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Bose Home Speaker 500 initial review: Alexa for audio connoisseurs?
Bose Home Speaker 500 initial review: Alexa for audio connoisseurs? By Chris Hall

Bose is joining the smart line-up of Alexa speakers with the launch of the Bose Home Speaker 500. In many ways, the new Home Speakers 500 follows the... Read more

Amazon Echo Sub review: Rebel bass
4.5 stars Amazon Echo Sub review: Rebel bass By Chris Hall

A good value upgrade for existing Echo speakers that adds depth and low-end bass, but if you're buying a system from scratch there are other options.... Read more

Best Bluetooth speakers 2018: Top portable speakers to buy today
Best Bluetooth speakers 2018: Top portable speakers to buy today By Dan Grabham

Our guide to the best Bluetooth speakers available to buy today. Read more

Sony HT-ZF9 soundbar review: Puts the vertical in surround
4.0 stars Sony HT-ZF9 soundbar review: Puts the vertical in surround By Steve Withers

The Sony ZF9 uses psychoacoustics to generate a virtual 7.1.2 surround from a compact 3.1 channel soundbar. Does it deliver on its promise?... Read more

LG SK10Y soundbar review: Big bar, big sound
4.0 stars LG SK10Y soundbar review: Big bar, big sound By Steve Withers

The 5.1.2 surround sound setup out of the box (sub included) delivers a serious wall of sound. Add SK8Y pack for 7.1.2 setup and it's more impressive.... Read more

BeoPlay P6 review: Sensational sound at home or on the go
4.0 stars BeoPlay P6 review: Sensational sound at home or on the go By Mike Lowe

The BeoPlay P6 delivers big sound from a speaker so small. However, it's expensive, which might see the BeoPlay A1 the better option to buy.... Read more

Samsung HW-N950 soundbar review: Surround sound sensation, no separates required
5.0 stars Samsung HW-N950 soundbar review: Surround sound sensation, no separates required By Steve Withers

Genuine 7.1.4 surround sound soundbar setup with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Samsung's four-piece setup doesn't require an AVR and it's superb, but pricey.... Read more

JBL Xtreme 2 review: Taking the party outside
4.5 stars JBL Xtreme 2 review: Taking the party outside By Mike Lowe

Designed to be robust, the Xtreme 2 has a carry handle and is waterproof. Best of all, however, this portable Bluetooth speaker is very loud and bassy... Read more

Marshall Kilburn II review: The Bluetooth blaster
4.0 stars Marshall Kilburn II review: The Bluetooth blaster By Mike Lowe

The portable Bluetooth speaker from Marshall looks like a miniature amp, has bass/treble control dials, a 20hr battery life and rocking sound quality.... Read more

Ultimate Ears UE Megaboom 3 review: Booming excellence
5.0 stars Ultimate Ears UE Megaboom 3 review: Booming excellence By Britta O'Boyle

The biggest Ultimate Ears portable Bluetooth is back with a bang... and a smaller price tag. Here's why the Megaboom 3 is among the best money can buy... Read more

Libratone Zipp 2 initial review: Smart just got smarter
Libratone Zipp 2 initial review: Smart just got smarter By Chris Hall

The Libratone Zipp has always been a smart speaker. But now we've got Alexa in the mix, boosted battery and more.... Read more

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Edge initial review: Sound as a pound
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Edge initial review: Sound as a pound By Chris Hall

For Bang & Olufsen, design is everything, pairing quirky and original designs with high quality materials and superb sound quality. The new Beosound Edge is all those things.... Read more

Ultimate Ears UE Boom 3 initial review: Booming brilliant
Ultimate Ears UE Boom 3 initial review: Booming brilliant By Britta O'Boyle

The latest sequel of one of our UE favourites is here in the Boom 3. Here are our first impressions of the small but booming Bluetooth speaker.... Read more

Bose SoundTouch 300 soundbar review: Big, bold and beautiful
4.0 stars Bose SoundTouch 300 soundbar review: Big, bold and beautiful By Steve Withers

Good-looking soundbar delivers a wide and clear soundstage, but lacks low-end bass. But it can be configured within a 5.1 setup for even bigger sound.... Read more

