Reviews & hands-on

  • 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...

  • 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

    Orbitsound SB60 Airsound Base review

    By 8 November 2013

    Modern day televisions are getting thinner and thinner. And so, therefore, is their inherent sound quality. That’s an issue that the Orbitsound SB60 Airsound Base looks to rectify. This all-in-one box solution sits underneath the TV - literally, it...

  • Audio

    Pioneer's new SBX-N700 speaker bar and Bluetooth player gets the hands-on treatment

    By 9 September 2013

    At first glance Pioneer's new SBX-700N speaker bar looks like any other. Well those indented valves at either end are attractive and there's a lot going on with the front panel, but other than that it's standard - right? Wrong. This sound bar is a Bluetooth...

  • Audio

    Orbitsound M9 wireless soundbar pictures and hands-on

    By 21 February 2013

    Ahead of its official unveiling, Pocket-lint got some hands-on time - and, indeed, ear time - with the latest Orbitsound M9 soundbar speaker and subwoofer system. The M9 is the wireless update to the T9 model which, when we reviewed it in 2012, we thought...

  • Audio 4 out of 5

    Orbitsound M12 wireless soundbar and subwoofer system review

    By 21 February 2013

    Ahead of its official unveiling Pocket-lint's had the latest Orbitsound M19 Bluetooth soundbar set up for a week. It's lived on our desk where it's pumped out choons day i,n day out, as well as taking up residence under the telly to churn out pepped-up...

  • Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Orbitsound T9 review

    By 15 June 2012

    The Orbitsound T9 is a versatile soundbar setup with a passive sub and iPod dock that's all rolled into one (well, two, pieces). Unlike many larger soundbars, however, the T9 is just shy of a meagre 30cm in length. Is it as mighty in output as it is mini...

  • Gadgets

    Waldorf Astoria, Shanghai: the ultimate gadget hotel

    By 17 October 2011

    It's not every day that you open the door to your toilet to watch it automatically opening its door for you, but then it's not every day you find yourself staying at the Waldorf Astoria in Shanghai. Being a journalist can be a pretty good gig from time...

  • Audio

    Bose Lifestyle 135 / CineMate 1 SR pictures and hands-on

    By 26 September 2011

    When it comes to soundbars, Bose has been biding its time, mulling over what its rivals have produced and looking for the right technology to enter a rapidly growing sector of the home cinema and audio market. However, if it wasn't for tech specifically...

  • Audio 4 out of 5

    Orbitsound T12v3 review

    By 23 August 2011

    Not to be confused with the upcoming T14 soundbar with separate iPod dock and wireless subwoofer, which Orbitsound debuted at CES in January 2010, the Orbitsound T12v3 is the third version of the maker's T12 model. Boasting the same spatial sound technology...

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    LG HLB54S soundbar speakers review

    By 2 April 2010

    If you’re looking to snap up a Blu-ray player and home cinema system in one fell swoop, but your room is too pokey to house a full 5.1 rig then this soundbar solution could be right up your alley. Unlike the majority of soundbars that only handle the...

  • Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Pioneer HTP-SB300 soundbar speakers review

    By 19 March 2010

    As one of the only areas of the loudspeaker market making any money, it’s no surprise that Pioneer is dabbling in soundbar technology. These compact, space-saving systems have really caught consumers’ imagination, bringing high-quality home cinema...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Samsung HT-BD8200 soundbar speakers review

    By 15 January 2010

    The Samsung HT-BD8200 offers a 2.1 home theatre experience, bringing with it the benefits of a Blu-ray drive and the convenience of a wireless subwoofer. Soundbars offer a simple out-of-the-box home cinema solution with minimal setup and configuration...

  • Audio 3.5 out of 5

    Samsung HT-X810 soundbar speakers review

    By 11 September 2008

    The Samsung HT-X810 is clearly styled to match their TVs, the bottom curve matching a number of their models. We tested it with a 40in M87 model with which it partners nicely. The dimensions are not the smallest at 998mm wide (slightly more than the TV),...

  • Audio 4 out of 5

    Orbitsound T12 soundbar speakers review

    By 26 June 2008

    If you don't like speakers cluttering up your room then a new UK company thinks it has the answer as it battles against Denon, Yamaha and others in the new soundbar category. So is it music to the ears? We get listening to find out. According to the company...