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Samsung HW-MS650 review: A superb single-box soundbar solution
5.0 stars

Samsung HW-MS650 review: A superb single-box soundbar solution

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Soundbars are emerging as the preferred choice for a lot of people. Compact, easy to accommodate in the home and getting better and better in performance with every generation, there are plenty of reasons to plump for a smart soundbar over a more traditional... >>

Sonos PlayBase review: Super-slim soundbase makes TV sound sublime
4.5 stars

Sonos PlayBase review: Super-slim soundbase makes TV sound sublime

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Sonos doesn't launch a new product every month, or even every year, but when it does it's well worth the wait for top notch sound. The company's latest speaker, the PlayBase - which is designed to slide underneath your TV rather than mount onto the... >>

Creative iRoar Go review: Wild sound, tame design
4.0 stars

Creative iRoar Go review: Wild sound, tame design

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With what seems like a zillion portable Bluetooth speakers available, it can be tricky to decide which one to buy. Creative might not be the most obvious name that springs to mind, but its Roar series has been a strong contender in the space for years... >>

Ultimate Ears UE Wonderboom review: An explosion of musical joy
5.0 stars

Ultimate Ears UE Wonderboom review: An explosion of musical joy

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UE is back with the Wonderboom, the latest Bluetooth speaker to join the Boom party. And this time it's going small. Like the UE Roll 2, this speaker takes things smaller, making it even easier to port around its fun brand of Bluetooth music, but doing... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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,... >>

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.... >>

Halo Master Chief and Darth Vader Bluetooth speakers in the flesh, both on pre-order now

Halo Master Chief and Darth Vader Bluetooth speakers in the flesh, both on pre-order now

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When we last met AC Worldwide, we saw a couple of superb, Star Wars-licensed Bluetooth speakers in the shape of a Stormtrooper helmet and C-3PO's head respectively. We were also told at the time that they would soon be joined by Darth Vader and Master... >>

B&O BeoPlay A1 by Bang & Olufsen review: Bluetooth speaker bliss
5.0 stars

B&O BeoPlay A1 by Bang & Olufsen review: Bluetooth speaker bliss

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It's not often a Bluetooth speaker has its designer's name tucked away within its specification. But then the BeoPlay A1, by Bang & Olufsen, is no ordinary Bluetooth speaker; it's exemplary for the kind of sound quality that can be achieved at this small... >>

Harman Kardon Go + Play review: Post-retro design, powerful audio
4.0 stars

Harman Kardon Go + Play review: Post-retro design, powerful audio

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Can a wireless speaker already be retro? Weirdly enough, that's what the Harman Kardon Go + Play feels like. There's something refreshing about how out-of-step it is.As a large wireless speaker it totally ignores the trend for every speaker larger than... >>

Zemi Aria speaker review: Majors and minors
4.0 stars

Zemi Aria speaker review: Majors and minors

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When we meet Francesco Pellisari, the designer of the Zemi Aria speaker, he's a mixture of eccentric Italian and yet quiet in that seemingly genius-like manner. Does his latest speaker exhibit the same qualities as its designer?We're drawn to the Zemi... >>

ACW Star Wars Bluetooth speakers preview: Joined soon by Vader and Master Chief

ACW Star Wars Bluetooth speakers preview: Joined soon by Vader and Master Chief

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There have been a few Star Wars themed speakers over the years but few quite as visually impressive as the first duo of Bluetooth loudspeakers from British audio firm AC Worldwide.It revealed to Pocket-lint that it will be releasing additional models... >>

Roberts Radio S2 review: Singling out Sonos?
4.0 stars

Roberts Radio S2 review: Singling out Sonos?

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The Roberts Radio S2 - which is part of a whole new series of R-Line multi-room speakers - is one of the first products from everyone's favourite DAB radio maker. Alongside Pure Digital, anyway.At £279 the S2 is a good deal more affordable than the Sonos... >>

Naim Mu-so Qb review: An all-round success
5.0 stars

Naim Mu-so Qb review: An all-round success

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When the original Naim Mu-so launched in 2014, it was received with critical acclaim. Although it's a physically large bit of kit, it impressed us so much that it took the Pocket-lint Awards gong for best speaker in 2015.Which sets-up the newer, smaller-scale... >>

Libratone Zipp review: A sound Scandinavian success
4.5 stars

Libratone Zipp review: A sound Scandinavian success

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Libratone is a Scandinavian company and does things a little differently. First, it likes its materials: whether woolly coats or similar, like with its Diva soundbar. Second, its products aren't as outlandishly expensive as most things in Copenhagen.The... >>

Beats Pill+ review: A pricey pill to swallow
3.5 stars

Beats Pill+ review: A pricey pill to swallow

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Portable Bluetooth speakers are available in abundance right now. Whether ones made by companies you've heard of, or ones that you haven't, the price and ability of such speakers hugely varies. With Beats now owned by Apple adding a sense of extra kudos... >>

Harman Voyager Dashboard: Is a detachable car stereo speaker the future?

