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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roku's latest job openings could point to a voice-controlled smart speaker

Roku's latest job openings could point to a voice-controlled smart speaker

By Max Langridge

Roku, purveyor of streaming set-top boxes, could be working on its very own smart speaker that would work in a similar way to Amazon Echo and Google Home, according to some recent job listings. Which Roku media streamer is best for you? All the options... Read more

Q Acoustics M2 soundbase delivers room-filling sound at an affordable price

Q Acoustics M2 soundbase delivers room-filling sound at an affordable price

By Max Langridge

British audio company Q Acoustics has announced its latest home entertainment product, the M2 soundbase, which is designed to deliver a big sound at a small price.Getting decent sound in your living room or bedroom when watching movies or listening to... Read more

Bose SoundLink Micro waterproof Bluetooth speaker is tiny, tough and just shy of £100

Bose SoundLink Micro waterproof Bluetooth speaker is tiny, tough and just shy of £100

By Rik Henderson

Bose has announced an addition to its SoundLink wireless speaker range in the diminutive form of the SoundLink Micro.The Bose SoundLink Micro is just 983mm x 983mm x 348mm and 290g. It can be attached to your bike, rucksack or be placed just about anywhere.... 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

5 reasons to buy the Libratone Zipp speaker

5 reasons to buy the Libratone Zipp speaker

By Pocket-lint Promotion

The Libratone Zipp is one of the best portable speakers on the market offering great sound and portability amongst other things.Receiving a "recommended Award", in our review on Pocket-lint, we said that "Where the Libratone really excels is with the... Read more

JBL Link is a three-strong range of speakers with Google Assistant built-in

JBL Link is a three-strong range of speakers with Google Assistant built-in

By Max Langridge

JBL has announced a trio of wireless speakers with Google Assistant built in. Power and battery levels vary across the speakers, but they all offer voice-control for music playback, answering questions and controlling other connected smart home products.... Read more

Sony gets in on the smart speaker game with LF-S50G

Sony gets in on the smart speaker game with LF-S50G

By Max Langridge

Sony has used its press conference at IFA 2017 to unveil the LF-S50G voice-controlled smart speaker, with Google Assistant built in. Think of it as Sony's answer to Google Home. IFA 2017: All the announcements that matter Because it has Google Assistant,... Read more

Libratone adds Alexa skill, voice integration, and AirPlay 2 to Zipp speaker

Libratone adds Alexa skill, voice integration, and AirPlay 2 to Zipp speaker

By Elyse Betters

Libratone Zipp is about to get voice integration and more. What does that mean? First, the Zipp wireless speaker will now work with Alexa, allowing people to voice control not only their Zipp but also connected devices. Simply tap it, then say, “Play... Read more

Google Assistant comes to three more speakers, including Panasonic GA10, plus LG appliances

Google Assistant comes to three more speakers, including Panasonic GA10, plus LG appliances

By Elyse Betters

Google is bringing Google Assistant to more third-party devices from manufacturers, including speakers and appliances.The company revealed it partnered with Anker, Mobvoi, and Panasonic so that Google Assistant will be built directly into new speakers.... Read more

Whoa - Amazon Echo is out of stock: Is a new model coming soon?

Whoa - Amazon Echo is out of stock: Is a new model coming soon?

By Elyse Betters

OMG. Amazon might announce Amazon Echo 2 soon. Here's the deal: in July, reports began emerging about Amazon's plan to finally update its original Echo later this year. The company reportedly has been working on ways to improve the speaker, which include... Read more

Amazon takes aim at Sonos, enables multi-room music for Echo

Amazon takes aim at Sonos, enables multi-room music for Echo

By Elyse Betters

It looks like the rumours were true. Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo devices now support 'multi-room music'.Amazon has announced that you can use its voice assistant to control and synchronise music across multiple Amazon Echo devices. All you have to do... Read more

Sonos smart speaker launch date revealed as 4 October

Sonos smart speaker launch date revealed as 4 October

By Elyse Betters

Sonos has been rumoured to be introducing an Amazon Echo-style smart speaker to its line-up for a while, but now we know the date it is likely to be unveiled.The company has sent out invites to a launch event in New York on 4 October. It features a mouth... Read more

Going to a festival this year? Libratone Too is the speaker to take with you, here's why

Going to a festival this year? Libratone Too is the speaker to take with you, here's why

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Some audio speakers are designed to stay in the living room, others have a bit more versatility and can work all around the house. Then there's the Libratone Too, which is just as comfortable in the great outdoors. Wherever you go, this speaker can go,... Read more

Ruark Audio's R7 MKIII radiogram is all the music system you could ever need

Ruark Audio's R7 MKIII radiogram is all the music system you could ever need

By Max Langridge

British audio company Ruark Audio has announced the third-generation of R7 all-in-one audio system. First launched in 2013, the R7 has undergone numerous changes in its four year history, but along the way has retained its sensational looks.It still very... Read more

Samsung confirms its smart speaker, says Bixby will add Spotify support

Samsung confirms its smart speaker, says Bixby will add Spotify support

By Elyse Betters

The smart speaker space is about to get a lot more crowded.A couple years after Amazon launched the Amazon Echo, and a year after Google launched the Google Home, and months after Apple announced the HomePod, Samsung has announced it is developing a smart... Read more

This Amazon Music skill lets you ask Alexa to play bedtime, yoga music

This Amazon Music skill lets you ask Alexa to play bedtime, yoga music

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has launched Amazon Music "activities" for its Alexa.What does that mean? Here's the background: Last year, Amazon launched its Amazon Music Unlimited service, giving people the ability to stream music from their phone, computer, and Amazon Echo... Read more

Libratone Zipp: The funky speaker to fit any mood and style

Libratone Zipp: The funky speaker to fit any mood and style

By Pocket-lint Promotion

The Libratone Zipp catches your attention before you even turn it on. It looks like no other speaker, in lots of ways.First, there's the zip that gives the gadget its name. Wrapped around the speaker is a soft cloth jacket that's held in place by the... Read more

Sonos speakers with built-in voice control coming soon

Sonos speakers with built-in voice control coming soon

By Max Langridge

Sonos has previously confirmed that it would be integrating Amazon Alexa into its wireless multi-room speakers by way of the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. Now though, it seems the Boston-based speaker company plans to built voice control directly into the... Read more