Reviews & hands-on

  • Audio 4 out of 5

    Philips Fidelio E2 review

    By 5 hours ago

    We've seen boat loads of Bluetooth speakers in recent times, with the trend for portable single units being a more common trend. Philips, on the other hand, has delivered a more classic stereo bookshelf speaker system: the Fidelio E2, codenamed BTS5700....

  • Audio 4 out of 5

    Spaced360 review

    By 11 April 2014

    Bluetooth speakers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes these days. Spaced360 is something a little different: a three-pointed-star-shaped speaker capable of throwing sound out through 360-degrees. It embodies Orbitsound's Airsound technology which is...

  • Audio 5 out of 5

    Dali Kubik Free review

    By 3 April 2014

    Buying good speakers has never been cheap, if you want quality then you have to stump up a bit of cash. That said, we've never considered paying nearly £1,000 for a pair of Bluetooth speakers before. On the surface, that sounds ridiculous because you...

  • Audio 3.5 out of 5

    Jabra Solemate review (second-gen)

    By 2 April 2014

    The Jabra Solemate is a portable Bluetooth speaker, back in its NFC-capable second-gen form. It might look more like a luminescent character from Pacman spliced with a Dr Martens sole but its design - which, as the name suggests, takes its cues from shoe...

  • Audio 4 out of 5

    Asus Xonar Essence STU review

    By 28 March 2014

    After quite some years of CD, music seems to have taken something of a backwards step, at least in terms of quality. If you bought a lot of CDs, you've probably heard how good they sound, and MP3 may be a bit of a disappointment as a result. Of course,...

  • Audio

    Panasonic ALL multi-room speakers pictures and first listen

    By 26 March 2014

    Panasonic announced a new line-up of wireless multi-room speakers at CES 2014 and confirmed that they will be available in Europe at the Panasonic Convention 2014 in Amsterdam this week.  The multi-room speaker system - called ALL - comprises of a number...

  • Audio

    ColourPlay vinyl skins for Sonos pictures and hands-on: Pimp your Sonos Play:1, Play:3 and Play:5

    By 21 March 2014

    Flexson, a company specialising in Sonos accessories, has introduced ColourPlay to the UK, a simple way to change the colour schemes of Sonos speakers and other kit to spruce them up or match your home. With the Sonos Play:1 being a massive success story...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Harman Kardon Sabre SB35 review

    By 21 March 2014

    If you don't own a Harman Kardon device you may be surprised that you've probably already heard the company's speakers before. Why? Because its responsible for most of the nation's cinema sound systems. And with the HK Sabre it plans to bring that quality...

  • Audio

    Hands-on: Sonos app 2014 review (video)

    By 20 March 2014

    Sonos has updated its iPhone and Android controller apps bringing with it a new look and new features including universal search.  We've been playing with the yet to be released iOS version of the app on the iPhone to see how it compares against the...

  • Audio 4 out of 5

    Harman Kardon Aura review

    By 7 March 2014

    The Harman Kardon Aura may look like The Jetson's spaceship has collided with a ultra-modern kitchen blender but this quirky design housing is actually a wireless home speaker. If you're seeking a showstopper in speaker design that is also small and compact...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Maxell MXSP-SB3000 Soundbar review

    By 28 February 2014

    Soundbars are one thing, but TV speaker bases are the latest trend in affordable home cinema sound. The Maxell MXSP-SB3000 Soundbar is a giant under-the-telly base with integrated subwoofers and speakers to boost that TV sound. But it goes a step further...

  • Audio 4 out of 5

    Nutz Pro Headphones review

    By 17 February 2014

    It's the era of Beats headphones, of statement audio wear. That's why big and sometimes brash over-ear cans are a popular move at the moment. Enter Nutz, a relatively new brand - it's only been around for 18-months - that has seemingly taken its inspirational...

  • Audio

    Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 pictures and hands-on: The High-Res Audio player that costs £550

    By 22 January 2014

    Sony has refreshed its high-end Walkman media player range with a new flagship device that is aimed at the audiophile. The Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 is capable of playing High-Resolution Audio alongside the usual suspects of audio, video and picture files,...

  • Audio 3.5 out of 5

    Pure Jongo S3 review

    By 20 January 2014

    When the Pure Jongo S3 arrived in the office we didn't quite get the point at first. A battery powered Bluetooth speaker is always handy, but we'd seen enough to know that if we're going to get on with them, they need to have a unique selling point. Where...

  • Gaming 5 out of 5

    Turtle Beach Ear Force Z22 review

    By 16 January 2014

    Gaming headsets, at first glance, might seem like the sort of thing that aren't of interest to most people unless you're a hardcore gamer. But we've been using the Turtle Beach Ear Force Z22 for a while now, and we have to say, we think there's a lot...