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Get an Amazon Echo Dot for just £24.99 if you are a Sonos user

Get an Amazon Echo Dot for just £24.99 if you are a Sonos user

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Sonos is offering an amazing deal to all its registered users in the UK, US and Germany. All customers can snag themselves an Amazon Echo Dot Alexa device for just £24.99 - less than half-price.The offer is to celebrate Sonos adding Alexa support to... >>

What is aptX HD and which devices support it?

What is aptX HD and which devices support it?

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With Apple removing the longstanding 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 onwards and Google following suit with the Pixel 2 smartphones, using a regular pair of headphones will soon get harder than ever. Best Bluetooth headphones 2017/2018: 10 of the... >>

Sonos One review: The smart speaker we've been waiting for
5.0 stars

Sonos One review: The smart speaker we've been waiting for

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The Sonos One is the speaker that Sonos owners have been waiting a long time for. Well, the Sonos owners who have wanted a personal assistant from their speaker and voice control for their multi-room systems anyway.The speaker is described by the company... >>

LG SJ9 soundbar review: Dolby Atmos in a compact package
4.0 stars

LG SJ9 soundbar review: Dolby Atmos in a compact package

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The hot word in home entertainment at the moment is Dolby Atmos. Once the preserve of high-end cinemas, this enhanced version of surround sound has been making its way into homes, first in AV receivers, and now in soundbars too.There is a caveat of course:... >>

Google removes top touch function from Home Mini smart speaker

Google removes top touch function from Home Mini smart speaker

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Google has rolled out an update to all Google Home Mini devices (currently in the hands on reviewers) that removes the top touch functionality of the device. When you tap on the top of the Home Mini it can play and pause music, while a long touch will... >>

You can now pre-order the new Sonos One with Alexa - get it here

You can now pre-order the new Sonos One with Alexa - get it here

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If you've ever wanted one smart speaker to rule them all, you really should consider the Sonos One.Announced last week, the new Sonos One is a smart speaker with far-field microphones and the ability to work with multiple digital assistants - starting... >>

Google Assistant has a hidden male voice: Here's how to enable it

Google Assistant has a hidden male voice: Here's how to enable it

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Google Assistant has a female voice, by default. You can change it.To be fair: Most tech companies give their monolithic voice-activated digital assistants female voices at launch, rather than male ones. And while that makes it seem like they are actively... >>

Google Home Max vs Google Home Mini vs Google Home: What's the difference?

Google Home Max vs Google Home Mini vs Google Home: What's the difference?

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After releasing a lone Home smart speaker in 2016, Google added two new products to the mix in 2017 in the form of the Home Mini and the Home Max.While they may all have Google Assistant built in meaning they can carry out the same tasks, they have very... >>

Apple HomePod vs Google Home vs Amazon Echo: What's the difference?

Apple HomePod vs Google Home vs Amazon Echo: What's the difference?

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Amazon released the original Amazon Echo in 2015 as an all-in-one speaker and assistant with Amazon Alexa voice control. This device has since been joined by a family of Echo devices, as well as a replacement to the 2015 model in the all-new Echo and... >>

9 Alexa skills that make use of the Amazon Echo Show's display

9 Alexa skills that make use of the Amazon Echo Show's display

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So, you own an Amazon Echo Show, and now you want to take full advantage of that cool display. No problem.Well, there is one small problem: Amazon launched the Echo Show in the US months ago, and now you can get it in the UK, but most of the third-party... >>

How to set up and play music on multiple Amazon Echo devices

How to set up and play music on multiple Amazon Echo devices

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Amazon's Echo devices now support multi-room audio.Technically, Amazon is calling the new feature 'multi-room music', but it works similarly; you can use the feature to play music across multiple Alexa-enabled devices in your home at the same time. But... >>

Sonos One vs Sonos Play:1: What's the difference?

Sonos One vs Sonos Play:1: What's the difference?

