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Amazon Echo Sub initial review: Getting serious about sound
0.0 stars Amazon Echo Sub initial review: Getting serious about sound By Dan Grabham

This is Amazon Echo Sub, a sign that Amazon is starting to get serious about the sound quality of its Echo devices. At a time when Google and Apple are talking up sound quality, Amazon needed to have a product that answered this need. But Amazon does... Read more

Amazon Echo Sub is a plug-and-play subwoofer to boost your Echo music
Amazon Echo Sub is a plug-and-play subwoofer to boost your Echo music By Chris Hall

UPDATE: Amazon's Echo Sub is now official. You can catch up with our earlier leak story below.Alternatively, head here to find out all the latest, official details: Amazon Echo Sub arrives to beef up your Alexa speakers.Earlier story...Amazon is adding... 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

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

Amazon announced Alexa Cast in July 2018 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... Read more

Samsung HW-N950 soundbar review: Surround sound sensation, no separates required
5.0 stars Samsung HW-N950 soundbar review: Surround sound sensation, no separates required By Steve Withers

The Samsung HW-N950 is the Korean manufacturer's flagship soundbar, and the first to benefit from Samsung's acquisition of Harman Kardon. The N950 not only supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, but also offers a genuine immersive audio experience thanks to... 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

JBL Xtreme 2 review: Taking the party outside
4.5 stars JBL Xtreme 2 review: Taking the party outside By Mike Lowe

One look at the JBL Xtreme 2 and you'll know it's not designed as a fancy-looking speaker to sit pride of place on your polished wooden furniture. Nope, this tubular (perhaps construed as if we're in the 1980s, dudes) speaker's design is clearly targeted... Read more

Marshall intros two Alexa-powered smart speakers
Marshall intros two Alexa-powered smart speakers By Dan Grabham

Marshall has announced Amazon Alexa-powered versions of its Stanmore and Acton speakers are UK-bound. Known as the Stanmore II Voice and Acton II Voice, the new speakers are rather familiar at a glance. They take on the famous look and feel of Marshall’s... Read more

Marshall Kilburn II review: The Bluetooth blaster
4.0 stars Marshall Kilburn II review: The Bluetooth blaster By Mike Lowe

Marshall is synonymous with guitar amps (yes, ones that 'go to 11'). But that's not all: for years the company has been outputting headphones and portable speakers too.Which is where the Kilburn II comes in. This portable Bluetooth speaker updates the... Read more

Ultimate Ears UE Megaboom 3 review: Booming excellence
5.0 stars Ultimate Ears UE Megaboom 3 review: Booming excellence By Britta O'Boyle

Ultimate Ears makes some of the best Bluetooth speakers around. If you're in the market for a portable, waterproof speaker that will deliver when it comes to bass and volume, the UE line-up is an excellent place to look.The original UE Megaboom was fantastic,... Read more

Which UE speaker is best? Megablast, Blast, Megaboom 3, Boom 3 and Wonderboom compared
Which UE speaker is best? Megablast, Blast, Megaboom 3, Boom 3 and Wonderboom compared By Britta O'Boyle

Ultimate Ears is well known for its excellent Bluetooth speakers. They all deliver a great sound quality from distinctive designs made up of giant volume buttons, rubber and fabric materials and bright and vibrant colour options.Which UE speaker is the... Read more

Alexa removed from UE Boom and Megaboom, turns them into dumb speakers again
Alexa removed from UE Boom and Megaboom, turns them into dumb speakers again By Rik Henderson

Ultimate Ears has removed Alexa support from two of its most popular Bluetooth speakers.The UE Boom and Megaboom speakers no longer offer the "tap-to-talk" functionality after an update to the dedicated app for Android.That includes the UE Boom 2 and... Read more

Harman Kardon's Citation series is a full set of Sonos-rivalling smart speakers
Harman Kardon's Citation series is a full set of Sonos-rivalling smart speakers By Chris Hall

Harman Kardon's Citation series got an early reveal with the announcement that the Citation 500 had won an EISA award, but at IFA 2018, the Samsung-owned company has revealed a full line-up of Citation speakers, a complete family of connected audio devices.While... Read more

Marshall Kilburn II is the portable Bluetooth speaker to rock out with
Marshall Kilburn II is the portable Bluetooth speaker to rock out with By Rik Henderson

Marshall has been carving a niche for itself with cool, classically designed headphones and speakers for a while - combining new technologies with old school form factors.It continues that trend with the Marshall Kilburn II, a portable Bluetooth speaker... Read more

Harman Kardon Enchant wants to lure you away from the Sonos Playbar
Harman Kardon Enchant wants to lure you away from the Sonos Playbar By Andrew Williams

Harman Kardon announced a new series of home cinema soundbars at IFA 2018, the Enchant range.There are two models, the Enchant 800 and 1300. Each can be paired with the Enchant Subwoofer.Both use “Automatic MultiBeam Calibration” to scan your living... Read more

Sony’s SRS-XB501G is a wireless speaker just begging to party
Sony’s SRS-XB501G is a wireless speaker just begging to party By Andrew Williams

