Denon X5200W

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Got a 4K panel on the way? You'll want to have to one of these at the core of your home theatre rack. You're looking at Denon's new flagship receiver and it touts the latest and greatest sound technology that you might have experienced at the movies lately: Dolby Atmos.

The 9.2 channel system will bring 200+ watts to each channel and has compatibility with Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS Neo:X, Audyssey DSX, and Dolby Pro Logic IIz. It will also have an endless amount of inputs and outputs and it will be ready for wireless music streaming with Airplay, DLNA, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

$1,999, Denon

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NudeAudio Super-M

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We've come a very very long way since the days of boomboxes and bags filled with D-cell batteries and that is more than evident in the latest speaker from NudeAudio, the Super-M.

The compact pocket-able Bluetooth speaker is no slouch in the audio department. It houses four full-range neodymium drivers on both sides of the device and two passive radiators. Those drivers are also coupled with amplifiers and a lithium-ion battery that will have you going for eight hours of playback. It also doubles as a speakerphone and has an IPX-5 rating meaning its water and sand-proof.

$99, Kickstarter

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Samsung Level Over Headphones

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Samsung hopes to steal some attention away from Beats by Dre with their own premium audio line, Level. The line will launch with four products: an on the ear headphone, an in-ear, a Bluetooth speaker, and our favorite, the Level Over.

The Level Over is their flagship headphone that boasts wireless audio streaming via Bluetooth and features 50mm dynamic drivers, Bio Cellulose structures that keeps audio accurate, and a hybrid noise cancellation feature that has mics built into the inside of the headphone as well as the outside to help block out exterior noise. Gilt.com users will get first dibs on the Level collection on July 17th with the other retailers to follow in the coming weeks.

$350, Gilt

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JBL Synchros Reflect BT

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JBL's Synchros Reflect BT is everything you could want in a workout headphone. Firstly, they're wireless so you won't have to worry about being tied down to your phone or mp3 player and they're sweat resistant so a little perspiration won't get in the way of breaking your headphones.

The headphones connect via Bluetooth and have a playback time of up to five hours. When you're finished with your run the earpieces snap together magnetically to keep them secure on your neck and a reflective design keeps you safe on nightly runs.

$99, JBL

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Normal | Custom 3D Printed Earphones

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You all know how much of a crapshoot it can be when purchasing a pair of earphones. Most of them aren't made well and most are poorly made and are of a low quality. Your only real solution is to get a custom pair made and that can be quite costly and involve a bit of effort and time to get made.

Normal is a new company that not only simplifies the process but makes it affordable to get your very own, custom-tailored headphones. The process is easy. Download the app which is available for iOS or Android and follow the instructions to have a photo of your ear taken, you then customize the look of your buds, and then that's sent to Normal where they 3D print your earphone. In about 48 hours you get a fully customized pair designed to perfectly fit your ear.

$199, Normal

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Vifa Copenhagen

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One look at the Vifa Copenhagen and you'll agree with us that we should put all electronic design into the hands of the Danish. Draped in custom Kvadrat textile that wraps around a one-piece aluminum frame, the Copenhagen is beautiful Danish furniture that just so happens to be a very capable speaker.

Beyond its good looks, the Copenhagen is a powerful speaker. It features Force Balanced Woofers and Digital Amplifiers to bring you big, clear sound and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity lets you stream your music wirelessly with Airplay or DLNA-compatible devices. It is also completely wireless as the Copenhagen features a built-in Lithium Ion battery for room-filling sound no matter where you are in your home.

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Nocs NS2 Air Monitors v2

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Stockholm's Nocs updates one of the sleekest wireless speakers on the market, the Airplay-enabled NS2 Air Monitor, with a brand new version that adds in Bluetooth and Spotify Connect for wireless music streaming from all your Bluetooth-enabled and Spotify-compatible devices.

The NS2 Monitors keep their beautiful and minimal hand-built designs that are housed in rubber-coated cabinets. The speakers feature 3-inch Kevlar woofers with dual magnets, 3/4 inch silk dome tweeters, a Class D amp, and 80 watts of power. The speakers will come in a variety of colors and our new favorite colorway, a limited edition "Faded Green" (above) that will be available worldwide on August 11th.

$399, Nocs

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Denon HEOS

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Denon might be a little late to the wireless audio space, but given their heritage, experience and expertise in building great speakers,it's one product launch we just can't ignore.

Denon's new system is called HEOS and it's launching with three different speaker sizes perfect for smaller and larger rooms, and multi-room audio setups. HEOS will feature "Audiophile-Grade" synchronization, DSP optimization by MaxxAudio, and dual-band, high-speed 802.11n WiFi connectivity. The system is controlled by Denon's own iOS and Android app and is compatible with all the popular streaming services. They are also releasing a Wi-Fi extender designed just for the HEOS to maintain a healthy connection between your speakers.

$329-$699, Denon

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Schiit Lyr 2

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If you want to get the most out of those HiFi cans you're going to want some serious hardware to power them. Schiit's got some of the most impresive headphone amps out there and they've just launched the second generation of one of their best, the Lyr 2.

The Lyr 2 is a high power headphone amp that has been overhauled from the previous model with higher performance and versatility in mind. Schiit has put in a gain switch so you can use all sorts of headphones from orthodynamic to in-ears and active monitors. They also added five regulated power supplies to reduce noise, automatically muted preamp outputs, and an improved output stage.

$449, Schiit

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Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless Earbuds

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Being plugged into your phone with your headphones while you're working out isn't exactly ideal and Beats has taken that into mind with the second generation of their sport headphones, the Powerbeats 2 Wireless Earbuds.

The in-ear headphones are powered by a dual-driver setup and Bluetooth connectivity gives you six hours of wireless playback from a single charge. Most importantly the headphones are IPX4 sweat and water resistant from the earbud right down to the cable and the cable is coated so you have extra grip while you use the inline remote to navigate through your music or answer a call.

$200, Beats

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