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Rumors point to a new Sonos Playbar with Dolby Atmos, plus refreshed Play:5 and Sub

Is a new HDMI-equipped Playbar finally about to happen?

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Polk Audio’s $250 Signa S3 soundbar boasts Chromecast audio support

The new 2.1-channel soundbar from Polk Audio can be grouped with other Chromecast-enabled speakers.

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Anker Soundcore Flare 2 review: A new excuse to party by the pool

This Bluetooth speaker is waterproof and it can sync up with up to 100 others of the same make and model.

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Hey Google sensitivity setting arrives for Google Home and Nest devices

The new setting helps solve the problem of Google Assistant either not hearing its wake word, or accidentally thinking it did hear it.

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Anker Soundcore Wakey bedside speaker review: Booming audio, with a side of wireless charging

Use your Apple or Samsung smartphone to configure this Bluetooth speaker, then drop it on top to charge it.

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Google Assistant is getting better at recognizing your voice

A more involved Voice Match training process should help Google Assistant identify your voice with greater accuracy.

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JBL Bar 9.1 review: This 5.1.4 soundbar boasts truly wireless surround speakers

For once, the wireless surround speakers on JBL’s first Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar are, in fact, truly wireless.

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Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar review: High-end sound for a high-end price

Sennheiser expects to fetch top dollar for this sophisticated soundbar, but it fully doesn't deliver the immersive audio experience it promises

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Internet radio: Everything you need to know to stream a world's worth of fantastic music for free

Hey, we dig Sonos Radio, but you don’t need a Sonos speaker to enjoy internet radio. Allow us to be your guide to this fabulous resource.

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All-new Sonos Radio brings free music to Sonos customers

Internet radio stalwarts iHeartRadio and TuneIn are participating, but Sonos is also drawing on Napster to build its own streaming catalog.

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Take the call on the patio with Harman's portable conference speaker for $50, a $100 discount

This Harman Bluetooth portable conference speaker is $100 cheaper than the MSRP right now.

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Tribit StormBox Micro BTS10 review: The more affordable micro Bluetooth speaker

A surprising amount of sound and thump emanates from this palm-sized speaker, modeled after the Bose SoundLink Micro and JBL Clip.

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HomePod: Rumor of a smaller version, more music services coming in 2020

Apple's smart speaker, HomePod, takes aim at Amazon Echo and Google Home. Here's everything you need to know about it.

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Morel Högtalare Bluetooth speaker review: High-end audio meets Ikea design

This dual-tweeter wireless loudspeaker blends in with your décor and it kills it in the quality department, too.

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You need a smart speaker and the Google Home is half off right now

Best Buy, Google, and Walmart are all selling the Google Home for $50 off.

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5 ways to improve your relationship with Alexa

It's important to get along with everyone you’re staying at home with, including Alexa.

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The sweet-sounding Sonos One smart speaker plummets back to Black Friday pricing

Amazon is selling the second generation Sonos One is just $150 right now.

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Braven BVR-XXL/2 Bluetooth speaker review: Gigantor lays down the beat

If you appreciate volume, thump, and durability in a speaker, the Braven BVR-XXL/2 should be at the top of your short list. It's IPX5 rated, sounds good for the weatherized category, and even features a magnetic bottle opener.

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How to turn off (or simply pause) news headlines on your Amazon Echo Show or Google Nest Hub display

If all the grim coronavirus bulletins are taking a toll on your sanity, consider taking a break from news headlines on your Echo Show and Google Nest smart displays.

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Now you can ask Alexa if you’re at risk for COVID-19

Just ask, and Alexa will quiz you to determine whether it’s likely you’ve been exposed to the novel coronavirus.

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