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Sonos has announced a new speaker to its portfolio in the form of the Sonos One. The smart speaker brings integrated voice control with Amazon's Alexa from launch, though Google Assistant will follow in 2018.With voice control functionality added to existing... >>

Best Alexa speakers: Amazon Echo alternatives

Best Alexa speakers: Amazon Echo alternatives

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Alexa is great, she can control all manner of smart home products, answer any questions you may have and play you music she thinks you'll love. But that last one can pose a problem if you have the Amazon Echo, because it isn't the greatest sounding speaker... >>

Harman Kardon Invoke Cortana speaker gets official $200 price tag

Harman Kardon Invoke Cortana speaker gets official $200 price tag

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Harman Kardon and Microsoft revealed some details about the Invoke wireless speaker earlier this year, confirming it would be the first to use Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant and sport a premium aluminium build. Harman Kardon Invoke speaker has Microsoft... >>

How to set-up Alexa on your Sonos system

How to set-up Alexa on your Sonos system

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As part of its Sonos One launch event in New York, Sonos also revealed that Alexa voice control is now available for all Sonos devices.If you are part of its public beta program, you can add Alexa support to your Sonos speaker or entire system through... >>

Google Home Max and Home Mini: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Google Home Max and Home Mini: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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Google has announced two new devices: Home Max and Home Mini.It has expanded its Google Home lineup from one speaker with built-in Google Assistant two three speakers with built-in Google Assistant. The two new models, Home Max and Home Mini, are meant... >>

Google Home Max is Google's answer to Apple HomePod

Google Home Max is Google's answer to Apple HomePod

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Google has announced higher-end version of its Home smart speaker with Assistant built-in. It's the company's big rival to Apple HomePod. Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo? It looks a but like the Sonos Play:3, and similarly focuses... >>

It's official: Google announces smaller, softer Home Mini speaker

It's official: Google announces smaller, softer Home Mini speaker

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Google is in the middle of holding a product launch event, and it just announced the Google Home Mini.Isabelle Olson, who is lead designer for Home hardware, took the stage in San Francisco to introduce the latest version of Google Home, Google's smart... >>

Google Home calling: How does it work and where is it available?

Google Home calling: How does it work and where is it available?

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Google just made Google Home a more compelling rival to Amazon Echo.Earlier this year, Amazon launched an Alexa calling service, giving Echo users the ability to phone other Echo users and users of the Alexa app. And if you have the new Echo Show, you... >>

Sonos One is the Alexa and Google Assistant smart speaker set to take over the world

Sonos One is the Alexa and Google Assistant smart speaker set to take over the world

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Sonos has announced a smart version of its Play:1 speaker at an event in New York on 4 October, featuring integrated Alexa voice control but with other assistants, like Google and Cortana, also in the pipeline to join at a later date. It will also support... >>

Sonos One: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Sonos One: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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Sonos has long been teasing voice control for its speakers. It all began in March 2016 when former CEO John MacFarlane said it was within the company's long term strategy but that it would take its time to bring it to market in a "wonderful way".A year-and-a... >>

Sonos to support Apple AirPlay 2 in 2018

Sonos to support Apple AirPlay 2 in 2018

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Sonos has used its 4 October event in New York to announce that all of its current speakers, along with the newly announced Sonos One, will be able to download a software update in 2018 that will grant them AirPlay 2 compatibility. Apple Airplay 2: What... >>

Apple AirPlay 2: What is it, how does it work and what devices are supported?

Apple AirPlay 2: What is it, how does it work and what devices are supported?

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Apple announced iOS 11, the latest iteration of its mobile operating software, at WWDC 2017. Included in iOS 11 is an updated version of AirPlay, Apple's audio and video streaming platform. Conveniently called AirPlay 2, the new version will open up... >>

Alexa voice control now available for Sonos speakers

Alexa voice control now available for Sonos speakers

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Sonos has introduced Amazon Alexa voice control to all its existing speakers. You can now speak to your existing Sonos system through Amazon's Echo devices thanks to a public beta launched today, Tuesday 4 October.You will be prompted to download... >>

Amazing Sonos leak discovers smart speaker name, you'll never guess it

Amazing Sonos leak discovers smart speaker name, you'll never guess it

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Sonos will hold an event in New York later today to formerly announce its latest speaker, much rumoured to be a smart, voice controlled device much like Amazon Echo and Google Home. However, we might have learned a major aspect of it ahead of the announcement:... >>

JBL Flip 4 review: The versatile portable Bluetooth speaker
4.0 stars

JBL Flip 4 review: The versatile portable Bluetooth speaker

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The market is full of Bluetooth speakers, that's no secret. As with any saturated market various manufacturers clamber over one another to try and get the best combination of features into the most attractive possible package. See current price on Amazon... >>

