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BlitzWolf soundbar announced: great value and strong sound
BlitzWolf soundbar announced: great value and strong sound By Pocket-lint Promotion

Take a look at your flatscreen TV. Looks good, right? But how does it sound? When TVs became flat, the room for decent speakers more or less vanished overnight. To remedy this, you need a dedicated speaker that can match the aesthetics of your screen... Read more

Sonos and Dolby Atmos: Possible, but not right for new Beam speaker
Sonos and Dolby Atmos: Possible, but not right for new Beam speaker By Stuart Miles

Sonos has ruled out Dolby Atmos for its new compact soundbar, the Sonos Beam. In a candid interview with the company's sound experience leader, Giles Martin, he told Pocket-lint that, while he is an avid fan of Dolby's latest surround sound technology,... Read more

Massdrop community buy in bulk, so you save money on Headphones, Cameras, Screens and more...
Massdrop community buy in bulk, so you save money on Headphones, Cameras, Screens and more... By Pocket-lint Promotion

Everyone like's a deal, but you're rarely able to haggle your way to one in a shop these days. Massdrop's approach is different, rather than haggling a deal one by one, it uses the buying power of its users to try and get a better deal with companies... Read more

These slick Sonos Beam accessories let you put the speaker anywhere
These slick Sonos Beam accessories let you put the speaker anywhere By Maggie Tillman

British brand Flexson worked with Sonos to develop five accessories for the Sonos Beam soundbar.The range consists of mounts and stands, two of which are available to pre-order now from sonos.com, while the others will be available to pre-order on 13... Read more

Polk Assist initial review: Google Home with better sound
Polk Assist initial review: Google Home with better sound By Max Langridge

American audio company Polk Audio recently announced the Assist speaker with Google Assistant built in. The idea behind the Assist is to take all the ingenuity of the Google Home speaker, but give it better sound. The Home is a great product with great... Read more

Ikea and Sonos display their first smart speaker prototypes
Ikea and Sonos display their first smart speaker prototypes By Maggie Tillman

If you've been dreaming about a slick-looking, built-in sound system that won't break the bank, then feast your eyes on Ikea's latest project.Ikea and Sonos teased in December that they were partnering up, and then, during the Sonos Beam launch event... Read more

Denon and Marantz commit to AirPlay 2, updates due in August
Denon and Marantz commit to AirPlay 2, updates due in August By Max Langridge

Prestigious hi-fi companies Denon and Marantz have both confirmed they will be committing to supporting Apple AirPlay 2, with the first updates for compatible products due in August.  Apple AirPlay 2: Everything you need to know about Apple's new streaming... Read more

Best Sonos speaker: Sonos One, Play:1, Play:3, Play:5, Beam, Playbar and Playbase compared
Best Sonos speaker: Sonos One, Play:1, Play:3, Play:5, Beam, Playbar and Playbase compared By Britta O'Boyle

Multi-room speaker options are plentiful to say the least, with Denon, Samsung or LG and all offering their own take, with Apple, Amazon and Google now getting into the mix too.Unlike some of the newer additions to the multi-room speaker sector, Sonos... Read more

Sonos Beam vs Sonos Playbar: What's the difference?
Sonos Beam vs Sonos Playbar: What's the difference? By Maggie Tillman

Sonos announced a new smart speaker, the Sonos Beam.The new device is half the price of existing Playbar, it's previously offering for boosting your TV's sound. What are the other differences between the two TV sound-enhancing Sonos speakers, though?... Read more

Sonos Beam initial review: Compact in size, but not in sound
Sonos Beam initial review: Compact in size, but not in sound By Stuart Miles

Sonos has announced a new compact soundbar, Sonos Beam, that plans to bring a more cinematic sound to your living room without the large sometimes clumsy size of a bigger soundbar.Pocket-lint was at the San Francisco launch event ahead of the device going... Read more

Sonos Beam is the smaller soundbar for your living room, Alexa and AirPlay 2 from launch
Sonos Beam is the smaller soundbar for your living room, Alexa and AirPlay 2 from launch By Rik Henderson

Sonos has announced a new speaker for small to medium sized living rooms to complement its already available PlayBar and PlayBase alternatives.The Sonos Beam isn't a replacement for the company's soundbar, as previously rumoured, it's something altogether... Read more

Best Alexa speakers: Top Amazon Echo alternatives
Best Alexa speakers: Top Amazon Echo alternatives By Max Langridge

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... Read more

Apple AirPlay 2 vs AirPlay: What’s the difference?
Apple AirPlay 2 vs AirPlay: What’s the difference? By Maggie Tillman

AirPlay, Apple's proprietary wireless streaming protocol, has received a major update in the form of AirPlay 2.For years, Apple has offered AirPlay so that you could instantly share audio or video between your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, an Apple TV, or another... Read more

