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The Audiophiliac

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-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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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

With its powerful processor, great camera, decent screen and gorgeous, waterproof design, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the best small Android phone around.

January 28, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating January 28, 2014

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Sony Xperia Z1S

The Xperia Z1S is the most impressive smartphone Sony has ever sold on any carrier, but an inferior screen makes Samsung's Galaxy handsets better deals.

January 13, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating January 13, 2014

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Sony gives away free movies, music for Xperia Z2, Z1, Z1S

A limited-time promotion sees Sony giving away hundreds of dollars worth of movies, music, and apps for the Xperia Z1, Z1S, and Z2.

By May 1, 2014

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Sony Xperia Z1

Sony's flagship Xperia Z1 packs a Full HD display, a quad-core processor, and a whopping 20.7-megapixel camera into a waterproof body and wraps it in an aluminium frame.

September 4, 2013

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

As with the original flagship, Samsung is counting on the midrange phone's fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor, and extra apps to stand out.

July 1, 2014

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Sony aims high with new affordable Core Series speakers

The Audiophiliac auditions the Sony SS-CS5 speaker, the least-expensive three-way bookshelf speaker you can buy from a major manufacturer.

By July 12, 2014

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AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker BTV1

The AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker BTV1 is one of the better "generic" mini wireless Bluetooth speakers and a good value at $60.

January 29, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating January 29, 2014
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Sony Xperia Z2

Sure, it costs a bundle, but the Sony Xperia Z2 is everything you should expect from a top-end phone. Its impressive performance rivals the Samsung Galaxy S5 for smartphone top dog, but the Z2's slick glass and metal design trumps the S5's plastic body. If you're looking for both style and substance from a phone, you've come to the right place.

April 14, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating April 14, 2014
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Sony unveils unlocked Xperia Z1 LTE phone for $620

The LTE variant of the phone is available through Sony's Web site, though only the black model is currently in stock.

By April 4, 2014