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Get up to £121 off Ultimate Ears Bluetooth speakers in time for Christmas

Get up to £121 off Ultimate Ears Bluetooth speakers in time for Christmas

By Rik Henderson

Christmas is just around the corner and if you've still yet to finish, or perhaps even start your Christmas shopping, allow us to highlight a couple of particularly good deals.Amazon has knocked almost £100 off an Ultimate Ears Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker,... Read more

Christmas Gift Guide: Speakers for those Xmas tunes

Christmas Gift Guide: Speakers for those Xmas tunes

By Pocket-lint Promotion

It's Christmas, Last Christmas, Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. There are so many great Christmas songs that you need to enjoy them wherever you go. Here are 10 great speakers to enjoy Christmas tunes now and then so much more after.  Christmas... Read more

Incredible Sonos Play:1 and Play:3 deals slash £50 off speakers

Incredible Sonos Play:1 and Play:3 deals slash £50 off speakers

By Rik Henderson

Sonos has reduced the price of its Play:1 and Play:3 connected speakers for Christmas.Much like on Black Friday last month, the Sonos Play:1 continues to be £50 cheaper than RRP. That means it'll set you back just £149 - a saving of 25 per cent. The... Read more

Google Home Max is now available to buy in the US, but you'll have to join a waiting list

Google Home Max is now available to buy in the US, but you'll have to join a waiting list

By Max Langridge

Google's high-end version of its Home smart speaker with Assistant built-in, the Google Home Max, is now available to buy in the US.  Google Home vs Google Home Mini vs Google Home Max: What Google Home speaker should you buy? It's the company's big... Read more

Sonos Sub review: All about that bass
4.5 stars

Sonos Sub review: All about that bass

By Stuart Miles

Sonos launched its wireless subwoofer - the Sonos Sub - way back in 2012. It was originally designed to fit into any room, promising to instantly boost the performance of the company's range of multi-room speakers, which back then consisted of only... Read more

Best turntables to help you join the vinyl revival

Best turntables to help you join the vinyl revival

By Max Langridge

You'd be hard pushed to have avoided what some people are calling "the vinyl revival". 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.There's a good reason too, vinyl... Read more

Sonos PlayBar review: An excellent wireless multi-room and TV speaker solution
5.0 stars

Sonos PlayBar review: An excellent wireless multi-room and TV speaker solution

By Stuart Miles

The Sonos Playbar is specifically designed to sit under or above your wall-mounted TV, while the more recent Sonos Playbase, is designed to sit beneath your TV, acting as a base for sets that sit on top of furniture.Of course you aren't restricted to... Read more

Boom! Save £120 on Ultimate Ears wireless Megaboom speaker in Black Friday deals

Boom! Save £120 on Ultimate Ears wireless Megaboom speaker in Black Friday deals

By Max Langridge

Amazon is going all-out with its Black Friday sales. After having a week of deals on its site, today is the official day of Black Friday, so the deals have been turned up to 11. That's none more apparent than with a big chunk of money being taken off... Read more

Sonos Play:1 review: The perfect Sonos starting speaker
5.0 stars

Sonos Play:1 review: The perfect Sonos starting speaker

By Stuart Miles

Sonos offers one of the best multi room audio platforms out there and the Sonos Play:1 is the cheapest way to get started with a Sonos system.Before the Play:1 was announced in 2013, a typical Sonos system started at over £250 and climbed rapidly upwards... Read more

Black Friday bargain: B&O Play A1 Bluetooth speaker gets a 30 per cent discount

Black Friday bargain: B&O Play A1 Bluetooth speaker gets a 30 per cent discount

By Chris Hall

Of all the small Bluetooth speakers out there, the B&O Play A1 has to be near the top of our list. It's small, round, sounds great - and it's now £59 cheaper for one day only.That's right, the BeoPlay A1 has hit Amazon's Black Friday sales, meaning that... Read more

Polk Magnifi Max SR soundbar gives 5.1 sound in a compact package

Polk Magnifi Max SR soundbar gives 5.1 sound in a compact package

By Max Langridge

American audio manufacturer Polk Audio has announced the Magnifi Max SR soundbar, with the SR representing the fact it has surround speakers for a more authentic 5.1 surround sound experience.Design-wise, there's not a huge amount to differentiate the... Read more

