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JBL Control Xstream speaker pair offer built-in Chromecast and Spotify Connect

IFA has always traditionally been an A/V show, and IFA 2017 is no different, with more speakers and headphones than you can shake a subwoofer at. What has changed however is the tech powering the tunes, with the speakers on show now almost entirely wireless streaming systems.

Case in point: the tidy-looking JBL Control Xstream speakers. Set to be sold as a pair, they come with Google Chromecast built-in, and also work with the Spotify Connect feature for physical-media-free streaming playback.

Set up through the simple, handy Google Home app, the speakers can also be grouped for Sonos-rivalling multi-room listening.

Hi-def hi-fi

The discerning listener will also be pleased to hear that the Control Xstream speakers also support playback of 24-bit/96kHz HD audio, meaning your high quality audio files won't be lost when played through the pair.

Priced at €499 (around £460 / $590 / AU$750), its positioned itself in league with the pricing of Sonos gear, if you were to consider buying a pair of Play:1 or Play:3 speakers.

Expect to see the Control Xstream in shops by November.

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Gerald Lynch

Gerald is the Executive Editor for TechRadar, taking care of the site's home cinema, gaming, smart home, entertainment and audio output. He loves his gaming, but don't expect him to play with you unless your console is hooked up to a 4K HDR screen and a 7.1 surround system. Based out of TechRadar Towers, London, Gerald was previously Editor of Gizmodo UK. He dreams of the day when he can pop on a VR headset and meet Lawnmower Man-era Pierce Brosnan. Sadly, Pierce doesn't share the dream.