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Amazon Prime Music continues assault on Apple Music with ad-free radio stations and lyrics

Amazon Prime Music continues assault on Apple Music with ad-free radio stations and lyrics

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Although Amazon's streaming music service is playing catch-up in the amount of content it offers in comparison with rivals, it has added a couple of new features for UK Prime members that might make them think twice about continuing with their Apple Music... >>

Multi-room audio: What is it and what are your options?

Multi-room audio: What is it and what are your options?

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Multi-room audio is one of those buzzwords that's been kicking about for a couple of years. It's a word that ultimately refers to what you might expect - audio in multiple rooms - but don't be fooled into thinking that's all there is to it.The simple... >>

I'll take Sports for $200: Amazon Echo now lets you play Jeopardy trivia

I'll take Sports for $200: Amazon Echo now lets you play Jeopardy trivia

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Amazon's Pringle-can-sized speaker is getting cooler by the day, and it's latest update is a prime example. (See what we did there? Heh.)The connected speaker, which features a Siri-like assistant named Alexa, came out last year and has become a huge... >>

Harman Voyager Dashboard: Is a detachable car stereo speaker the future?

Harman Voyager Dashboard: Is a detachable car stereo speaker the future?

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 Harman, the group that owns audio brands like JBL, Infinity, AKG and Mark Levinson, ­­has unveiled a new in-car audio solution here at CES. The Voyager Dashboard consists of a portable speaker unit, which pops into and out of the dashboard top, removing... >>

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 35 preview: Pentagonal powerhouse

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 35 preview: Pentagonal powerhouse

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Danish audio maker Bang & Olufsen is known for its high-end materials and finish in its products. That's something the BeoSound 35 soundbar-esque multi-room music system strives to achieve, but with a somewhat harsher-looking pentagonal form than the... >>

Feel like a teenager again with the DJ-centric LG Loudr CM9960

Feel like a teenager again with the DJ-centric LG Loudr CM9960

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As you travelled around the massive LG stand at CES 2016 there was one area you wouldn't want to have a meeting on. The company had effectively turned it into a club by demonstrating the latest entries in the loud, DJ-centric Loudr series of audio products... >>

Samsung HW-K950 soundbar gives you wireless Dolby Atmos from the box, we have a listen

Samsung HW-K950 soundbar gives you wireless Dolby Atmos from the box, we have a listen

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We've been harking on about Dolby Atmos and extra height channels in a surround sound setup for a while now, but you've really only been able to replicate the more immersive experience at home for yourself if you had a supported AV receiver. Samsung's... >>

Monster Superstar HotShot: The lightest, most portable Bluetooth speaker around

Monster Superstar HotShot: The lightest, most portable Bluetooth speaker around

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Having tried several portable Bluetooth speakers in the past, specifically to give us tunes on the move when at festivals, we can see exactly why there is a market for them. The only issue, especially for those who are travelling light and by foot, is... >>

Philips Fidelio Soundbar crams Dolby Atmos overhead audio into one unit

Philips Fidelio Soundbar crams Dolby Atmos overhead audio into one unit

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Philips has managed to cram the overhead surround sound supremacy of Dolby Atmos into a wire-mess-free soundbar.The Philips Fidelio Soundbar was announced at CES 2016. Samsung also announced a Dolby Atmos soundbar but its unit requires two wireless rear... >>

Naim Mu-so Qb: Rounded audio meets square design

Naim Mu-so Qb: Rounded audio meets square design

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When the Naim Mu-so launched in 2014 it attracted critical acclaim, bagging the Pocket-lint Awards 2015 gong for best speaker. Now the essence of that high-end wireless all-in-one multiroom speaker is available in a smaller, cube-shaped form factor: the... >>

Sony's new players omit Ultra HD Blu-ray support

Sony's new players omit Ultra HD Blu-ray support

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Sony has announced two new players at CES 2016, but neither offer support for Ultra HD Blu-ray, the latest high-def video format being pushed by Samsung and Panasonic at the show.The first is pitched as a "high resolution premium audio and video player",... >>

Misfit enters audio world with activity tracking wireless earphones, Specter

Misfit enters audio world with activity tracking wireless earphones, Specter

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Misfit has announced that it will be expanding its activity tracking offerings beyond the wrist to your ears with its new Specter.Despite the Bond villainous sounding name the Specter earphones are out to make your life better, day and night, with activity... >>

Sony's hi-res audio range adds new H.ear wireless speakers, headphones - plus a turntable

Sony's hi-res audio range adds new H.ear wireless speakers, headphones - plus a turntable

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Sony is at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, where it has decided to launch new high-resolution audio products, including what it has described as the "world's smallest" hi-res audio wireless speaker.This speaker, called H.ear go, is part of a new H.ear range being... >>

