompaniment for your sweeping screen. The HS8 Curved Sound Bar is designed to match your curved LG TV, similar to the curved soundbar that Samsung offers... >>

Bang & Olufsen BeoLink Multiroom turns B&O products into a super sound system

Bang & Olufsen BeoLink Multiroom turns B&O products into a super sound system

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Bang & Olufsen has announced its new BeoLink Multiroom offering which aims to connect its products, for music that follows a user round the home.The idea behind the BeoLink Multiroom is to turn older B&O products into a modern audio solution akin to Sonos'... >>

5 fun facts about Ultimate Ears UE Roll: Not all Bluetooth speakers are created equal

5 fun facts about Ultimate Ears UE Roll: Not all Bluetooth speakers are created equal

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Sometimes we get invited to visit companies at their headquarters to explore what goes on behind the scenes - from product design and development, to future concepts and manufacturing. In mid June, off the back of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker announcement,... >>

Ultimate Ears UE Roll review: Rock 'n' roll
4.0 stars

Ultimate Ears UE Roll review: Rock 'n' roll

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We've been suitably impressed by Ultimate Ears' range of Bluetooth speakers, from the UE Boom to UE Megaboom. The company's latest, the UE Roll, is a mini-discus-shaped portable speaker with typically colourful Ultimate Ears style, but with the addition... >>

You'll never believe how big gadgets used to be: Then and now in pictures

You'll never believe how big gadgets used to be: Then and now in pictures

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Modern technology has propelled us forward to create smaller and smaller gadgets especially since the microchip appeared. Sure phones are growing in screen size now but you'll be amazed how they are still smaller than their historical counterparts. And... >>

You can now use Sonos speakers with Microsoft Groove music

You can now use Sonos speakers with Microsoft Groove music

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Get ready to fire up your Sonos speakers, because the company behind them has just announced a new partnership that adds yet another way for you to stream tunes, custom radio stations, and playlists.Earlier this month, Microsoft announced the Xbox Music... >>

Fugoo review: A Bluetooth speaker delicacy available in three distinct flavours
4.0 stars

Fugoo review: A Bluetooth speaker delicacy available in three distinct flavours

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Standing out in the overcrowded Bluetooth speaker market is tough. But it's being not only tough but also adaptable, as is the case of the Fugoo speaker, which marks its point of difference. Three jacket options - Style, Sport and Tough - are available,... >>

Amazon Prime Music: What is it and why should Apple and Spotify be worried?

Amazon Prime Music: What is it and why should Apple and Spotify be worried?

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Amazon has finally brought its own streaming music service to the UK to take on the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Deezer directly.Amazon Prime Music has been available to Prime members in the US for quite a while, but now Brits can get a piece... >>

LG's new Tone Active wireless Bluetooth headset can handle your workout sweat

LG's new Tone Active wireless Bluetooth headset can handle your workout sweat

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LG Electronics has a new wireless Bluetooth headset.Part of the company's wireless Tone series, the new headset is called the LG Tone Active. You can use it when you're working out or gaming for long periods of time, as it features an IPX3 water and sweat-resistance... >>

Sonos Play:1 Tone: Minimalist and refined, but will you notice the difference?

Sonos Play:1 Tone: Minimalist and refined, but will you notice the difference?

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Sonos has created a limited edition Play:1 speaker for those that want an even more refined experience.Although the physical design doesn’t change, the Play:1 Tone, as is it to be known, features a soft touch coating that makes you want to keep stroking... >>

New iPod touch with A8 processing leads Apple refresh charge

New iPod touch with A8 processing leads Apple refresh charge

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As leaked with the last iTunes release, Apple has refreshed its iPod line with a new range of colours for the family of devices: iPod touch, iPod nano and iPod shuffle.And as well as a few new colour schemes to choose from, the Cupertino company has beefed... >>

Worst album cover art of all time, you won't believe number 34

Worst album cover art of all time, you won't believe number 34

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Tell kids today that we used to buy our music in the form of large circular black plastic discs that got sticky in the sun and they won't believe you. Even CDs have seemingly had their day, shunted aside for the convenience of digital downloads and streaming.And... >>

Is Facebook about to launch an Apple Music and Spotify rival?

Is Facebook about to launch an Apple Music and Spotify rival?

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Facebook is to take on Apple, Spotify, Deezer, Tidal and a host of other music streaming services if rumours are to be believed.Music business site Music Ally claims that the social media giant is not only looking to introduce music videos to its offering... >>

The summer gift guide: Audio gadgets

The summer gift guide: Audio gadgets

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Music makes any trip or holiday better and what better way to make it more memorable, than with some great tunes? These players, speakers, and headphones will enhance that experience.  Jarre Aeroskull Nano Small, compact, oh and crafted in the shape... >>

Music streaming has almost doubled in the last year, and that’s before Apple Music launched

Music streaming has almost doubled in the last year, and that’s before Apple Music launched

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Figures from the Official Chart Company show that online streaming is rapidly becoming the UK's favourite way to consume music content.In the first six months of 2015 Brits listened to 11.5 billion tracks streamed from services such as Spotify, Deezer... >>