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Amazon's Alexa may soon get Voice ID for recognising different voices

Amazon's Alexa may soon get Voice ID for recognising different voices

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Amazon is reportedly trying to enhance its Alexa voice assistant with a new voice-recognition capability.The company wants Alexa to be able to recognise individual voices, according to a report from Time, meaning your Echo or Alexa-enabled device would... >>

Ruark Audio MR1 MK2 desktop speakers are redesigned for the digital age

Ruark Audio MR1 MK2 desktop speakers are redesigned for the digital age

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The Ruark Audio MR1 desktop speakers are now four years old, so the company has decided it high time to give them an update. Much of the acoustic performance has been left the same, as Ruark believes they're already nigh-on perfect.The drivers for example... >>

Orbitsound wants its new audio system to be the only One you need

Orbitsound wants its new audio system to be the only One you need

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British audio company Orbitsound has announced its first ever one-box audio system, complete with integrated subwoofer. Called the One, Orbitsound's latest audio product can be placed in a variety of positions and orientations - Orbitsound has three... >>

Orbitsound One P70 preview: The compact, affordable soundbar

Orbitsound One P70 preview: The compact, affordable soundbar

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British-based audio company Orbitsound has unveiled a new soundbar, the One P70. At its £299 price point it's very well positioned to undercut some of the big-boy competitiors and deliver TV-boosting sound.But that's not all the P70 can do, for it's... >>

Massive Sonos Brexit price hike coming: Buy your Playbar, Sub and speakers today!

Massive Sonos Brexit price hike coming: Buy your Playbar, Sub and speakers today!

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Sonos is putting up the prices of all its speakers and accessories, by as much as £100 - and today is the last day to buy your Sonos kit before the price rise.Sonos blames the enormous price hike on Brexit, claiming that the dramatic fall in value of... >>

Sonos Playbase listing leaks online, expected in March for $699

Sonos Playbase listing leaks online, expected in March for $699

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A listing for a Sonos Playbase has appeared on American retail site B&H Photo, saying it's coming soon and will cost $699. Twitter user Jon Maddox has also shared some alleged images of the new Sonos product. New Sonos Playbase pic.twitter.com/udu18n03lx... >>

Rockjaw Resonate review: Rock solid audio with a price that resonates
4.0 stars

Rockjaw Resonate review: Rock solid audio with a price that resonates

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In the world of popular brands like Beats, Bose and Sony, it can be hard to make a name for yourself as a headphone manufacturer. The best way to do so is to release headphones that offer fantastic versatility, audio and build quality, for as little outlay... >>

Pansonic's All Connected audio vision explored: Much improved multi-room audio

Pansonic's All Connected audio vision explored: Much improved multi-room audio

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Panasonic has taken the wraps off its new range of audio products, that join the company's All Connected multi-room streaming platform.The new products include a one-box hi-fi micro system, slimline, wall-mountable all-in-one sound system and a new... >>

Amazon Tap goes hands-free: How to make it wake up to 'Alexa'

Amazon Tap goes hands-free: How to make it wake up to 'Alexa'

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Who owns an Amazon Tap? Anyone?It's not exactly the most compelling speaker in the Echo lineup, considering it isn't a hands-free and can't respond to the "Alexa" wake word. Instead, to wake Alexa, you have to tap the Tap. The 6.2-inch-tall cylinder... >>

Alexa voice control coming to all existing Sonos speakers, soon

Alexa voice control coming to all existing Sonos speakers, soon

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Sonos will be introducing voice control to all its existing speakers through Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot later this year, though an exact date has yet to be detailed.The company announced plans to introduce voice control in March 2016, but it said it would... >>

Return of an icon: Technics SL-1200GR and black SL-1210GR turntables to launch in April for £1299 a piece

Return of an icon: Technics SL-1200GR and black SL-1210GR turntables to launch in April for £1299 a piece

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Technics has introduced a new model to its illustrious range of turntables. The SL-1210GR is the same as the SL-1200GR we saw at CES at the beginning of the year, but comes sporting a rather fetching new black finish. Technics launches a more affordable... >>

Google Home tips and tricks: Master your domestic AI

Google Home tips and tricks: Master your domestic AI

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Google Home isn't just a speaker with built-in Google Search.With it, you can control your smart home devices, cue up a movie on your TV, replace your desktop speakers, and more. To get the most out of your Goole Home, you really need to do a deep-dive... >>

LG G6 might come with Google Assistant (and maybe even Alexa)

