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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

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

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Wireless Speaker

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Wireless Speaker

By Britta O'Boyle

It's nearly November, which means the Pocket-lint Gadget Awards are weeks away. The Awards are turning 14 this year and there will be 18 categories ranging from best smartphone and best tablet to best speaker and best smart home device.Each category... 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

Sonos One vs Amazon Echo: What's the difference?

Sonos One vs Amazon Echo: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

If you've considered buying a smart speaker in the last two years, you'll undoubtedly be aware of Amazon's Echo and its Alexa assistant and if you've ever considered multiroom audio, you're almost certain to have come across Sonos. Until very recently,... Read more

Which Heos speaker is best for you? Heos 1, Heos 3, Heos 5, Heos 7, Heos Bar and more

Which Heos speaker is best for you? Heos 1, Heos 3, Heos 5, Heos 7, Heos Bar and more

By Max Langridge

Think of multi-room speaker systems and chances are you'll immediately think of Sonos. The company was one of the first out the blocks to get music pumping around your home and since then, many competitors have come along to try and steal some of the... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UE Boom 2 and Megaboom speakers are now portable Alexa devices

UE Boom 2 and Megaboom speakers are now portable Alexa devices

By Elyse Betters

Ultimate Ears has added support for Amazon’s Alexa assistant.UE has become more of a household name since its inception by then-Logitech (now just Logi), since releasing a variety of Bluetooth speakers to the market. The first UE Boom, released back... 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

Sky Soundbox: What is it, what can it do and how can I get one?

Sky Soundbox: What is it, what can it do and how can I get one?

By Rik Henderson

Improving a TV's sound for movies and TV shows is usually high on the agenda for many. Thankfully, we have several different options for creating our own home cinema. If you have space, you can install a 5.1 surround sound system. Or if you have a lot... Read more