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Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 15, 2018  |  0 comments
CES is a crazy, hectic week of running around from press conference to manufacturer’s booths, meetings and deadlines. When Audio-Technica offered demos of their new ATH-ANC700BT QuietPoint noise-cancelling headphones along with a 15-minute professional massage, it was an irresistible treat, and the perfect way to wrap up the show.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 12, 2018  |  0 comments
How much does it suck to spend half your workout trying to untangle your headphone cables before you can start to listen to your music? A lot, right? Wraps Wristband headphones and cables never tangle because you carry them wrapped around your wrist instead of stuffed in your bag or briefcase.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 12, 2018  |  0 comments
Relative newcomer to the headphone industry (but old-timer in the mic business), Blue is shaking things up with a different way of dealing with noise cancelling sounds. While most headphones use a single driver, Blue’s wireless, over-ear Satellite uses a separate driver specifically for the sounds used to cancel out noise. Different, right?

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 12, 2018  |  0 comments
It’s all well and good to have smart speakers throughout the home, but it makes a lot more sense to have one right next to your bed. The iHome iGV1 is a bedside clock with Google Assistant, ready to wake you up with all the information you need to start your day.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 11, 2018  |  0 comments
The problem with many portable speakers is that, well, they’re just not very portable. The X2 speakers from Kempler & Strauss are so small and portable that while they might be able to go anywhere, they’re so small they might get lost.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 11, 2018  |  0 comments
Bang & Olufsen had a small, intimate showing of their latest ideas, projects and products at CES.  A new seasonal color palette and hints about Google Assistant and other voice assistant products were showcased, but right here, right now are the new H8i and H9i headphones.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 11, 2018  |  0 comments
Sennheiser has always been known for exceptional sound quality in their headphone lineup, and now they’re expanding into new territory with the new over-ear HD 820 with a closed-back design.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 10, 2018  |  0 comments
While many companies are producing smart speakers with added features such as built-in video screens, Onkyo is flipping the script and adding a camera and home monitoring features into the VC-FLX ($280).

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 10, 2018  |  0 comments
While Alexa got her start in a speaker tower built by a company with little experience in speaker design, now she’s really getting to shine in a smart speaker from Pioneer’s Elite product designers.

 

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 10, 2018  |  0 comments
Cleer’s motto “Be In the Moment” couldn’t be more apparent with a new product lineup that takes advantage of many new technologies emerging lately, including voice activation, heart rate monitors, and ruggedness for today’s active lifestyles. The 2018 lineup includes a series of new headphones, a smart speaker, and a VR headset.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  0 comments
Monster doesn’t really have a stake in the automotive field, unless you take into account Noel Lee’s lineup of custom car builds, including a Bentley, Lamborghini and Ferrari show car. However, with a new collaboration with Volkswagen, the Concept R could become a Monster first: a true production vehicle.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  0 comments
With so many companies making big announcements, Shure is going low-key with an announcement about a new line of detachable cable options for their wireless earphones. It doesn’t seem like much to get excited about, but it actually is.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  0 comments
House of Marley is known for using or reusing products that support sustainability while also functioning practically and performing up to a level that would make Bob Marley proud. The new No Bounds XL speaker ($149) uses an array of sustainable materials throughout to create a buoyant and impact-resistant speaker that’s begging to get outdoors.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  0 comments
While you might think Anker is only known for making oddly luxurious battery power banks, they’re venturing into the audio world in a big way by joining with Dolby to create the Zolo Model Zero, a new smart speaker with Google Assistant.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 08, 2018  |  0 comments
CES 2018 kicked off this morning with the always entertaining, always optimistic Monster Press Conference hosted by head Monster Noel Lee, who launched the company's 39th year in the industry with the motto "Takeover 2018." Along with an array of new speakers and headphones, Monster announced a variety of new products that will capitalize on the popularity of smart speakers and headphones with MonsterTalk, powered by Speak Music’s Melody voice service.

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