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IFA 2019: Huawei’s Other Big IFA Reveal is an Airpod Clone

So aside from the reveal of the Kirin 990, what else does Huawei have in store for us this year? Well it's not the Mate 30 series - - that gets its own launch at the end of the month--its a pair of wireless earbuds that look very much like Apple's Airpods. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: TCL’s New Soundbar Uses Acoustic Tricks to Bring You Cheap Dolby Atmos

There’s a common problem with soundbars. They only sound as big as they are, and soundbars, by design, are compact systems. TCL wants to solve this problem with a new acoustic solution that can blast sound all around your living room thanks to some slick curves and Dolby Atmos technology. It’s a wacky idea, and it in my brief experience, it works. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: Nokia Has New Wireless Earbuds and a Dirt-Cheap Feature Phone

Nokia may not be your first choice when you think of a popular phone brand, but there are still plenty of people who like what they do - and the variety of products they offer. Nokia is all about catering to the masses, and two extra products, just announced at IFA, intend to do just that. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: TCL’s New Flagship, the Plex, Has Bluetooth Audio Sharing, Insists it’s Better Than Apple’s

Earlier this year Apple let it slip that iOS 13 was coming with a very useful feature: audio sharing. Or, in other more descriptive terms, the ability to share a device's audio to more than one set of headphones. Now TCL has announced that it's also bringing this feature to its phones, and that it'll be much better than what Apple has to offer when iOS 13 finally launches. Read More >>

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Sonos Introduces its First Portable Speaker Built for the Outdoors

Sonos wants us all to get a bit more fresh air as it introduces the Sonos Move, the first battery-powered Sonos speaker built for the outdoors, shown off at its event in NYC last month. As well as the Move, the event also gave a first look at other new products coming out of Sonos later this year. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: Amazon is Also Bringing the Fire TV Cube and a Fire TV-Powered Soundbar to the UK

It turns out that announcing the Fire TV Edition 4K TVs are coming to the UK wasn't the only bit of news Amazon had up its sleeve. It turns out the Fire TV Cube and a Fire TV-powered soundbar are also coming to the UK next month. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: Bang & Olufsen’s First Soundbar is a Feast For the Eyes

Bang & Olufsen has announced its first soundbar, the Beosound Stage, in the lead up to IFA. Read More >>

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Sonos’ New Bluetooth Speaker Leaks – Again

Say what you want about Sonos, the wireless speaker maker can’t keep its shit under wraps. The latest leak is its first-ever Bluetooth speaker. News of the device’s existence came earlier this month, but now there’s even more details and a name: the Sonos Move. Read More >>

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Finally, A Proper AirPods Competitor

The first time I picked up the Jaybird Vista truly wireless earbuds, a thought started looping through my head: These things are impossibly tiny and light. Even the case is pocket-sized. The sheer portability reminded me of AirPods, but there’s an essential distinction. The new Jaybird earbuds are practically bombproof. You can get them wet or bury them in dirt, and they’ll keep working. Functionally, the Vistas are probably the best fitness-focused earbuds I’ve tested. And did I mention—they’re so light! Read More >>

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Sennheiser’s £2,200 Soundbar Makes Me Want to Cry

Sennheiser has spent years teasing its first-ever home audio product: the Ambeo soundbar. This hulking all-in-one home audio system is designed to deliver surround sound without the need for satellite speakers or extra wires. Well, we’ve spent the past few weeks testing out the £2,200 device, and it certainly is an exciting piece of hardware. But it’s also exasperating. Read More >>

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Ikea’s £100 Sonos Speaker Breaks the Mold

Very soon, millions of people will be able to walk into an Ikea store and buy a Sonos speaker for £100. There’s a more expensive speaker-lamp combo, too, but the idea is simple: Ikea wants to sell you affordable smart home goods that fit into Ikea furniture and work impressively well right out of the box. For a lot of people, this must be an alluring proposition. And I have to admit, the new speakers aren’t bad. Read More >>

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Sony’s New Wireless Earbuds Put Surprisingly Good Noise Cancelling in your Pocket

Sony has been trying to crack a tough nut for the past couple of years. The company wants to translate the tremendous success it’s had making over-ear noise-cancelling headphones and shrink the technology down to something you can put in your pocket. The new £220 WF-1000XM3 represent its latest attempt at miniaturising its excellent noise-cancelling technology. They also represent some impressive progress, and the result is a terrific set of earbuds unlike anything else on the market. Read More >>

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Bose Is Back

Bose just released an important update to its popular line of wireless noise-cancelling headphones. They are different. They’re weirdly stylish. Most importantly, they’re good. Also expensive. Read More >>

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Sony’s New Truly Wireless Noise-Cancelling Earbuds Feel Like a Fancy Step Forward

Sony showed up early to the truly wireless noise-cancelling party in 2017, and now the company has an exciting new update: the WF-1000XM3 truly wireless earbuds. They cost $230 (~£180, UK price TBA) and look like some silly mini version of the company’s popular WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones. That’s kind of the point, too. Apple’s AirPods have no noise-cancelling and the excellent Jabra Elite 65t only have noise reduction. Excellent noise-cancelling earbuds could be a big deal. Read More >>