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Triby is the phone, speaker and digital post-it heart of the home

Triby is the phone, speaker and digital post-it heart of the home

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Invoxia has unveiled its Triby speakerphone-cum-digital noticeboard with a whopping 1-month battery life. We got a close look at CES 2015 in Las Vegas.The Triby is a magnetic speakerphone that can be fixed to anywhere metal, ideally in the kitchen, to... >>

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... >>

Levitating Bluetooth speaker Om/One available for pre-order

Levitating Bluetooth speaker Om/One available for pre-order

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Just when you thought there were too many Bluetooth speakers on the market, and that they all seem to do the same thing, a new comes along that attempts to break the mould. Well, in this case, defy gravity.The Om/One is a gravity-defying Bluetooth speaker... >>

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... >>

Samsung's 360-degree speakers look like they’re invading from Mars

Samsung's 360-degree speakers look like they’re invading from Mars

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Like LG, Samsung is seemingly leaving no surprises for CES 2015 - at least, not when it comes to its audio products. It has pre-empted the show with an announcement of the various speakers it plans to have on its stand.The company has expanded its line-up... >>

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... >>

What is this 'Serial' podcast everyone is talking about?

What is this 'Serial' podcast everyone is talking about?

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If you're unfamiliar with the podcasting world, you're likely in the dark about a show called Serial.While it might be new to you, Serial has managed to hook millions of listeners and become the most successful podcast of all time. What's it about? Why's... >>

Hush smart earplugs actively cancel noise and intelligently wake you for perfect sleep

Hush smart earplugs actively cancel noise and intelligently wake you for perfect sleep

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Hush is a new Kickstarter project that aims to offer people the best sleep possible thanks to active noise cancellation and more.The Hush smart earplugs actively record noise and play the opposite sound waves in order to create true silence. But they... >>

Dolby Atmos is a must for home cinema fans and here's why the Onkyo TX-NR838 is leading the way

Dolby Atmos is a must for home cinema fans and here's why the Onkyo TX-NR838 is leading the way

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Dolby Atmos has made fantastic in-roads into cinemas in the last couple of years, with a flood of movies featuring the more immersive surround sound format having screened already and many more on the way. However, in the home it is a different story.... >>

Sonos 5.2 update with multi-account support for Android and enhanced Playbar sound available now

Sonos 5.2 update with multi-account support for Android and enhanced Playbar sound available now

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Sonos released a new software update for beta users, Sonos 5.2, last month. It is now available for everyone bringing new features as well as improving the performance of the company's Playbar speaker.Available from today for Android users, the biggest... >>

Music sounds better with... Andy C

Music sounds better with... Andy C

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Drum & bass legend Andy C has his roots firmly bedded in the underground music scene as the founder of RAM Records, but the wider public will be hearing a lot more from the man in the coming years.Hot from signing to Atlantic Records, the globe-trotting... >>

Multiroom Spotify streaming should be easy and affordable with new Philips speakers

Multiroom Spotify streaming should be easy and affordable with new Philips speakers

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Spotify users now have affordable multiroom speaker options from Philips allowing them to stream music anywhere.The Philips SW700M and larger SW750M use Spotify Connect to allow users control of Spotify from a mobile using the native Spotify app. The... >>

One Direction joins exclusive list of Spotify streaming billionaires, who needs Taylor Swift?

One Direction joins exclusive list of Spotify streaming billionaires, who needs Taylor Swift?

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Spotify has revealed that One Direction has passed the one billion mark for the amount of times one of their tracks have been streamed. They reached that milestone a week after new album Four was released and are only the second British band to have achieved... >>

How to delete and buy again Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas

How to delete and buy again Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas

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It's Christmastime and that means it's time for giving. So why not give cash toward fighting Ebola?Better yet, spend your money on the fight and get something in return. Bob Geldof and Band Aid 30, for instance, recently released another version of Do... >>

From this photo you’ll never guess who's the new face of Parrot Zik 2.0 headphones

From this photo you’ll never guess who's the new face of Parrot Zik 2.0 headphones

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Did you guess Parrot Zik 2.0 had Eurovision Song Contest 2014 winner Conchita Wurst as its new ambassador?The second generation of Zik represents an improvement on an already impressive set of headphones. Zik 2.0 are 17 per cent lighter than their predecessor... >>

Balanced Mode Radiator speaker tech explained: What is it and does it make a difference?