LG G6 might come with Google Assistant (and maybe even Alexa)

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LG's next flagship could be getting a coveted feature: Google Assistant.Oh, and maybe Amazon Alexa.Currently, the only phones with Google Assistant are the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. If LG were add Assistant to the upcoming LG G6, it would make LG the... >>

Sonos is planning a new speaker with built-in Alexa voice control

Sonos is planning a new speaker with built-in Alexa voice control

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Sonos plans to one day launch a speaker you can control with your voice via Amazon Alexa (and maybe even Google Assistant).It seems like every company is making an Amazon Echo-like speaker, but Sonos isn't your average company. It makes premium speakers... >>

LG's Music Flow speakers will soon be Google Home speakers

LG's Music Flow speakers will soon be Google Home speakers

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Forget about Alexa. Google's Assistant is going to be everywhere soon.With Amazon's Alexa appearing in every other gadget these days, it's no surprise to see Google is allowing third-party device makers to integrate its Google Home assistant into their... >>

Sony HT-ST5000 Dolby Atmos soundbar preview: 7.1.2, Chromecast and Spotify Connect

Sony HT-ST5000 Dolby Atmos soundbar preview: 7.1.2, Chromecast and Spotify Connect

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Sony was one of the manufacturers at this year's CES to throw its weight behind Dolby Atmos, the audio format with extra height channels to create a more immersive bubble of sound.The Sony HT-ST5000 soundbar, which perfectly matches the company's Dolby... >>

LG SJ9 Dolby Atmos soundbar preview: Extended home cinema without the clutter

LG SJ9 Dolby Atmos soundbar preview: Extended home cinema without the clutter

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There were plenty of soundbars launched at CES in January, with 2017 looking like the year that Dolby Atmos properly takes off in the home.Sony and Samsung are both investing heavily in Dolby Atmos kit, while LG is really going to town with the technology.... >>

LG PJ9 levitating speaker preview: The Bluetooth speaker that hovers

LG PJ9 levitating speaker preview: The Bluetooth speaker that hovers

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Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes and sizes these days, and there are even some that float.But when you normally talk about floating speakers, you are usually referring to waterproof devices, that you can use in a swimming pool.The LG PJ9 is a different... >>

Best of CES 2017 - Speakers: B&O, LG, and more

Best of CES 2017 - Speakers: B&O, LG, and more

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Speakers always get a good shout-out at CES and this year was no different. Multi-room is still a rapidly growing market and Dolby Atmos surround sound is now trickling down into more affordable soundbars. Here are some of the best we've seen from the... >>

LG Tone Studio preview: Yep, it's a speaker for your neck

LG Tone Studio preview: Yep, it's a speaker for your neck

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One of the hottest trends we've noticed so far at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is speakers. They're everywhere, and apparently, they can be worn anywhere, including your neck. Crazy and whacky gadgets of CES 2017 For instance, LG... >>

B&O Play BeoPlay M5 preview: Woollen-clad woofer

B&O Play BeoPlay M5 preview: Woollen-clad woofer

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B&O Play likes to do things in a Danish way. That's probably why the new BeoPlay M5 comes clad in a wool-blend coat, as if it could go camping in the hills of a Troldeskoven.But no, the M5 isn't designed to leave the house. It's a wired speaker after... >>

Great tech gift ideas for 2017

Great tech gift ideas for 2017

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Christmas has been and gone, but that doesn't mean you can't spoil yourself.Perhaps you didn't get what you really wanted, or you've got some pocket money from "granny" and are now keen to spend it.We've complied a list of some great gadgets and gizmos ideas... >>

Technics launches a more affordable version of its iconic table: the SL-1200GR

Technics launches a more affordable version of its iconic table: the SL-1200GR

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Technics was talk of the town at CES 2016 with the revival of the iconic SL-1200G turntable and at this year's show, the company is back with an updated model, the SL-1200GR. CES 2017: All the announcements that matter from LG, Samsung, Panasonic and... >>

Smart Assistant is Lenovo's new Alexa-powered speaker

Smart Assistant is Lenovo's new Alexa-powered speaker

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Lenovo is taking CES by storm, as usual. The company has announced a bunch of new products, the most exciting of which is a new Alexa-powered Smart Assistant speaker - ahead of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where it'll be putting... >>

LG made a levitating Bluetooth speaker and will show it off at CES

LG made a levitating Bluetooth speaker and will show it off at CES

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If Amazon Echo and Google Home are any indication, speakers are a hot commodity right now.So, it makes since that LG would jump on board, but instead of loading its Bluetooth speaker with smart features such as a voice-activated assistant, the company... >>

