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The best wireless headphones, USB-C earbuds, and smart speakers you can buy (Fall 2019)

Hey, are you listening to music right this second? Maybe a podcast? I bet you are. If you're looking to upgrade whatever it is you're listening on, you have a ton of options. Android Police tests all kinds of headphones and speakers, but those reviews are a whole lot of words to read. So here, as part of our Most Wanted series, is a digestible list of the audio gear we're really feeling this fall.

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JBL's IFA 2019 lineup includes noise-canceling earbuds and a trio of honkin' soundbars

For whatever reason you need music pumped into the background of an event or the foreground of a party, you have a discomforting number of options for speakers in the market. Well, Samsung-owned JBL has gone and complicated that market a bit further this IFA and while it has typically does a quality job on everything, you might need a little introduction on what all these speakers are good for — that's what we're here for.

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[Update: Back on sale] Grab a refurbished JBL Link 10 portable Assistant speaker for $40 (50% off)

Before I bought my Google Home Mini, I used a portable Bluetooth Jawbone Jambox to play music at home, but when I built my smart home infrastructure, I wanted to use Assistant to control my tunes while still being able to carry them around the house. Back then, Google Homes couldn't connect to external Bluetooth speakers, so I invested in a portable Sony one with Chromecast support so I could still enjoy some music while showering.

Nevertheless, a few truly portable and wireless smart speakers later came out on the market and let you interact with Assistant without worrying about cables.

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Monday deals: Save on JBL's giant Partybox 200 speaker, plus smart home accessories and more

We've made it to the final Monday of August! (There's still technically a few weeks of summer left, don't worry.) Today we've got deals on stuff like Bluetooth speakers (a huge one and a tiny one), a four-pack of Hue bulbs, a cheapo battery pack, and a very affordable smart bathroom scale.

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JBL Link Bar review: Android TV in a soundbar is a fantastic idea that JBL very nearly nails

Adding a soundbar is one of the quickest, easiest, and potentially most impressive upgrades you can make to your television, supercharging your entertainment experience with rich, room-filling sound. And while there's no shortage of options out there, supporting tons of extra audio channels or external subwoofers, we’re only now starting to see really smart, connected solutions emerge.

The JBL Link Bar is just such a marriage, wedding Android TV smarts with a 100W soundbar. So instead of just upgrading your TV to sound a whole lot better, it offers a shot in the arm for aging legacy sets that lack built-in streaming or smart-home features of their own.

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[Update: B&H Photo] The JBL Link Bar is finally available for purchase

JBL and Google announced the Link Bar more than a year ago, but the first sound bar with Android TV built in didn't launch on time. In fact, it has been pushed back repeatedly from late 2018, to spring 2019, and finally to summer. And here we are—the Link Bar appears to finally be live on JBL's site for $399.95.

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JBL's massive PartyBox 200 speaker is marked down to $330 ($50 off)

You may already own a Bluetooth speaker or two, but can it plug into a guitar, be used with a mic for karaoke, and wake up your neighbors a few doors down? The JBL PartyBox 200 sure can, and it's currently $50 off at various retailers.

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5 of our favorite tech deals this week: fitness trackers, smart speakers, and more

It's crazy to think that you can now upgrade your smartphone with an extra terabyte of storage just by popping in a tiny microSD card — we saw availability of the first 1TB card get underway just a few days ago. Of course, while that's an option, you'll pay dearly for being an early adopter, with the card going for around $450. Thankfully some much more budget-friendly alternatives exist, and we're checking one out among the rest of this week's best deals.

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6 of our favorite tech deals this week: TVs, speakers, and making it rain

It's a weird time to be a smartphone shopper. Should you be holding out until your next phone is 5G? Will 5G even impact your usage, for that matter? And assuming Samsung can resolve its manufacturing kinks, could a crazy folding-screen phone actually be in your future? As you try to work your way through those critical decisions, here are a couple of our favorite deals from the past week to distract you:

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Refurbished JBL Link 300 with Assistant and Cast support on sale for $80 ($45 off)

There are a lot of good portable speakers out there, but most come with just Bluetooth and AUX input options. The JBL Link 300 is a Bluetooth speaker that also has Google Assistant and Cast support, making it a Google Home of sorts. JBL is currently selling the certified refurbished Link 300 for $80 on its website — that's $45 less than a new speaker at Best Buy and $170 off the $250 MSRP.

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