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Monster Headphones Get Voice Control

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Monster Headphones Get Voice Control

Monster joins forces with Speak Music to presents its first voice-powered headphones-- versions of the Elements, Clarity HD and iSport Freedom V2 Bluetooth headphones making part of the MonsterTalk sub-brand.

The headphones allow users to tell their headphones what music to play and ask for a particular song, genre, artist or playlist, providing a "truly hands-free listening and control experience." One can also use voice to access streaming services such as iHeartRadio, Spotify and Tidal, as well as NPR news briefs and iTunes local music.

Providing such functionality is Melody, a companion app promising a seamless listening and control experience across multiple music platform. The Melody service does need a wifi connection, instead using cellular data. To get started, users need to download the free Melody app, follow the on-screen tutorial and pair the Monster headphones with the app via Bluetooth.

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Rapid Growth for DAB Radios

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Rapid Growth for DAB Radios

According to GfK, H1 2017 sees "rapid" growth in DAB+ receiver sales across Europe, in good part driven by the Norwegian switchover from FM to DAB+, as well as the development of digital radio markets across the continent.

The research covers Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, The Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. It shows sales ae up by 30% Y-o-Y for H2 2017, reaching 1.1 million audio home systems, tuners, receivers, clock radios, portable radios, radio recorders and aftermarket car radios.

As mentioned earlier, Norway was a key sales drivers-- the country sees H1 2017 sales grow by 192% Y-o-Y. Digital Radio Norway says overall sales total 4.1m, and 78% of Norwegian households own one or more DAB+ sets.

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Alexa Arrives on Ultimate Ears Speakers

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Alexa Arrives on Ultimate Ears Speakers

Two more speakers get integration with the Amazon voice-controlled assistant-- the Ultimate Ears Boom 2 and Megaboom speakers, at least when paired with the Android version of the companion app.

To summon Alexa, users simply need to press the Bluetooth button and issue a voice command with anything Alexa is capable of doing. However, it does involve some limitations. First off, as mentioned earlier it is only available on the Android app, specifically through the exclusive "Just Tap and Ask" feature.

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Tivoli Celebrates Summer With Transparent PAL BT

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Tivoli Celebrates Summer With Transparent PAL BT

Tivoli presents a more summer-y version of the PAL BT Bluetooth speaker-- the PAL BT GLO, a transparent version complete with an internal LED, making it ideal for nighttime parties.

The LED is complete with adjustable brightness level, allowing it to serve as a campfire, candle or full moon substitute. Otherwise the speaker is identical to the non-transparent version, being able to play both AM/FM radio stations and music from any Bluetooth-enabled device.

Power comes from a rechargeable battery Tivoli says lasts for up to 10 hours.

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Balmain Presents Special Edition Beats

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Balmain Presents Special Edition Beats

Apple teams up with French fashion label Balmain for a pair of special edition Beats headsets-- namely the Powerbeats 3 wireless headphones and Studio over-ear wireless headphones.

The two special edition headphones feature a Safari colour with metallic gold accents and Balmain labeling. Also included with the headphones is a matching suede case complete with Balmain plaque and coin zipper pull.

"The Beats/Balmain collection delivers premium sound and exquisite design reflective of Balmain's iconic style," the company says. "The Beats Studio Wireless headphones are finished in Safari color with metallic gold accents to represent Olivier Rousteing's dreamlike vision of an urban safari."

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Smart Speakers, Crime Stopper?

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Smart Speakers, Crime Stopper?

Smart speakers might be able to do more than mere voice-based home control-- ABC News reports an alleged assault could have turned ugly if a smart home device did not inadvertently call the police.

The incident happened in a town outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where one Eduardo Barros was house-sitting a home with his girlfriend and daughter. According to the police, the couple got into an argument that got physical. At one point, Barros threatened to kill his girlfriend with a firearm, asking her "did you call the sheriffs?" An unspecified smart speaker connected to the house surround system picked up the message, recognised it as "call the sheriffs," and proceeded to do exactly that.

