Sonos has been making smart home multi-room speakers for a long time -- I first listened to a ZonePlayer S5 a full eight years ago. But it's 2017, and smart speakers can't just be controlled from an app on a phone any more. They need to listen to your voice, and that's exactly what the new Sonos One does, as well as controlling your life -- both through Amazon's Alexa and the Google Assistant.
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The SoundLink Micro is another portable Bose speaker in the vein of the SoundLink Colour, a bright and sturdy Bluetooth unit designed for young urban go-getter types to take with them on their jaunty weekend hikes and trips to the beach. It promises serious toughness wherever you use it -- the bath, the pool, the deep blue sea -- and Bose says it sounds good despite its pint-sized nature.
It's no secret Sonos is working on a smart speaker to rival products such as Amazon's Echo and Apple's HomePod. Last year, Sonos laid off a number of staff while simultaneously announcing a new shift in focus to help the company "remain innovative and successful". But jumping on the digital assistant bandwagon hasn't been easy, as the company's current integration with Amazon Alexa devices isn't exactly what you'd call straightforward.
With the new Sound Bar Flex, LG didn't make the world's best sound bar. It's actually a bit of a stretch to call the modular, three-piece speaker system a sound bar at all. And at $899, the (mostly) wireless setup isn't quite a bargain either. You know what, though? The Sound Bar Flex sure is fun to use.
Your bathroom might have some amazing acoustics, but the singing really should be left to the pros. Perfect for those shower-time jam sessions, the XXL Shower Speaker puts out twice the power of typical bathroom speakers, so you can actually hear your music over the running water.
There are a ton of Bluetooth speakers out on the market, but how many dance with you while you're jamming out? Say hello to the Glowbar Speaker. Engineered with a bright and mesmerising LED screen, this bass-bumping device makes every jam session a disco party.
2017 might go down in history as the year those boxy speakers your dad still uses finally started to go extinct. Following the development of a heat-powered graphene chip that could replace the speaker in your phone, scientists at Michigan State University have developed a paper-thin, flexible electronic panel that could turn fabrics into speakers -- among other applications.
The traditional speaker design involves the use of a vibrating membrane that pushes air to create sound waves that travel to your ears. The technology has been in use for well over a century, but scientists at the University of Exeter might have found a way to improve how speakers work -- eliminating movement altogether -- using the wonder material graphene.
You don't have to shell out thousands of dollars to build a system that'll make your music -- whether it's on PC, whether it's on your phone, whether it's on a record collection -- sound amazing. We got hold of a simple, three-piece stereo audio kit with two bookshelf speakers, an amp and a turntable that will handle just about anything you throw at it, and all at a price that didn't break the bank.
"The Cube" might look like something out of a spaceship, but it's actually a bonafide Bluetooth speaker. All science and no fiction, this powerful speaker lets you jam out in futuristic fashion, and it's on sale for nearly half-off.
It's hard to have long-lasting fun for $129 these days. A fancy dinner is over in a couple of hours. A ticket to Disney World expires not long after sunset. But the Wonderboom, a new waterproof speaker from Ultimate Ears, feels like it could last forever.
Sonos speakers already live all around your house -- your living room, your bedroom, your bathroom. You might already have a Sonos speaker in the same room as your TV. You might already have a Playbar. If you don't, though, it might be because you don't have room underneath your TV -- maybe it's not wall mounted, maybe it lives on a skinny entertainment unit. That's why Sonos has a new speaker for your TV, designed to live underneath it. It's called the Playbase.
B&O Play is the Danish audio brand's more accessible, younger, funkier sibling, and it has a new wireless speaker to take on Sonos in your home. Design has always been a hallmark of Play and its much more distinguished older brother, and accordingly the new M5 is an utterly beautiful device -- probably the most stylish I've ever seen.
Late last year, we had a fantastic time playing around with Plox's floating Death Star speaker. At the time, we were intrigued by its levitating electromagnets, but now it has company: LG has a levitating speaker that'll play music for 10 hours, then descend slowly to its base station to charge and float back up again.
Now here’s a speaker that’s built to last. Waterproof, shockproof, and effectively nature-proof, the HomeSpot Rugged Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is designed to keep up with you.