Harman Voyager Dashboard: Is a detachable car stereo speaker the future?

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 Harman, the group that owns audio brands like JBL, Infinity, AKG and Mark Levinson, ­­has unveiled a new in-car audio solution here at CES. The Voyager Dashboard consists of a portable speaker unit, which pops into and out of the dashboard top, removing... >>

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 35 preview: Pentagonal powerhouse

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 35 preview: Pentagonal powerhouse

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Danish audio maker Bang & Olufsen is known for its high-end materials and finish in its products. That's something the BeoSound 35 soundbar-esque multi-room music system strives to achieve, but with a somewhat harsher-looking pentagonal form than the... >>

Feel like a teenager again with the DJ-centric LG Loudr CM9960

Feel like a teenager again with the DJ-centric LG Loudr CM9960

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As you travelled around the massive LG stand at CES 2016 there was one area you wouldn't want to have a meeting on. The company had effectively turned it into a club by demonstrating the latest entries in the loud, DJ-centric Loudr series of audio products... >>

Samsung HW-K950 soundbar gives you wireless Dolby Atmos from the box, we have a listen

Samsung HW-K950 soundbar gives you wireless Dolby Atmos from the box, we have a listen

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We've been harking on about Dolby Atmos and extra height channels in a surround sound setup for a while now, but you've really only been able to replicate the more immersive experience at home for yourself if you had a supported AV receiver. Samsung's... >>

Monster Superstar HotShot: The lightest, most portable Bluetooth speaker around

Monster Superstar HotShot: The lightest, most portable Bluetooth speaker around

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Having tried several portable Bluetooth speakers in the past, specifically to give us tunes on the move when at festivals, we can see exactly why there is a market for them. The only issue, especially for those who are travelling light and by foot, is... >>

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless review: Big, bold and Bluetooth at last
5.0 stars

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless review: Big, bold and Bluetooth at last

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It's been more than four years since Bowers & Wilkins last unleashed a Zeppelin speaker system onto the world - and almost eight since the first one nigh-on created the high-end iPod dock category (remember those?). Now the oval audio behemoth is back... >>

Ultimate Ears UE Boom 2 review: Booming back for the sequel
4.5 stars

Ultimate Ears UE Boom 2 review: Booming back for the sequel

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Ultimate Ears has become more of a household name since its inception by then-Logitech (now just Logi), since releasing a variety of Bluetooth speakers to the market. The first UE Boom, released back in 2013, was one of the best small-scale portable speakers... >>

Cambridge Audio G5 review: Sleek and smart Bluetooth speaker
4.0 stars

Cambridge Audio G5 review: Sleek and smart Bluetooth speaker

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The Cambridge Audio G5 is a mid-size wireless speaker. It'll fit in a rucksack but certainly not a coat pocket, and the £229 price sits in the same middle ground. It's not cheap, but is also not so expensive you'll feel like you need to use the G5 as... >>

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15 review: Portable picnic party
4.0 stars

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15 review: Portable picnic party

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Bang & Olufsen is well known for making top notch speakers with quirky design features. In the Beloit 15 it's as though B&O has taken the concept of a picnic hamper and crammed a bunch of drivers into it for large scale on-the-go sound.It's not a boombox... >>

Sonos Play 5 review: Smart, sophisticated, superb
5.0 stars

Sonos Play 5 review: Smart, sophisticated, superb

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Sonos is far from a new player in the multi-room speaker sector. It's been playing the game and playing it well for the last decade. However, multi-room is a very different market now to when Sonos first appeared - competition has increased significantly... >>

Ministry of Sound Audio L Plus review: Much more than a Clubber's Guide
4.0 stars

Ministry of Sound Audio L Plus review: Much more than a Clubber's Guide

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Who would have thought that Ministry of Sound would be an obvious Sonos multi-room audio competitor? That's exactly where the Audio L Plus is targeting its attention, as the top-of-line product in the MoS Audio range.Forget sweat-dripping-from-the-ceiling... >>

Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 review: Big audio, basic design
4.5 stars

Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 review: Big audio, basic design

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When the original Creative Sound Blaster Roar landed on our desk last year we were impressed by the big sound from its small scale. Now it's the turn of the more compact, more powerful, yet more expensive sequel: the Roar 2.It's incredible how quickly... >>