Apple AirPlay 2: Everything you need to know about Apple's new streaming tech
Apple AirPlay 2: Everything you need to know about Apple's new streaming tech By Max Langridge

AirPlay is Apple's Wi-Fi audio streaming tech, and the second-generation - which Apple first talked about in 2017 - is now available. But what exactly is AirPlay 2, what will it be able to do and what products will you be able to use it with? We'll explain... Read more

Best Apple HomePod tips and tricks: Plus how to update HomePod
Best Apple HomePod tips and tricks: Plus how to update HomePod By Stuart Miles

So, you've got a new HomePod. Great! But aside from saying "Hey Siri, play me some music" there is plenty more the smart speaker can do.Here we've detailed a load of HomePod tips and tricks to get you started and show you what your new Apple smart speaker... Read more

Apple's cheaper HomePod may carry Beats branding
Apple's cheaper HomePod may carry Beats branding By Max Langridge

Apple is still allegedly planning a cheaper version of its Siri-powered HomePod speaker and when it does launch, it may carry Beats branding, at least that's according to a report from Apple's supply chain, via Chinese site Sina. Apple HomePod: Everything... Read more

Como Audio SpeakEasy combines Google Assistant smarts with hi-fi sound quality
Como Audio SpeakEasy combines Google Assistant smarts with hi-fi sound quality By Max Langridge

American audio manufacturer Como Audio - which recently launched its first multi-room system in the UK - is back with its take on the smart home speaker. Como Audio launches multi-room system in the UK, including CD streaming What is Google Assistant,... Read more

Onkyo AVRs to work with Sonos and support Amazon Alexa
Onkyo AVRs to work with Sonos and support Amazon Alexa By Max Langridge

Onkyo has announced that several of the brands it owns, including Onkyo, Integra and Pioneer Elite, will soon join the 'Works with Sonos' platform, meaning they can be used as part of a Sonos multi-room streaming system.  Sonos deal! Save up to £100... Read more

Ultimate Ears Megablast review: Mr Boombastic, say me fantastic
4.0 stars Ultimate Ears Megablast review: Mr Boombastic, say me fantastic By Chris Hall

The UE Blast and Megablast step away from the Boom 2 and Megaboom to form a new family of Ultimate Ears speakers, but with a similar story to tell: it's all about loudess and portability. These are speakers that are designed to be used anywhere, any... Read more

"Alexa, how many times has the UK won nil points?": Alexa knows everything about Eurovision
"Alexa, how many times has the UK won nil points?": Alexa knows everything about Eurovision By Max Langridge

All eyes will be on be on Lisbon, Portugal this weekend as the annual Eurovision song contest takes places on Saturday 12 May. Amazon Alexa is getting in on the singing action with a special Eurovision skill. Amazon Echo: What can Alexa do and what services... Read more

UE Megaboom McLaren Edition is the ultimate speaker for F1 fans
UE Megaboom McLaren Edition is the ultimate speaker for F1 fans By Rik Henderson

Ultimate Ears and McLaren have teamed to bring you two UE Megaboom McLaren Edition Bluetooth speakers.Available in a limited run, the speakers are inspired by the liveries of two classic McLaren F1 cars.There is the Megaboom McLaren MCL33 Edition with... Read more

Polk Audio Assist is the company's first smart speaker, powered by Google Assistant
Polk Audio Assist is the company's first smart speaker, powered by Google Assistant By Max Langridge

US audio manufacturer Polk Audio has used Google I/O to announce the Assist, it's very first smart speaker powered by Google Assistant.  What is Google Assistant, how does it work, and which devices offer it? It's not the first time the company has used... Read more

Sonos is readying a new smart home speaker with voice control
Sonos is readying a new smart home speaker with voice control By Elyse Betters

Sonos might soon launch a new smart home theater speaker, and it should offer integrated voice control.According to a regulatory filing, which was published on April 30, the company is readying a speaker with the model number S14. Although Sonos has declined... Read more

Sonos confirms AirPlay 2 support will come to these three speakers
Sonos confirms AirPlay 2 support will come to these three speakers By Max Langridge

Multi-room speaker pioneer Sonos, said in October last year that it would be supporting Apple's new AirPlay 2 platform, adding that all of its speakers will be able to work with it. Apple AirPlay 2: What is it, how does it work and what devices are supported?... Read more

Q Acoustics intros revamped 3000i Series speakers from £199
Q Acoustics intros revamped 3000i Series speakers from £199 By Dan Grabham

British loudspeaker purveyor Q Acoustics is back with its latest range – the 3000i starting at £199 for a pair.When you consider the prices of some high-end Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speakers, the value on offer here can’t be understated.After all, you... Read more

