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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

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

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

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

Ultimate Ears Blast and Megablast initial review: Mr Boombastic, say me fantastic

Ultimate Ears Blast and Megablast initial review: Mr Boombastic, say me fantastic

By Chris Hall

We were excited to get our hands on the Sonos One, one of the earliest examples of Alexa stepping out into an established speaker brand. But when we learnt that Ultimate Ears was joining this party, our interest was turned up a notch.The Sonos One is... 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

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 the best combination of features into the most attractive possible package. See current price on Amazon... 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 speakers. Now more traditional audio companies are dominating, by pushing the design and audio... 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 that tricked-out Ford Escort XR3i to shame?If it's the last, then the Sony XB40 won't have escaped your... 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 portable speakers and headphones at more accessible price points.Not that the Beolit 17 is exactly... 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 Onkyo went for both, launching two speakers at the show.The Onkyo P3 is the Amazon Alexa smart speaker,... 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 announced in abundance. Panasonic and Sony have both launched Google Assistant-powered speakers, while... 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 and Onyko.Sony's LF-S50G doesn't have the catchiest name, but it's a pretty good looking speaker and... 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 and great-sounding products.V-Moda is well established in the headphones market — it makes... 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 could use something an Apple AirPort Express unit to build a fairly clunky, unintuitive hack of a... 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 with every generation, there are plenty of reasons to plump for a smart soundbar over a more traditional... 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 speaker, the PlayBase - which is designed to slide underneath your TV rather than mount onto the... 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 name that springs to mind, but its Roar series has been a strong contender in the space for years... 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 takes things smaller, making it even easier to port around its fun brand of Bluetooth music, but doing... 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 the big-boy competitiors and deliver TV-boosting sound.But that's not all the P70 can do, for it's... Read more

Rockjaw Resonate review: Rock solid audio with a price that resonates
4.0 stars

Rockjaw Resonate review: Rock solid audio with a price that resonates

By Cam Bunton

In the world of popular brands like Beats, Bose and Sony, it can be hard to make a name for yourself as a headphone manufacturer. The best way to do so is to release headphones that offer fantastic versatility, audio and build quality, for as little outlay... 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 both investing heavily in Dolby Atmos kit, while LG is really going to town with the technology.... 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 are usually referring to waterproof devices, that you can use in a swimming pool.The LG PJ9 is a different... 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, they can be worn anywhere, including your neck. Crazy and whacky gadgets of CES 2017 For instance, LG... 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 of a Troldeskoven.But no, the M5 isn't designed to leave the house. It's a wired speaker after... 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 Atmos soundbar, a way of bringing the latest in cinema surround sound excitement into your home... 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. The follow-up, rebooted Heos HS2 range goes all out, offering hi-res streaming support and Bluetooth... 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 its great quality speakers. The Dali Katch isn't necessarily a piece of art to be hung in a gallery,... 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 French manufacturer doesn't speak in vocoded Peter Dinklage, but instead top-end, crystal clear audio.... 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 for travelling, or something more neutral like the Beyerdynamic DT 770.These comfortable over-ear... Read more

JBL Reflect Aware review: Lightning earphones for sporty iPhone 7 users
4.0 stars

JBL Reflect Aware review: Lightning earphones for sporty iPhone 7 users

By Cam Bunton

With Apple having famously ditched the 3.5mm jack in the iPhone 7, we're just on the cusp of audio companies rushing to flood the market. Among this first wave is JBL, with one of the first pairs of Lightning-equipped wired in-ear headphones.They cost... 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 respectively. We were also told at the time that they would soon be joined by Darth Vader and Master... 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 Bluetooth speaker; it's exemplary for the kind of sound quality that can be achieved at this small... Read more

Harman Kardon Go + Play review: Post-retro design, powerful audio
4.0 stars

Harman Kardon Go + Play review: Post-retro design, powerful audio

By Andrew Williams

Can a wireless speaker already be retro? Weirdly enough, that's what the Harman Kardon Go + Play feels like. There's something refreshing about how out-of-step it is.As a large wireless speaker it totally ignores the trend for every speaker larger than... Read more