Naim Mu-so review: A sonic sensation
5.0 stars

Naim Mu-so review: A sonic sensation

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Hi-fi systems in the traditional sense are a bit of a dying breed. But Naim, a company which makes some incredible (yet eye-wateringly expensive) systems, isn't shying away from the new order.The Naim Mu-so is the company's first all-in-one wireless speaker,... >>

Chromecast Audio review: Simply connect your disconnected speakers
5.0 stars

Chromecast Audio review: Simply connect your disconnected speakers

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Google's Chromecast, launched in 2014, grasped home cinema by the lapels and shook it firmly. The convoluted path to a connected TV experience was firmly diverted into modern streaming ease and at a price that was almost rude. Jump forward to the present... >>

Sony SRS-X55 Bluetooth speaker review: Serious sound
5.0 stars

Sony SRS-X55 Bluetooth speaker review: Serious sound

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It can so often be a gamble when going to buy a Bluetooth speaker such as the Sony SRS-X55. With so many makers in the market - some good, others bad - there's always the question as to whether diminutive size will bring big sound.With the Sony SRS-X55... >>

Orbitsound A70 Airsound Bar review: Stylish soundbar
4.5 stars

Orbitsound A70 Airsound Bar review: Stylish soundbar

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Of all the British brands out there, Orbitsound might not be the first one to pop into your head. But since the London-based company's conception back in 2005 it's forged forward with decent audio products and, in the Orbitsound A70 Airsound Bar, it's... >>

Denon Heos review: Multiroom made easy
4.5 stars

Denon Heos review: Multiroom made easy

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Denon has been toying with networked streaming devices for a while – the Airplay-touting Ceol family being the pick of the bunch – but with the Heos system the company has set its sights on the one-box, house-party-loving, multiroom domain currently... >>

Ultimate Ears UE Roll review: Rock 'n' roll
4.0 stars

Ultimate Ears UE Roll review: Rock 'n' roll

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We've been suitably impressed by Ultimate Ears' range of Bluetooth speakers, from the UE Boom to UE Megaboom. The company's latest, the UE Roll, is a mini-discus-shaped portable speaker with typically colourful Ultimate Ears style, but with the addition... >>

Fugoo review: A Bluetooth speaker delicacy available in three distinct flavours
4.0 stars

Fugoo review: A Bluetooth speaker delicacy available in three distinct flavours

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Standing out in the overcrowded Bluetooth speaker market is tough. But it's being not only tough but also adaptable, as is the case of the Fugoo speaker, which marks its point of difference. Three jacket options - Style, Sport and Tough - are available,... >>

Samsung Wireless Audio 360: R6 and R7 speakers shake up multi-room (hands-on)

Samsung Wireless Audio 360: R6 and R7 speakers shake up multi-room (hands-on)

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Samsung has announced the availability of its Wireless Audio 360 speakers at an event in London, following their original launch at CES 2015. There are two speakers in the range – the R6 and the R7 – both of which have a very distinct design and some... >>

LG Music Flow review: A multiroom Jekyll and Hyde
3.5 stars

LG Music Flow review: A multiroom Jekyll and Hyde

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LG entered the multiroom music arena not with an exploratory dip of the toe, but with an explosion: a fully-featured line-up of audio products, designed to cater for just about any situation. In its sights is Sonos, the system that has not only set the... >>

Ruark Audio R1 Mk3 review: Rockin' radio
4.5 stars

Ruark Audio R1 Mk3 review: Rockin' radio

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We've wanted to pop a small DAB radio in our newly built kitchen in order to catch some BBC Radio 6 and treat the ears to new tunes while cooking for some time.During said kitchen's construction, however, we've been treated to the delights of what we... >>

Pure Pop by Mini Moderns hands-on: Very British Bluetooth digital radios for all tastes

Pure Pop by Mini Moderns hands-on: Very British Bluetooth digital radios for all tastes

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Pure has revealed a new collaboration with London design studio Mini Moderns that has resulted in one of its most striking collection of DAB radios yet.The special edition Pop Maxi and Pop Midi radios have been co-designed by Mini Moderns, using the... >>

Monster SuperStar Backfloat Bluetooth speaker review: Making a splash?
3.5 stars

Monster SuperStar Backfloat Bluetooth speaker review: Making a splash?

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There are so many Bluetooth speakers on the market that picking the best one can be a tough decision. Price, sound quality, portability - they all matter. Monster's approach with the SuperStar Backfloat is to add a two distinct selling points into the... >>

Sony Multi-room Audio: Hi-Res music but it will cost you (hands-on)

Sony Multi-room Audio: Hi-Res music but it will cost you (hands-on)

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Sony announced a move into the multi-room audio at CES 2015 at the beginning of the year but the products haven't been made available until now.The multi-room line-up includes everything from wireless speakers and sound bars to TV base speakers, AV receivers... >>