Balanced Mode Radiator speaker tech explained: What is it and does it make a difference?

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There are several different types of speaker technology used in modern day systems and set-ups, some having been adopted for many years. However, Balanced Mode Radiator technology (BMR) is a fairly new driver tech that British speaker manufacturer Cambridge... >>

Spotify has paid $2 billion in royalties, claims Spotify CEO in response to Taylor Swift

Spotify has paid $2 billion in royalties, claims Spotify CEO in response to Taylor Swift

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Daniel Ek wants you to take Taylor Swift's opinions on Spotify with a grain of salt.The founder and CEO of Spotify has published a lengthy blog post, in an attempt to argue against the image that artists such as Swift are painting of Spotify. Swift is... >>

Music sounds better with... Sigma

Music sounds better with... Sigma

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This week's "music sounds better with..." interview, in collaboration with Cambridge Audio, focuses on British drum and bass duo Sigma, who have seen their last two single releases top the UK charts. Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie have only been signed... >>

Beats Solo2 with Apple brand and Beats connectivity spotted in FCC leak

Beats Solo2 with Apple brand and Beats connectivity spotted in FCC leak

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Apple-owned Beats has a set of wireless Solo2 headphones in the works, according to new documents that recently passed through the US Federal Communications Commission.The FCC documents don't reveal too much apart from the fact that the headphones are... >>

The Spotify debate: Here are the celebs who either love it or hate it

The Spotify debate: Here are the celebs who either love it or hate it

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In case you haven't heard: Taylor Swift doesn't like Spotify.She's just the latest artist to not only speak out against music-streaming services but also withhold an album release and remove an entire back catalogue of music from Spotify.There have been... >>

Pure Voca review: Boom for your buck
4.0 stars

Pure Voca review: Boom for your buck

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There has been a lot of action in the Bluetooth speakers market, with a recent drive towards improving performance and offering a better quality of device. There's been a veritable explosion at the top-end, with reputable audio companies embracing wireless... >>

Music sounds better with... 4Music's Miquita Oliver

Music sounds better with... 4Music's Miquita Oliver

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We've talked to plenty of celebrities and industry figureheads over the last few weeks for our "music sounds better with..." series of features, in collaboration with Cambridge Audio, but all of the interviewees have been men up to now. That's just the... >>

Pure Voca Bluetooth speaker announced with hands-free calling

Pure Voca Bluetooth speaker announced with hands-free calling

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Pure's audio engineers have been busy tuning its very own Bluetooth speaker, which was announced today, called Voca.Pure is best known for its digital radios, some of which do feature Bluetooth streaming. The Voca will be purely a Bluetooth speaker for... >>

Cambridge Audio Go v2 portable speaker review: Bluetooth on a budget
4.0 stars

Cambridge Audio Go v2 portable speaker review: Bluetooth on a budget

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The Cambridge Audio Go v2 portable Bluetooth speaker is, as its name suggests, the second version in the series, updating the Go Minx that we thought was a top-class offering when we reviewed it last year.The "saucy" name has been dropped for round two,... >>

Philips Fidelio M2BT review: Small Bluetooth headphones deliver big sound
4.0 stars

Philips Fidelio M2BT review: Small Bluetooth headphones deliver big sound

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In our hunt for the best headphones we've been donning the Philips Fidelio M2BT Bluetooth wireless on-ears to see whether these cans deliver audio that defies their small scale.As the update to the earlier Fidelio M1BT, the latest generation M2BT makes... >>

Arcam Solo Bar is an audiophile soundbar, fully loaded with connections (hands-on)