Sonos update brings the Alexa Spotify control you've been waiting for

Sonos update brings the Alexa Spotify control you've been waiting for

By Chris Hall

Sonos likes to get things right before it unleashes changes upon the community and ever since Alexa voice control made a connection with Sonos, there's been one glaring omission: complete Spotify voice control like you get on the Amazon Echo.It was promised... Read more

Sonos One review: The smart speaker we've been waiting for
5.0 stars

Sonos One review: The smart speaker we've been waiting for

By Britta O'Boyle

The Sonos One is the speaker that Sonos owners have been waiting a long time for. Well, the Sonos owners who have wanted a personal assistant from their speaker and voice control for their multi-room systems anyway.The speaker is described by the company... Read more

Apple HomePod: Price, release date, specs and everything you need to know

Apple HomePod: Price, release date, specs and everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

Apple used its keynote at WWDC in June 2017 to announce a range of updates and evolutions, but the most exciting product to be unveiled at the time was the HomePod.Apple HomePod sees Apple looking to change how you listen to music, again, jumping on... Read more

Apple's HomePod Siri-enabled speaker delayed until "early 2018"

Apple's HomePod Siri-enabled speaker delayed until "early 2018"

By Rik Henderson

Apple announced its own music system to rival Google Home, Amazon Echo and Sonos back in June, in the form of the HomePod speaker. And at the time claimed that it would be released in the US and UK this December.It has, however, now announced a delay... Read more

Geneva Touring/xS is a Bluetooth speaker with style and substance

Geneva Touring/xS is a Bluetooth speaker with style and substance

By Max Langridge

Geneva Lab has unveiled the latest and smallest addition to its Touring range of portable wireless speakers and radios. The Touring/xS is, as its name suggests, extra small and so misses out on radio functionality to work solely as a wireless speaker.... Read more

Sony HT-ST5000 soundbar review: An impressive Atmos package
4.5 stars

Sony HT-ST5000 soundbar review: An impressive Atmos package

By Chris Hall

The Sony ST5000 soundbar might be a lighter way to get yourself a Dolby Atmos compatible sound system than installing a full-on room setup, but as soundbars go, it delivers plenty of heft. Dolby Atmos explained: What is it and how do I get it? It's a... Read more

B&O Play expands its multi-room speaker offering with Beoplay M3

B&O Play expands its multi-room speaker offering with Beoplay M3

By Max Langridge

Bang & Olufsen's lifestyle arm B&O Play has announced the Beoplay M3, a new wireless multi-room speaker and compact sibling to the Beoplay M5. B&O Play Beoplay M5: Woollen-clad woofer Unlike its M5 brother, which sports a cylindrical body, the Beoplay... Read more

Loewe goes mobile with the Klang M1 portable Bluetooth speaker

Loewe goes mobile with the Klang M1 portable Bluetooth speaker

By Max Langridge

High-end German audio and TV manufacturer Loewe has announced the Klang M1, its first ever portable Bluetooth speaker. The company may have dialled down the dimensions compared to some of its other products, but hasn't scrimped on quality one bit. Loewe... Read more

Denon introduces trio of Envaya Bluetooth speakers featuring a complete redesign

Denon introduces trio of Envaya Bluetooth speakers featuring a complete redesign

By Max Langridge

Denon has refreshed its Envaya range of wireless Bluetooth speakers for 2017. There will be three models in the family: Envaya and Envaya Mini, which are long-running models, and a new Envaya Pocket. We first saw them at an exclusive European event at... Read more

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Wireless Speaker

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Wireless Speaker

By Britta O'Boyle

It's nearly November, which means the Pocket-lint Gadget Awards are weeks away. The Awards are turning 14 this year and there will be 18 categories ranging from best smartphone and best tablet to best speaker and best smart home device.Each category... 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

