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The best Bluetooth speakers 2018 including top portable speakers for the garden
The best Bluetooth speakers 2018 including top portable speakers for the garden By Max Langridge

Bluetooth speakers come in all different shapes and sizes, from larger options that have the power to fill your whole living room to smaller portables that are great for taking to picnics or moving from room-to-room.Finding the right speaker for you... Read more

The best turntables for Record Store Day 2018
The best turntables for Record Store Day 2018 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 and this Saturday marks Record Store Day 2018.RSD 2018 sees 200 independent record shops joining in the fun. Loads of exclusive,... Read more

The best smart speaker 2018: HomePod alternatives to rival Apple's new super Siri speaker
The best smart speaker 2018: HomePod alternatives to rival Apple's new super Siri speaker By Dan Grabham

The Apple HomePod isn't alone in the smart speaker space with plenty of competition, but it is unique in that it's the only one with Siri as the virtual assistant at its core rather than Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Samsung's Bixby is also set to... Read more

The best Alexa speakers: Top Amazon Echo alternatives
The 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

Which Sonos speaker is best for you? One, Play:1, Play:3, Play:5, PlayBar or PlayBase
Which Sonos speaker is best for you? One, Play:1, Play:3, Play:5, PlayBar or PlayBase By Britta O'Boyle

Multi-room speaker options are plentiful to say the least, with Denon, Samsung, LG and Bluesound all offering their own take.Unlike some of the newer additions to the multi-room speaker sector, Sonos has been kicking around for over a decade and it offers... 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

How do you choose between the Sonos One and Sonos Play:1? Which is the right Sonos for you?The two Sonos speakers are very similar even though one brings integrated voice control with Amazon Alexa (Google Assistant will also be coming to Sonos One... 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

Apple's HomePod is here, so how does it compare to the other key players on the market? Namely the significantly cheaper Amazon Echo and Google Home devices.  Check out our verdict on the Apple HomePod Amazon released the original Amazon Echo three years... 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 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

Best Amazon Prime Day deals 2017 US: All the best deals in one spot
Best Amazon Prime Day deals 2017 US: All the best deals in one spot By Elyse Betters

Amazon Prime Day is nearly here, starting at 9pm EST this evening (Monday 10 July).This is an annual, day-long event exclusive to paid Amazon Prime subscribers across the world. That means, if you're a Prime member, the next 30 hours will be filled to... Read more

Which B&O Play speaker is right for you?
Which B&O Play speaker is right for you? By Max Langridge

B&O Play, Bang & Olufsen's lifestyle subsidiary, makes some of the best looking and best sounding Bluetooth speakers on the market. There are a couple of ranges within B&O Play's lineup: BeoPlay and BeoLit, with the BeoLit name dating back to 1939 - you... Read more

Sonos PlayBase vs PlayBar: What's the difference?
Sonos PlayBase vs PlayBar: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

Sonos announced a new speaker to its home theatre portfolio in the form of the Playbase in February 2017. The Playbase is designed for TVs that aren't wall-mounted, sliding beneath them, while the Playbar is primarily designed for wall-mounted TVs,... Read more

Best of CES 2017 - Speakers: B&O, LG, and more
Best of CES 2017 - Speakers: B&O, LG, and more By Max Langridge

Speakers always get a good shout-out at CES and this year was no different. Multi-room is still a rapidly growing market and Dolby Atmos surround sound is now trickling down into more affordable soundbars. Here are some of the best we've seen from the... Read more

Best soundbars: Boost your TV audio with these one-box solutions
Best soundbars: Boost your TV audio with these one-box solutions By Mike Lowe

Looking for a soundbar to boost your TV audio and want a single-box solution without the fuss of a receiver and a million different wires? Then you've come to the right place in our soundbar and speaker base round-up.Over the past weeks we've been bringing... Read more

Best portable radios
Best portable radios By Jamie Carter

Fancy some political discourse, Olympic sport commentary, gentle DJ patter or pop-rock clatter on the run? It’s online and on your TV, smartphone and tablet, but hard-button radios are still one of the nation’s favourite gadgets. The most popular... Read more

Best compact Hi-Fi systems
Best compact Hi-Fi systems By Jamie Carter

MP3 players are great but, on a long winter’s night, it’s hard to beat a proper hi-fi. Good hi-fi systems cost money, people. They always have, and a £50 iPod dock just won’t cut the mustard in comparison. Naturally, there’s plenty to choose... Read more

The Best DAB radios that money can buy
The Best DAB radios that money can buy By Lucie Clay

Even with the wealth of online and multimedia entertainment options available to us via our televisions, computers, handsets and other gadgetry, there’s still something to be said for listening to the good old-fashioned wireless. Thankfully though,... Read more

Best internet radios on the planet
Best internet radios on the planet By Libby Plummer

The age of internet radio is now most definitely upon us, opening up a whole world of international broadcasts. Whether you want to follow political debates from around the globe, enjoy obscure jazz compositions from South America or endure terrifying... Read more