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Vizio SB36512-F6 with Dolby Atmos.

Vizio Home Theater Sound System with Dolby Atmos review: This speaker covers all the bases

This soundbar features immersive audio for movies, Chromecast for multi-room audio, and Google Assistant support for voice control.

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JBL Link 300 review: This Google Assistant-powered speaker delivers multi-room sound and smart home skills

Shake your money maker with the middle of JBL’s Link series of smart speakers.

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HomePod to get new Siri Shortcuts, phone calls, and other Siri features in upcoming update

A free update will let you make phone calls, set multiple timers, and use Siri Shortcuts.

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Snag Apple’s AirPods for the lowest price we’ve ever seen

Rakuten is selling Apple's true wireless earbuds for just $127.50 with a discount code.

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Billie Jean in-ear headphone review: Audiophile performance on a mainstream budget

The partnership between Astell&Kern and Jerry Harvey Audio delivers an affordable winner.

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Best Buy slashes HomePod prices by $50 to $71

If you weren't too hot on the HomePod at launch, this price drop might be music to your ears.

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Sony reveals new noise-cancelling headphones and an outdoor smart speaker at IFA

Sony has made its WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones more comfortable, and it's showing one of the first outdoor speakers to feature Google Assistant integration.

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Sonos Amp is the most important new product the company has launched in years

It's not a powered speaker, and it's aimed primarily at customer installers. But audio enthusiasts should still be excited about Sonos’ first new product since going public.

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Activo CT10 high-res digital audio player review: High-end personal audio without the high-end price tag

Sweet sound, compact size, superb interface, rich feature set, and a $299 price tag render this player a steal.

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Soundcast VGtx Bluetooth audio transmitter review

Though it's expensive, the Soundcast VGtx can broadcast Bluetooth for a moderately greater distance than the average transmitter. It also has an optical pass-through, which can be handy in home audio systems.

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Como Audio Musica review: This lovingly crafted speaker is all kinds of music to our ears

It’s the Swiss Army Knife of micro stereo systems.

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Edifier S2000 Pro review: Bluetooth speakers on a whole other level

The excellent-sounding S2000 Pro speakers have more in common with studio monitors than your average bookshelf or Bluetooth speaker. Top notch stuff at a very reasonable price.

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Shinola Bookshelf Speakers review: Grandly waving the flag for U.S. audio technology

Compact design, excellent performance, and versatile connectivity render these monitors a must-hear collaboration.

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AirPlay 2 FAQ: What it is, how it works, and which devices support it

This major update to Apple's wireless streaming protocol focuses on multi-room audio.

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Polk Audio Command Bar soundbar review: Good sound, with Alexa at your service

The Polk Audio Command Bar mixes well-balanced and beefy sound (the latter courtesy of the included subwoofer) and Amazon Alexa. It works, but Alexa can be recalcitrant when the bar is producing sound.

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In the wake of its IPO, Sonos VP says the company is ‘on a cadence of launching two products per year’

What's next for Sonos now that the speaker manufacturer and multi-room audio pioneer has gone public? Support for hi-res audio is on the company’s to-do list, and the company could add other advanced features that its older products...

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Benchmark DAC3 HGC review: An outstanding all-in-one headphone amp, DAC, and preamp

"Benchmark" describes both the company's name and the DAC3 HGC's performance.

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TASCAM 202MKVII dual cassette deck review: A high-quality, but pricey, tool for digitizing your tape collection

The Tascam 202 MK VII USB cassette deck is the best we've seen for digitizing audio cassettes (in good condition), but at $500, it's a very expensive option.

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