Thus, following the spot of Minority Report-style crime prevention, the police arrived at the scene. The girlfriend and daughter were saved, and crisis negotiation and SWAT teams managed to take Barros into custody after an "hours-long stand-off."

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Porsche Design Builds Speaker in 911 Exhaust Port

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Porsche Design Builds Speaker in 911 Exhaust Port

Porsche Design presents a wireless speaker ideal for aficionados of all things Porsche-- the 911 Speaker, a Bluetooth-enabled device built within the exhaust port of the Porsche 911 GT3.

The Porsche 911 GT3 features a distinctive pair of exhaust ports wrapped in a rounded, trapezoidal housing. As one might expect, the 911 Speaker features the same aesthetic, only the exhaust ports push the audio of the user's choice, instead of the roar of an H-6 engine.

It offers 60W output and 24 hours of battery life, together with aptX Bluetooth support and construction in "Porsche-grade" aluminium. Customers can also pair two 911 Speakers to create a stereo setup, or use them in Party mode with the speakers playing the same music in separate rooms.

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The Next Smart Speaker Maker: Samsung

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The Next Smart Speaker Maker: Samsung

A perhaps obvious name is throwing the gauntlet in the smart speaker arena, the Wall Street Journal reports-- Samsung is working on an Amazon Echo rival powered by its digital assistant, Bixby.

Codenamed "Vega," the project is hampered by Bixby itself. After all, Samsung is still working on an English language version of the assistant. In fact, while Samsung used Bixby as a Galaxy S8 selling point, the flagship smartphone had to launch without support for English voice commands.

Currently an English language version of Bixby is available in preview form, but the WSJ says a full release is "unlikely before the second half of July."

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Riva Audio Ships WAND Wireless Speakers

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Riva Audio Ships WAND Wireless Speakers

Riva Audio announces the release of WAND (Wireless Audio Network Design), a wireless speaker series the company says allows customers to play audio inside or outside the house wirelessly, from either a network or online source.

First announced back at CEDIA 2016, WAND speakers come in either compact Arena or full-range Festival flavours. All feature the company's Trillium technology, using DSP to take an incoming stereo signal and output it in 3 channels to an array of drivers on the front and side, creating a wide stereo image from a single box. The speakers can handle high-resolution audio, and can stream content from Spotify Connect, built-in Chromecast and Google Home.

Inside the Arena are 3 full-range custom ADX drivers with 3 passive radiators to produce up to 101dB. Meanwhile the Festival speaker incorporates an interior MDF cabinet to reduce vibrations and colorations. Inside are 6 custom ADX woofers and tweeters paired with 4 passive radiators for up to 106dB of output without dynamic range compression. Bass plays down to 38Hz.

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B&O Play Debuts Beoplay E4 Earbuds

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B&O Play Debuts Beoplay E4 Earbuds

Bang & Olufsen's Play division announces a pair of active noise-canceling earbuds-- the Beoplay E4, an upgrade on the previous H3 ANC (active noise-canceling model) featuring a smaller battery pack.

The E4 retain most features from the H3 earbuds, such as the f20-16000Hz frequency range, 10.8mm electrodynamic drivers, 20 hour battery life and connectivity via 3.5mm jack and micro USB. What sees improvement is the battery pack, as the thick disk from the H3 is replaced with a slim rectangle complete with more tactile polymer surface.

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Yamaha Claims First Soundbar With DTS Virtual:X

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Yamaha Claims First Soundbar With DTS Virtual:X

Yamaha claims the YAS-207 is the first soundbar to feature DTS Virtual:X, the technology designed to provide an immersive sound experience without need for rear surround and height speakers.

DTS Virtual:X supports any input source from stereo to 7.1.4 (11 channels) and is optimised to work with all DTS codecs, including DTS:X.

A successor to the YAS-203 soundbar, the YAS-207 features a new design with a thinner profile, making it ideal for placing in front of TVs without blocking the screen image. It can also be wall-mounted through built-in keyholes, while the companion wireless subwoofer is a compact number with a vertical rectangular shape allowing for flexible placement options.

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