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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

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

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

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

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

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

These slick Sonos Beam accessories let you put the speaker anywhere
These slick Sonos Beam accessories let you put the speaker anywhere By Maggie Tillman

British brand Flexson worked with Sonos to develop five accessories for the Sonos Beam soundbar.The range consists of mounts and stands, two of which are available to pre-order now from sonos.com, while the others will be available to pre-order on 13... Read more

Ikea and Sonos display their first smart speaker prototypes
Ikea and Sonos display their first smart speaker prototypes By Maggie Tillman

If you've been dreaming about a slick-looking, built-in sound system that won't break the bank, then feast your eyes on Ikea's latest project.Ikea and Sonos teased in December that they were partnering up, and then, during the Sonos Beam launch event... Read more

Denon and Marantz commit to AirPlay 2, updates due in August
Denon and Marantz commit to AirPlay 2, updates due in August By Max Langridge

Prestigious hi-fi companies Denon and Marantz have both confirmed they will be committing to supporting Apple AirPlay 2, with the first updates for compatible products due in August.  Apple AirPlay 2: Everything you need to know about Apple's new streaming... Read more

Sonos Beam is the smaller soundbar for your living room, Alexa and AirPlay 2 from launch
Sonos Beam is the smaller soundbar for your living room, Alexa and AirPlay 2 from launch By Rik Henderson

Sonos has announced a new speaker for small to medium sized living rooms to complement its already available PlayBar and PlayBase alternatives.The Sonos Beam isn't a replacement for the company's soundbar, as previously rumoured, it's something altogether... Read more

Apple AirPlay 2 vs AirPlay: What’s the difference?
Apple AirPlay 2 vs AirPlay: What’s the difference? By Maggie Tillman

AirPlay, Apple's proprietary wireless streaming protocol, has received a major update in the form of AirPlay 2.For years, Apple has offered AirPlay so that you could instantly share audio or video between your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, an Apple TV, or another... 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

Apple's cheaper HomePod may carry Beats branding
Apple's cheaper HomePod may carry Beats branding By Max Langridge

Apple is still allegedly planning a cheaper version of its Siri-powered HomePod speaker and when it does launch, it may carry Beats branding, at least that's according to a report from Apple's supply chain, via Chinese site Sina. Apple HomePod: Everything... Read more

Como Audio SpeakEasy combines Google Assistant smarts with hi-fi sound quality
Como Audio SpeakEasy combines Google Assistant smarts with hi-fi sound quality By Max Langridge

American audio manufacturer Como Audio - which recently launched its first multi-room system in the UK - is back with its take on the smart home speaker. Como Audio launches multi-room system in the UK, including CD streaming What is Google Assistant,... Read more

Onkyo AVRs to work with Sonos and support Amazon Alexa
Onkyo AVRs to work with Sonos and support Amazon Alexa By Max Langridge

Onkyo has announced that several of the brands it owns, including Onkyo, Integra and Pioneer Elite, will soon join the 'Works with Sonos' platform, meaning they can be used as part of a Sonos multi-room streaming system.  Sonos deal! Save up to £100... Read more

"Alexa, how many times has the UK won nil points?": Alexa knows everything about Eurovision
"Alexa, how many times has the UK won nil points?": Alexa knows everything about Eurovision By Max Langridge

All eyes will be on be on Lisbon, Portugal this weekend as the annual Eurovision song contest takes places on Saturday 12 May. Amazon Alexa is getting in on the singing action with a special Eurovision skill. Amazon Echo: What can Alexa do and what services... Read more

UE Megaboom McLaren Edition is the ultimate speaker for F1 fans
UE Megaboom McLaren Edition is the ultimate speaker for F1 fans By Rik Henderson

Ultimate Ears and McLaren have teamed to bring you two UE Megaboom McLaren Edition Bluetooth speakers.Available in a limited run, the speakers are inspired by the liveries of two classic McLaren F1 cars.There is the Megaboom McLaren MCL33 Edition with... Read more

Polk Audio Assist is the company's first smart speaker, powered by Google Assistant
Polk Audio Assist is the company's first smart speaker, powered by Google Assistant By Max Langridge

