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Harman Kardon Citation Bar soundbar review: Smart looks, even smarter features
4.0 stars Harman Kardon Citation Bar soundbar review: Smart looks, even smarter features By Steve Withers

The all-in-one soundbar from Samsung-owned Harman Kardon does a good job, but there's no separate sub included in the kit - unless you pay more.... Read more

Sonos Play:3 review: Still worth buying eight years on?
4.5 stars Sonos Play:3 review: Still worth buying eight years on? By Stuart Miles

Updated With so much choice out there, is the Sonos Play:3 still worth considering if you can get your hands on one? Here's our review.... Read more

Huawei Mate 30 Pro, iPhone 11's best features and Zappar talks AR - Pocket-lint podcast 20
Huawei Mate 30 Pro, iPhone 11's best features and Zappar talks AR - Pocket-lint podcast 20 By Rik Henderson

We discuss the Huawei Mate 30 Pro launch, reveal the best new features of the iPhone 11 range and chat to Zappar co-founder about the future of AR. 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 a fantastic piece of kit that really delivers on its promise of simplicity and quality. Here's our review.... 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

The Playbase might be late to the soundbase party, but it's what the party has been waiting for.... 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

Updated 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

Sonos One review: Superb sound with added bonus of Alexa and Google Assistant
5.0 stars Sonos One review: Superb sound with added bonus of Alexa and Google Assistant By Britta O'Boyle

Updated Alexa and Google are capable of plenty, but what they can't do is tell you what the Sonos One is like. We can though. "Hey Pocket-lint, should I buy the Sonos One?"... Read more

Sonos Move review: Finally, a portable Sonos with Bluetooth connectivity
5.0 stars Sonos Move review: Finally, a portable Sonos with Bluetooth connectivity By Britta O'Boyle

The first portable Sonos speaker with Bluetooth connectivity - although the size and weight doesn't make it ultra-portable. Was it worth the wait?... Read more

JBL Link Portable initial review: Connected and compact
JBL Link Portable initial review: Connected and compact By Britta O'Boyle

Here are our first impressions of the JBL Link Portable, which not only offers built-in Google Assistant but plenty of connectivity options too.... Read more

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker initial review: Light me up, turn me up
JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker initial review: Light me up, turn me up By Britta O'Boyle

The JBL Pulse 4 combines music and light and its redesign makes it by far the best Pulse yet. Here are our first impressions.... Read more

Sonos One SL speaker initial review: An updated Play:1 with great design and privacy
Sonos One SL speaker initial review: An updated Play:1 with great design and privacy By Britta O'Boyle

The Sonos One SL is - in a nutshell - a Sonos One but without the microphones. Replacing the now rather dated Play:1, the Sonos One SL is for those that... Read more

Sonos Sub review: All about that bass
4.5 stars Sonos Sub review: All about that bass By Stuart Miles

The Sonos Sub makes an excellent addition to the Sonos system despite it's high price tag. Here's our review.... Read more

Sonos Ikea Symfonisk Table Lamp Speaker review: Sound design
5.0 stars Sonos Ikea Symfonisk Table Lamp Speaker review: Sound design By Britta O'Boyle

The Sonos Ikea Symfonisk Table Lamp Speaker has the same internals and features as the Play:1, whilst also doubling up as a lamp, but what's it like?... Read more

Sonos Ikea Symfonisk Book Shelf Wi-Fi Speaker review: What's the £99 speaker like?
5.0 stars Sonos Ikea Symfonisk Book Shelf Wi-Fi Speaker review: What's the £99 speaker like? By Britta O'Boyle

This bookshelf speaker from Sonos and Ikea is the cheapest way to get your hands on Sonos' system and great features. But what's it really like?... 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

With the Sonos One available alongside the Play:1, is the Play:1 still worth considering for those looking to start or add to their Sonos system?... Read more

Naim Mu-so 2 review: Sensational sonic sequel
5.0 stars Naim Mu-so 2 review: Sensational sonic sequel By Mike Lowe

The Mu-so sequel is here, upgrading (and up-pricing) one of the best all-in-one systems we've ever heard. So what's new and why should you buy one?... Read more

Sonos Play 5 review: Smart, sophisticated, superb
5.0 stars Sonos Play 5 review: Smart, sophisticated, superb By Britta O'Boyle

Back in 2015, Sonos introduced a new Play:5 speaker; a refreshed and entirely redesigned successor. Is it everything it should be? Here's our review.... Read more

Samsung HW-Q70 soundbar review: Mid-range model gets immersive with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
4.5 stars Samsung HW-Q70 soundbar review: Mid-range model gets immersive with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X By Steve Withers

A soundbar with upfiring speakers designed for use with up to 65in tellies with included separate subwoofer. Big sound is only let down by one HDMI.... Read more

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 review: Stereo pairing sounds even sweeter
5.0 stars Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 review: Stereo pairing sounds even sweeter By Chris Hall

It's a repeat performance for the Wonderboom, with this second iteration being every inch as good as the first model. What's new?... Read more

Wharfedale Vista 200S soundbar review: Impressive performer offers exceptional value
4.5 stars Wharfedale Vista 200S soundbar review: Impressive performer offers exceptional value By Steve Withers

Looking for a simple yet cost effective soundbar solution? This 2.1-channel Wharfedale, which includes an active wireless subwoofer, is a great option... Read more

Polk Command Bar review: Outstanding value and great sound to boot
5.0 stars Polk Command Bar review: Outstanding value and great sound to boot By Steve Withers

A 2.1 system with separate subwoofer included for under £230? Sounds like a bargain. It is - but it's even better thanks to Amazon Alexa built in!... Read more

Marshall Stockwell II review: Portable rock star
4.0 stars Marshall Stockwell II review: Portable rock star By Dan Grabham

Marshall's updated Bluetooth speaker range will provide you with punchy, adjustable audio - but there are some cheaper rivals around.... Read more

Cambridge Audio Yoyo L review: A versatile box of audio tricks
4.5 stars Cambridge Audio Yoyo L review: A versatile box of audio tricks By Mike Lowe

The largest of three speakers in the range, the woollen-clad Yoyo is a versatile speaker box that makes for a great soundbar alternative too.... Read more

Devialet Phantom Reactor review: The sound of the future
5.0 stars Devialet Phantom Reactor review: The sound of the future By Mike Lowe

Back in 2016 we tested out some of the very finest all-in-one speakers we've ever heard - and, frankly, seen - in a pair of Devialet Phantom Gold. Which,... Read more

Libratone Zipp 2 review: A sensational-sounding smart speaker
4.5 stars Libratone Zipp 2 review: A sensational-sounding smart speaker By Mike Lowe

This 3rd gen speaker adds Alexa voice-control, AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect to a solid design and audio base. It is the best wireless home speaker?... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Home initial review: Still shrouded in mystery
Samsung Galaxy Home initial review: Still shrouded in mystery By Dan Grabham

There's still much we don't know about Samsung Galaxy Home and its price point will probably dictate whether it's a credible smart option.... Read more

Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 soundbar review: Two-channel virtuosity
4.0 stars Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 soundbar review: Two-channel virtuosity By Steve Withers

The two-channel compact soundbar from Yamaha has audio prestige, but lacks some inputs and Dolby Atmos support for this outing.... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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