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1 Sennheiser Ambeo What it is: A headset that captures 360-degree audio with built-in mics in each earpiece. This binaural recording technique mimics how your ears hear, adding immersive audio to your videos. It also functions as a normal pair of headphones for your iPhone thanks to the Lightning connector. Who it's for: iPhone users who want to shoot videos with immersive audio. Think concerts, sporting events, or budding YouTube stars. Why it's hot: These are the first binaural recording headphones weve seen. And theyre a big step toward creating videos with a little less virtual and a little more reality. #143AMBEO $299.99 2 JBL Playlist What it is: A versatile powered speaker with Bluetooth , Wi-Fi , and Chromecast. That means you can play any audio from your phone via Bluetooth pairing. Or, skip the pairing process and play music directly from Chromecast compatible apps like Spotify and YouTube just open the app, select the speaker, and press play. Available in three colors. Who it's for: Music lovers who listen on Spotify, Google Play, or YouTube, folks with other Chromecast compatible speakers (you can do multi-room audio with more than one), people who hate Bluetooth drop-outs. Why it's hot: Chromecast is becoming a big thing. The ability to play music while still using your phone for, well, talking on the phone, is cool. And we expect more apps to integrate Chromecast in the future. #109PLYLSTB $149.99 Available in three colors 3 Oppo UDP-203 What it is: A 4K Blu-ray player that offers outstanding picture quality for 4K Ultra HD discs and HD Blu-rays and DVDs. Theres also an HDMI input , for connecting a streaming media device (like Roku or Apple TV) to get improved picture quality from it. Plus, the 203 is a great music player for CDs and digital files. Who it's for: Movie nuts, videophiles, people looking for a universal player for movies and music, anyone with a 4K TV. Why it's hot: This has quickly become one of our best-selling items. We knew Oppos first 4K player would be hugely popular. But even we were blown away at the response from our customers. The five-star reviews just keep coming in. #768UDP203 $559.99 This is What's Hot I'm just starting to discover ways to use the Ambeo headset. It adds a whole new layer to recording video with your iPhone ." Je, CrutchReld Writer We've used this Oppo player for lots of in-house demos. 4K discs look amazing. I highly recommend Planet Earth II - it's stunning." David, CrutchReld Home A/V Editor 1 2 3 BY DAVID BROWN, CRUTCHFIELD HOME A/V EDITOR 4 Get advice from one of our experts 1-800-555-9507

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