Ruark Audio MRx review: Classy design with a sound to match
4.5 stars Ruark Audio MRx review: Classy design with a sound to match By Max Langridge

The MRx delivers great sound, lots of connectivity and a pleasing design from the British brand, marking it as a genuine Sonos or Beolit alternative.... Read more

Sonos Beam review: Compact in size, not in sound
4.5 stars Sonos Beam review: Compact in size, not in sound By Stuart Miles

The new Sonos soundbar is compact, but it delivers expansive performance. From what we've heard so far, this small soundbar is a winner.... Read more

Polk Assist initial review: Google Home with better sound
Polk Assist initial review: Google Home with better sound By Max Langridge

The Polk Assist Google Asistant speaker is a mixed bag. It definitely sounds better than the Google Home, but we'd like more quality from this speaker... 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... Read more

Bose SoundLink Micro review: Mega sound from the palm-sized portable
4.5 stars Bose SoundLink Micro review: Mega sound from the palm-sized portable By Mike Lowe

When we first looked at the SoundLiink Micro's diminutive proportions, we thought "nah, this dinky speaker can't sound good, can it?". How wrong we were,... Read more

Sonos One review: Superb sound with the added bonus of Amazon Alexa
5.0 stars Sonos One review: Superb sound with the added bonus of Amazon Alexa By Britta O'Boyle

The Sonos One is is described by the company as "the smart speaker for music lovers" and it not only offers Amazon's Alexa, but it will offer Google Assistant... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more

B&O Play Beolit 17 review: Boxing clever
4.5 stars B&O Play Beolit 17 review: Boxing clever By Mike Lowe

When it comes to sound quality, Danish high-end maker Bang & Olufsen is well regarded. The company's offshoots, B&O Play and Beoplay, also create excellent... Read more

Onkyo P3 and G3 smart speakers preview: Alexa or Google, you choose
Onkyo P3 and G3 smart speakers preview: Alexa or Google, you choose By Britta O'Boyle

Several companies announced smart speakers at consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin, some opting for Google Assistant, others for Amazon's Alexa but... Read more

Kitsound Voice One speaker preview: First impressions of the £130 Amazon Echo competitor
Kitsound Voice One speaker preview: First impressions of the £130 Amazon Echo competitor By Britta O'Boyle

Consumer electronics show IFA sees a lot of product launches, but speakers with built-in assistants, whether Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, have been... Read more

Sony LF-S50G speaker preview: Google Assistant in smart, subtle form
Sony LF-S50G speaker preview: Google Assistant in smart, subtle form By Britta O'Boyle

They are all at it. Sony is one of the latest companies to announce a smart home speaker with Google Assistant built-in, joining the likes of Panasonic... Read more

V-Moda Remix speaker review: High-end highs and lows
4.0 stars V-Moda Remix speaker review: High-end highs and lows By Mike Lowe

Portable Bluetooth speakers have widened their appeal over recent years, with high-end brands also muscling in on the space to deliver affordable, transportable... Read more

JBL Playlist review: Chromecast convenience wrapped into an affordable speaker
4.0 stars JBL Playlist review: Chromecast convenience wrapped into an affordable speaker By Cam Bunton

In days gone by, if you wanted a decent multi-room audio experience, you could go two ways: if you wanted to keep your existing speakers and stereo, you... Read more

Samsung HW-MS650 review: A superb single-box soundbar solution
5.0 stars Samsung HW-MS650 review: A superb single-box soundbar solution By Chris Hall

Soundbars are emerging as the preferred choice for a lot of people. Compact, easy to accommodate in the home and getting better and better in performance... Read more

Sonos PlayBase review: Super-slim soundbase makes TV sound sublime
4.5 stars Sonos PlayBase review: Super-slim soundbase makes TV sound sublime By Britta O'Boyle

Sonos doesn't launch a new product every month, or even every year, but when it does it's well worth the wait for top notch sound. The company's latest... Read more

Creative iRoar Go review: Wild sound, tame design
4.0 stars Creative iRoar Go review: Wild sound, tame design By Mike Lowe

