Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg covers high-end audio news and reviews.
We've selected five standout products that represent some of the best values in the home audio arena
Bose says Beats' Studio and Studio Wireless headphones, soon to be owned by Apple, copy five of its patents.
With Bose creating the new SoundTrue brand for its OE2 and AE2 lines, you can get discounts on "old" models that look and sound the same.
While not exactly new, the company has introduced new versions of its on-ear, around-the-ear, and in-ear models under its new SoundTrue and Freestyle brands.
Despite some downsides, including a high price tag, the Bose QuietComfort 20 offers the best noise cancellation in an in-ear headphone and should tempt frequent travelers looking for a more compact alternative to full-size noise-canceling headphones, such as the Bose QuietComfort 15.
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.
Despite some downsides, including a high price tag, the Bose QuietComfort 20 offers the best noise-cancelling in an in-ear headphone.
The Bose SoundTouch Controller is a $99 wall-mountable remote for Bose's wireless audio systems -- but it can control only one unit at a time.
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The $200 SRS-X5 delivers excellent sound in a relatively small package and competes directly with the top-selling Bose SoundLink Mini.
Bose's AE2w may be a little funky looking and expensive, but it's very comfortable and sounds good.
The Bose SoundTouch 20 is a likeable streaming speaker with capable performance, but it needs a few more streaming services