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Spotify launches in Japan, its mobile lyrics feature makes global debut

Spotify is now available in a total of 60 markets worldwide, as it has finally been made available in Japan via an invite-only beta.
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Amazon’s faster new Fire TV Stick has Alexa in the remote, still costs $40

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick was already a great option for cord cutters on a budget, but with a new update adding an Alexa-powered remote, it looks even better.
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Braven’s newest Bluetooth speaker aims to be music lovers’ constant companion

With its newest entry in its Active Series line of Bluetooth speakers, Braven is looking to provide a speaker that can act as a constant companion.

Forget discovering new music; Spotify’s latest feature plays only songs you love

Instead of focusing on music discover, Spotify’s latest feature, Daily Mix, takes a different approach, building playlists of songs you already love.
The Vamp Stereo

The Vamp Stereo turns any two old speakers into a wireless speaker system

The team behind The Vamp, which adds wireless connectivity to older speakers, is heading back to Kickstarter for the Vamp Stereo and Vamp Speaker.
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Optoma aims for the ultimate place-and-play projector with its new GT5500

Optoma’s newest ultra-short throw projector, the GT5500 can produce a 100-inch HD picture from just 13 inches away and can be had for less than $1,500.
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The Duoecho offers stereo sound in a Bluetooth speaker by splitting in two

Bluetooth speakers are convenient, but they aren’t the best when you want stereo sound. The Duoecho aims to solve that with the power of magnets.
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Apple is reportedly making progress on its Siri-powered Amazon Echo competitor

Earlier this year, rumors surfaced of Apple working on a Siri-powered Amazon Echo competitor. Now that device has reportedly entered prototype testing.
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Sling TV is offering an 18-hour preview of its service, no credit card needed

If you are interested in Sling TV, but haven’t checked it out, now is the time: the company is offering an 18-hour free preview on September 26.
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New Roku models are on the way, complete with HDR support

Following FCC filings earlier this month, more leaks are pointing to updated Roku models with more 4K support and for the first time, HDR support.
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Logitech’s computer speakers also play your music wirelessly from any device

If you are getting tired of using separate speakers for your computer and wireless music playback, Logitech’s new desktop speakers may be the answer.
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Netflix’s original programming offerings are going to keep growing, CFO says

Netflix CFO David Wells says that the company is aiming for 50 percent of its catalog to be made up of original content within the next few years.
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Sol Republic frees up its popular in-ears from wires with the Relays Sport Wireless

Once again, Sol Republic has improved its already popular Relays series of in-ear headphones with the introduction of the new Relays Sport Wireless.
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Spiral Groove’s Revolution turntable offers ultra high-end sound and a price to match

With its Revolution Turntable, shipping now, Spiral Groove is offering a combination of premium build and materials along with a price tag to match.
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Denon teams with Amazon to bring Alexa to HEOS multiroom audio systems

Denon’s HEOS multiroom wireless audio system continues to grow, and now it has teamed up with Amazon to bring Alexa support to the HEOS line.
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Bose refreshes its home theater lineup with a new sound bar, surround sound systems

Bose’s home theater offerings have gotten a major refresh with the new SoundTouch 300 sound bar and Lifestyle 650 and 600 home entertainment systems.
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Polk showcases a shrunken sound bar and hi-fi speakers at CEDIA 2016

In its press conference at CEDIA on Thursday, Polk announced both the MagniFi Mini compact sound bar and the company's new Signature Series speakers.
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Pioneer debuts three new Elite series network A/V receivers at CEDIA 2016

Pioneer debuted three new network A/V receivers at CEDIA 2016, including its 11-channel flagship Elite SC-LX901 model, which features multiroom audio.
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Monoprice brings a treasure trove of audio gear to CEDIA with its new Monolith line

Monoprice already offers plenty of affordable audio gear, but with its new Monolith line it’s adding planar magnetic headphones and more to that list.
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JVC's flagship DLA-RS4500 4K projector is the world's first to be THX certified

JVC has introduced its new flagship laser-lit DLA-RS5400 projector, the world's first 4K home theater projector to be THX certified.
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Origin Acoustics, Bang & Olufsen show off new architectural speakers at CEDIA 2016

High-end audio manufacturer Bang & Olufsen and architectural speaker pioneer Origin Acoustics have announced a new partnership at CEDIA 2016.
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Klipsch celebrates 70 years with a boatload of new products at CEDIA

At CEDIA 2016, Klipsch has joined the wireless multiroom audio party, showing off its new Stream series, as well as new sound bars and amplifiers.

Control4 debuts Alexa integration, making your smart home a whole lot smarter

Control4 is a major player in whole-home automation, and it wants to make your home even more intelligent with its new integration with Amazon Alexa.
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Sony unveils its first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, $15K HDR projector

Sony has unveiled its first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player at CEDIA, alongside a $15,000 HDR-ready projector.
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Paradigm reveals its most ambitious speakers yet, plus a pair of sound bars

After showing off its Concept 4F speaker series at CES, Paradigm has unveiled a pair of new sound bars and the Persona by Paradigm series.
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Erato doubles down on true wireless in-ear headphones

Following up on its solid Apollo 7 in-ears, Erato Audio is releasing two more pairs of true wireless earphones: the new Muse 5 and Rio 3.

Doppler Labs’ supersmart wireless earbuds will be available internationally

Doppler Labs calls its Here One earphones the world’s first in-ear computer, and now the company has announced that they will soon ship in 33 countries.
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Can Tidal stay afloat? Streaming service reportedly owes big bucks

Tidal might be gaining subscribers, but that doesn’t mean the it's doing well: It reportedly lost $28 million in 2015 and has more than 100 unpaid bills.
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Yamaha amps up its MusicCast offerings with new speakers, amplifiers, sound bar

Yamaha has already announced a ton of MusicCast wireless multiroom A/V gear this year and now most of it is available for purchase.
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TiVo unleashes its biggest, baddest DVR yet with the new 4K Bolt+

When we reviewed the TiVo Bolt in 2015, we called it the company's best yet, but now its successor has been announced, and it looks pretty impressive.
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Onkyo unveils its CEDIA 2016 lineup, including wireless multiroom speaker

Onkyo has unveiled its lineup for CEDIA 2016, including a handful of A/V receivers and the debut of its new NCP-302 wireless multiroom speaker.
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Denon’s newest wired in-ear headphones are designed for audiophiles on the go

Other companies may be scrambling to clip the wires from their headphones, but Denon is taking a different route with its new audiophile-grade in-ears.
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Astell & Kern’s XB10 lets you use your high-end wired headphones wirelessly

Astell & Kern's new XB10 headphone amp lets you use your wired headphones over Bluetooth in high quality, thanks to the aptX HD connection.
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It's a big day for Sling TV users, with new channels, brand-new Windows 10 app

Sling TV users are in for a treat, as the streaming service is adding a handful of new networks and a new Windows 10 app to complement its existing app.