Speakers

Sony is taking a geeky gamble that soundbars aren’t enough any more

Sony is taking a geeky gamble that soundbars aren’t enough any more

It's fair to say that soundbars upended the home theater market. While their early iterations may have struggled to match the audio performance of a room full of individual speakers, advances in hardware and processing algorithms have made it possible to have effective surround sound from a single source in the room. Suddenly, you didn't need a big amp and seven or more different boxes - all trailing wires - to get that pseudo-theater effect.

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Sony HT-A9 and HT-A7000 take two very different routes to home theater

Sony HT-A9 and HT-A7000 take two very different routes to home theater

Sony is looking to upend home theater audio, with a new HT-A7000 soundbar along with the more unusual Sony HT-A9 home theater system. While the HT-A7000 replaces the old HT-ST5000 with a familiar form-factor and niceties like Dolby Atmos, the HT-A9 takes a different route, with four speakers that use smart auto-optimization so that you can place them anywhere in the room.

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Louis Vuitton Horizon Light Up Speaker plays your music in style

Louis Vuitton Horizon Light Up Speaker plays your music in style

Louis Vuitton is a high-end clothing and accessory manufacturer with products that can cost huge sums of money. Typically, the name is associated with shoes, bags, and other clothing items. The Louis Vuitton name has now found its way onto a portable speaker for listening to music on the go.

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IKEA Symfonisk Picture Frame Review: Art is in the ear of the beholder

IKEA Symfonisk Picture Frame Review: Art is in the ear of the beholder

For a while it seemed like IKEA and Sonos' Symfonisk collaboration had stalled, but the new Symfonisk Picture Frame is a reminder that, much like artwork, unusual tech can take time to create. Packaging a connected Sonos speaker into a piece of wall art, it bypasses the traditional aesthetic associated with home audio for something that - depending on your decor - will either be more or less surreptitious than anything else from Sonos' line-up.

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Sony LSPX-S3 wireless glass speaker keeps audio weird

Sony LSPX-S3 wireless glass speaker keeps audio weird

Sony revealed a new sort of speaker this week that keeps the entire experience strange with wirelessness, light, and glass. The Sony LSPX-S3 is a "wireless glass sound speaker" that works with an organic glass tweeter. Using this tech, the speaker is said to deliver "clear and powerful high tones" as well as a "widespread sound with uniform volume dispersion."

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IKEA SYMFONISK Picture Frame hands-on: An artful Sonos speaker

IKEA SYMFONISK Picture Frame hands-on: An artful Sonos speaker

IKEA's SYMFONISK Picture Frame speaker has arrived, and if you didn't know it hid wireless music talents behind the abstract art, you'd be forgiven for not realizing Sonos' involvement. Third addition to the SYMFONISK range, the new Picture Frame speaker joins the Bookshelf Speaker and Table Lamp Speaker as some of the most affordable ways to add Sonos to your home.

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Sony Wireless Neckband Speaker drapes tunes and calls around your shoulders

Sony Wireless Neckband Speaker drapes tunes and calls around your shoulders

There's no lack of Bluetooth speakers these days, but Sony today announced one that ventures firmly into "niche" territory. Today Sony revealed the SRS-NB10, otherwise known as the Wireless Neckband Speaker. As the name suggests, this is a Bluetooth speaker that wraps around the back of your neck and rests on your shoulders, giving you a wireless speaker that goes wherever you do.

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HomePod audio OS 15 beta reportedly causes overheating and damage

HomePod audio OS 15 beta reportedly causes overheating and damage

Beta software is labeled "beta" for a reason. They are often distributed only to people willing to test software for bugs and are willing to take the risk using potentially unstable software. Of course, some beta versions are in a better state than others but that doesn't remove the chance of a bad release wreaking havoc on devices. That is the unfortunate reality that owners of some HomePods are now facing after what they claim to be a rather buggy HomePod Software 15 beta caused smart speakers to overheat and, in some cases, fry the logic board beyond repair.

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IKEA and Sonos’ picture frame speaker has one big problem

IKEA and Sonos’ picture frame speaker has one big problem

Sonos and IKEA have returned with another surprisingly affordable speaker, but the SYMFONISK Picture Frame hides its music in plain sight. In the process it has added a new element of design to the partnership though, as excited as I am for more attainable connected speakers, I can't help but feel that neither company has quite closed the loop on this third product.

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Sonos and IKEA’s Picture Frame speaker is official: Here’s how it works

Sonos and IKEA’s Picture Frame speaker is official: Here’s how it works

Sonos and IKEA have revealed their latest SYMFONISK speaker, and while we may have already seen the new wall-mounted model there are some key details the two companies have confirmed today. The picture frame style is the speaker most obviously intended to be wall-mounted that we've seen from Sonos or IKEA so far, aiming to blur the distinction between a piece of art and a piece of music hardware.

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Apple rumor tips a new kind of device, at last

Apple rumor tips a new kind of device, at last

A new Apple device was tipped this week with a look and aim unlike any we've seen before. This new device is not a phone, or a tablet, or a laptop. It's not a desktop computer - but it can compute. It would appear that Apple's latest development is in a device that's something like a cross between a HomePod and an Apple TV, potentially making Apple TV a device with a screen, at long last.

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Sony’s 2021 portable speakers aren’t just for party animals now

Sony’s 2021 portable speakers aren’t just for party animals now

Sony's portable speaker range is getting a 2021 upgrade, with the XB13, XP500, XP700, and XG500 adding bolder sound, more flexibility, and fast charging support to make sure you're spending less time without a soundtrack. The pandemic may have kept us at home, Sony says, but that actually drove sales of speakers: as a result, these four new models aim to be more genre-agnostic rather than focusing on bass-heavy EDM.

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