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Samsung's Multi-Room, Omni-Directional Wi-Fi Speakers: Now In Small, Medium And Large

If you want music playing in every room of your house, there’s only one easy way to do it: buy a bunch of wireless audio speakers. Samsung is really stepping up its wireless audio game, and the new R1, R3 and R5 speakers are the first salvo in what is set to be a big war against Sonos, as well as other wi-fi speaker competitors like LG and Sony.

Sonos PLAY:5 Wireless Speaker: Australian Review

Your smartphone or tablet is a gateway to tens of millions of music tracks, of audio playlists and podcasts and internet radio stations. The only problem is that your smartphone’s speaker is not great — and that’s where wireless sound systems come into their own. And sure, you can hook up a Bluetooth speaker for a temporary high, but if you’re listening at home then you can do a lot, lot better. Sonos’s new Play:5 speaker is about the size of a regular bookshelf speaker — the kind that you’d have paired up next to your TV, for a small home theatre setup — but it packs so much more power.

Inside Samsung's Multi-Million Dollar Audio Lab

With a new world-class audio lab in Los Angeles, Samsung wants to change home audio in exactly the same way that it changed TVs — and spearheaded the switch to super-thin LCD TVs — back in the 2000s.

UE Boom 2: Australian Review

Back in 2013, we were blessed with the launch of the UE Boom — a small, portable, waterproof speaker that sounded great for its size and had enough battery life to last a full day at the beach. But that was two years ago, and since then we’ve had the UE Roll and the Megaboom — a smaller speaker and a larger one. Since then, we’ve been waiting for a new Boom. The second incarnation of one of the best Bluetooth-toting portable speakers we’ve ever used is here, and it’s better in every single way.

Sonos' New Play:5 Wireless Speaker Is Smart, Sexy And Sounds Great No Matter Where You Use It

We really, really like the Sonos Play:5 — it’s incredibly easy to set up and use, and gives you smartphone- or tablet-friendly access to dozens of different streaming music and internet radio services. And now it’s even better, optimised for stereo listening and with a wider soundrange, clearer treble and more powerful bass. And that’s not the only announcement; Sonos has a new top-of-the-line wireless speaker to show off, but some fancy new software tricks that can make it sound even better.

There's A New UE Boom: It's Called The UE Boom 2, And It'll Be Out In Australia Before October

I loved, and continue to love, the UE Boom. It’s a great little speaker — water-resistant, surprisingly powerful, just the right size, versatile Bluetooth. After a couple of years, Logitech and Ultimate Ears have a new one — it’s (unsurprisingly) called the UE Boom 2, it’s more powerful, more waterproof, with new controls, and new software.

Edifier E25 Luna Eclipse PC Speakers: Australian Review

If you have a gaming PC or home-office machine that lives on a workdesk or in a study, it makes sense to invest in a good pair of speakers. But on my desk, I also have two smartphones, an iPad, and a constantly revolving suite of wireless devices. It makes more sense, then, to invest in a good set of speakers that also have Bluetooth. Edifier’s Luna Eclipse speakers, new to Australia, are made for everyday PC usage but are equally at home playing back your favourite tunes wirelessly.

Hands On: Samsung's New 360-Degree Multi-Room Speakers

Buying a speaker with omnidirectional sound may sound a little pointless, but unless you’re always sitting in the same spot to listen to your music or watch your movies it actually makes sense. We’re seeing more and more 360-degree speakers come out, but now Samsung has two new glossy obelisks that will project sound all around your living space.

LG's Music Flow Adds A Few Extra Speakers

LG’s new line of battery-powered, Wi-Fi enabled speakers complement their new sound bar models, sure. But they also fill out Music Flow — the company’s Sonos-like connected-house audio offering — with some attractive, well-rounded hardware.

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2 Bluetooth Speaker: Australian Review

Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen these days. Some are definitely better than others, but most of the wireless hi-fi units on the market are made by electronics companies rather than heritage audio companies with a foremost interest in sound quality. There are some longtime audio brands out there that take their time and do things right, though. Bang & Olufsen’s first ever Bluetooth speaker, the BeoPlay A2, is actually one of the best you can buy.

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