Ultimate Ears confirms updates for Blast and Megablast speakers, with greater control for Spotify
Ultimate Ears confirms updates for Blast and Megablast speakers, with greater control for Spotify By Max Langridge

Ultimate Ears has announced a raft of updates coming soon for the Blast and Megablast Bluetooth wireless speakers, with a particular focus being given to Spotify. Ultimate Ears Megablast review: Mr Boombastic, say me fantastic The updates, which for now... Read more

Best turntables 2018: The top record players to buy
Best turntables 2018: The top record players to buy By Max Langridge

You'll no doubt have noticed a greater presence of vinyl records in your local music shop, whether it be a chain or an independent store. Vinyl is really making a comeback and audiophiles will argue that's a good thing. The best Bluetooth speakers to... Read more

Hay Sonos One collection will offer the smart speaker in all manner of colours
Hay Sonos One collection will offer the smart speaker in all manner of colours By Rik Henderson

Sonos has announced a partnership with Danish design company Hay. It will result in a new collection of Sonos One speakers in colours other than black or white.The Hay Sonos One Limited Edition Collection will feature the company's smart speakers in Hay's... Read more

B&O Play launches Beoplay P6 as a powerful, portable Bluetooth speaker
B&O Play launches Beoplay P6 as a powerful, portable Bluetooth speaker By Max Langridge

B&O Play, the lifestyle arm of Danish audio expert Bang & Olufsen, has introduced the Beoplay P6 wireless Bluetooth speaker, which has been designed to be as much as piece of furniture in your home, as it is a speaker. The best Bluetooth speakers 2018... Read more

Is this Facebook's mystery smart speaker?
Is this Facebook's mystery smart speaker? By Max Langridge

Despite the recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Facebook is still expected to launch a voice-enabled smart speaker at some point. It was expected to be unveiled at the company's F8 conference in May, but due to other recent events, that may now not... Read more

Ikea Eneby are minimalist Scandinavian speakers for a budget price
Ikea Eneby are minimalist Scandinavian speakers for a budget price By Max Langridge

Swedish flat-pack furniture retailer Ikea has entered the AV market for the first time, by launching its very own wireless Bluetooth speakers.Called the Eneby, the new range is available in two sizes: 20 x 20cm and 30 x 30cm and in white, grey or black... Read more

Ruark’s stylish MRx connected wireless speaker boasts Spotify Connect and more
Ruark’s stylish MRx connected wireless speaker boasts Spotify Connect and more By Dan Grabham

Brit audio firm Ruark has announced the MRx – a mid-size compact aptX Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speaker. It’s the company’s first foray into a fully connected speaker; there’s no DAB here, for example, though you can stream internet radio stations of... Read more

Oppo Digital isn’t going to make those top-notch 4K Blu-ray players anymore
Oppo Digital isn’t going to make those top-notch 4K Blu-ray players anymore By Dan Grabham

It’s rare that a company decides it’s just going to stop making stuff.At a time when Oppo’s mobile arm is expanding, Oppo’s audio visual division has decided that there’s no money in audio or its excellent 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players and will... Read more

Last chance! Get two Sonos One speakers for £349 before 4 April
Last chance! Get two Sonos One speakers for £349 before 4 April By Max Langridge

It's your last chance to buy two Sonos One speakers with Alexa support for £349, giving you a huge saving of £50 - the offer is available until 4 April.  Get two Sonos One speakers for £349 here The Sonos One is without doubt our favourite voice-controlled... Read more

Como Audio launches multi-room system in the UK, including CD streaming
Como Audio launches multi-room system in the UK, including CD streaming By Max Langridge

American audio company Como Audio has announced it's bringing its range of multi-room speakers, radios and music systems to the UK.Multi-room audio: What is it and how do you get it?The Como Audio range comprises four models: Musica (£649), a one-box... Read more

Sonos welcomes Audible back to its streaming platform
Sonos welcomes Audible back to its streaming platform By Max Langridge

Sonos has announced that Audible, the audiobook service from Amazon, is now back up and running on Sonos speakers after being removed from the multi-room streaming system a couple of years ago. Which Sonos speaker is best for you? One, Play:1, Play:3,... Read more

Wave hello to B&O Play's new ocean-inspired Spring collection
Wave hello to B&O Play's new ocean-inspired Spring collection By Max Langridge

B&O Play, the lifestyle arm of high-end Danish AV company Bang & Olufsen, has revealed new colours for some of its products. Arriving in time for Spring, the new colours are inspired by the "vibrant and powerful colours of the ocean." Which B&O Play speaker... Read more

The best smart speaker 2018: HomePod alternatives to rival Apple's new super Siri speaker
The best smart speaker 2018: HomePod alternatives to rival Apple's new super Siri speaker By Dan Grabham