Sonos tips and tricks: Get the most out of your multi-room system

Sonos tips and tricks: Get the most out of your multi-room system

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Sonos has one of the strongest multi-room offerings out there. Its speaker line-up is not only plentiful, with several combinations possible, but the platform that controls everything is one of the best out there, if not the best.If you've opted for Sonos... >>

Here's how to control Netflix using Google Home

Here's how to control Netflix using Google Home

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Now you can ask Google Home to pause House of Cards on your TV.Google Home could easily beat Amazon Echo - if it offered more integrations and skills. The addition of Netflix support is a major step in the right direction. Google's voice-activated speaker... >>

This Harman Kardon speaker packs Microsoft's Cortana

This Harman Kardon speaker packs Microsoft's Cortana

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The first speaker with Cortana built-in is almost here.Last week, Microsoft hinted it wanted to compete with devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo, both of which are always-listening, connected speakers packing their own voice assistants. Although... >>

Win a Cambridge Audio TVB2 sound bar

Win a Cambridge Audio TVB2 sound bar

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Pocket-lint and Cambridge Audio are teaming up to bring you the chance to win a TVB2 sound bar.The TVB2 sound bar from Cambridge Audio upgrades your TV’s sound to unparalleled heights whilst also providing incredible music playback thanks to housing... >>

What is Sonos Trueplay and how does it work?

What is Sonos Trueplay and how does it work?

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Sonos Trueplay is a software feature that will allow anyone who owns a Sonos speaker to tune it specifically to the room it is in. In a similar way to how someone might tune a professional hi-fi system, Sonos essentially brought this technology to the... >>

How to control Sonos through Spotify

How to control Sonos through Spotify

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Sonos has released the over-the-air software update that allows users to play music directly from the Spotify app, rather than just through the Sonos app.Until now, Sonos users were required to sign into their Spotify Premium account via the Sonos app... >>

Now all Sonos users can now control their systems from Spotify

Now all Sonos users can now control their systems from Spotify

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Sonos and Spotify have long been associated with each other, but the relationship has become even closer as you now control your connected music system from the Spotify app.Initially available on select devices and as part of the Sonos Public Beta 7.0,... >>

Apple adds (Product)Red Beats Solo 3 Wireless headphones and Pill+ speakers to charity line

Apple adds (Product)Red Beats Solo 3 Wireless headphones and Pill+ speakers to charity line

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Apple supports the (Product)Red campaign all year round, but in honour of World AIDS Day will offer special editions of popular iOS apps on the App Store for the coming week. It has also announced four new (Product)Red products, including a couple of... >>

New Amazon Echo with a screen and better speakers might arrive in 2017

New Amazon Echo with a screen and better speakers might arrive in 2017

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Amazon has big plans for Echo.According to Bloomberg, the online retailer is planning a major update to its line of voice-activated speakers. It is developing a premium speaker with a 7-inch screen. Amazon’s original Echo speaker is a cylindrical device... >>

Final Fantasy 15 Sony Walkman, headphones and speaker will have fans freaking

Final Fantasy 15 Sony Walkman, headphones and speaker will have fans freaking

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Final Fantasy 15 (or XV, as it's officially designated) makes its long awaited debut tomorrow, 29 November, and Sony Japan has crafted some special edition audio products to celebrate.The daddy of three limited edition devices is a Final Fantasy 15 Sony... >>

Grab a Sonos Play:1 for £139 from Black Friday to Cyber Monday

Grab a Sonos Play:1 for £139 from Black Friday to Cyber Monday

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The Sonos Play:1 is the entry point to Sonos' range of multi-room wireless speakers. It may be small in size but the sound it can deliver will likely take you by surprise upon first listen. Buy a Sonos Play:1 for £139 It's a versatile speaker too and... >>

Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos soundbar review: Genuinely immersive audio
4.5 stars

Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos soundbar review: Genuinely immersive audio

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Sound is a bigger part of your home entertainment setup than you might initially give it credit. Well, you know that, because you're interested in a Dolby Atmos soundbar, a way of bringing the latest in cinema surround sound excitement into your home... >>

The Pocket-lint Gadget Awards winners

The Pocket-lint Gadget Awards winners

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Another year draws to a close but not before we celebrate the finest games, gadgets and other tech treats of the last 12 months in the annual EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards. It's time to reveal the winners.You have been voting in your droves, along with... >>

