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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.

August 1, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating August 1, 2014
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Scout by Telenav

Scout offers a better feature set, including excellent help for daily commuters, than either Google Maps or Apple Maps, with similarly good route guidance.

July 7, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating July 7, 2014

Pricing not available

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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.

June 17, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating June 17, 2014
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Scout Home Security System

Scout is a customizable home security system similar to SimpliSafe, with a couple of intriguing extras.

April 24, 2014

Pricing not available

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2014 Volkswagen Beetle

Although not as sporty as its GTI sibling, the iconic 2014 Volkswagen Beetle comes through with good power and an enjoyable driving experience, but navigation isn't worth the option price.

August 6, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating August 6, 2014

MSRP: $20,295.00

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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.

October 31, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating October 31, 2013
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Bose SoundTouch Controller

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.

July 15, 2014

Pricing not available

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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.

July 2, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating July 2, 2013
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Ball Freshtech Automatic Home Canning System

For many, I think the convenience of the Ball Freshtech Automatic Home Canning System will be worth the price. It's a fantastic starter kit and a great option for experienced canners who want to complete a batch in less time.

December 10, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating December 10, 2013

MSRP: $299.99

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Lenovo Y50 Touch

With the Y50 Touch, Lenovo has created a reasonably priced, not-too-big gaming laptop that doesn't look like a throwback. But the most serious PC gamers may want to hold out for a better display and faster GPU.

August 14, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating August 14, 2014