Free Skype calling rolls out to Harman Kardon Invoke speaker

Free Skype calling rolls out to Harman Kardon Invoke speaker

By Max Langridge

Microsoft has announced that Skype-to-Skype calling is rolling out to its first "ambient device", the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker with Cortana. Harman Kardon Invoke speaker has Microsoft Cortana for brains Skype is already available on PCs, smartphones,... 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

Which Heos speaker is best for you? Heos 1, Heos 3, Heos 5, Heos 7, Heos Bar and more

Which Heos speaker is best for you? Heos 1, Heos 3, Heos 5, Heos 7, Heos Bar and more

By Max Langridge

Think of multi-room speaker systems and chances are you'll immediately think of Sonos. The company was one of the first out the blocks to get music pumping around your home and since then, many competitors have come along to try and steal some of the... Read more

Ultimate Ears Blast and Megablast initial review: Mr Boombastic, say me fantastic

Ultimate Ears Blast and Megablast initial review: Mr Boombastic, say me fantastic

By Chris Hall

We were excited to get our hands on the Sonos One, one of the earliest examples of Alexa stepping out into an established speaker brand. But when we learnt that Ultimate Ears was joining this party, our interest was turned up a notch.The Sonos One is... Read more

Ultimate Ears embraces Alexa with Blast and Megablast speakers

Ultimate Ears embraces Alexa with Blast and Megablast speakers

By Chris Hall

Ultimate Ears has announced that it's getting into the smart speaker game with the UE Blast and Megablast, a pair of Alexa-powered speakers. While we all accept that the Amazon Echo was a game-changing device, the biggest criticism of Amazon's smart... Read more

Get an Amazon Echo Dot for just £24.99 if you are a Sonos user

Get an Amazon Echo Dot for just £24.99 if you are a Sonos user

By Rik Henderson

Sonos is offering an amazing deal to all its registered users in the UK, US and Germany. All customers can snag themselves an Amazon Echo Dot Alexa device for just £24.99 - less than half-price.The offer is to celebrate Sonos adding Alexa support to... Read more

LG SJ9 soundbar review: Dolby Atmos in a compact package
4.0 stars

LG SJ9 soundbar review: Dolby Atmos in a compact package

By Chris Hall

The hot word in home entertainment at the moment is Dolby Atmos. Once the preserve of high-end cinemas, this enhanced version of surround sound has been making its way into homes, first in AV receivers, and now in soundbars too.There is a caveat of course:... Read more

You can now pre-order the new Sonos One with Alexa - get it here

You can now pre-order the new Sonos One with Alexa - get it here

By Elyse Betters

If you've ever wanted one smart speaker to rule them all, you really should consider the Sonos One.Announced last week, the new Sonos One is a smart speaker with far-field microphones and the ability to work with multiple digital assistants - starting... 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

Amazon released the original Amazon Echo in 2015 as an all-in-one speaker and assistant with Amazon Alexa voice control. This device has since been joined by a family of Echo devices, as well as a replacement to the 2015 model in the all-new Echo and... Read more

9 Alexa skills that make use of the Amazon Echo Show's display

9 Alexa skills that make use of the Amazon Echo Show's display

By Elyse Betters

So, you own an Amazon Echo Show, and now you want to take full advantage of that cool display. No problem.Well, there is one small problem: Amazon launched the Echo Show in the US months ago, and now you can get it in the UK, but most of the third-party... 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

Sonos has a new speaker in its portfolio called the Sonos One. The smart speaker brings integrated voice control with Amazon's Alexa, but Google Assistant will be following in 2018.With voice control functionality added to existing Sonos speakers via Echo... Read more

Best Alexa speakers: Amazon Echo alternatives

Best Alexa speakers: 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

Harman Kardon Invoke Cortana speaker gets official $200 price tag

Harman Kardon Invoke Cortana speaker gets official $200 price tag

By Max Langridge

Harman Kardon and Microsoft revealed some details about the Invoke wireless speaker earlier this year, confirming it would be the first to use Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant and sport a premium aluminium build. Harman Kardon Invoke speaker has Microsoft... Read more

