Bowers & Wilkins CM S2 Series

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Respected hi-fi experts Bowers & Wilkins add a bit more oomph to their well-regarded CM speaker collection with a comprehensive update to the entirety of the line with the new S2 series.

The award-winning speakers receive the latest in B&W technology including Decoupled Double Dome tweeters, refined styling, and brand new entry to the collection. The double dome tweeters feature an aluminum construction and architecture that helps to deliver clearer audio while also reducing distortion. On the design side the speakers have been cleaned up a bit with a more minimal design and new tweeter grilles optimize sound and protects the hardware. They've also added a new CM6 S2 model that has a 165nm bass/midrange driver and is the first in the line to be a standmount speaker wtih their signature tweeter on top technology.

$1100-4000 (September), Bowers & Wilkins

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Blue Mo-Fi Headphones

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These may very well be the smartest pair of over the ear cans we've seen in a long time. Blue, known for their popular microphone line, launches Mo-Fi, a new Hi-Fi headphone with a unique fit system and built-in amps for the best sound possible.

The first thing you notice when you see these headphones is the unconventional headband architecture which swaps out the traditional one-size-fits-all idea for something a bit more clever. First up is the adjustable tension knob that allows you tighten and loosen the tension of the headband which is coupled with a multi-jointed construction that adjusts itself to fit most head shapes and sizes. You can also adjust the height of the cups and because of the customized fit you get the best seal possible which gives you better isolation and better sound quality. They also have three all-analog modes with a built-in amp for natural, high quality sound or switch it into the On+ mode for deeper bass.

$349, Mo-Fi

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Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay S8

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Bang & Olufsen wireless S8 speakers may look small, but beneath the surface lies some powerful audio hardware that will fill any room. The BeoPlay S8 consists of two satellite speakers and a subwoofer that can have its sound "position" adjusted to optimize itself no matter where it is in the room.

Though compact, the BeoPlay S8 packs 140 watts of sound in each satellite's Class D amps and 280 watts of power in the subwoofer. The sub also has an 8-inch driver to pump out deep bass and is coupled with a DSP to get the most out of your music. Did we mention how good these look? These aren't some speakers you hide on a bookshelf, these are well-designed furniture pieces in their own right that you'll definitely want to display out in the open.

$1,199, Bang & Olufsen

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Normal NYC

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New Yorkers have a unique new retail option for headphones as Normal opens its first flagship on 150 W. 22nd Street. The company launched this year with an easy to use app to create custom headphones.

Once you've made your way to Normal's flagship, the shop will be able to get a tailored pair of headphones designed specifically for your ear. Normal will have Stratasys Fortus 3D printers where you can watch headphones get printed and if you live in NY you can get your item for free by courier or shipped free of charge. Headphones are $199 and the shop is open Monday to Saturday: 11am - 8pm and Sunday: 12pm - 7pm.

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AKG Y45BT

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The purveyors of studio quality sound bring their expertise into a new and compact wireless headphone, the Y45BT. Perfect for listening on the go, the lightweight headphones boast 40mm drivers for powerful sound in a small package.

Bluetooth streaming to the AKGs will last you for about 8 hours on a single charge and you can easily connect to devices with NFC. You can also control your music via the earcups as well as answer calls and control the volume. Batteries are intergrated so you can charge your headphones via any USB port and if you run out of juice you can use the included 3.5mm plug to listen to your music sa you would on a wired headphone.

$149, AKG

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Infinity One

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Infinity brings its reference-grade audio into its first-ever portable Bluetooth speaker with the brand new Infinity One. Available this August, the sleek speaker features a perforated aluminum exterior and a ceramic coating to help shield it from bumps and bruises.

Inside the speaker is four 1.75" active drivers and dual passive radiators that pushes out big bass in a smaller package. Music and calls can be handled via Bluetooth and your phone can be fully charged from the built-in lithium-ion battery. Playback is rated at 10 hours and water-resistant silicon sealants help keep moisture from damaging your device.

$299, Infinity

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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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