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The new Whyd speaker combines voice commands with good sound

This post was originally published on our sister site, SoundGuys.com.

If wireless audio was the future of 10 years ago, smarter speakers are the future today. Amazon has already had some success with their Echo line of products, Bluetooth speaker with a voice-activated virtual assistant named Alexa built in. You can ask it questions, set timers, and of course play music. Even Google thought this was too good an idea to pass up on and UE also pushed an update to two of their speakers that let them piggyback off of the AI built into your smart phone. But now a company named Whyd is entering the fray with what could be the best sounding one yet.

The simply named Whyd speaker stands 11.5” tall and weighs 134 ounces. It isn’t exactly an ultra portable speaker but then again, it isn’t meant to be. It’s designed to be left on a coffee table or entertainment system and forgotten about until you want to fill the room with music. Up top is a simple touch-sensitive interface that’ll let you control what’s playing with a few simple taps and swipes, assuming you don’t want to just use your voice. Underneath the quality fabric that covers the speaker is a small RGB LCD display which lights up with different icons depending on what you’re doing.

But on to the fun part.

But on to the fun part. The Whyd uses five omnidirectional microphones with an advanced noise cancellation processor. That means that it will pick up your voice up to 5 meters away even while you’re playing music. Besides basic playback controls like pausing and playing music, skipping between tracks, and volume control, the Whyd will also play specific songs, artists, or playlists when commanded. It’s like your own personal robot DJ.

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