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Enhance your audio experience this World Music Day

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  • Harman Kardon’s JBL brand headphones support both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and provide active noise cancellation technology
  • Bose Home Speaker 500 can do pretty much anything that an Amazon Echo speaker can do, but the overall audio quality is much better than any Echo speaker out there

New Delhi: The audio space has been going through a change, both in India and rest of the world. While the future of audio is almost certainly wireless, experts are already looking at newer horizons. And what better day than World Music Day to talk about some of the newest and best gadgets to enhance your music listening experience.

JBL LIVE 650BTNC

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This is the newest offering from Harman Kardon’s JBL brand. The headphones support both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and provide active noise cancellation technology, which the company claims can block the whirring noise you hear while on an airplane. The headphones also support audio pass-through technology, allowing ambient noise even when you’re listening to music, though we haven’t been able to test this feature yet.

Price: 12,599

Bose Home Speaker 500

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If you want speakers that can provide good audio quality and also support Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, the Bose Home Speaker 500 is perhaps the best. This can do pretty much anything that an Amazon Echo speaker can do, but the overall audio quality is much better than any Echo speaker out there.

Price: 39,000

Philips SPA9120B Tower Speakers

These tower-type speakers aren’t meant for small bedrooms. If you happen to have a large living rooms, or need speakers that are loud and powerful enough for a basement, these are the ones to go for. The audio is a bass-heavy, and audiophiles might question the audio fidelity here.

However, they still make good party speakers, thanks to an accompanying microphone that allows karaoke capabilities.

Price: 22,990


This 2.1 channel soundbar is among Sony’s more affordable soundbars available in India. They have a metallic finish, giving them a more premium feel. You also get a wireless subwoofer that enhances the overall bass output.

Price: 17,990

Harman Kardon Allure Portable

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This is the portable version of the Harman Kardon Allure. Like the Bose Home Speaker 500 mentioned earlier, this one also supports Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant and delivers better audio than Echo speakers. They’re meant for people who care more about the audio quality but still want the smart features that a voice assistant can introduce.

Price: 18,999

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