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Plantronics BackBeat Pro (review): A more affordable alternative to Beats and Bose with an office slant

The BackBeat Pro may not be the sexiest looking headphones, but they sound decent, are comfortable and include noise-canceling to help you shut out unwanted office chatter.

5 days ago
3.5 stars Very good

Bowers and Wilkins B&W 685 S2: Serious sound, superb value

Whether you listen to death metal or nature documentaries, the Bowers and Wilkins B&W 685 S2s are an astoundingly good set of speakers and an excellent deal at this price level.

6 days ago
4.5 stars Outstanding

Onkyo TX-NR535: Mid-priced receiver focussed more on features than sound

Onkyo's TX-NR535 receiver offers decent home theater performance and a useful number of streaming features, but better sound quality can be had for the price.

10 days ago
3.5 stars Very good

Artison Nano 1: Smallest subwoofer yet

If you're looking for a small subwoofer, the Artison RCC Nano 1 is about as tiny as you can get at only 9 inches across.

11 days ago

Bose SoundLink Color review: This playful speaker delivers serious sound for its size

Bose's lightest and least expensive wireless speaker stacks up well against against the competition.

11 days ago
4 stars Excellent

Klipsch R-10B: A better sound bar for a bit more money

Although it costs more than most of its kind, the Klipsch R-10B sound bar brings a wireless subwoofer and great sonics to the space under your TV.

14 days ago
3.5 stars Very good

Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2 (review): Swanky on-ear headphone looks the same but sounds even better

The $300 Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2 has the same winning design of its highly rated predecessor, but its sound engine has been upgraded. We approve.

19 days ago
4 stars Excellent

Parrot Zik 2.0: Top Bluetooth headphone slims down, adds features, better noise-cancelling (hands-on)

Parrot's second-generation Zik weighs significantly less, offers better sound quality and noise-cancelling, and is loaded with features that are customizable via new apps for Android and iOS devices (and Windows devices in the future).

21 days ago

Sennheiser Urbanite XL is a Beats competitor with quality bass and good clarity

Sennheiser goes after the Beats audience with a hipper more fashionable full-size headphone that costs less.

24 days ago
4 stars Excellent

Zvox SoundBase 670 helps make dialogue intelligible

The Zvox SoundBase 670 is a well-built speaker base that is great at boosting the intelligibility of TV broadcasts, but not so great at playing music.

24 days ago
3.5 stars Very good
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