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Bose busts out compact, affordable new soundbar with AirPlay 2

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The new Bose Smart Soundbar 600 is only about 2 inches high.
The new Bose Smart Soundbar 600 is only about 2 inches high.
Photo: Bose

Bose took a further step into the compact, affordable soundbar market Monday with release of its new Smart Soundbar 600. It looks set to compete in a growing pool of home-theater audio products that don’t break the bank.

Featuring Dolby Atmos, Bose “TrueSpace” and AirPlay 2 technology, the slender speaker goes for $499, Bose said.

New Sonos mini subwoofer pairs via AirPlay with sound bars and speakers

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The new Sonos Sub Mini is designed to punch up bass while blending in.
The new Sonos Sub Mini is designed to punch up bass while blending in.
Photo: Sonos

Audio powerhouse Sonos launched the long-awaited Sub Mini on Tuesday. The small, cylindrical wireless subwoofer is designed to add low end to home theaters in smaller rooms.

It’s compatible with the company’s range of products, including its AirPlay-enabled sound bars and speakers. The affordable subwoofer goes up for sale on October 6 for $429. You can preorder it now.

Enhance your audio experience with this listening software, now 83% off

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This software makes music, games and movies sound better than ever on a Mac or PC.
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Nothing enhances an experience the way sound can. You know that’s true if you’ve ever felt your heart race during a musical swell while watching a thriller, or felt more focused and productive while listening to the perfect playlist.

You can take advantage of the power of sound with this lifetime subscription to Audio Optimization Experience. The Mac app provides depth, clarity, bass definition and more to your audio for a truly immersive experience, whether you’re listening to music, watching a movie or playing a video game.

AirPort Express gets Air Play 2 support for whole-house audio

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Still using an AirPort device? Update the companion app today.
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Air Play 2 in the first beta of iOS 11.4 lets users add AirPort Express base stations as speakers. Sort of. This could become a relatively inexpensive option for whole-house audio.

What makes this move surprising is that Apple hasn’t updated the AirPort Express since 2013. That said, the wireless router is still being sold on the company’s website. 

Voice-boosting TV speaker makes sure you never miss a word

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This TV speaker could Grace your living room or bedroom.
Photo: George Tinari/Cult of Mac

Grace Digital’s Voice Enhanced TV Speaker promises to enhance the sound of your television and potentially give it a volume boost. The sound was engineered with voices in mind because, more than anything when watching TV, dialogue is what you need to hear. As a bonus, a Bluetooth connection lets the speaker work with any Bluetooth-enabled computer or smartphone.

I hooked up Grace Digital’s Voice Enhanced TV Speaker to my television and gave it a whirl.

Apple Music coming to Sonos, but there’s bad news

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Soon you'll be able to blast Apple Music through your Sonos speakers.
Soon you'll be able to blast Apple Music through your Sonos speakers.
Photo: Sonos

There’s good news and bad news for Beats Music and future Apple Music users alike. Apple has confirmed that the new music service will arrive for Sonos apps and speakers, but unfortunately not right away. It turns out integration won’t be ready in time for the big launch tomorrow, June 30, but the two companies are working together to bring Apple Music to Sonos as soon as possible.

Enter The Audioengine Premium Speaker Giveaway [Giveaways]

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Didn’t get those speakers you were looking for under the tree this year?

Well, Cult of Mac Deals may just have you covered. Thanks to our friends over at TuneUp and Audioengine we’re going to select 4 lucky winners to take home a sweet set of Audioengine home speakers that you can connect to any of your iDevices, computers, or televisions to bring premium sound to any room in your home. This is one giveaway that sounds too good to miss out on!

JawBone Launches BIG JAMBOX

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The BIG JAMBOX. Like the JamBox, only bigger
The BIG JAMBOX. Like the JamBox, only bigger

If you have been reading Ken Segall’s new book about Apple, Insanely Simple, then you’ll recognize the hallmarks of simplicity all over JawBone’s work. Even the e-mail containing the press release for its new speaker reads as little more than “Jawbone just released a BIG JAMBOX.”

That’s what it’s called. The BIG JAMBOX. And from its name, you know almost all there is to know about it.