Phiaton BT 220 NC

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Phiaton designed the BT 220 NC to be the only headphone you'll ever need. They pack all the essential features you would want in 2014 and more. Whether you pack them for travel or for casual listening, these will surely become a part of your everyday carry.

The headphones feature the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology for wireless connectivity and low power requirements. This allows playback for up to 16 hours and standby time of up to 500 hours. You also get noise canceling that blocks up to 95% of environment noise, 14mm drivers, and NFC technology for instant and easy device pairing.

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Linn Akurate Exakt System Akudorik

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Scottish hi-fi experts Linn announce the latest in their Akurate Exakt System line, the Akudorik. Consisting of their new Akudorik speakers and the Akurate Exakt DSM, the compact system aims to best larger and more expensive setups in a reasonably-sized footprint.

The Akudoriks are 4-way speakers that integrates 4 x 100W amplifiers into the stands and Linn's Exakt Engine to ensure that you're getting the best performance out of each speaker. The company's 3K driver array handles the mid to high frequency range while a bass drive unit and a rear firing port is designed to use more air for enhanced lows.

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Libratone Diva

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Soundbars are convenient, but odds are you would rather hide it than have it sitting under your TV. That isn't the case with Libratone's DIVA, their speakers are designed like furniture pieces and their newest model is definitely one you would proudly have on full display.

The speaker features the brand's 360-degree "FullRoom" sound that has a toal of 225W of power that includes a powerful bass driver, two midrange drivers, and two tweeters. It features AirPlay and DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, NFC for easy pairing, and Spotify Connect.

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The Return of Technics

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One of the most important names in audio is making a big comeback next year and this time they're taking it back to their roots, focusing squarely on the hi-fi products that put the company on the map. Technics will relaunch with two lines: an ultra high-end reference audio line and a new premium line of audio products.

The R1 Series, Technics' flagship line will feature three products: a stereo amplifier with their JENO (Jitter Elimination and Noise-shaping Optimisation) digital engine, a noise minimizing Network Audio Control Player, and their floorstanding SB-R1 speakers. Below the R1 Series is the C700 line which will also feature an amp, network audio player, speakers, and for those of you who still can't let go of their discs, they will also have a premium compact disc player.

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Sennheiser Urbanite

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One of the biggest problems of most headphones that focuses their sound on the low-end is that you lose a bit of clarity and find that your sound becomes distorted and muddled. Sennheiser plans to change that with their new Urbanite, a bass-heavy headphone that keeps your sound quality in check without distortion.

Attention was also paid to the build quality of headphones with stainless steel hinges and an aluminum slider for a design that will hold up well over time. There's also a three button mic for controls and phone calls and the folding design keeps it compact for storage.

$199, Sennheiser

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Harman Kardon Omni

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Harman Kardon takes on the Sonos crowd with their own wireless music system, the Omni. The system is designed to be used together or individually around your home and links to your Wi-Fi network and is capable of streaming audio in 24bit/96kHz quality.

The system can support up to 8 speakers and say you're walking to another room you can press the link button on the top of the speaker to immediately continue listening to your music or combine multiple speakers together for a surround sound system. The system is controlled via their app and music can be streamed from your library or your favorite streaming service.

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Sony MDR-1A

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Sony's MDR-1A is a headphone designed for those of you racking up terabytes of uncompressed music libraries. The headphones use a 40mm HD driver to accurately reproduce your music and allows for a versatile and wide sound profile.

The drivers are capable of handling the low-end all the way up to 100kHz to get the most out of your high-res audio. It also has oxygen-free cabling to reduce crosstalk and silver-coated OFC cables help with separation and deeper lows.

$299, Sony

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Bose QC25

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The Bose QC15 has been the gold standard when it comes to noise cancelling headphones and though the current model continues to sell like hotcakes, it's a headphone that hasn't been updated in five years. That all changes this month with the introduction of the QC25 which Bose claims to have the best noise cancelling they've ever put into a headphone.

The headphones ditch the flash of the older QC15s with a lower profile look and the fit is improved with a lightweight design and pivoting earcups. As for battery life, the headphones will last for up to 35 hours on a single AAA battery.

$299, Bose

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Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2

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Bowers & Wilkins popular P5 gets a major upgrade with the new P5 Series 2 headphones. The headphones keeps the luxurious, understated design that has made it a big hit with customers and gets a few important tweaks and some upgraded audio hardware.

The noise-isolating headphones receives a performance upgrade with a brand new drive unit design with a suspended diaphragm which was tuned by the same team that worked on their high-end 800 series speakers. They've also updated the grille pattern on the ear cushions for better acoustics and improved ear cushions enhance damping and comfort.

$299, Bowers & Wilkins

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Roam Ropes

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Created by the co-founder of Beats by Dre, Roam Ropes is a new headphone company that is designed to look as good when you have them in your ears and off. Their "Ropes" product has a design that can be worn like a necklace so you can have quick access to them when you want to listen to your music.

They've also created their own "Noise Equalization" technology with DSP to create accurate sound that can be adjusted with its own EQ app to custom tune the Ropes with a 5-band equalizer to tweak it to your personal audio preferences. Ropes are available for pre-order today and will ship in November.

$299, Roam

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