Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H2

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Bang & Olufsen's BeoPlay line adds a new headphone to the collection, a new over-the-ear model called the H2. The headphone continues the lifestyle-oriented styling of the line with genuine lambskin detailing and rugged textiles. The headphone is much more compact than its larger sibling and features adaptive fit technology that molds to your head for the perfect fit. The headphones are powered by 40mm drivers, a bass port for deeper lows, and an in-line mic and remote.

$199, BeoPlay

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Sony A7 II

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Sony's gamechanging camera gets a few necessary tweaks with the A7 II. The A7 II maintains the 24-megapixel full-frame sensor that got photography world talking and now that sensor is being matched with a much-needed fater Hybrid Auto-Focus (30x faster than the previous model) and 5-axis, in-body image stabilization.

Those features might just convert those of you who have been waiting for those features to be improved and if you're hoping to pull the trigger on a 36 megapixel A7R II, that unfortunately isn't available...yet. As of this writing, the camera has only been announced for release in Japan, though we imagine a US release date will surely come soon enough.

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Mophie Powerstation Plus

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Mophie is hitting all the right buttons with their latest battery innovation, the Powerstation Plus. So what does the Plus mean? Well, under that plate of aerospace-grade aluminum hides an incredibly necessary and perfectly integrated Lightning (or micro USB) cable as well as an integrated USB plug for charging the device. No more fumbling with an extra set of cables when you need power on the go.

Other features include 2.4 amp charging for faster recharges, the ability to charge the phone while plugged into a power source, a thinner design, extra USB port in the larger models, and four capacity options give you more than enough power for up to 8x the battery life.

$80-$150, Mophie

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11+ Color Case for iPhone 6

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Lots of cases are too bulky, overdesigned, or are just plain ugly. 11+'s Color Cases have long been a favorite since their debut and today they've finally released their cases for the iPhone 6. The designs keep the minimalist styling of the originals with the lightweight polycarbonate shell and are a perfect and protective complement to the iPhone 6. The covers are available in 10 colors and this release adds a bright new neon orange, metal grey, and blue purple.

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Schiit Ragnarok

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With such a mighty name like Ragnarok, this is an amp that better deliver the goods. Schiit Audio plans to do that and then some with an intelligent amplifier that they're calling the first truly universal amp that can power both headphones and speakers. Whether its a pair of in-ear monitors are a full-on speaker, the Ragnarok is built for everything with a microprocessor that handles all the grunt work and loads of power. We're talking up to 100 watts per channel into 4 ohms to help you get the most out of anything you can plug into it.

$1,699, Schitt

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Watchville

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If you ask us, there's only one watch news site out there (Hi, Hodinkee), but if you have to have all your watch news in one place there is now an app for that. Watchville is a new app from watch enthusiast and entrepreneur Kevin Rose whose North Technologies studio created the app which aggregates all the latest watch news from all the big watch sites in one easy to ready place.

The app currently gets its news from sites like Hodinkee, aBlogToWatch, Watchtime, Haute Time, and more. It also features an atomic clock tool so you can set your precisely set your watch and it also displays UTC, Leap Year, and even moon phases. The app is currently available for iOS.

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Paul Smith x Audio-Technica "More Noise" Headphones

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Here's a cool set of headphones we wouldn't mind having under the tree next month. Paul Smith and Audio-Technica release another set of headphones and if you're an Audio-Technica fan you know these aren't simply a pair of headphones with a logo slapped on. The headphone feature 42mm drivers that delivers crystal clear audio across a wide sound spectrum. Of course, Paul Smith adds his own touch with the words "More" and "Noise" written in Smith's own handwriting on the headphones mirrored earcups.

$329, Paul Smith

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McIntosh MHP1000 Headphones

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You might not be able to take your McIntosh sound system with you on the road, but they've just released the next best thing. The MHP1000 Headphones are sure to get audiophiles talking with its over-the-ear headphone that features 40mm dynamic drivers that feature a 3-layer compound diaphragm with viscoelastic center layer and are designed to work beautifully with any audio source, but of course will be at its best with any new or old McIntosh headphone amplifier.

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Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones

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The Beats Solo2 marks a major milestone in the company's history, it happens to be the first headphone to be released under their new ownership at Apple. The headphone doesn't debut a new Apple-fied design, but sticks with the Beats styling and introduces a new wireless headphone in their more compact Solo2 design.

The headphones are currently available in three colors and if previous models are any indicator we can expect many more colorways to come. The headphones use Bluetooth to stream your music and has a playback time of up to 12 hours on a single charge. The headphones also have a built-in mic for phone calls, a LED display that indicates battery life, and a traditional 3.5mm jack when you run out of a juice.

$300, Beats

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Amazon Echo

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The most interesting piece of technology to come out of Amazon this year isn't their phone or Kindle devices, it's something they're calling Echo. So what the hell is it? Echo is an always-on, digital assistant like Siri, but closer to the devices you would imagine every home would have in the future.

You can ask Echo virtually anything. Questions about the weather, an encyclopedia query, playing music, or even adding to your shopping list. It does this in a compact unit that is designed to work with your voice whether near or far from it and instantly activates just by saying the wake word "Alexa." Echo features 2.5 woofer, 2.0 inch tweeter, and reflex port for big, clear audio and Bluetooth lets you stream music from your favorite services. Echo is currently available by invitation only and for a limited time Prime members can purchase an Echo for just $99.

$199, Amazon

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