The Apple HomePod isn't alone in the smart speaker space with plenty of competition, but it is unique in that it's the only one with Siri as the virtual assistant at its core rather than Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Samsung's Bixby is also set to... Read more

A smaller, cheaper Apple HomePod could be on the way
A smaller, cheaper Apple HomePod could be on the way By Max Langridge

The Apple HomePod has only been available for about a month, and it's currently only available in the UK, US and Australia, but that hasn't stopped the rumour mill from churning and saying a new, cheaper model of Apple's smart speaker will be out later... Read more

Bose SoundLink Micro review: Mega sound from the palm-sized portable
4.5 stars Bose SoundLink Micro review: Mega sound from the palm-sized portable By Mike Lowe

When we first looked at the SoundLiink Micro's diminutive proportions, we thought "nah, this dinky speaker can't sound good, can it?". How wrong we were, for Bose's smallest speaker kicks out considerable volume and with more bass than you might imagine.It's... Read more

Multi-room audio: What is it and how do you get it?
Multi-room audio: What is it and how do you get it? By Britta O'Boyle

Multi-room audio is as the name suggests, audio in multiple rooms. It's a concept that has been around for many years, with Sonos perhaps being the pioneer. While the very idea of pumping music around several rooms in your home is now easier than ever,... Read more

Sonos One review: Superb sound with the added bonus of Amazon Alexa
5.0 stars Sonos One review: Superb sound with the added bonus of Amazon Alexa By Britta O'Boyle

The Sonos One is is described by the company as "the smart speaker for music lovers" and it not only offers Amazon's Alexa, but it will offer Google Assistant in 2018 too, giving you a choice of the personal assistant you want to use. Sonos One vs Sonos... Read more

Qualcomm Broadcast Audio brings multi-room audio to Bluetooth devices
Qualcomm Broadcast Audio brings multi-room audio to Bluetooth devices By Max Langridge

Qualcomm has revealed details about a new feature called Broadcast Audio that comes as part of the new Snapdragon 845 mobile processor. Broadcast Audio allows one Bluetooth source device, such as a smartphone, to transmit audio to multiple Bluetooth speakers... Read more

Spotify smart speaker could be on the way following job listings
Spotify smart speaker could be on the way following job listings By Max Langridge

Spotify could soon mount a challenge to the likes of Apple, Sonos, Google and countless other speaker manufacturers, after MusicAlly (via The Guardian) spotted three adverts for an "operations manager", "senior project manager: hardware production" and... Read more

Sonos One vs Sonos Play:1: What's the difference?
Sonos One vs Sonos Play:1: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

How do you choose between the Sonos One and Sonos Play:1? Which is the right Sonos for you?The two Sonos speakers are very similar even though one brings integrated voice control with Amazon Alexa (Google Assistant will also be coming to Sonos One... Read more

Apple HomePod now available for £319, here's where to buy it
Apple HomePod now available for £319, here's where to buy it By Stuart Miles

The Apple HomePod is now available to buy in the UK, US and Australia.  First announced at Apple's developer conference in June 2017, the new Siri-equipped speaker takes on the Amazon Echo and Google Home in the race to be the smart home speaker... Read more

Why HomePod sounds so good: Inside Apple's secret audio lab
Why HomePod sounds so good: Inside Apple's secret audio lab By Stuart Miles

Six years ago, Apple decided it was going to get into the speaker business for a second time. The first attempt, the iPod Hi-Fi, launched in 2006 to mixed reviews.Although the iPod Hi-Fi's life was brief, Apple says it was successful. And let's face it,... Read more

Apple's HomePod is now available to order from John Lewis in the UK
Apple's HomePod is now available to order from John Lewis in the UK By Dan Grabham

The Apple HomePod is now available to buy from John Lewis ahead of the in-store launch this Friday.If you buy one in advance you can collect it from any John Lewis or Waitrose store on Friday - the day of release in the US, UK and Australia. It's available... Read more

What can - and can't - you do with Apple's HomePod?
What can - and can't - you do with Apple's HomePod? By Dan Grabham

Apple’s HomePod is here and will be in stores on Friday. But there’s been a lot of confusion about what you can and can’t do with Apple’s new super speaker. No matter, because we’re here to clear up the confusion. Let’s get clarifying! Everything... Read more

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

Apple's HomePod is here, so how does it compare to the other key players on the market? Namely the significantly cheaper Amazon Echo and Google Home devices.  Check out our verdict on the Apple HomePod Amazon released the original Amazon Echo three years... Read more

Apple HomePod on track to launch "soon", as Apple begins receiving shipments
Apple HomePod on track to launch "soon", as Apple begins receiving shipments By Max Langridge

Just last week, analytics company GBH Insights said Apple's HomePod smart speaker would go on sale within the next four to six weeks. It seems the industry analyst does have good insight, as Apple is said to have started receiving the first shipment of... Read more