Audio archive

  • Sonos Playbar: Sonos enters the home cinema market
    Audio

    Sonos Playbar: Sonos enters the home cinema market

    By 12 February 2013

    Sonos has entered the Home Cinema arena with a new sound bar speaker called the Playbar that connects to the Sonos multi-room system and your TV at the same time - just as we said it might, way back in 2009. The new speaker will work in the same way...

  • Tiny Damson Pearl and Oyster Bluetooth speakers deliver thumping tunes
    Phones

    Tiny Damson Pearl and Oyster Bluetooth speakers deliver thumping tunes

    By 11 February 2013

    The dinky Damson Pearl portable speakers are the size of a small can of coke - the ones you get on planes - yet deliver a much bigger sound than you would expect. Like many other speakers that have come before it, the Damson Pearl has a neat trick hidden...

  • Dali Epicon 2 bookshelf speakers review
    Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Dali Epicon 2 bookshelf speakers review

    By 8 February 2013

    We wouldn't want to be the person at Dali in charge of re-calling review stock. It must yield a fair number of snarling "Fine, take them then" calls and a decent number of "Prise them out of my cold, dead hands" type emails. From a review perspective,...

  • Hands-on: Beats Pill review
    Audio

    Hands-on: Beats Pill review

    By 5 February 2013

    Beats by Dr Dre has become so much more than a brand associated with bass-thumping headphones in the last year or so. Perhaps it's the company's split from Monster that has seen it expand its remit, but it's working. Naturally, "the kids" and Premier...

  • Sony MDR-1RNC noise cancelling over-ear headphones review
    Audio 3.5 out of 5

    Sony MDR-1RNC noise cancelling over-ear headphones review

    By 5 February 2013

    We've had the Sony MDR-1RNC noise cancelling over-ear headphones in the Pocket-lint offices for weeks now and have been using them non-stop - while at work, when commuting, out on the streets and at home. We already had a lot of love to give to the baby...

  • Sony Walkman NWZ-W273 sports media player review
    Audio 4 out of 5

    Sony Walkman NWZ-W273 sports media player review

    By 1 February 2013

    The Sony Walkman W273 sports headphones are the latest "active" headphones from Sony and are designed for runners, or those keen to ditch the need for a headphone cable trailing somewhere over their body, when they exercise. No wires, well only one Unlike...

  • Pasce Minirig portable travel speaker review
    Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Pasce Minirig portable travel speaker review

    By 1 February 2013

    Most portable speakers offer an audio experience that can be about as aurally rousing as slipping a pair of underpants over your head. Muffled, distorted, not suitable for public eye - or ears - and, well, just a bit silly really. Assuming that's not...

  • Onkyo CR-N755 review
    Home Cinema 5 out of 5

    Onkyo CR-N755 review

    By 31 January 2013

    For most people the hi-fi is dead. The days of needing two large speakers and a central unit to play music died when we switched to MP3s and AAC audio tracks from the likes of the iTunes store, or Amazon MP3. It wasn't that people didn't want CDs anymore,...

  • Rdio now free for first 6 months in UK
    Audio

    Rdio now free for first 6 months in UK

    By 29 January 2013

    Rdio has confirmed that it will offer free music to desktop and web users of its streaming music service in the UK for six months Until now, customers have had just seven days free music and before being forced to pay for the service. According to Rdio:...

  • O2 launches top 13 accessories for 2013 as recommended by Pocket-lint
    Phones

    O2 launches top 13 accessories for 2013 as recommended by Pocket-lint

    By 23 January 2013

    Pocket-lint has teamed up with O2 to produce a collection of the very best accessories available from O2. The collection - handpicked and recommended by us from the network's accessory offering - boasts gadgets, gloves and toys, through to some great...

  • Blue Microphones Tiki USB review
    Audio 4 out of 5

    Blue Microphones Tiki USB review

    By 22 January 2013

    Everything about the Tiki is interesting. It's got an interesting name - a Tiki is Polynesian wood carving, and a Māori word for the first man. It looks interesting, a little bit like some sort of high-tech snail, and most importantly it aims to liven...

  • Focal Spirit One headphones review
    Audio 4 out of 5

    Focal Spirit One headphones review

    By 18 January 2013

    The rush to sell you headphones pushes on unabated. The thinking seems to be: for the time being people are prepared to spend £200 on headphones, it won't last forever, so let's make some money. And when there's demand, you'd be crazy not to try to satisfy...

  • Linn Kiko review
    Audio 5 out of 5

    Linn Kiko review

    By 17 January 2013

    What does a modern hi-fi look like in this day and age? Does it have a CD player? An FM radio? Or is it really just an amplifier, some speakers and the ability to hoover up music from your home network and play it with superb quality? Linn seems to think...

