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Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg covers high-end audio news and reviews.

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Best speakers of 2014

CNET's favorite speakers, including sound bars, Bluetooth speakers, and full surround sound systems.

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Sony SRS-X3 Bluetooth Speaker

With comparably good sound for its size and the addition of speakerphone features, the Sony SRS-X3 mini Bluetooth speaker measures up well against the pricier Bose SoundLink Mini.

2 August 2014

4 stars Editors' rating 2 August 2014

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Sony SRS-X5

While it doesn't play as loud when it's on battery power, the Sony SRS-X5 holds its own against the top Bluetooth speakers in its size and price class.

18 June 2014

4 stars Editors' rating 18 June 2014

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Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III

Though it remains somewhat pricey, the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III is a superlative portable wireless loudspeaker, improving on its already impressive predecessor.

19 February 2014

4 stars Editors' rating 19 February 2014

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Stream Wireless Home Audio System

The Stream Wireless Home Audio System from Voxx lets you set up zones and control playlists from your computer or iOS device.

8 January 2013

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Bose QuietComfort 20

Despite some downsides, including a high price, the Bose QuietComfort 20 offers the best noise-canceling in an in-ear headphone and should tempt frequent travelers looking for a more compact alternative to a full-size NC headphone, such as the Bose QuietComfort 15.

1 November 2013

4 stars Editors' rating 1 November 2013

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Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker

While it's fairly expensive at $200, the Bose SoundLink Mini is one of few standout products in the ultracompact wireless speaker category, featuring a top-notch design and very good sound for its tiny size.

16 July 2013

4 stars Editors' rating 16 July 2013

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Bose AE2w Bluetooth headphones

Despite a few question marks and a high price, the AE2w headphones are a very good-sounding Bluetooth pair that's lightweight and very comfortable to wear.

3 July 2013

4 stars Editors' rating 3 July 2013

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Monoprice Noise Canceling Headphone

Monoprice's Noise Canceling Headphones are about 70 percent as good as the Bose QC15s for a little more than a third of the price.

6 April 2013

3.5 stars Editors' rating 6 April 2013

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Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear: A classic headphone gets a cosmetic upgrade

Bose well-liked Around-Ear headphone has a new name and new colors, but not much else has changed.

By 9 August 2014

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Bose Solo

Although its sonic talents are comparatively modest, the Bose Solo is an exceedingly handsome and easy-to-use sound bar.

29 November 2012

3.5 stars Editors' rating 29 November 2012

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