Arcam Solo Bar is an audiophile soundbar, fully loaded with connections (hands-on)

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Arcam has poured its audio expertise into the Solo Bar, which the Cambridge-based company is claiming to be a soundbar fit for audiophiles. It's designed not just to bring audio enhancements to your TV, but to do much of the work that an AV receiver... >>

Quality of sound and the tech behind it: What to look for when choosing a speaker

Quality of sound and the tech behind it: What to look for when choosing a speaker

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There are hundreds of speakers available to buy, from complete surround sound systems to the portable Bluetooth numbers you can take to the park, but how do you tell the difference between them? What makes a good speaker sound better than a bad one? And... >>

Music sounds better with... sound engineer James Orchard-Lisle

Music sounds better with... sound engineer James Orchard-Lisle

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In our latest interview with a music industry professional we delve behind the scenes and focus on someone who's job is to make other people sound better. And he's great at his job. Sound engineer James Orchard-Lisle has worked with Eurythmics' Dave Stewart,... >>

Apple plans to relaunch Beats Music as part of iTunes in 2015

Apple plans to relaunch Beats Music as part of iTunes in 2015

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You might be using iTunes next year to stream your favourite tracks instead of buying them, thanks to Beats Music, it's claimed.In a report largely about how iTunes' digital music sales have slumped roughly 14 per cent worldwide since last year, The Wall... >>

Happy 13th birthday Apple iPod: Here's a look back at its life so far

Happy 13th birthday Apple iPod: Here's a look back at its life so far

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Thirteen years ago this week, Apple shook up the music industry with the launch of the first generation of iPod and while it may have come with a physical scroll wheel, huge hold switch and a FireWire port with cover, it made listening to music on the... >>

Sony MDR-1A review:  A-class over-ear headphones
5.0 stars

Sony MDR-1A review: A-class over-ear headphones

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It was two years ago we were first introduced to the Sony MDR range, headed-up by the self-proclaimed "prestige" MDR-1R headphones. We had to hand it to Sony, though, despite sounding almost pompous they were very impressive over-ears, delivering quality... >>

BeoPlay A2 packs wonderful B&O sound into premium Bluetooth speaker

BeoPlay A2 packs wonderful B&O sound into premium Bluetooth speaker

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The BeoPlay A2 is Bang & Olufsen's first Bluetooth speaker, launched under the B&O Play label. It's looking to force its way into a market that's already packed with plenty of options. We caught up with B&O prior to launch to get our hands on this speaker... >>

Bowers & Wilkins T7 review: The Bluetooth speaker worth waiting for
5.0 stars

Bowers & Wilkins T7 review: The Bluetooth speaker worth waiting for

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Bowers & Wilkins must have grown tired of questions about when it would enter the Bluetooth speaker market. After all, it was one of the pioneers of premium iPod and iPhone docks with its Zeppelin range. It even embraced Airplay as a wireless music transmission... >>

Pioneer SE-MX9 review
4.0 stars

Pioneer SE-MX9 review

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We're long-time users of headphones that promise "club sound", having adopted the Sennheiser HD25 through its two generations, so when the Pioneer SE-MX9 headphones - promising "superior club sound" at home or on the go - arrived through the door for... >>

Music sounds better with... Spotify's Mark Williamson

Music sounds better with... Spotify's Mark Williamson

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Pocket-lint's music discovery interview series, in collaboration with Cambridge Audio, has featured an athlete, a musician and members of an audio manufacturer so far, but this week we turn to somebody integral to the changing nature of music delivery;... >>

Spotify Family gives up to four people access to a Spotify Premium account for a discounted fee

Spotify Family gives up to four people access to a Spotify Premium account for a discounted fee

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Spotify is soon to launch a new package for its music streaming service that gives all family members access to a full, personalised Spotify Premium account each for one flat, discounted fee.Spotify Family enables users to have up to four people on the... >>