US audio manufacturer Polk Audio has used Google I/O to announce the Assist, it's very first smart speaker powered by Google Assistant.  What is Google Assistant, how does it work, and which devices offer it? It's not the first time the company has used... Read more

Sonos is readying a new smart home speaker with voice control
Sonos is readying a new smart home speaker with voice control By Elyse Betters

Sonos might soon launch a new smart home theater speaker, and it should offer integrated voice control.According to a regulatory filing, which was published on April 30, the company is readying a speaker with the model number S14. Although Sonos has declined... Read more

Sonos confirms AirPlay 2 support will come to these three speakers
Sonos confirms AirPlay 2 support will come to these three speakers By Max Langridge

Multi-room speaker pioneer Sonos, said in October last year that it would be supporting Apple's new AirPlay 2 platform, adding that all of its speakers will be able to work with it. Apple AirPlay 2: What is it, how does it work and what devices are supported?... Read more

Q Acoustics intros revamped 3000i Series speakers from £199
Q Acoustics intros revamped 3000i Series speakers from £199 By Dan Grabham

British loudspeaker purveyor Q Acoustics is back with its latest range – the 3000i starting at £199 for a pair.When you consider the prices of some high-end Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speakers, the value on offer here can’t be understated.After all, you... Read more

Ultimate Ears confirms updates for Blast and Megablast speakers, with greater control for Spotify
Ultimate Ears confirms updates for Blast and Megablast speakers, with greater control for Spotify By Max Langridge

Ultimate Ears has announced a raft of updates coming soon for the Blast and Megablast Bluetooth wireless speakers, with a particular focus being given to Spotify. Ultimate Ears Megablast review: Mr Boombastic, say me fantastic The updates, which for now... Read more

Hay Sonos One collection will offer the smart speaker in all manner of colours
Hay Sonos One collection will offer the smart speaker in all manner of colours By Rik Henderson

Sonos has announced a partnership with Danish design company Hay. It will result in a new collection of Sonos One speakers in colours other than black or white.The Hay Sonos One Limited Edition Collection will feature the company's smart speakers in Hay's... Read more

B&O Play launches Beoplay P6 as a powerful, portable Bluetooth speaker
B&O Play launches Beoplay P6 as a powerful, portable Bluetooth speaker By Max Langridge

B&O Play, the lifestyle arm of Danish audio expert Bang & Olufsen, has introduced the Beoplay P6 wireless Bluetooth speaker, which has been designed to be as much as piece of furniture in your home, as it is a speaker. The best Bluetooth speakers 2018... Read more

Is this Facebook's mystery smart speaker?
Is this Facebook's mystery smart speaker? By Max Langridge

Despite the recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Facebook is still expected to launch a voice-enabled smart speaker at some point. It was expected to be unveiled at the company's F8 conference in May, but due to other recent events, that may now not... Read more

Ikea Eneby are minimalist Scandinavian speakers for a budget price
Ikea Eneby are minimalist Scandinavian speakers for a budget price By Max Langridge

Swedish flat-pack furniture retailer Ikea has entered the AV market for the first time, by launching its very own wireless Bluetooth speakers.Called the Eneby, the new range is available in two sizes: 20 x 20cm and 30 x 30cm and in white, grey or black... Read more

Ruark’s stylish MRx connected wireless speaker boasts Spotify Connect and more
Ruark’s stylish MRx connected wireless speaker boasts Spotify Connect and more By Dan Grabham

Brit audio firm Ruark has announced the MRx – a mid-size compact aptX Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speaker. It’s the company’s first foray into a fully connected speaker; there’s no DAB here, for example, though you can stream internet radio stations of... Read more

Oppo Digital isn’t going to make those top-notch 4K Blu-ray players anymore
Oppo Digital isn’t going to make those top-notch 4K Blu-ray players anymore By Dan Grabham

It’s rare that a company decides it’s just going to stop making stuff.At a time when Oppo’s mobile arm is expanding, Oppo’s audio visual division has decided that there’s no money in audio or its excellent 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players and will... Read more

Last chance! Get two Sonos One speakers for £349 before 4 April
Last chance! Get two Sonos One speakers for £349 before 4 April By Max Langridge

