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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 AirPlay 2 as part of iOS 11 back at WWDC 2017 (Apple's developer conference). The new version of AirPlay - Apple's Wi-Fi audio streaming tech - will open up a whole world of multi-room streaming capabilities that were previously not... 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 three years ago as an all-in-one speaker and assistant with Amazon Alexa voice control. This has since been joined by a family of Echo devices, as well as a replacement to the old model in the all-new Echo and... 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

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

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 HomePod smart speaker could go on sale in the next six weeks

Apple HomePod smart speaker could go on sale in the next six weeks

By Max Langridge

Apple's long-awaited HomePod smart speaker could finally be released within the next four to six weeks, according to industry analysts. The speaker was first announced at Apple's WWDC event in June 2016 and was meant to go on sale in December. Apple HomePod:... Read more

Orbitsound's Dock E30 is a powerful wireless speaker with wireless charging built in

Orbitsound's Dock E30 is a powerful wireless speaker with wireless charging built in

By Max Langridge

British audio company Orbitsound has announced the Dock E30 wireless speaker. At nearly 30cm wide, the Dock E30 isn't the largest speaker around, but it's been designed to take up permanent residence in your room.It features the company's proprietary... Read more

Klipsch Three and One speakers combine old school looks with modern Google Assistant control

Klipsch Three and One speakers combine old school looks with modern Google Assistant control

By Rik Henderson

There are multiple manufacturers adding Google Assistant to their speaker systems, but most prefer a more futuristic look to go with the modern day control methods.Klipsch, on the other hand, has announced Google Assistant is coming to two speakers that... Read more

Monster Classic Rock Blaster and Firecracker speakers will make your metal heavier

Monster Classic Rock Blaster and Firecracker speakers will make your metal heavier

By Rik Henderson

Monster's Blaster range of speaker systems has been around for a while now, but we've always considered them as leaning more towards hip-hop and dance in style and audio signature.Now though, the company has collaborated with Aerosmith's Joe Perry to... Read more

Sony's new soundbars virtualise Dolby Atmos surround sound

Sony's new soundbars virtualise Dolby Atmos surround sound

By Elyse Betters

Sony has announced new audio products at CES 2018.We were really struck by the HT-Z9F and HT-X9000F, two soundbars that offer Dolby Atmos surround sound, though you'll still need overhead speakers to achieve true Atmos. The HT-X9000F is a 2.1 soundbar,... Read more

Denon Envaya DSB-250 review: Sensational sound from this small-scale portable Bluetooth speaker
5.0 stars

Denon Envaya DSB-250 review: Sensational sound from this small-scale portable Bluetooth speaker

By Andrew Williams

These days, home assistant speakers are hot stuff. We've signed all the T&Cs and asked Alexa and Google Assistant all the weird questions a five-year-old might ask a beleaguered parent. Traditional Bluetooth speakers like the Denon Envaya aren't as in... 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

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

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

By Elyse Betters

Amazon's Echo speaker now comes with a touchscreen - and whole host of hidden ways to leverage Alexa.The Echo Show launched earlier this year, and in Pocket-lint's review, we noted that Amazon could go in so many directions with it. Sure, we'd like to... Read more

Boom! Save £120 on Ultimate Ears wireless Megaboom speaker in Boxing Day sales

Boom! Save £120 on Ultimate Ears wireless Megaboom speaker in Boxing Day sales

By Max Langridge

Amazon is going all-out with its Boxing Day sales. After hosting several deals before Christmas, the online retail giant is now slashing prices on selected products even further until 31 December.That's none more apparent than with a big chunk of money... Read more

LG reveals 2018 audio products, including Dolby Atmos soundbar and Google Assistant speaker

LG reveals 2018 audio products, including Dolby Atmos soundbar and Google Assistant speaker

By Max Langridge

LG has revealed some details regarding a range of new speakers and home entertainment devices that it will officially unveil at CES 2018 next month. Among the new products are a Dolby Atmos soundbar, some portable Bluetooth speakers and LG's first speaker... Read more

Get two UE Boom 2 speakers for £129 in the Amazon post-Christmas sales

Get two UE Boom 2 speakers for £129 in the Amazon post-Christmas sales

By Adrian Willings

Amazon's Boxing Day/Post-Christmas sales are well underway, with a multitude of tech bargains to be had. One such deal that we feel can't be missed is two Ultimate Ears Boom 2 wireless speakers for £129.The Boom 2 is consistently one of our favourite... 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

Save £60 on B&O Play A1 and get the party started this Christmas

Save £60 on B&O Play A1 and get the party started this Christmas

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 £60 cheaper for for a limited time.That's right, the BeoPlay A1 has hit Amazon's Lighting Deals, meaning... Read more

Cambridge Audio Yoyo (L) is a Chromecast-enabled audio system for your home

Cambridge Audio Yoyo (L) is a Chromecast-enabled audio system for your home

By Max Langridge

British audio manufacturer Cambridge Audio has revealed the Yoyo (L), the latest and largest model within the Yoyo range of wireless speakers. Whereas the Yoyo (S) and (M) are purely Bluetooth wireless speakers, this new (L) model adds some extra connections... Read more

Axiim Link HD includes the first wireless audio transmitter for Xbox

Axiim Link HD includes the first wireless audio transmitter for Xbox

By Elyse Betters

Want to make your 4K gaming experience even more immersive? AV brand Axiim has just announced its Link HD speaker system for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. It includes a magnetic transmitter that'll provide you with 7.1 wireless audio channels and uncompressed... Read more

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

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

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'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

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 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

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