Samsung adds Dolby Atmos overhead sound to a soundbar

Samsung adds Dolby Atmos overhead sound to a soundbar

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For the first time Samsung has added Dolby Atmos to a soundbar in its range of audio systems for the home.Samsung has announced the HW-K950 Soundbar in time for CES 2016 where the new system will be shown off. We say system as, yes, you guess it, this... >>

LG SmartThinQ Hub streams music, shows smarthome notifications and displays reminders

LG SmartThinQ Hub streams music, shows smarthome notifications and displays reminders

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LG has announced its newest smart home device before showing it off at CES 2016, meet the SmartThinQ Hub.The LG SmartThinQ Hub looks a lot like a metallic speaker. It is this, and can stream music over Wi-Fi from radio stations, or anything else via a... >>

Best place to put a speaker: Sonos head of design gives us tips and tricks of the trade

Best place to put a speaker: Sonos head of design gives us tips and tricks of the trade

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Sonos has a mission to fill every home with music, as well as to give you the ultimate home music experience.To do this, you not only need to have great speakers, but you also have to have the best possible set-up for them with the best possible objects... >>

Best 10 gadgets for a more connected home

Best 10 gadgets for a more connected home

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Connected homes used to be something you'd associate with the future but that's no longer the case. Over the last few years we have seen several smarthome gadgets and devices appear and they have really come into their own in 2015.Smart heating and lighting... >>

Nintendo Wii U owners get music streaming option thanks to Napster

Nintendo Wii U owners get music streaming option thanks to Napster

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From today, Nintendo Wii U owners will be able to stream music through their consoles thanks to a partnership between Nintendo and Napster.Xbox One owners have had access to Groove Music for a while, with the latest dashboard update integrating the subscription... >>

New Chromecast Audio features let you play hi-res audio in every room at once

New Chromecast Audio features let you play hi-res audio in every room at once

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Google just updated its audio-only dongle in a major way.Chromecast Audio is a new $35 device from Google. It's all about streaming audio from online services over Wi-Fi to otherwise offline speakers, thus bringing the simplicity we loved about the original... >>

The Great Christmas Giveaway Day 1: Win Sonos Play:1 Bundle Starter Set

The Great Christmas Giveaway Day 1: Win Sonos Play:1 Bundle Starter Set

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Welcome to The Great Christmas Giveaway 2015, giving you the chance to win some great prizes in the run up to Christmas right here on Pocket-lint.We'll be giving away a great piece of kit every single day, with something for everyone, from smartphones... >>

Sonos will work with Apple Music in beta starting 15 December

Sonos will work with Apple Music in beta starting 15 December

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If you subscribe to Apple Music, you'll soon be able to stream songs from it to Sonos' wireless speaker system.Sonos offers access to a number of music services that it has partnered with, including Spotify, Deezer, Napster, Last.fm, 7Digital, Amazon... >>

Christmas Gift Guide: Audiophiles

Christmas Gift Guide: Audiophiles

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Bust a groove with some amazing music gadgets this Christmas.Flexson VinylPlayVinyl is back, and the Flexson VinylPlay helps you listen to your records even if your current music system is a little more 21st century. Available in black or white, the UK-made... >>

Why running with music is better for you

Why running with music is better for you

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There are plenty of schools of thought over whether or not you should run with music or not. In reality both have their benefits, but sometimes you just want to get on the open path and listen to some motivating tunes.We asked DeeWear, the makers of the... >>

How to tune your existing Sonos speaker or Playbar with Trueplay to make it sound better

How to tune your existing Sonos speaker or Playbar with Trueplay to make it sound better

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Sonos offers a software feature called Trueplay that will make your existing speakers sound better. The software is designed to allow users to place their Sonos speakers wherever they like, even a cupboard, and still achieve good sound quality.Trueplay... >>

These Revols earbuds will mold to your ear shape in 60 secs for a custom fit

These Revols earbuds will mold to your ear shape in 60 secs for a custom fit

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Oh. Em. Gee.There's this new project on Kickstarter that could change our lives - well, ears actually - forever. It's for a pair of quick-fit earbuds called Revols, and what makes them so interesting is that they can speedily conform to your ears to provide... >>

Sennheiser Orpheus HE 1060: The £35,000 pair of Sennheiser headphones

Sennheiser Orpheus HE 1060: The £35,000 pair of Sennheiser headphones

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It takes 50 men to put together each and every one of the new Sennheiser Orpheus HE 1060's 6,000 components. That's why it will set you back an eye-watering £35,000.Priced at more than a family saloon, the headphones from Sennheiser claim to be the... >>

Arcam MusicBoost: iPhone audio and battery boost sounds good to us

Arcam MusicBoost: iPhone audio and battery boost sounds good to us

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Arcam has a clever new iPhone case that it is working on that doubles-up on functions. Not only is the MusicBoost a battery case, but it contains a DAC and headphone amp too, so as the name suggests, it will upgrade the audio experience of your iPhone.Compatible... >>