The Sony SRS-XB501G is a portable speaker for those who need much more oomph than a UE Boom 2 can provide.It looks like a miniature PA speaker. And it’s a shame it arrives in October, long after the last BBQs of the year have been rained off in the... Read more

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Edge initial review: Sound as a pound
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Edge initial review: Sound as a pound By Chris Hall

For Bang & Olufsen, design is everything, pairing quirky and original designs with high quality materials and superb sound quality. Take the Beosound Edge for example, a speaker that's unlike any other, inspired, B&O tells us, by the British pound coin.The... Read more

DTS Play-Fi gets Alexa Cast, to make posh streamer speakers better
DTS Play-Fi gets Alexa Cast, to make posh streamer speakers better By Andrew Williams

The DTS Play-Fi platform has incorporated Alexa Cast support, a handy addition for streamers like the Pioneer F4, Arcam rPlay and McIntosh MB50.Alexa Cast is a little like Google audio Casting. You use it to wirelessly send music from a source to a speaker.... Read more

UE Megaboom 3 and Boom 3 speakers redesigned, refined and more affordable than ever
UE Megaboom 3 and Boom 3 speakers redesigned, refined and more affordable than ever By Britta O'Boyle

Ultimate Ears has introduced two new speakers at IFA 2018 in the form of the UE Megaboom 3 and the smaller UE Boom 3. The two speakers come with the same internals as their predecessors for 360-degree sound, but they offer a refreshed design and cheaper... Read more

Ultimate Ears UE Boom 3 review: Booming brilliant
Ultimate Ears UE Boom 3 review: Booming brilliant By Britta O'Boyle

Ultimate Ears speakers are a distinguishable bunch. They not only offer similar design properties such as prominent volume controls, but they also offer excellent sound quality too.The UE Boom is one of the smaller options in the Ultimate Ears portfolio... Read more

All-new Sonos Amp will add multi-room audio to your existing speakers
All-new Sonos Amp will add multi-room audio to your existing speakers By Rik Henderson

Sonos has updated its age-old Sonos Connect:Amp, which turns your existing speaker set-up into a Sonos compatible multi-room system.Now just called Sonos Amp, the new version will be available globally in February 2019 and in the US from December. It... Read more

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Edge is a speaker unlike any other, roll it to change volume
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Edge is a speaker unlike any other, roll it to change volume By Rik Henderson

Bang & Olufsen is known for its incredible design aesthetics and, often, different approach to everyday technology, but the new B&O Beosound Edge wireless speaker really is something from another planet. In a good way.The company says that it "completely... Read more

Libratone Zipp 2 brings Amazon Alexa voice control, boosted sound and battery
Libratone Zipp 2 brings Amazon Alexa voice control, boosted sound and battery By Chris Hall

Libratone has announced an update to its Zipp and Zipp Mini speakers, with a new version called, you guessed it, the Zipp 2 and Zipp Mini 2. The new speakers stick to the popular design of the original Zipp models, with fabric covers and an distinctive... Read more

Bose SoundTouch 300 soundbar review: Big, bold and beautiful
4.0 stars Bose SoundTouch 300 soundbar review: Big, bold and beautiful By Steve Withers

The Bose SoundTouch 300 is the company's flagship soundbar. Not only does it boast a superior level of build quality, but it also supports multiroom functionality. This slim soundbar includes Bose's QuietPort and PhaseGuide technology (more on these later),... Read more

Pure’s Elan IR radios offer Spotify Connect for under £100
Pure’s Elan IR radios offer Spotify Connect for under £100 By Andrew Williams

The Pure Elan IR3 and I5 are Spotify Connect speakers and internet radios that’ll supply tunes on holiday as well as at your bedside.Most Wi-Fi speakers need to be plugged-in. It makes sense: they need Wi-Fi, and you don't usually find that in the middle... Read more

How Flexson makes invisible products stand out
How Flexson makes invisible products stand out By Pocket-lint Promotion

Behcet Sevdali is Flexson's brand manager, creating products which enhance Sonos speakers so they look great, sit safely on the wall or desk and fit with your room's layout perfectly. He described the company's central design ethos in simple terms: "It's... Read more

You can now 'OK Google' with the Bang & Olufsen Beosound 1 and Beosound 2
You can now 'OK Google' with the Bang & Olufsen Beosound 1 and Beosound 2 By Dan Grabham

Bang & Olufsen announced in January that Google Assistant would be coming to several of its speakers and headphones this year. Fast forward to now and the company has announced the high-end Beosound 1 and Beosound 2 will be the first devices to be... Read more

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

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

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

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 for those keen to listen to some tunes. The dinky speaker, like Google Home, features Google Assistant, but expect a beefier sound than Google's cheaper version even... 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

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

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

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

Apple HomePod features: Everything you need to know
Apple HomePod features: Everything you need to know By Maggie Tillman

The Apple HomePod has been available for a few months now. Should you opt for the Siri-powered speaker over one of the HomePod alternatives?Apple HomePod sees Apple looking to change how you listen to music (again) jumping on the iPod nomenclature to... 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

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