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5 Gadgets to Have on Your Radar This Week

Including Sony's innovative home theater system, Anker's USB-C dock and One Plus's next-gen wireless earbuds.

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This week we got the first glimpse of Bose's upcoming QuietComfort headphones. Samsung gave us an official date for its next Unpacked event — August 11 — where we expect it announced its next foldable smartphones. And Google stopped selling its more-expensive Pixel Buds. A bunch of other cool gadgets were announced as well.

Sony HT-A9 Speaker System

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The Sony HT-A9 is an innovative home theater system that does away with the soundbar completely. Instead, it's comprised of a control box, which you plug into your TV, and four wireless speakers that you place around the room. The four speakers — which act dedicated right, left, rear-right and rear-left channels — talk to each other wirelessly and are able to deliver an immersive surround sound experience that supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Sony's 360 Reality Audio. The system will support Chromecast, AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect for easy music streaming, as well.

The system will be available this September or October.

Price: $1,800

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Sony HT-A7000 Soundbar

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The Sony HT-A7000 is the company's newest high-end Dolby Atmos soundbar. It's 7-channel soundbar with two HDMI 2.1 with eARC connections, meaning it'll work with the latest-and-greatest 4K and 8K televisions as well as the latest generation consoles (like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X). It can stream high-resolution audio, including Sony's immersive audio format, 360 Reality Audio; it also supports Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast, Spotify Connect. The Sony HT-A7000 soundbar costs $1,300 on its own. You add the company's newest SA-RS3S satellite speakers for an extra $350, or $400 or $700 on own of its two new subwoofers.

Price: $1,300+

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One Plus Buds Pro

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One Plus announced its newest set of wireless earbuds alongside its upcoming Nord 2 smartphone. The Buds Pro look very similar to AirPods Pro (save for shiny chrome stem) and are packed with high-end features, including active noise-cancellation, support for Dolby Atmos audio, and a wireless charging case. They will be available to order on September 1.

Price: $150

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Satchei GaN Chargers

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Satechi released its next generation of wall chargers with Gallium Nitride (GaN), a material that is significantly more energy-efficient and space-efficient than traditional silicon. Basically, these GaN chargers are small, light and really powerful. There are three new chargers, each of which have three USB-C ports. There are 66-watt ($55) and 108-watt ($75) models both have three USB-C ports, while the 100-watt ($70) charger has a single USB-C port. All chargers are powerful enough to charge a laptop.

Price: $55 — $75

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Anker PowerExpand 9-in-1 USB-C PD Dock

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Anker's newest dock supports 60-watts of passthrough charging via USB-C. It can also add a bunch of new ports to your workstation, including USB-A (3x), USB-C (1x), a 3.5mm headphone jack and a Gigabit Ethernet connection. It also has an HDMI port that supports 4K and a DisplayPort port, so it can be used to connect up to two external monitors (although, it can only be used with one external monitor when connected to a M1 Mac). It's available for purchase now.

Price: $149

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