Sennheiser Urbanite review
4.5 stars

Sennheiser Urbanite review

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With the headphones market booming we've often seen increasing price tags for products that don't always mean better sound or build quality. Not so the Sennheiser Urbanite on-ear headphones: these affordable £150 cans don't scrimp on sound, style or... >>

Philips Fidelio E5 review
4.0 stars

Philips Fidelio E5 review

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The Philips Fidelio E5 is like the Transformer of home cinema. A solution that works as a compact 2.1 stereo system and can easily convert into a 5.1 surround system for when you want it.Aimed at those short on space, it negates the need for multiple... >>

Music sounds better with... Alex James

Music sounds better with... Alex James

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The latest in our series we're running in collaboration with Cambridge Audio turns its attention on one of Pocket-lint's favourite bassists and one of the pioneers of Britpop, Alex James. We caught up with the Blur guitarist turned foodie as he was... >>

Cambridge Audio, the great British manufacturer explored

Cambridge Audio, the great British manufacturer explored

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Cambridge Audio has been designing and building audio equipment since the sixties. Despite growing in size and popularity it still maintains a lean team who work in-house to create the ultimate sound reproduction. If you've not heard of Cambridge Audio... >>

Music sounds better with... Cambridge Audio's James Johnson-Flint and Dominic Baker

Music sounds better with... Cambridge Audio's James Johnson-Flint and Dominic Baker

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For the second part of our "music sounds better with..." series of interview features, we turn to the team we've partnered with for the run; Cambridge Audio. After finding out what Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford listens to on his audio devices,... >>

Teducation: We talk to Ted Baker on the launch of the Finisterre DAB radio

Teducation: We talk to Ted Baker on the launch of the Finisterre DAB radio

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Ted Baker took a leap from the fashion world of beautiful prints and wonderful tailoring into the land of audio recently when it launched a headphone range along with a Bluetooth speaker. We loved the Ted Baker Rockall headphones when we reviewed them.... >>

Music sounds better with... Greg Rutherford

Music sounds better with... Greg Rutherford

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Want a few ideas of what music tracks you should be lining up on your phone or MP3 player? Fancy trying something new that you wouldn't normally have thought to listen to? As part of a new regular series, Pocket-lint in collaboration with Cambridge Audio will... >>

WIN: A Cambridge Audio Go Bluetooth speaker worth £120

WIN: A Cambridge Audio Go Bluetooth speaker worth £120

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Cambridge Audio has announced a new and improved Go Bluetooth speaker and to celebrate its launch, Pocket-lint has teamed up with the audio brand to offer one lucky reader the chance to win one.Packed with music enriching technology, the new and improved... >>

The Jarre AeroBull is the weirdest speaker we've ever seen, after the AeroSkull (hands-on)

The Jarre AeroBull is the weirdest speaker we've ever seen, after the AeroSkull (hands-on)

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If you're looking an iPhone dock or Bluetooth speaker that's a little different, then Jarre Technologies might have the answer. That perhaps shouldn't come as a surprise, given that it comes from the mind of Jean Michel Jarre, no stranger to the obscure.When... >>

Steam takes aim at iTunes, wants to be your music player too

Steam takes aim at iTunes, wants to be your music player too

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Valve has pushed a surprising update to Steam that has shades of the iTunes or WinAmp to it. As well as serve as the hub for all of your PC, Mac or Linux games, the developer wants you to play all of your music through it too.The service has added a music... >>

What is the Digital Tick and is your radio defunct if you don't have one?

What is the Digital Tick and is your radio defunct if you don't have one?

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If you enjoy listening to the radio you may want to check your device as they are at risk when the digital switch-over happens.The UK government has announced major analogue FM radio stations will likely be switched off the moment digital radio reaches... >>

Apple is shutting down Beats Music... or, wait, maybe it isn't

Apple is shutting down Beats Music... or, wait, maybe it isn't

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It's important to remember that rumour reports are in fact just rumours. And the latest example involves a story about Apple allegedly planning to shut down the Beats Music streaming service as well as the Beats Music brand.TechCrunch has claimed, according... >>