It's your last chance to buy two Sonos One speakers with Alexa support for £349, giving you a huge saving of £50 - the offer is available until 4 April.  Get two Sonos One speakers for £349 here The Sonos One is without doubt our favourite voice-controlled... Read more

Como Audio launches multi-room system in the UK, including CD streaming
Como Audio launches multi-room system in the UK, including CD streaming By Max Langridge

American audio company Como Audio has announced it's bringing its range of multi-room speakers, radios and music systems to the UK.Multi-room audio: What is it and how do you get it?The Como Audio range comprises four models: Musica (£649), a one-box... Read more

Sonos welcomes Audible back to its streaming platform
Sonos welcomes Audible back to its streaming platform By Max Langridge

Sonos has announced that Audible, the audiobook service from Amazon, is now back up and running on Sonos speakers after being removed from the multi-room streaming system a couple of years ago. Which Sonos speaker is best for you? One, Play:1, Play:3,... Read more

Wave hello to B&O Play's new ocean-inspired Spring collection
Wave hello to B&O Play's new ocean-inspired Spring collection By Max Langridge

B&O Play, the lifestyle arm of high-end Danish AV company Bang & Olufsen, has revealed new colours for some of its products. Arriving in time for Spring, the new colours are inspired by the "vibrant and powerful colours of the ocean." Which B&O Play speaker... Read more

A smaller, cheaper Apple HomePod could be on the way
A smaller, cheaper Apple HomePod could be on the way By Max Langridge

The Apple HomePod has only been available for about a month, and it's currently only available in the UK, US and Australia, but that hasn't stopped the rumour mill from churning and saying a new, cheaper model of Apple's smart speaker will be out later... Read more

Multi-room audio: What is it and how do you get it?
Multi-room audio: What is it and how do you get it? By Britta O'Boyle

Multi-room audio is as the name suggests, audio in multiple rooms. It's a concept that has been around for many years, with Sonos perhaps being the pioneer. While the very idea of pumping music around several rooms in your home is now easier than ever,... Read more

Qualcomm Broadcast Audio brings multi-room audio to Bluetooth devices
Qualcomm Broadcast Audio brings multi-room audio to Bluetooth devices By Max Langridge

Qualcomm has revealed details about a new feature called Broadcast Audio that comes as part of the new Snapdragon 845 mobile processor. Broadcast Audio allows one Bluetooth source device, such as a smartphone, to transmit audio to multiple Bluetooth speakers... Read more

Spotify smart speaker could be on the way following job listings
Spotify smart speaker could be on the way following job listings By Max Langridge

Spotify could soon mount a challenge to the likes of Apple, Sonos, Google and countless other speaker manufacturers, after MusicAlly (via The Guardian) spotted three adverts for an "operations manager", "senior project manager: hardware production" and... Read more

Apple HomePod now available for £319, here's where to buy it
Apple HomePod now available for £319, here's where to buy it By Stuart Miles

The Apple HomePod is now available to buy in the UK, US and Australia.  First announced at Apple's developer conference in June 2017, the new Siri-equipped speaker takes on the Amazon Echo and Google Home in the race to be the smart home speaker... Read more

Why HomePod sounds so good: Inside Apple's secret audio lab
Why HomePod sounds so good: Inside Apple's secret audio lab By Stuart Miles

Six years ago, Apple decided it was going to get into the speaker business for a second time. The first attempt, the iPod Hi-Fi, launched in 2006 to mixed reviews.Although the iPod Hi-Fi's life was brief, Apple says it was successful. And let's face it,... Read more

Apple's HomePod is now available to order from John Lewis in the UK
Apple's HomePod is now available to order from John Lewis in the UK By Dan Grabham

The Apple HomePod is now available to buy from John Lewis ahead of the in-store launch this Friday.If you buy one in advance you can collect it from any John Lewis or Waitrose store on Friday - the day of release in the US, UK and Australia. It's available... Read more

What can - and can't - you do with Apple's HomePod?
What can - and can't - you do with Apple's HomePod? By Dan Grabham

Apple’s HomePod is here and will be in stores on Friday. But there’s been a lot of confusion about what you can and can’t do with Apple’s new super speaker. No matter, because we’re here to clear up the confusion. Let’s get clarifying! Everything... 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 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