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A Wrensilva Record Console to Stream to Sonos

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A Wrensilva Record Console to Stream to Sonos

Wrensilva announces a smaller and lighter take on the record console-- the Loft, a console built out of N. American walnut able to stream records directly to Sonos speaker systems.

The Loft features modern internals inside retro stylings, with an OA2 precision Gimbal tonearm and Ortofon 2m Red cartridge paired with a 300W per channel Bang & Olufsen ICEpower classD amplifier. The turntable is fully decoupled belt-driven, while wifi connectivity allows one to push whatever vinyl is being played to a whole-home Sonos system.

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Tivoli Intros Model One Digital

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Tivoli Intros Model One Digital

Tivoli presents the Model One Digital-- a speaker featuring modern features, such as Bluetooth connectivity, streaming service access and a colour display, inside a retro-style design.

An update on the company's Model One FM radio, the Model One Digital connects to audio services including FM, DAB, wifi, Bluetooth and Spotify Connect. A companion Tivoli Wireless app allows mobile device control and pairing with other ART Tivoli speakers to create stereo pairs, wireless hi-fi systems or multi-room audio experiences.

The cabinet is in "furniture-grade" wood (with walnut, black or white finishes) and the speaker grill is covered with Gabriel fabric.

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Sonos Presents the Playbase

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Sonos Presents the Playbase

Sonos confirms a long-running rumour with the announcement of the Playbase, an all-in-one wireless speaker designed to sit under TVs.

Described by the company as "equal parts TV speaker and music speaker," the Playbase carries 10 drivers (6 midrange, 3 tweeters, 1 woofer) and 10 digital amps inside a 58mm thick. It can operate as either a standalone audio device or pair with other Sonos products for surround sound and bass, and includes one digital audio input.

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The First Nuvo Tabletop Speaker

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The First Nuvo Tabletop Speaker

ISE 2017 hosts the launch of the Nuvo P400-- a first tabletop speaker for the Nuvo Player, the Legrand whole home audio system, promising access to audio from connected devices and streaming services.

The P400 is a compact 2.1 system powered by a 5.25-inch woofer, two midrange drivers and two tweeters. It carries built-in wifi, an amplifier and speakeras, and connects to a variety of streaming services including Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Napster and Deezer. Control options include Nuvo Play in-wall keypads, the Nuvo Player iOS/Android app or top-mounted back-lit controls.

Connectivity comes through either wifi (802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 or 5GHz) or ethernet, and it also features TOSLINK and analog line inputs for connection to an in-room audio source.

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Pioneer Intros Rayz Lightning Earphones

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Pioneer Intros Rayz Lightning Earphones

Pioneer announces the Rayz and Rayz Plus-- a pair of Lightning-equipped earphones the company claims "deliver completely new experiences not possible through the 3.5mm headphone jack."

The Rayz Plus model features a Lightning port, allowing customers to charge their phone while listening to music. The regular Rayz model does not carry a Lightning port, but like the plus it uses Avnera LightX technology to "operate in modes that use the lowest power possible" from an iDevice.

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B&O Intros Beoplay H4 Headphones

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B&O Intros Beoplay H4 Headphones

Bang & Olufsen announces the Beoplay H4-- a pair of over-the-ear wireless headphones featuring a "focus on pure essentials," as well as the same 40mm drivers from the previous H7 cans.

The H4 headphones are built with a duotone aluminium-and-stainless steel skeleton wrapped in lambskin leather and memory foam ear pads, and promise up to 19 hours of use on a single charge. A detachable 3.5mm cable is included, while control comes through physical volume and playback buttons (as opposed to the touch surface found in the H7).

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BeatsX Earbuds to Ship Soon?

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BeatsX Earbuds to Ship Soon?

According to online store monitor iStockNow the long delayed BeatsX earbuds might start shipping soon-- online Apple Stores appear "all ready for the BeatsX launch."

The Apple store page currently states the BeatsX are "coming February." iStockNow also cites "some activity" on the Best Buy US online store, which lists the earbuds as "coming soon."

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The Lovable Turntable Concept

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The Lovable Turntable Concept

Designer Yves Béhar brings about an unusual concept for the turntable-- the Love is, essentially, an oversized, spinning tonearm packing all the hardware making a traditional vinyl player.

Described as "the first intelligent turntable," the Love uses Bluetooth and wifi to connect with smartphones and speakers. Music playback involves putting a record on top of a base (two are included) before putting the Love over the record. The device "scans" the vinyl to obtain song information and the number of tracks, before playing it via standard stylus on the bottom.

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Bragi Ships The Headphone Wireless Earbuds

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Bragi Ships The Headphone Wireless Earbuds

Following unfortunate Christmas season delays Bragi starts shipping its Apple AirPods rival, the Headphone-- a set of wireless earbuds one can describe as stripped down version of Bragi's previous Dash earbuds.

First revealed back in September 2016, the Headphone earbuds are similar to the Dash, with a similar size, overall design and basic function. However they lack the fitness tracking, built-in storage features and touch-sensitive control features. The result? Lower cost wireless earbuds promising 6 hours of battery life for audio playback (double that of the Dash) and 250 hours of standby time.

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The Onkyo VC-FLX1: An Audiophile-Grade Smart Speaker?

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The Onkyo VC-FLX1: An Audiophile-Grade Smart Speaker?

Onkyo claims the VC-FLX1 is one of the first assistant-equipped speakers to offer high quality audio playback together with the cloud-powered smarts of Amazon's Alexa.

To power such audio the speaker carries a proprietary full-range speaker driver. To further add "tremendous functionality and value," it also includes a built-in webcam and a temperature, motion and humidity sensor, allowing customers to monitor the surroundings.

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LG Presents Wearable Tone Studio

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LG Presents Wearable Tone Studio

LG reveals an unusual hybrid of speaker and headphones at CES 2017-- the Tone Studio and Free are a horseshoe-shaped devices the company says can deliver "amazing" surround sound when worn around the neck.

Described as a "personal wearable speaker," the Tone Studio carries 2 full range speakers on the top and 2 vibrating speakers in the bottom. It also features, DTS technology for "realistic theatre-like sound," a DAC for enhanced audio output and a Dual Play mode allowing users to pair two Tone Studio units and share the sound from a movie or playlist.

Customers wanting a more traditional audio product from LG also get an option at CES-- the Tone Free includes wireless earbuds one can charge by storing inside the neckband. As well as taking care of storage and charging the neckband also vibrates to alert users of calls and text messages, while built-in speakers and microphone turn it into a hands-free headset. Only one worn around the neck.

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