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Pulse by Sengled LED light bulb offers lighting and music in any room

A company called Sengled has unveiled an interesting new LED light bulb called the Pulse. The bulb will fit into most light sockets and provides green LED lighting good for thousands and thousands of hours. Pulse also has another cool feature; it allows you to stream music to an internal speaker.

 

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That means you can add energy efficient lighting to any room and wireless audio capability at the same time. Bluetooth is used to synchronize the Pulse bulb to your smartphone or tablet for streaming music. JBL multi channel speakers are used inside the bulb for high quality sound.

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Airbulb Color hits Kickstarter, plays music and changes color

An interesting LED light bulb has hit Kickstarter called the Airbulb Color. As you can probably gather from the name, the bulb can change colors to suit your mood and you control it from an app on your smartphone.

 

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The bulb has three white LEDs and three RGB LEDs inside. The colored lights aren't the big features of the Airbulb Color, the big features is an integrated wireless speaker. With the wireless speaker built-in and the RGB LEDs, the light can strobe disco style in time to your music or you can pick the color for mood lighting.

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Sonos adds Google Play music streaming to its remote speaker systems

Streaming a variety of music to your Sonos wireless speaker system has just gotten much easier thanks to the company integrating Google Play Music into its list of streaming music providers. The integration into the Sonos controller app ushers in a new music streaming era, as this allows millions of Google Play Music subscribers to now stream their own music as well as music they have purchased over the service.

 

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"As we continue to invest in the way you experience and control your music at home, curating and managing an array of services cross multiple rooms, the benefits of playing your music to Sonos directly from these very services is clear. In Google Play Music, we've found a great partner to bring this vision to life for the first time on a global scale. Together, we've created a music experience that shows how media, devices, and sound can seamlessly work together in the home," sonos said in a blog post.

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Sony 9.1ch digital surround wireless headphones debut

Sony has announced a new set of headphones called the MDR-HW700DS digital surround wireless headphones. The headphones use Virtualphones technology to reproduce the soundstage of a multichannel speaker system. A 9.1 channel system adds a pair of surround back speakers and a pair of front high speakers to the normal 5.1 set up.

 

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The headphones don't actually have nine speakers inside. The wireless connectivity doesn't come at the detriment of sound quality. Sony uses HDMI connectivity for the headphones offering uncompressed audio transmission. Dual wireless bands are supported with 2.4GHz and 5 GHz.

 

Three different modes allow the user to choose the best mode for what they are doing. Those modes include Cinema, Game, and voice settings. Sony uses pressure-relieving luxury ear cushions for the headphones to make them more comfortable during extended use.

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Pyle Audio Street Blaster has guitar input and 1000W of power

If you are old enough to remember the 80's, you will recall the giant boom box radios that people carried around to listen too. Those things ate more D-cell batteries than a decent family could afford. Pyle Audio has announced the launch of a new product called the Street Blaster that is a modern interpretation of a boom box from the 80's.

 

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You don't get dual cassette decks in this thing. What you do get is Bluetooth, a guitar input, NFC tech, a rechargeable battery, and a 1000W amp. Pyle doesn't say how large the battery is, but I have to wonder with that much power and wireless features just how long the battery will last.

 

If you have a device that doesn't support playback via Bluetooth, the Street Blaster does have a 3.5mm input. It also has a microphone input as well. I would assume that to mean you can hook a mic to it and use it like a PA system.

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Pyle Rocket Torch Bluetooth speaker is a flashlight and more

There are a number of Bluetooth speakers on the market today and most of them are very similar. Pyle Audio has unveiled a new one that is quite different from the other Bluetooth speakers on the market and is able to perform multiple functions. In fact, the rocket torch can perform five different functions.

 

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The device has a built-in flashlight, a Bluetooth speaker, can be used as a speakerphone, features an FM tuner, and has a memory card slot. The memory card slot lets the device play music without using the battery on your smartphone or tablet.

 

Pyle offers the rocket torch in five colors. If you have a device that lacks Bluetooth capability, an aux-in port lets you hook your device up via a 3.5mm input. You can take the Rocket Torch with you to places where it is likely to get wet. It is splash proof and water resistant. The Rocket Torch is available now in orange green, red, blue, and black for $44.99.

BlueAnt Pump wireless headphones target active users

BlueAnt is a company that has been making Bluetooth headsets for mobile phone users for a long time. The company has announced its latest product called the BlueAnt Pump. The new headset is aimed at active users that like music while they workout.

 

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The headphones promise clearer audio and they are IP67 waterproof rated. That means they can be rinsed under the faucet after a workout and won't break. BlueAnt says that it developed the Pump headset with cooperation from extreme athletes.

 

BlueAnt says that the headphones will deliver deep bass and clear high and mid-range sounds. The headphones also support wireless phone calls and have easy to reach and use controls on the ear piece. The drivers inside the headphones are 12.5mm units and they have mylar composite diaphragms.

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Soundwall speaker looks like art and supports AirPlay

Many people out there spend a lot of time trying to make their tech in the home hide when not in use. There are all sorts of systems out there for hiding TVs behind mirrors and artwork for instance. Typically, if you want to hide speakers you can embed them inside a wall or ceiling or just hide them behind furniture.

 

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A company called Soundwall has a speaker system that hides in plain sight as a piece of art on the wall. The Soundwall speaker system uses a distributed mode speaker that hides a Raspberry Pi controller inside and supports Apple AirPlay and UPnP.

 

The artwork the speaker features is customizable and applied to a special foam core material that promises high quality sound. Soundwall uses Wi-Fi connectivity to content to streaming music sources. Multiple Soundwall speakers can be used in one location.

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This is Neal Young's music player, looks like failed iPod prototype

With celebrities like Dr. Dre making bank on streaming music ventures and audio hardware its no secret why Neal Young wants to get in on the action. Today Young unveiled his company's first music player, the Pono. The music player looks similar to the iPods of the 2000's until you step back and look at it from another angle, where you realize that it is actually triangular in form.

 

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The player is designed to work exclusively with Young's high-end, high-quality streaming service PonoMusic, and features 128GB of internal flash storage that allows users to store up to 500 high bit-rate albums. The device appears quite simple to use with just 3 buttons, and a simple low-resolution LCD screen. Accompanying the high bit-rate audio is high-quality internal amplifier circuitry designed to deliver the cleanest audio possible.

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Braven BRV-X ultra-rugged wireless outdoor speaker debuts

Like many things today, not all outdoor speakers are created equal. You can take any wireless speaker outside, but whether or not it will survive dust, tumbles, or water depends on how rugged the device is. Braven has unveiled a new portable speaker that is called the BRV-X.

 

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This ultra-rugged speaker can be used inside and out and has the ability to be paired wirelessly with a second unit for stereo sound. The speaker is rugged enough to survive, rain, drops, and other trials that it will see in the outdoors.

 

Sound comes from custom HD drivers and an omni-directional bass radiator. Braven fits the speaker with an indoor or outdoor switch to change the music to suit the environment. The BRV-X is IPX5 water-resistant and has a USB port for charging devices like smartphones and more.

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