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JBL's ludicrous PartyBox 200 and 300 speakers now available in the US

How to have a party, according to JBL: Step one, buy this giant portable Bluetooth speakers (there is no step two). You can now complete step one thanks to the launch of the PartyBox 200 and 300 in the US. For a couple hundred dollars, you can get a mammoth, glowing speaker to haul around and start parties. The promo video makes it look pretty easy.

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[Update: Back in stock] Grab a refurbished Sonos Play:1 speaker for $119 ($30 off)

Sonos makes some primo speakers, but they're priced accordingly, making them a luxury. Back when the Sonos Play:1 launched, it came with a premium MSRP of $199; that price subsequently fell to a still-pretty-high $149. But today, Sonos is selling refurbished units for $119, $30 off the already reduced price.

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JBL Xtreme 2 speakers are down to $230 ($70 off) in flash sale

The JBL Xtreme 2 series of boombox-like Bluetooth speakers is currently on sale. Right now they're going for $70 off, bringing pricing down to $230 with free two-day shipping — that's $20 less than the last time we saw them discounted. The manufacturer's website calls this a 24-hour flash sale, so act fast if you are considering these.

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[Update: May be fixed with December patch] Some Pixel 3 XL owners are complaining of buzzing/distorted speakers

Pixel season wouldn't be complete without a bunch of complaints from early adopters of possible hardware and software faults. Last year, the main controversy surrounded the terrible LG OLED panels used for the Pixel 2 XL. This year, there are a few early contenders, including what we may be calling 'buzzgate.'

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One of the Pixel 3 XL's front-facing speakers is (much) louder than the other

Earlier today we reported that Google's latest Pixels had some low audio quality when recording videos, but that isn't the only issue to have appeared since the pair of phones launched. There are also widespread reports that the Pixel 3 XL's two stereo front-facing speakers have drastically different volumes. According to a statement made by Google on Reddit, this profound difference in sound balance is intentional.

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[Deal Alert] Get a UE Megablast speaker for $175 ($125 off) on Amazon

Ultimate Ears' Megablast speaker, by all accounts, sounds great. It's pricey, though, at an MSRP of $299.99. Back in April, we saw it going for $190, which was its lowest-ever price up to that point. Right now, it's even cheaper than that: just $175 on Amazon.

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Marshall Voice smart speakers with Amazon Alexa launching October 2, Google Assistant versions coming later this year

Marshall, famed maker of guitar amps and, more recently, cutesy Bluetooth speakers that resemble guitar amps, has announced that it's got a slew of new devices on the horizon. The lineup includes refreshes of both its Acton and Stanmore speakers that will each include support for Amazon Alexa, coming October 2 — with versions sporting the Google Assistant coming later this year.

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Bang & Olufsen announces very expensive Assistant-powered speakers that don't even look like speakers

Not long ago, the only Assistant-powered speakers you could get were Google's own. The selection has since expanded with the likes of Sony, Harman, LG, and Anker. Now, Bang & Olufsen has announced some Assistant speakers. The cheaper of the two costs $1,750, which is more than four times the cost of a Google Home Max. On the plus side, they don't look like speakers.

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Samsung could debut a Bixby smart speaker in the coming weeks

Samsung is reportedly inching closer to unveiling a competitor to Google Home and Amazon Echo — starring nobody's favorite voice assistant. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that the company is preparing to reveal its own Bixby-powered smart speaker sometime in the next several weeks.

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[Deal Alert] GGMM D6 20W speaker dock for Echo Dot on sale for $41.85 ($15 off) via Amazon today only

Smart speakers come in all shapes and sizes, but the smallest ones are basically in impulse purchase territory now. the problem: the speaker performance isn't great in devices like the Echo Dot. Today's Amazon Goldbox deal includes a neat speaker dock for the dot that adds a lot more power.

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