Zemi Aria speaker review: Majors and minors
4.0 stars

Zemi Aria speaker review: Majors and minors

By Mike Lowe

When we meet Francesco Pellisari, the designer of the Zemi Aria speaker, he's a mixture of eccentric Italian and yet quiet in that seemingly genius-like manner. Does his latest speaker exhibit the same qualities as its designer?We're drawn to the Zemi... Read more

ACW Star Wars Bluetooth speakers preview: Joined soon by Vader and Master Chief

ACW Star Wars Bluetooth speakers preview: Joined soon by Vader and Master Chief

By Rik Henderson

There have been a few Star Wars themed speakers over the years but few quite as visually impressive as the first duo of Bluetooth loudspeakers from British audio firm AC Worldwide.It revealed to Pocket-lint that it will be releasing additional models... Read more

Roberts Radio S2 review: Singling out Sonos?
4.0 stars

Roberts Radio S2 review: Singling out Sonos?

By Andrew Williams

The Roberts Radio S2 - which is part of a whole new series of R-Line multi-room speakers - is one of the first products from everyone's favourite DAB radio maker. Alongside Pure Digital, anyway.At £279 the S2 is a good deal more affordable than the Sonos... Read more

Naim Mu-so Qb review: An all-round success
5.0 stars

Naim Mu-so Qb review: An all-round success

By Mike Lowe

When the original Naim Mu-so launched in 2014, it was received with critical acclaim. Although it's a physically large bit of kit, it impressed us so much that it took the Pocket-lint Awards gong for best speaker in 2015.Which sets-up the newer, smaller-scale... Read more

Libratone Zipp review: A sound Scandinavian success
4.5 stars

Libratone Zipp review: A sound Scandinavian success

By Mike Lowe

Libratone is a Scandinavian company and does things a little differently. First, it likes its materials: whether woolly coats or similar, like with its Diva soundbar. Second, its products aren't as outlandishly expensive as most things in Copenhagen.The... Read more

Beats Pill+ review: A pricey pill to swallow
3.5 stars

Beats Pill+ review: A pricey pill to swallow

By Mike Lowe

Portable Bluetooth speakers are available in abundance right now. Whether ones made by companies you've heard of, or ones that you haven't, the price and ability of such speakers hugely varies. With Beats now owned by Apple adding a sense of extra kudos... Read more

Harman Voyager Dashboard: Is a detachable car stereo speaker the future?

Harman Voyager Dashboard: Is a detachable car stereo speaker the future?

By Joe Simpson

 Harman, the group that owns audio brands like JBL, Infinity, AKG and Mark Levinson, ­­has unveiled a new in-car audio solution here at CES. The Voyager Dashboard consists of a portable speaker unit, which pops into and out of the dashboard top, removing... Read more

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 35 preview: Pentagonal powerhouse

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 35 preview: Pentagonal powerhouse

By Mike Lowe

Danish audio maker Bang & Olufsen is known for its high-end materials and finish in its products. That's something the BeoSound 35 soundbar-esque multi-room music system strives to achieve, but with a somewhat harsher-looking pentagonal form than the... Read more

Feel like a teenager again with the DJ-centric LG Loudr CM9960

Feel like a teenager again with the DJ-centric LG Loudr CM9960

By Rik Henderson

As you travelled around the massive LG stand at CES 2016 there was one area you wouldn't want to have a meeting on. The company had effectively turned it into a club by demonstrating the latest entries in the loud, DJ-centric Loudr series of audio products... Read more

Samsung HW-K950 soundbar gives you wireless Dolby Atmos from the box, we have a listen

Samsung HW-K950 soundbar gives you wireless Dolby Atmos from the box, we have a listen

By Rik Henderson

We've been harking on about Dolby Atmos and extra height channels in a surround sound setup for a while now, but you've really only been able to replicate the more immersive experience at home for yourself if you had a supported AV receiver. Samsung's... Read more

Monster Superstar HotShot: The lightest, most portable Bluetooth speaker around

Monster Superstar HotShot: The lightest, most portable Bluetooth speaker around

By Rik Henderson

Having tried several portable Bluetooth speakers in the past, specifically to give us tunes on the move when at festivals, we can see exactly why there is a market for them. The only issue, especially for those who are travelling light and by foot, is... Read more