With what seems like a zillion portable Bluetooth speakers available, it can be tricky to decide which one to buy. Creative might not be the most obvious... Read more

Ultimate Ears UE Wonderboom review: An explosion of musical joy
5.0 stars Ultimate Ears UE Wonderboom review: An explosion of musical joy By Chris Hall

UE is back with the Wonderboom, the latest Bluetooth speaker to join the Boom party. And this time it's going small. Like the UE Roll 2, this speaker... Read more

Orbitsound One P70 preview: The compact, affordable soundbar
Orbitsound One P70 preview: The compact, affordable soundbar By Mike Lowe

British-based audio company Orbitsound has unveiled a new soundbar, the One P70. At its £299 price point it's very well positioned to undercut some of... Read more

LG SJ9 Dolby Atmos soundbar preview: Extended home cinema without the clutter
LG SJ9 Dolby Atmos soundbar preview: Extended home cinema without the clutter By Rik Henderson

There were plenty of soundbars launched at CES in January, with 2017 looking like the year that Dolby Atmos properly takes off in the home.Sony and Samsung are... Read more

LG PJ9 levitating speaker preview: The Bluetooth speaker that hovers
LG PJ9 levitating speaker preview: The Bluetooth speaker that hovers By Rik Henderson

Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes and sizes these days, and there are even some that float.But when you normally talk about floating speakers, you... Read more

LG Tone Studio preview: Yep, it's a speaker for your neck
LG Tone Studio preview: Yep, it's a speaker for your neck By Elyse Betters

One of the hottest trends we've noticed so far at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is speakers. They're everywhere, and apparently,... Read more

B&O Play BeoPlay M5 preview: Woollen-clad woofer
B&O Play BeoPlay M5 preview: Woollen-clad woofer By Mike Lowe

B&O Play likes to do things in a Danish way. That's probably why the new BeoPlay M5 comes clad in a wool-blend coat, as if it could go camping in the hills... Read more

Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos soundbar review: Genuinely immersive audio
4.5 stars Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos soundbar review: Genuinely immersive audio By Chris Hall

Sound is a bigger part of your home entertainment setup than you might initially give it credit. Well, you know that, because you're interested in a Dolby... Read more

Denon Heos HS2 review: A true Sonos competitor
5.0 stars Denon Heos HS2 review: A true Sonos competitor By Chris Haslam

We had no problems recommending the original Denon Heos multi-room speaker range, but a couple of minor gripes stopped it from true five-star performance.... Read more

Dali Katch review: Audio artistry meets 'tache-twiddling design
4.0 stars Dali Katch review: Audio artistry meets 'tache-twiddling design By Mike Lowe

The word Dali will probably see your mind either wander to the 'tache-twiddling famed Spanish artist, or to a certain Danish audio manufacturer known for... Read more

Devialet Gold Phantom review: Pure gold from this space-age Wi-Fi speaker
4.5 stars Devialet Gold Phantom review: Pure gold from this space-age Wi-Fi speaker By Mike Lowe

Gaming fans might think the Devialet Phantom looks like a real-life replica of Ghost from smash-hit title Destiny, but audiophiles will know the high-end... Read more

Beyerdynamic DT 770 review: Ohm, ohm on the road
4.0 stars Beyerdynamic DT 770 review: Ohm, ohm on the road By Mike Lowe

Not all headphones are made equal. There are a lot of choices on the market to suit different tastes - whether you want banging bass, noise-cancellation... Read more

Halo Master Chief and Darth Vader Bluetooth speakers in the flesh, both on pre-order now
Halo Master Chief and Darth Vader Bluetooth speakers in the flesh, both on pre-order now By Rik Henderson

When we last met AC Worldwide, we saw a couple of superb, Star Wars-licensed Bluetooth speakers in the shape of a Stormtrooper helmet and C-3PO's head... Read more

B&O BeoPlay A1 by Bang & Olufsen review: Bluetooth speaker bliss
5.0 stars B&O BeoPlay A1 by Bang & Olufsen review: Bluetooth speaker bliss By Mike Lowe

It's not often a Bluetooth speaker has its designer's name tucked away within its specification. But then the BeoPlay A1, by Bang & Olufsen, is no ordinary... Read more

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