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Hands on with Yamaha's Spotify Connect AV receivers

Spotify's new Connect service was launched this week and audio device makers used the IFA electronics show to launch the first wave of products that tie into it, including the Yamaha RX-A830 audio receiver.

Take note: Smart classroom tools for tech-savvy students

Attention college students! Use these tools to help you study.

Jongo expands streaming speaker lineup, unveils subscription music service

Watch out Sonos, Jongo has two new speakers *and* its own subscription music service on the way.

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Jumpstart your recording career for free with Audacity

Produce your own music, podcasts and other audio projects with this powerful (if obtuse) open-source software.

Where to download free music

Looking for free music without the hassle of a lawsuit? Here are a slew of sites that offer free, legal downloads.

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Bose Quiet Comfort 15 headphones

Review: 5 Premium noise-canceling headphones for peace and quiet

We take a look at five premium noise-canceling headphones designed to give you some relief from the noise of the outside world.

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Tune in or tune out: How does Windows 8 stack up on a home theater PC?

Windows 8's modern interface translates surprisingly well to the TV screen, but some key software omissions could hurt HTPC buffs.

High-tech system listens for gunshots from city streets to the African savanna

Audio technology makes possible the operations of ShotSpotter, a service that helps police departments pinpoint the location of gunfire in their city or from poachers in rural Africa.

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How audio wizards are shaping the sound of the next generation of PC games

Every explosion and sneaky footstep is poised to sound even better, thanks to technological advances—and more respect for sound designers’ craft.

Razer's new Surround software turns your stereo headset into a 7.1 home theater

This virtual 7.1 surround-sound software does a decent job of simulating a much more expensive pair of surround-sound headphones.