Speakers

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore let you take your music to the trails

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore let you take your music to the trails

Bang & Olufsen has introduced a new wireless audio product called the Beosound Explore. The Explore is a rugged speaker created for adventurous types who want to take music with them on the go. The speaker was developed to be lightweight and waterproof with long battery life.

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Syng Cell Alpha sees ex-HomePod designer let loose in spatial audio

Syng Cell Alpha sees ex-HomePod designer let loose in spatial audio

If you insist on your home speaker system being as eye-catching as it's loud, good news: the Syng Cell Alpha has arrived, and what's billed as "the world's first Triphonic speaker" looks like little else in audio. Handiwork of former Apple designer Christopher Stringer - who worked on the HomePod, among other things - the startup's first model aims to get an edge on spatial audio as surround sound music gains traction.

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Beats design at Apple now lead by Android hardware legend

Beats design at Apple now lead by Android hardware legend

Apple appears to have pinpointed one of the most influential Android hardware designers of the last decade in Scott Croyle. This guy was the head of HTC's design team when they created the HTC One M7 - he was also a founder of the company Nextbit, creators of the Nextbit Robin. A report this week details the timing and details surrounding the designer's joining Apple.

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Sony SRS-RA5000 Review: Taking an expensive risk on 360 audio

Sony SRS-RA5000 Review: Taking an expensive risk on 360 audio

The Sony SRS-RA5000 doesn't blend into a room, and neither does the 360 Reality Audio music its oddball design is all in aid of. The promise is intriguing: immersive music just as the artists and producers intended it to sound, and all from one - expensive - speaker. $700 gets you seats at the bleeding-edge of audio, but that's also a front-row view of the headaches a new format faces.

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Anker’s new AI smart webcam is made for working from home

Anker’s new AI smart webcam is made for working from home

Old-school webcams don't cut it when you're working from home in a job that requires frequent face-to-face communications. The latest company to get in on the smart webcam market is Anker with its newly announced AnkerWork-brand PowerConfC300 AI webcam and PowerConfS500 portable conference speaker. Among other things, users can expect smart video framing and three different FOV options.

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New Sonos and IKEA Symfonisk speaker teased [Update: Art Speaker too]

New Sonos and IKEA Symfonisk speaker teased [Update: Art Speaker too]

Sonos Roam reviews may have dropped this morning, but the new portable speaker isn't the only thing the company is getting excited about, with the prospect of a new IKEA Symfonisk launch in the pipeline. The collaboration between Sonos and IKEA broke cover back in 2019, with two initial products tapping the multi-room audio tech of one company and the low pricing strategy of the other.

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Sonos Roam Review – A portable speaker to get you hooked

Sonos Roam Review – A portable speaker to get you hooked

Sonos needs a gateway for new users, and the Sonos Roam is its answer. What looks like a regular Bluetooth speaker actually hides double the functionality: a portable speaker when you're on the go, a full-fledged Sonos speaker around the house, and all wrapped up in a ruggedized housing and the company's lowest price for a new speaker so far.

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Sony’s 360 Reality Audio speakers hit preorder: Here’s why they’re different

Sony’s 360 Reality Audio speakers hit preorder: Here’s why they’re different

Sony's latest 360 Reality Audio speakers have arrived, and the SRS-RA5000 and SRS-RA3000 pair unusual style with even more unusual sound. Previewed earlier in the year, the two new speakers tap Sony's spatial sound tech for the promise of more immersive music, something Amazon Music HD subscribers will soon be able to try too.

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Sonos Architectural Review: The surprises of pro-installation

Sonos Architectural Review: The surprises of pro-installation

Sonos may be best known for its standalone connected speakers, but its built-in speaker range, Sonos Architectural, is gaining traction in a space still fairly unfamiliar to mainstream users. Professional installation isn't new, but there are still preconceptions about just how attainable it is, with assumptions that it's reserved for multi-million dollar mansions with similarly lavish budgets. When I set out to give a home theater system a Sonos Architectural upgrade, though, I discovered some big surprises along the way.

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The best portable Bluetooth speakers in 2021

The best portable Bluetooth speakers in 2021

Talk of Bluetooth speakers and there are literally tons of them on the market by renowned brands, upcoming startups and ones developed by passionate audiophiles. While sound quality is something that every Bluetooth speaker needs to score at, there are other factors like waterproofing or battery life, that lead to the final buying decision.

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Sonos’ Roam is its cheapest speaker ever – and maybe its most compelling

Sonos’ Roam is its cheapest speaker ever – and maybe its most compelling

Sonos has cut the cord on its second portable speaker, with the Sonos Roam promising multi-room integration inside the house, Bluetooth streaming outside it, and a much more affordable price tag. About the size of a water bottle, Roam works as a smart speaker too with support for Amazon and Google's voice assistants, and Sonos is hoping it acts as much a gateway to new users as it appeals to existing ones looking to expand their system.

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Sonos Roam leaked with likely April release

Sonos Roam leaked with likely April release

The next major Sonos speaker (Sonos Roam) was revealed in a leak this week and a price likely set at around $169 USD. This speaker appears to be next in a line of Sonos speakers that expand beyond the confines of the home, complete with Bluetooth for wireless audio out in the wild. This device will likely be ready for release by the end of April 2021.

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