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Alexa Arrives on Ultimate Ears Speakers

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Two more speakers get integration with the Amazon voice-controlled assistant-- the Ultimate Ears Boom 2 and Megaboom speakers, at least when paired with the Android version of the companion app.

Ultimate Ears AlexaTo summon Alexa, users simply need to press the Bluetooth button and issue a voice command with anything Alexa is capable of doing. However, it does involve some limitations. First off, as mentioned earlier it is only available on the Android app, specifically through the exclusive "Just Tap and Ask" feature.

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Meridian Adds 251 Powered Zone Controller

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The Meridian Audio 200 Series gets an addition-- the 251, a compact powered zone controller with two channels of on-board amplification ideal for high-resolution audio, including Master Quality Authenticated (MQA).

Meridian 251The 251 can act as an integrated amplifier, delivering two 100W channels for two passive loudspeakers or a soundbar for media room projects. It can be deployed to run a 2.1 system with a separate subwoofer, using the unit's pair of analog outputs, or as a hub for distributed audio applications from a single zone to whole-house distribution using the digital and analog inputs.

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Bryston Launches BP-173 Preamp

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Bryston announces the BP-173 (Cubed Series)-- a preamplifier featuring an expanded input/output configuration and Bryston's super-linear low noise input buffer.

Bryston B173Co-developed by Bryston and the late engineer Dr. Ioan Alexandru Salomie, the input buffer significantly reduces noise and distortion, at least according to the company. The BP-173 also has improved RF and audio frequence noise filtering to prevent unwanted anomalies on the power line from interfering with the audio signal.

As for the expanded input/output options, the BP-173 offers x2 pairs of XLR outputs and x2 pairs of RCA outputs, allowing the connection of a wide variety of equipment in numerous system configurations. An RCA tape loop lets users connect a line-level processor or recording device, and one of the XLR output pairs has either variable (default) or fixed output, allowing the connection of a Bryston BHA-1 or other balanced input headphone amplifier.

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Klipsch Expands Dolby Atmos Lineup

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Klipsch debuts the Reference Dolby Atmos-enabled home theatre speakers-- the only two-way, horn-loaded Atmos-enabled speakers on the market, at least according to the company.

Klipch Atmos speakerAlso included is proprietary Tractrix horn technology, allowing the speakers to meet directivity and sensitivy specifications required for Atmos speakers.

The Atmos-enabled Reference line consists of two models-- the R-26FA and R-14SA. The R-26FA is an all-in-one tower speaker with an integrated height channel able to reflect sound off ceilings to deliver the overhead Atmos experience.

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Klipsch Forte Speakers Return With 3rd Version

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Klipsch announces the Forte III loudspeaker-- a member of the Klipsch Heritage series featuring "updated cosmetics and the latest advancements in acoustic engineering."

Forte IIIThe 3-way speaker combines a 12-winch woofer and a horn-loaded midrange and tweeter, together with a 15-inch rear-mounted passive radiator. Also included are state of the art titanium compression drivers. The midrange horn incorporates a modified Tractrix design with patented Mumps technology, improving coverage and control of the key mid-frequency band.

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Tivoli Celebrates Summer With Transparent PAL BT

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Tivoli presents a more summer-y version of the PAL BT Bluetooth speaker-- the PAL BT GLO, a transparent version complete with an internal LED, making it ideal for nighttime parties.

PAL BT GLOThe LED is complete with adjustable brightness level, allowing it to serve as a campfire, candle or full moon substitute. Otherwise the speaker is identical to the non-transparent version, being able to play both AM/FM radio stations and music from any Bluetooth-enabled device.

Power comes from a rechargeable battery Tivoli says lasts for up to 10 hours.

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Stealth Presents Invisible Speaker

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Stealth Acoustics announces the CEDIA 2017 debut of the LRx83-- a "totally invisble" 8-inch three-way architectural speaker able to produce deep and natural bass response down to 40Hz.

Stealth AcousticsIn addition, the LRx83 promises smooth midrange and solid upper frequency for a balanced and high quality invisible speaker. It carries a 30mm midrange device, 25mm tweeter and 8-inch high-power cone woofer, and is able to handle peak power of over 300W. Constant voltage options are also available.

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