Bose SoundLink Revolve review: Classy, round, room-filling sound
4.5 stars

Bose SoundLink Revolve review: Classy, round, room-filling sound

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The Bluetooth speaker market has changed a lot in the years since the likes of the Jawbone Jambox kickstarted a new movement in loud, room-filling, portable speakers. Now more traditional audio companies are dominating, by pushing the design and audio... >>

Sony SRS-XB40 review: Blinded by the lights, filthy urban bass delights
4.0 stars

Sony SRS-XB40 review: Blinded by the lights, filthy urban bass delights

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What do you look for in a Bluetooth speaker? Is it sophistication in design? Is it smart voice control? Or it brutal bass and a lighting rig that puts that tricked-out Ford Escort XR3i to shame?If it's the last, then the Sony XB40 won't have escaped your... >>

Dynaudio enters the multi-room market with the Music system

Dynaudio enters the multi-room market with the Music system

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Danish audio brand Dynaudio, best known for its high-end loudspeakers, has turned its hand to a more lifestyle product in the form of Music, its very first multi-room music system. Multi-room audio: What is it and what are your options? Not only has Dynaudio... >>

Amazon Echo (original) vs Echo Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Look vs Echo Show vs Echo (2017) vs Echo Plus vs Echo Spot: What's the difference?

Amazon Echo (original) vs Echo Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Look vs Echo Show vs Echo (2017) vs Echo Plus vs Echo Spot: What's the difference?

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Amazon's Echo lineup is insane at this point.It wasn't long ago that a voice-controlled speaker and smart home assistant was the stuff of science-fiction, but in a relatively short time, it has become reality. Amazon's Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices... >>

All-new Amazon Echo is cheaper, shorter, and multi-coloured

All-new Amazon Echo is cheaper, shorter, and multi-coloured

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Amazon is in the middle of holding a surprise press event in Seattle, where it has announced an all-new Echo.The company started out its event by talking about how often Amazon's Alexa-enabled devices are used in the kitchen, specifically for timers and... >>

Roku's latest job openings could point to a voice-controlled smart speaker

Roku's latest job openings could point to a voice-controlled smart speaker

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Roku, purveyor of streaming set-top boxes, could be working on its very own smart speaker that would work in a similar way to Amazon Echo and Google Home, according to some recent job listings. Which Roku media streamer is best for you? All the options... >>

Polk Audio Signa Solo is an inexpensive way to boost your TV's sound

Polk Audio Signa Solo is an inexpensive way to boost your TV's sound

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American audio manufacturer Polk Audio has announced the Signa Solo soundbar. At £149, it's the company's most affordable model and offers an affordable entry point to improve the sound from your flat screen TV. Polk Audio Magnifi Max SR soundbar gives... >>

Q Acoustics M2 soundbase delivers room-filling sound at an affordable price

Q Acoustics M2 soundbase delivers room-filling sound at an affordable price

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British audio company Q Acoustics has announced its latest home entertainment product, the M2 soundbase, which is designed to deliver a big sound at a small price.Getting decent sound in your living room or bedroom when watching movies or listening to... >>

B&O Play Beolit 17 review: Boxing clever
4.5 stars

B&O Play Beolit 17 review: Boxing clever

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When it comes to sound quality, Danish high-end maker Bang & Olufsen is well regarded. The company's offshoots, B&O Play and Beoplay, also create excellent portable speakers and headphones at more accessible price points.Not that the Beolit 17 is exactly... >>

Bose SoundLink Micro waterproof Bluetooth speaker is tiny, tough and just shy of £100

Bose SoundLink Micro waterproof Bluetooth speaker is tiny, tough and just shy of £100

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Bose has announced an addition to its SoundLink wireless speaker range in the diminutive form of the SoundLink Micro.The Bose SoundLink Micro is just 983mm x 983mm x 348mm and 290g. It can be attached to your bike, rucksack or be placed just about anywhere.... >>

You can interact with this BBC radio play using Alexa or Google Home

You can interact with this BBC radio play using Alexa or Google Home

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The BBC has developed a new interactive radio story.The broadcasting company, well-known for its radio plays, has announced a new project: a comedy/science fiction play titled The Inspection Chamber. It partnered with an audio company Rosina Sound on... >>

Amazon Echo Show tips and tricks: Master Alexa from a touchscreen

Amazon Echo Show tips and tricks: Master Alexa from a touchscreen

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Amazon's Echo speaker now comes with a touchscreen - and whole host of hidden ways to leverage Alexa.The Echo Show launched earlier this year, and in Pocket-lint's review, we noted that Amazon could go in so many directions with it. Sure, we'd like to... >>

