Logitech has now expanded its portfolio with two new speakers called Ultimate Ears Blast and Ultimate Ears Megablast. The new speakers are very similar to the existing Boom 2 and Megaboom in terms of design, but they both come with Amazon's voice assistant Alexa.
Sonos has a new wireless speaker, the One. It'll ship with Alexa support and it's going to receive AirPlay 2 support next year. This is the first speaker from the company to feature built-in voice control. Google Assistant will join Alexa on the product next year.
Support for Dolby Atmos audio will be added to the Apple TV 4K. Lack of support for that standard, which is quite important for an optimal home theater setup, has modestly infringed upon early reviews of the new streaming device. Apple has confirmed support will arrive.
Bose's upcoming Quiet Comfort 35 II headphones are reportedly going to come with digital assistant features thanks to the integration of Google Assistant. Those headphones were recently leaked by Bose, revealing the existence of an action button for Assistant.
Apple has quietly launched a new in-ear headphone model through its Beats division. The urBeats 3 earphones weren't mentioned at all during Apple's big event on Tuesday, but now they've appeared on the company's site for $100 in matte silver, matte gold, and black.
A new Beats wireless headphones model has launched, providing consumers with an updated version of the Apple subsidiary's Studio Wireless over-ear headphones. This model, the Beats Studio 3 Wireless, come with a W1 chip, just like Apple's wireless AirPods.
At IFA, Harman revealed some additional smart speaker models, helping it cover the majority of the available digital assistants. It's coming out with speakers running Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa. The new JBL Link models are in addition to an existing Cortana model.
Fitbit unveiled some new devices on Monday, one of which is a pair of headphones, marking its first venture in the audio industry. The company's Flyer headphones are wireless, using Bluetooth to connect to your devices. They're intended for fitness-focused users.
Netflix is slowly adding support for Dolby Atmos sound to its lineup, starting with a limited range of devices and only one piece of original content. It'll then add the feature to more devices and content "over time." The first movie to receive Atmos is Okja, a recent film.
It is obvious that Nintendo did a great job with the latest gaming console as early numbers make it the fastest selling console from Nintendo in the US, Europe and other markets. The exact numbers are not yet familiar, but it is believed that the Switch may pass Wii in terms of
Sonos has a new home theater speaker, the Playbase, that your TV will sit on. The Playbase is intended for consumers who haven't wall-mounted their television. If you're currently just using a stand, it's a good alternative to the Playbar. It has a price tag of $700.
Apple subsidiary Beats Electronics will release its BeatsX headphones on February 10. They'll be available for $150 from Apple.com and authorized resellers in white and black. Additional colors, grey and blue, will be available soon. The BeatsX are wireless.
Music streaming service Tidal has introduced a feature called "Track Edit" that lets users edit any song in the service's library. Your editing options are limited, but the mobile app lets you adjust the tempo up to 16% and fade the song in or out by 10 seconds.
The next Google Chrome release (version 56) will come with support for FLAC lossless audio. Beta testers already have access to the feature. Support for the audio file format will please audiophiles, though it won't necessarily make much of a difference for most users.
Tidal now offers an even higher level of quality for some of its music. HiFi users can access Master quality recordings, which will surpass the FLAC streams users have had. Audio will typically be 96 kHz/24 bit, up from the existing 44.1 kHz/16 bit CD-quality streams.
Samsung is reportedly going to launch new wireless in-ear headphones at the same time as the Galaxy S8. The earbuds may be a successor to the IconX, according to a report from SamMobile. If the S8 does indeed lack a 3.5 mm headphone jack, launching the earbuds makes sense.
Some users have reported an audio distortion problem with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL that becomes apparent at high volumes. A Reddit user demonstrated the issue in a YouTube video with both the Pixel and Pixel XL. Other users have replicated the problem.
Sony is coming out with a new pair of high-end wireless headphones for its PS4 console. The newly introduced Platinum Wireless Headset supports 7.1 virtual surround sound and offers noise cancelling. It'll be out on January 17. The headset comes with 3D audio support.
Apple finally released its AirPods on Tuesday, but they quickly sold out online. Most consumers won't be able to receive the wireless earbuds by the holidays now that they're set to ship in over four weeks when ordering online. They're also available from physical stores.
Neil Young's Pono startup is developing an adaptive music streaming service. It'll offer a higher maximum quality than other services at 192 kHz, 24-bit and it'll also automatically adjust the quality based on your available bandwidth. It can drop to lower qualities.