Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg covers high-end audio news and reviews.
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Though it remains somewhat pricey, the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III is a superlative portable wireless loudspeaker, improving on its already impressive predecessor.
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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Quibbles aside, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones are a modestly improved version of the already spectacular model they're based on, and among the best-sounding pairs you'll find for less than $200.
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.
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.
Coming later this year, Dolby takes its professional Atmos theater sound technology to the home theater market.
Pioneer's new Elite-branded speaker system was designed by Andrew Jones and features top-mounted drivers.
Peachtree Audio's Deepblue makes deeper bass and plays louder than any other Bluetooth speaker we can remember, although its rough-around-the-edges feel won't suit everyone.
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.
Pioneer's SP-FS52 is well worth its full retail price of $260 per pair, but right now they're on sale at Amazon and Best Buy for $173.98 per pair!