5 reasons to buy the Libratone Zipp speaker

5 reasons to buy the Libratone Zipp speaker

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The Libratone Zipp is one of the best portable speakers on the market offering great sound and portability amongst other things.Receiving a "recommended Award", in our review on Pocket-lint, we said that "Where the Libratone really excels is with the... >>

Onkyo P3 and G3 smart speakers preview: Alexa or Google, you choose

Onkyo P3 and G3 smart speakers preview: Alexa or Google, you choose

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Several companies announced smart speakers at consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin, some opting for Google Assistant, others for Amazon's Alexa but Onkyo went for both, launching two speakers at the show.The Onkyo P3 is the Amazon Alexa smart speaker,... >>

JBL Link is a three-strong range of speakers with Google Assistant built-in

JBL Link is a three-strong range of speakers with Google Assistant built-in

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JBL has announced a trio of wireless speakers with Google Assistant built in. Power and battery levels vary across the speakers, but they all offer voice-control for music playback, answering questions and controlling other connected smart home products.... >>

Kitsound Voice One speaker preview: First impressions of the £130 Amazon Echo competitor

Kitsound Voice One speaker preview: First impressions of the £130 Amazon Echo competitor

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Consumer electronics show IFA sees a lot of product launches, but speakers with built-in assistants, whether Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, have been announced in abundance. Panasonic and Sony have both launched Google Assistant-powered speakers, while... >>

Sony LF-S50G speaker preview: Google Assistant in smart, subtle form

Sony LF-S50G speaker preview: Google Assistant in smart, subtle form

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They are all at it. Sony is one of the latest companies to announce a smart home speaker with Google Assistant built-in, joining the likes of Panasonic and Onyko.Sony's LF-S50G doesn't have the catchiest name, but it's a pretty good looking speaker and... >>

Panasonic GA10 preview: First impressions of Panasonic's Google Assistant speaker

Panasonic GA10 preview: First impressions of Panasonic's Google Assistant speaker

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Smart speakers are the new black; following the success of devices like the Amazon Echo, we've seen the launch of Google Home and the announcement of the forthcoming Apple HomePod.Unlike Apple, those other players - Google and Amazon - are keen to leverage... >>

Sony gets in on the smart speaker game with LF-S50G

Sony gets in on the smart speaker game with LF-S50G

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Sony has used its press conference at IFA 2017 to unveil the LF-S50G voice-controlled smart speaker, with Google Assistant built in. Think of it as Sony's answer to Google Home. IFA 2017: All the announcements that matter Because it has Google Assistant,... >>

Libratone adds Alexa skill, voice integration, and AirPlay 2 to Zipp speaker

Libratone adds Alexa skill, voice integration, and AirPlay 2 to Zipp speaker

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Libratone Zipp is about to get voice integration and more. What does that mean? First, the Zipp wireless speaker will now work with Alexa, allowing people to voice control not only their Zipp but also connected devices. Simply tap it, then say, “Play... >>

Google Assistant comes to three more speakers, including Panasonic GA10, plus LG appliances

Google Assistant comes to three more speakers, including Panasonic GA10, plus LG appliances

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Google is bringing Google Assistant to more third-party devices from manufacturers, including speakers and appliances.The company revealed it partnered with Anker, Mobvoi, and Panasonic so that Google Assistant will be built directly into new speakers.... >>

Amazon Alexa users will soon be able to use Microsoft Cortana and vice versa

Amazon Alexa users will soon be able to use Microsoft Cortana and vice versa

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Amazon and Microsoft have jointly announced compatibility between their respective Alexa and Cortana voice assistants.You will soon be able to use Alexa on an Amazon Echo or another supported device to access Cortana features. In return, you will also... >>

Whoa - Amazon Echo is out of stock: Is a new model coming soon?

Whoa - Amazon Echo is out of stock: Is a new model coming soon?

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OMG. Amazon might announce Amazon Echo 2 soon. Here's the deal: in July, reports began emerging about Amazon's plan to finally update its original Echo later this year. The company reportedly has been working on ways to improve the speaker, which include... >>

Amazon takes aim at Sonos, enables multi-room music for Echo

Amazon takes aim at Sonos, enables multi-room music for Echo

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It looks like the rumours were true. Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo devices now support 'multi-room music'.Amazon has announced that you can use its voice assistant to control and synchronise music across multiple Amazon Echo devices. All you have to do... >>