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Sonos tips and tricks: Get the most out of your multi-room speaker system
Sonos tips and tricks: Get the most out of your multi-room speaker system By Britta O'Boyle

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... 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

Give your Sonos a stylish boost with these super Flexson mounts and stands
Give your Sonos a stylish boost with these super Flexson mounts and stands By Pocket-lint Promotion

Sonos makes tremendous hi-fi audio equipment, capable of sharing great sound wirelessly across speakers, even across multiple rooms. Its latest release, the small but powerful Sonos Beam compact soundbar, is soon to go on sale.If you've used Sonos speakers,... 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

BBC brings Edinburgh Fringe to smart speakers with late night laughs
BBC brings Edinburgh Fringe to smart speakers with late night laughs By Chris Hall

The BBC will be piping some of the Edinburgh Fringe into a smart speaker near you, thanks to BBC Late Night Laugh. From 6pm on 3 August, you'll be able to ask your smart speaker to access "BBC Late Night Laugh" and you'll get highlights from the Fringe... Read more

How to set-up Alexa on your Sonos system
How to set-up Alexa on your Sonos system By David Nield

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... Read more

Sonos One vs Amazon Echo: What's the difference?
Sonos One vs Amazon Echo: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

If you've considered buying a smart speaker in the last two years, you'll undoubtedly be aware of Amazon's Echo and its Alexa assistant and if you've ever considered multiroom audio, you're almost certain to have come across Sonos. Until very recently,... Read more

How to tune your Sonos speakers with Trueplay for better sound quality
How to tune your Sonos speakers with Trueplay for better sound quality By Britta O'Boyle

Sonos offers a software feature called Trueplay that aims to make your existing Sonos speakers sound better. The software is designed to allow users to place their Sonos speakers wherever they like, even a cupboard, and still achieve good sound quality.Trueplay... Read more

Samsung soundbars and speakers get Deezer lossless audio streaming
Samsung soundbars and speakers get Deezer lossless audio streaming By Rik Henderson

Samsung has announced that it several of its wireless speakers and soundbars are now compatible with Deezer's High Fidelity Lossless Audio streaming service.Those with a Deezer HiFi account can listen to over 36 million tracks at 16-Bit/44.1kHz and many... Read more

What is Alexa Cast and how does it work?
What is Alexa Cast and how does it work? By Chris Hall

Amazon has announced Alexa Cast which makes it more intuitive and easier to send your Amazon Music to compatible devices, like your Amazon Echo.The new casting feature is similar to Spotify Connect or Google Cast, letting you control your Amazon Music... Read more

Apple HomePods will soon be able to call you (maybe)
Apple HomePods will soon be able to call you (maybe) By Dan Grabham

It looks like Apple's HomePod will soon be able to make and answer phone calls as well as enable you to retrieve your voicemails. The enhancement has been seeded to some HomePod testers internally at Apple. There's also reported to be a few other features,... Read more

Polk's Audio Assist smart speaker is now available, powered by Google Assistant
Polk's Audio Assist smart speaker is now available, powered by Google Assistant By Max Langridge

Polk Audio's Google-powered smart speaker is now available in the UK, priced at £179. Like Google Home, it features Google Assistant, but expect a beefier sound than Google's cheaper version.  What is Google Assistant, how does it work, and which devices... Read more

Ruark Audio MRx review: Classy design with a sound to match
4.5 stars Ruark Audio MRx review: Classy design with a sound to match By Max Langridge

British audio company Ruark Audio is best known for its range of DAB digital radios, such as the rather excellent R1 MkIII. However, with more of us turning to music streaming services and with many phones losing their 3.5mm headphone ports, wireless... Read more

Sonos Beam soundbar with built-in Alexa is now available to buy
Sonos Beam soundbar with built-in Alexa is now available to buy By Maggie Tillman

You can now buy the Sonos Beam.Sonos announced its new speaker in June for small to medium sized living rooms. The Sonos Beam isn't a replacement for the company's soundbar, as previously rumoured, it's something altogether new. At 651 x 100 x 68.5mm... Read more

Best Amazon US Prime Day 2018 deals: Phones, laptops, smart home devices, and more
Best Amazon US Prime Day 2018 deals: Phones, laptops, smart home devices, and more By Maggie Tillman

Amazon US Prime Day is here.It's an annual event exclusive to paid Amazon Prime subscribers and there are some amazing offers from Amazon US. If you're a Prime member, the day will be filled to the brim with thousands of amazing deals.Keep in mind you... Read more

Sonos Beam review: Compact in size, not in sound
4.5 stars Sonos Beam review: Compact in size, not in sound By Stuart Miles

This is Sonos Beam, a compact soundbar that's designed to bring cinematic sound to your living room without taking up boat loads of space. Sonos Beam vs Sonos Playbar: What's the difference? Compact soundbars are nothing new, of course, but many tend... 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

Buying the new Sonos Beam soundbar? Here’s how to get the most out of it in your living room
Buying the new Sonos Beam soundbar? Here’s how to get the most out of it in your living room By Pocket-lint Promotion

The new Sonos Beam is the ideal soundbar for a smaller room or if you’re looking for something more compact to deliver your TV's audio in crystal clarity.As with any piece of audio equipment though, you need to make it work for your living room (or... Read more

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

Amazon's Echo speaker now comes with a touchscreen - and whole host of hidden ways to use Alexa.In Pocket-lint's review of the Echo Show we noted that Amazon could go in so many directions with it. Sure, we'd like to see more touch-enabled Alexa skills... Read more

Apple AirPlay 2: Apple's latest streaming tech explained
Apple AirPlay 2: Apple's latest streaming tech explained By Max Langridge

AirPlay is Apple's Wi-Fi audio streaming tech and. There's now a second-generation version. But what is AirPlay 2, what will it be able to do and what products will you be able to use it with? We'll explain all.AirPlay 2 is now available, appearing in... Read more

AirPlay 2 now available on Sonos speakers via software update
AirPlay 2 now available on Sonos speakers via software update By Chris Hall

Sonos said that it would be supporting AirPlay 2 almost as soon as Apple announced it. In April 2018 it then confirmed the speakers it would be updating. Now that update is available to bring AirPlay 2 to your Sonos speakers.AirPlay 2 is available on... 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

Your Sonos One or Beam could lose Alexa support with "limited notice"
Your Sonos One or Beam could lose Alexa support with "limited notice" By Rik Henderson

Sonos has filed to become a public company, seeking to raise up to $100 million in the process. But part of its filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission reveals an alarming fact about its Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers. In particular, their... Read more

Google Home or Chromecast not working? Here's how to fix them
Google Home or Chromecast not working? Here's how to fix them By Dan Grabham

Google Home and Chromecast users have been experiencing problems with their devices over the last day or so and Google has now issued a fix for the problem. It should download automatically to your device, but if not then you need to reset. With Chromecast,... Read more

Sonos Beam vs Sonos Playbar: Which is the best Sonos soundbar for you?
Sonos Beam vs Sonos Playbar: Which is the best Sonos soundbar for you? By Maggie Tillman

Sonos has a new smart compact soundbar, the Sonos Beam. It's half the price of the existing Playbar, its previous offering for boosting your TV's built-in sound.What are the other differences between the two sound-enhancing Sonos speakers for your TV?... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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