  • Eton Rukus Solar XL and Rugged pictures and hands-on
    Audio

    Eton Rukus Solar XL and Rugged pictures and hands-on

    By 14 January 2013

    The sun, remember it? It's that sphere of light and heat that keeps us all alive and makes our brains function. Well, eternal optimists Eton has announced a new pair of devices aimed at getting free energy from the sun, and helping us all to save the...

  • House of Marley Riddim on-ear headphones pictures and hands-on
    Audio

    House of Marley Riddim on-ear headphones pictures and hands-on

    By 13 January 2013

    House of Marley hasn't scrimped on its audio product output as this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Riddim headphones add to the mix of other on-ear options unveiled, and their patterned design looks like an eye-catcher to us. The canvas-coated...

  • House of Marley Harambe on-ear headphones pictures and hands-on
    Audio

    House of Marley Harambe on-ear headphones pictures and hands-on

    By 13 January 2013

    The baby of House of Marley's headphone range, the Harambe on-ear headphones, were on display at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Harambee", a Swahili word, literally translates as "let's pull together", which is a fitting...

  • House of Marley Buffalo Soldier on-ear headphones pictures and hands-on
    Audio

    House of Marley Buffalo Soldier on-ear headphones pictures and hands-on

    By 12 January 2013

    We got our headphone-loving hands on a pair of House of Marley's Buffalo Soldier on-ear cans when out in the heart of America at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013. Some things are just meant to be.  House of Marley's ethos is all about using recycled...

  • Jabra Revo Wireless and Vox headphones ask to be 'used and abused'
    Audio

    Jabra Revo Wireless and Vox headphones ask to be 'used and abused'

    By 11 January 2013

    Jabra has announced the latest addition to its headphone range with the launch of the Jabra Revo Wireless, Jabra Revo and Jabra Vox. Jabra is pushing the tough nature of its headphones, with the use of an aluminium frame, steel hinges and shatterproof...

  • iFrogz Boost Plus and Animatone Snug pictures and hands-on
    Audio

    iFrogz Boost Plus and Animatone Snug pictures and hands-on

    By 11 January 2013

    Portable speakers are great, and they make listening to music with friends a treat, but you could argue there's still a bit of a faff about getting your tunes out loud. We have certainly been forced to mess about for some time getting Bluetooth devices...

  • EA Sports MVP Carbon by Monster headphones pictures and hands-on
    Gaming

    EA Sports MVP Carbon by Monster headphones pictures and hands-on

    By 11 January 2013

    The gaming headset market has been growing rapidly of late. Thanks to the proliferation of multiplayer online game experiences, players are ditching the flimsy earpieces that tend to come with their consoles and taking up beefy cans instead. So it comes...

  • Parrot Zik by Starck pictures and hands-on
    Audio

    Parrot Zik by Starck pictures and hands-on

    By 10 January 2013

    It's not often we hardened tech hacks walk past a booth at CES and find ourselves overcome with desire, but the Parrot Zik by Starck has got us dribbling from the mouth this year. The Zik by Starck was announced at CES last year, but we've not had a hands-on...

  • Onkyo ES-HF300 headphones pictures and hands-on
    Audio

    Onkyo ES-HF300 headphones pictures and hands-on

    By 10 January 2013

    Onkyo has entered into the headphone market with the ES-HF300 and near identical ES-FC300. The only difference between the two is the lack of a premium detachable cable on the FC300, so for the purposes of this hands-on, we will look at them both under...

  • Altec Lansing 'The Jacket' Bluetooth speaker pictures and eyes-on
    Audio

    Altec Lansing 'The Jacket' Bluetooth speaker pictures and eyes-on

    By 10 January 2013

    When we think of Altec Lansing it's car tech that immediately comes to mind. But things are a-changin'. Having just been acquired by an investment company, Altec Lansing was showing off some concept audio devices at this year's Consumer Electronics Show....

  • CES 2013: Hottest gadgets at the show
    Gaming

    CES 2013: Hottest gadgets at the show

    By 10 January 2013

    Best gadgets at CES 2013 is what we're all about at Pocket-lint. Our team is on the ground in Las Vegas as we speak, scouring the show floor for the very finest technology the coming year has in store. When we find something that we think qualifies as...

  • Three new Braven speakers announced including new tough BRV-1
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    Three new Braven speakers announced including new tough BRV-1

    By 9 January 2013

    Braven has announced three new speakers at CES in Las Vegas, including one designed to be kicked around a bit. All three new speakers will come with internal batteries and connect to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, saving you the hassle of dealing...