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This robot vacuum cleaner plays J-Pop, because this is Japan

Two of Japan's biggest obsessions have collided on the Sharp booth at this year's Ceatec electronics show, where the company is displaying a robot vacuum cleaner that blasts J-Pop songs while it sweeps.

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Fujitsu's Ontenna could be a big deal for the deaf

Among the robots, big screens and fast computers of Japan's Ceatec electronics show, a small prototype being shown off by Fujitsu is probably one of the lowest tech gadgets on the show floor, but it could be one of the most important.

Amazon Alexa is coming to Denon's Heos wireless audio platform in 2017.

Denon is adding voice commands to its HEOS multi-room audio system via Amazon's Alexa

Which company will get there first, Denon or Sonos?


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Sony previews prototype Xperia gadgets

Sony is looking at taking the Xperia brand beyond smartphones and is showing off some prototype gadgets at the IFA trade show in Berlin.

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Sony has Bose and its Quiet Comfort noise-cancelling headphones in its sights

Coming soon from Sony: New wireless and wired headphones, an audiophile headphone amp, and a gold-plated Walkman machined from solid copper.


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Bang & Olufsen's Dalek-esque BeoSound wireless speakers project music 360 degrees

Audiophiles may roll their eyes at the very idea of portable Bluetooth speakers, but high-design hi-fi firm Bang & Olufsen just unveiled two of them in Berlin.

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Sonos speakers to get voice control in 2017, with a big assist from Amazon's Alexa

Sonos is giving its speaker experience a boost with app improvements, deeper Spotify integration, and Alexa's assistance.


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Roland acquires majority stake in headphone-maker V-Moda

We interview V-Moda CEO Val Kolton, who will retain 30 percent of V-Moda and become a Roland product design consultant.


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Xounts Up hands-on preview: Two parts wireless speaker, one part objet d'art

Looking for something different in home audio gear? This speaker/light show fits the bill.



KISS AV's super thin and light speakers deliver big sound

At a CE Week demo, these 3.0-inch thick speakers you can hang on a wall with two-sided tape rivaled competitors several times larger.


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Now when you play the 'world's smallest violin,' everyone can hear it — thanks to Google

There's no better way to express mock sympathy than by playing the "world's smallest violin," but the sad song you mime can now actually be heard.

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Vizio unveils a new line of sound bars with Google Cast and multi-room audio support

New speakers range from a 38-inch model to a new 45-inch, 5.1-channel flagship that delivers true surround sound.


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Integra's new line of DRX-series AV receivers promises bliss for custom installers

Integra's new line of DRX-series AV receivers has lots of cutting-edge features for custom installers.


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Hands-on with Samsung's Gear IconX: Wireless earbuds with step and heart-rate sensors

Look closely, because this may be the future of mobile music playback: Completely wire-free earbuds with built-in data tracking.

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Denon and Yamaha refresh their AV receiver lineups

If you want the latest technologies, but haven't wanted to compromise on build and sound quality, these new receivers promise to have your back.