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  1. Speakers
    Hi everyone! I am a university student and I have an Amazon Echo device which I really like. Currently, I am working on my Master's thesis in which I study consumers' perceptions on intelligent personal assistants (such as Amazon Echo or Google Assist). That's why I thought that you could be...
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    With its echo devices, Amazon has built a robust ecosystem of smart, networked audio playback devices. Of course, many are familiar with the Echo Dot, which brought Alexa into so many homes and is now in its fourth generation. But, the Echo line encompasses so much more than the dot. Amazon's...
  3. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Denon's new AVR-X3500H AV receiver offers 7.2-channel operation, immersive audio, 4K/UHD/HDR passthrough, and Amazon Alexa voice control. The latest member of Denon's X-Series of AV receivers is the AVR-X3500H. It's chock full of the latest features as well as top-notch audio and video...
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    Get your mom one of the items we've hand picked for this list and you might just find yourself playing Mother May I? everytime you want to use it. Check out our handy gift guide for the coolest new tech that'll please even the most discerning matriarch. Samsung The Frame SmartTV...
  5. Soundbars
    OK let's get this out of the way... when it comes to soundbars and price/performance ratios, Polk already has my respect. Its Magni-Fi series are among the best I've heard at under $500. Now, the company is offering a marriage of fidelity, price, and convenience that's almost unfathomable. And...
  6. Speakers
    2017 is surely the year of Amazon Alexa. The instantly recognizable voice assistant achieved ubiquity, at least in terms of media presence. Now we're seeing the first speakers from manufacturers other than Amazon that feature Alexa Voice Control. Among these is the Phorus PS10, which has the...
  7. Speakers
    Sonos , the leader in wireless multiroom lifestyle audio systems, today announced its all new smart speaker, the Sonos One ($199). This is the first speaker of its kind to not only support Amazon's Alexa (when it ships on October 24) but also Google Assistant in an update coming next year...
  8. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    The various articles that I have written about CEDIA 2017 in San Diego collectively do not capture what was surely the biggest news at the show: The complete embrace of Amazon Alexa as the voice assistant of choice, and the Echo Dot as the physical device of choice, for controlling anything and...
  9. Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat
    At Yamaha's CEDIA 2017 booth, the company demonstrated a downright indulgent way to play tunes using Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant. Now, you can make requests of the virtual pianist that exists within the company's impressive MusicCast-enabled Disklavier Enspire reproducing piano. It is a...
  10. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Today TV provider DISH announced two significant pieces of Amazon related news. Customers using DISH's Hopper DVR or Wally HD Satellite receiver can enjoy hands-free control thanks to direct compatibility with Amazon Alexa. All you have to do is add an Amazon Echo , Echo Dot, or Tap device...
  11. Latest Industry News
    Amazon's world-domination is nearly complete, and in the waning days of this pre-artificial intelligence era, humans of the planet Earth can rejoice in the upcoming utopian period where they will have near-unlimited access to music anywhere, anytime. In other words, DTS Flay-Fi is adding the...
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    In a just-announced collaboration with Amazon, Denon aims to bring Alexa voice control to the Denon HEOS wireless, multi-room audio platform. The hands-free voice service from Amazon is modeled after the supercomputer in Star Trek, and it specializes in far-field voice recognition. Denon HEOS...
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