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Sonos eliminating the frustrating wired network requirement

Sonos software beta

We've been huge Sonos fans here at Gear Live for years, but if there's one niggle we've heard complaints about from users more than any other, it's that you have to plug in one Sonos component into your wired network. Normally, this would mean buying the Sonos Bridge in addition to whatever speaker components you'd want to place throughout your home, because it's rare that the place you want to put your Sonos device just happens to be where your networking equipment is. The result? You'd have to pay $50 for the Bridge, upping the price of entry.

Well, now Sonos is set to change how it handles creating its SonosNet wireless mesh network, which is the way that Sonos components communicate with each other. "We've found a way to deliver all the benefits of SonosNet without a product directly connected to your router," the company said in a blog post. The best part? All that will be required is a software update, so existing Sonos owners will be able to ditch the wired requirement as well, once the update goes public.

With the new method, you plug a Sonos component in and then fire up the Sonos app on your smartphone or tablet. Then you simply select your Wi-Fi network, put in your password, and Sonos jumps on and takes care of the rest. As long as you don't have a huge house with Sonos components spread so far apart that the wireless signal can't talk to each other (and that would have to be a pretty big house), you are golden. Sonos is launching a beta program to allow those interested to try it out and find any bugs before pushing it out to the masses.

You can check out the Sonos product line-up now.

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Unboxing Live 132: Sonos Play:1

We open up the new Sonos Play:1 in this episode, the entry-level wireless speaker from Sonos that costs $199. You're now able to get into the Sonos ecosystem at a lower cost, streaming your music from iTunes, Rdio, Spotify, Pandora, radio, and more! Check out the new hotness in this episode of Unboxing Live.

You can pick up the Sonos Play:1 now from Amazon.

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Bleeding Edge TV 498: Monster Diamond Tears Edge review

The Monster Diamond Tears Edge are some of the most unique headphones we've ever seen or reviewed. In this episode, we open up the Diamond Tear Edge, giving you an up-close look at the crystal-like design, and give you our quick review of the headset as well from a sound perspective. Of course, you can check out our full Diamond Tears Edge review in words as well.

You can pick up the Diamond Tears Edge headphones from Amazon at a steep discount.

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Unboxing Live 131: SOL REPUBLIC Jax in-ear headphones

The SOL REPUBLIC JAX in-ear headphones are the entry level earbuds from the company, costing under $40 for the stylish pair. The best part? They offer some of the best acoustics in any in-ear headphone at that price. You get an inline remote and great sound alongside a stylish look! We open up the Sol Republic JAX in this episode and give you a look.

You can pick up the SOL REPUBLIC Jax in-ear headphones from Amazon.

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Bleeding Edge TV 496: SOL REPUBLIC Tracks HD headphone review

I demo the SOL REPUBLIC Tracks HD headphones in this episode. The Tracks HD feature removable ear cups that allow you to mix and match the colors and style of the headbands and cups themselves to suit your look. Check out how it all works. Also, check out our full SOL REPUBLIC Tracks HD review.

You can pick up the SOL REPUBLIC Tracks HD headphones from Amazon.

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway: HMDX JAM Bluetooth Speaker

HDMX Jam speaker

Enjoy sweet sound in a sleek, portable design with this Jam rechargeable Bluetooth wireless speaker by HMDX Audio, the next item in our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Use the wireless speaker just about anywhere--from the kitchen or living room to a dorm room, office, back deck, or den. It can even be taken along to the beach when relaxing in the summer sunshine with friends. The Jam wireless speaker features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides up to four hours of wireless play. The speaker also comes with line-in capability, which allows you to connect your non-Bluetooth-enabled devices directly to the speaker. Using the line-in connection, jam to all your favorite tunes for up to 12 hours. Oh, and when you open the packaging, it actually smells like opening a jar of jam. Seriously.

You can pick up the Philips Hue Connected Bulb Starter Pack now from Amazon for $29.95. Also? We're giving one away! Wanna win it? Just use the included widget below!

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Sonos Playbar

Sonos Playbar

Sonos has earned two spots in our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, because the Playbar is just so fantastic. Soundbars are typically designed to replace your HDTV's anemic speakers. The Sonos Playbar does that, but but also has a much cooler additional function: It integrates with all the rest of the Sonos multiroom audio system lineup (some of which has already appeared in our Holiday Gift Guide!), streaming music from your Mac, PC, smartphone, and subscription online services. Pair it up with a Sonos SUB and a couple of Play:1 units and you've got a bonafide wireless surround sound system.

You can pick up the Sonos Playbar now from Amazon for $699, and they'll even throw in a free Sonos BRIDGE accessory as well.

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Pro-Ject Debut III Turntable

Pro-Ject Debut III turntabe record player

Up next in our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: the Pro-Ject Debut III Turntable. Audiophiles know that vinyl offers up a richer, more nuanced sound than those cold digital tracks (or so they say.) They also know you dont have to shell out audiophile levels of money to get a decent turntable. The Pro-Ject Debut III is outfitted with high-grade components and doesn't make your living room look like a DJ booth. Double win.

You can pick up the Pro-Ject Debut III Turntable now from Amazon for $299, a savings of 25%.

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SOL Republic Tracks HD review

SOL REPUBLIC Tracks HD deadmau5 review

These days, headphones are a large part of urban fashion, and SOL Republic is hoping to grab a piece of that with its Tracks HD on-ears. The Tracks HD is build to be tough, unique, eye-catching, and great-sounding. They feature the upgraded V10 Sound Engines--a step up from the V8 Engines on the regular Tracks model. They can also be found for an amazing deal on Amazon currently. Are they worth your time, money, and attention? Join us after the break for our full SOL Republic Tracks HD review for the answer as we break it down for you.

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Unboxing Live 123: SOL REPUBLIC Master Tracks

We give you a look at SOL REPUBLIC's first over-ear headphone, the Master Tracks, in this episode of Unboxing Live. The Master Tracks include:

  • X3 Sound Engines with SonicSoft speaker pads
  • Audio cable with built-in three-button remote control
  • Sound Track headband
  • Slim-fit carrying case

That's all in addition to the great warranty on the headband itself. Check out this episode to see how they look visually, and then head on over to Gear Live for our full SOL REPUBLIC Master Tracks review.

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