How to set-up Alexa on your Sonos system

How to set-up Alexa on your Sonos system

By Rik Henderson

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

It's official: Google announces smaller, softer Home Mini speaker

It's official: Google announces smaller, softer Home Mini speaker

By Elyse Betters

Google is in the middle of holding a product launch event, and it just announced the Google Home Mini.Isabelle Olson, who is lead designer for Home hardware, took the stage in San Francisco to introduce the latest version of Google Home, Google's smart... Read more

Sonos One is the Alexa and Google Assistant smart speaker set to take over the world

Sonos One is the Alexa and Google Assistant smart speaker set to take over the world

By Britta O'Boyle

Sonos has announced a smart version of its Play:1 speaker at an event in New York on 4 October, featuring integrated Alexa voice control but with other assistants, like Google and Cortana, also in the pipeline to join at a later date. It will also support... Read more

Sonos One: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Sonos One: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

By Britta O'Boyle

Sonos has long been teasing voice control for its speakers. It all began in March 2016 when former CEO John MacFarlane said it was within the company's long term strategy but that it would take its time to bring it to market in a "wonderful way".A year-and-a... Read more

Sonos to support Apple AirPlay 2 in 2018

Sonos to support Apple AirPlay 2 in 2018

By Max Langridge

Sonos has used its 4 October event in New York to announce that all of its current speakers, along with the newly announced Sonos One, will be able to download a software update in 2018 that will grant them AirPlay 2 compatibility. Apple Airplay 2: What... Read more

Apple AirPlay 2: What is it, how does it work and what devices are supported?

Apple AirPlay 2: What is it, how does it work and what devices are supported?

By Max Langridge

Apple announced iOS 11, the latest iteration of its mobile operating software, at WWDC 2017. Included in iOS 11 is an updated version of AirPlay, Apple's audio and video streaming platform. Conveniently called AirPlay 2, the new version will open up... Read more

Alexa voice control now available for Sonos speakers

Alexa voice control now available for Sonos speakers

By Rik Henderson

Sonos has introduced Amazon Alexa voice control to all its existing speakers. You can now speak to your existing Sonos system through Amazon's Echo devices thanks to a public beta launched today, Tuesday 4 October.You will be prompted to download... Read more

Amazing Sonos leak discovers smart speaker name, you'll never guess it

Amazing Sonos leak discovers smart speaker name, you'll never guess it

By Rik Henderson

Sonos will hold an event in New York later today to formerly announce its latest speaker, much rumoured to be a smart, voice controlled device much like Amazon Echo and Google Home. However, we might have learned a major aspect of it ahead of the announcement:... Read more

JBL Flip 4 review: The versatile portable Bluetooth speaker
4.0 stars

JBL Flip 4 review: The versatile portable Bluetooth speaker

By Cam Bunton

The market is full of Bluetooth speakers, that's no secret. As with any saturated market various manufacturers clamber over one another to try and get the best combination of features into the most attractive possible package. See current price on Amazon... Read more

Bose SoundLink Revolve review: Classy, round, room-filling sound
4.5 stars

Bose SoundLink Revolve review: Classy, round, room-filling sound

By Cam Bunton

The Bluetooth speaker market has changed a lot in the years since the likes of the Jawbone Jambox kickstarted a new movement in loud, room-filling, portable speakers. Now more traditional audio companies are dominating, by pushing the design and audio... Read more

Sony SRS-XB40 review: Blinded by the lights, filthy urban bass delights
4.0 stars

Sony SRS-XB40 review: Blinded by the lights, filthy urban bass delights

By Chris Hall

What do you look for in a Bluetooth speaker? Is it sophistication in design? Is it smart voice control? Or it brutal bass and a lighting rig that puts that tricked-out Ford Escort XR3i to shame?If it's the last, then the Sony XB40 won't have escaped your... Read more

Dynaudio enters the multi-room market with the Music system

Dynaudio enters the multi-room market with the Music system

By Max Langridge

Danish audio brand Dynaudio, best known for its high-end loudspeakers, has turned its hand to a more lifestyle product in the form of Music, its very first multi-room music system. Multi-room audio: What is it and what are your options? Not only has Dynaudio... Read more