New Bang & Olufsen Cool Modern Collection is bold as brass, see the stunning new look here

New Bang & Olufsen Cool Modern Collection is bold as brass, see the stunning new look here

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Bang & Olufsen has announced a new design theme for its entire high-end range of products, based on the Art Deco movement of the 1920s.Its Cool Modern Collection adds a touch of brass-toned class to its range, with speakers, its latest TV and music systems... >>

Samsung acquires Harman for $8 billion

Samsung acquires Harman for $8 billion

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Samsung has confirmed it has bought Harman International Industries for $8 billion in cash, at a value of $112 per share. Samsung says it's bought Harman to give it a "significant presence in the large and rapidly growing market for connected technologies,... >>

Electric Jukebox launches, bringing millions of songs to your TV

Electric Jukebox launches, bringing millions of songs to your TV

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 Electric Jukebox is the latest music streaming player to hit the UK. It's backed by celebrities including Robbie Williams, Stephen Fry, Sheryl Crow and Alesha Dixon and aims to add nearly 30 million songs to your TV. Which is the best music streaming... >>

B&O Play A2 Active is the A2 on steroids

B&O Play A2 Active is the A2 on steroids

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B&O Play has just unveiled the BeoPlay A2 Active wireless speaker, a new, more rugged version of the premium A2. The new model has undergone more cosmetic changes than anything else but can now defend against dust, as well as the occasional splash of... >>

Denon Heos HS2 review: A true Sonos competitor
5.0 stars

Denon Heos HS2 review: A true Sonos competitor

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We had no problems recommending the original Denon Heos multi-room speaker range, but a couple of minor gripes stopped it from true five-star performance. The follow-up, rebooted Heos HS2 range goes all out, offering hi-res streaming support and Bluetooth... >>

Denon Heos gets Alexa integration; bark commands at your speakers or soundbar

Denon Heos gets Alexa integration; bark commands at your speakers or soundbar

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Denon has just announced it's struck up an agreement with Amazon that will see its Alexa voice-enabled assistant integrated to all Heos-enabled products by Q1 2017. It means Heos owners will be able to control their music systems using just their voice,... >>

Bose SoundTouch 300 soundbar leads trio of new audio systems into wireless era

Bose SoundTouch 300 soundbar leads trio of new audio systems into wireless era

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Bose is banking on Wi-Fi for its three new home cinema options, with the SoundTouch 300 soundbar leading the way.It has a small form factor, less than a metre long and just 57mm high, yet packs in a lot of speaker tech. There is the company's proprietary... >>

Dali Katch review: Audio artistry meets 'tache-twiddling design
4.0 stars

Dali Katch review: Audio artistry meets 'tache-twiddling design

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The word Dali will probably see your mind either wander to the 'tache-twiddling famed Spanish artist, or to a certain Danish audio manufacturer known for its great quality speakers. The Dali Katch isn't necessarily a piece of art to be hung in a gallery,... >>

Naim Mu-so gets Bentley special edition treatment… without the Bentley price tag

Naim Mu-so gets Bentley special edition treatment… without the Bentley price tag

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We've long been fans of the Naim Mu-so and its smaller Mu-so Qb sibling. Now, in collaboration with Bentley's design team, the two all-in-one speaker models have got the top-end car maker's special design treatment. Talk about British design tour de force.Nope,... >>

Devialet Gold Phantom review: Pure gold from this space-age Wi-Fi speaker
4.5 stars

Devialet Gold Phantom review: Pure gold from this space-age Wi-Fi speaker

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Gaming fans might think the Devialet Phantom looks like a real-life replica of Ghost from smash-hit title Destiny, but audiophiles will know the high-end French manufacturer doesn't speak in vocoded Peter Dinklage, but instead top-end, crystal clear audio.... >>

Naim's redesigned Uniti range is sophisticated and sexy

Naim's redesigned Uniti range is sophisticated and sexy

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Naim is an audio brand that's targeted at the high-end audiophiles out there. The products are expensive, but they reward customers with incredible build quality and sound. Naim has just announced its redesigned the Uniti all-in-one systems range, and... >>

Porsche Design's first audio products have been made with KEF

Porsche Design's first audio products have been made with KEF

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Porsche Design, Porsche's premium-lifestyle arm, has turned to KEF to help it release it's first range of hi-fi audio products, not including the €2900 911 soundbar. The new products are the Gravity One; a wireless Bluetooth speaker; Space One, a pair... >>