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless review: Big, bold and Bluetooth at last
5.0 stars

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless review: Big, bold and Bluetooth at last

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It's been more than four years since Bowers & Wilkins last unleashed a Zeppelin speaker system onto the world - and almost eight since the first one nigh-on created the high-end iPod dock category (remember those?). Now the oval audio behemoth is back... >>

Ultimate Ears UE Boom 2 review: Booming back for the sequel
4.5 stars

Ultimate Ears UE Boom 2 review: Booming back for the sequel

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Ultimate Ears has become more of a household name since its inception by then-Logitech (now just Logi), since releasing a variety of Bluetooth speakers to the market. The first UE Boom, released back in 2013, was one of the best small-scale portable speakers... >>

Cambridge Audio G5 review: Sleek and smart Bluetooth speaker
4.0 stars

Cambridge Audio G5 review: Sleek and smart Bluetooth speaker

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The Cambridge Audio G5 is a mid-size wireless speaker. It'll fit in a rucksack but certainly not a coat pocket, and the £229 price sits in the same middle ground. It's not cheap, but is also not so expensive you'll feel like you need to use the G5 as... >>

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15 review: Portable picnic party
4.0 stars

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15 review: Portable picnic party

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Bang & Olufsen is well known for making top notch speakers with quirky design features. In the Beloit 15 it's as though B&O has taken the concept of a picnic hamper and crammed a bunch of drivers into it for large scale on-the-go sound.It's not a boombox... >>

Sonos Play 5 review: Smart, sophisticated, superb
5.0 stars

Sonos Play 5 review: Smart, sophisticated, superb

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Sonos is far from a new player in the multi-room speaker sector. It's been playing the game and playing it well for the last decade. However, multi-room is a very different market now to when Sonos first appeared - competition has increased significantly... >>

OnePlus Icons offers premium sound quality for less

OnePlus Icons offers premium sound quality for less

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OnePlus has moved beyond phones into earphones but is taking its pricing philosophy with it. The OnePlus Icons are aiming to offer high quality sound for a low price.OnePlus announced the Icons at its OnePlus X smartphone launch event.The in-earphones... >>

Ministry of Sound Audio L Plus review: Much more than a Clubber's Guide
4.0 stars

Ministry of Sound Audio L Plus review: Much more than a Clubber's Guide

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Who would have thought that Ministry of Sound would be an obvious Sonos multi-room audio competitor? That's exactly where the Audio L Plus is targeting its attention, as the top-of-line product in the MoS Audio range.Forget sweat-dripping-from-the-ceiling... >>

Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 review: Big audio, basic design
4.5 stars

Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 review: Big audio, basic design

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When the original Creative Sound Blaster Roar landed on our desk last year we were impressed by the big sound from its small scale. Now it's the turn of the more compact, more powerful, yet more expensive sequel: the Roar 2.It's incredible how quickly... >>

Naim Mu-so review: A sonic sensation
5.0 stars

Naim Mu-so review: A sonic sensation

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Hi-fi systems in the traditional sense are a bit of a dying breed. But Naim, a company which makes some incredible (yet eye-wateringly expensive) systems, isn't shying away from the new order.The Naim Mu-so is the company's first all-in-one wireless speaker,... >>

Your old Chromecast now supports Spotify

Your old Chromecast now supports Spotify

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With the launch of the new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio came the news that Spotify was joining the list of compatible apps. It's a big name joining the casting revolution, making it really easy to cast music from your phone to your TV. It was one... >>

Bose aims at Sonos with SoundTouch 10 speaker, adds Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to next-gen multi-room speakers

Bose aims at Sonos with SoundTouch 10 speaker, adds Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to next-gen multi-room speakers

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Bose has announced a new update to its SoundTouch speaker range and others that will offer multi-room listening and more. It has also unveiled a new, entry-level SoundTouch 10 speaker.The new generation system allows for streaming via single speakers... >>

Libratone goes multi-room with new Zipp wireless speakers

Libratone goes multi-room with new Zipp wireless speakers

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Libratone has unveiled a new line of its Zipp speakers which are designed to support multi-room listening via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.The new system, dubbed SoundSpaces, wants to offer more than traditional multi-room offerings from the likes of Sonos. This... >>

Tim Cook reveals Apple TV release date and more: Here's what he said in his WSJD chat

Tim Cook reveals Apple TV release date and more: Here's what he said in his WSJD chat

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Apple CEO Tim Cook was a guest at WSJD Live yesterday. The event organised by the Wall Street Journal's digital arm usually throws up some interesting quotes from tech industry figureheads, but Cook's was even more interesting than could be expected.He... >>

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... >>