Tag Archive: Speaker


What’s the best premium Echo speaker? The Echo Studio or Echo Plus?

Echo Studio

It’s the Echo Plus PLUS

$ 200 at Amazon

Pros Physical mic mute switch Booming room-filling sound Built-in Zigbee smart home hub Can be paired with another Echo Studio and/or Fire TV for surround sound Cons First gen product Most expensive Echo device

The Echo Studio is Amazon’s shot across the bow to Apple’s Homepod, Google’s Home Max, and Sonos’ collection of high-end speakers. It offers amazing sound and smarts for a great  [Read More…]

What’s the best-sounding Alexa smart speaker? Echo Studio or Sonos One?

Amazon Echo Studio

Alexa goes Hi-Fi

$ 200 at Amazon

Pros Multi-directional, immersive sound Supports multi-room audio Can be paired with another Echo Studio or Fire TV Supports multiple music services and Apple Airplay 2 Physical microphone mute switch Cons First gen product Most expensive Echo device

After years of making decent sounding smart speakers, Amazon has finally heeded the call for a high-end, Hi-Fi home for Alexa. The Echo Studio features five speakers for  [Read More…]

The Sonos One is still the best Sonos speaker you can buy

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a resurgence in home speakers thanks to the rise of Alexa and Google Assistant. The idea of having a “smart speaker” is a lot more appealing to folks than a traditional, dumb speaker, and this has created for a significant shift in the home audio market. Sonos has been creating killer speakers since 2002, and lately, has been adapting to the changing industry. The company’s product line is now better than  [Read More…]

The Sonos Move is the portable smart speaker of my dreams

What you need to know Sonos Move is powerful, portable, and unbreakable, goes on sale September 24 for $ 399. Sonos One SL replaces the Play:1, and goes on sale next week for $ 179. Sonos Port connects traditional stereo equipment to the Sonos ecosystem, coming early next year for $ 399.

My house is full of speakers. I play music from a Google Home Max, podcasts from a Lenovo Smart Display and, when sitting on my porch,  [Read More…]

Baidu edges past Google to become the world’s No.2 smart speaker vendor

In the second quarter of 2018, Google was the world’s biggest smart speaker vendor.

What you need to know Chinese search giant Baidu has become the world’s second larger smart speaker manufacturer. According to data from Canalys, Baidu shipped 4.5 million smart speakers in Q2 2019, 0.2 million more than Google. Amazon was the world’s biggest smart speaker vendor in Q2 2019.

According to the latest smart speaker market analysis from research firm Canalys, China’s Baidu was  [Read More…]

Bose announces new Portable Home Speaker with Assistant and Alexa for $349

The speaker will be available for purchase on September 19 in Triple Black or Silver Luxe.

What you need to know The Bose Portable Home Speaker launches on September 19 for $ 349. It will support Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, and AirPlay 2. It has a built-in handle, IPX4 water-resistance, and up to 12 hours of battery life.

Bose has announced its first portable smart home speaker, aptly named the Bose Portable Home  [Read More…]

The next Sonos product will be a hi-fi Bluetooth speaker with a twist

What you need to know Sonos is holding private briefings on August 26 and 27 in New York. FCC documents and other leaks point to a refreshed Connect and a new Bluetooth/Wi-Fi speaker. The new speaker will support Wi-Fi for whole-home sound when connected to a dock. While in Bluetooth mode, it will act like any other Bluetooth speaker. Sonos is also working on an automatic version of its Trueplay audio calibration.

We already know that Sonos is  [Read More…]

Huawei was making a Google Assistant speaker, but the Trump ban killed it

The speaker would have been unveiled at IFA 2019.

What you need to know Huawei and Google were working together to create a smart speaker. Shortly after the Trump ban, Huawei had to cancel the speaker. It was supposed to be unveiled at IFA 2019.

IFA 2019 will be here before you know it, and when the annual trade show rolls around, we’ll be met with all sorts of exciting gadget announcements. One thing that won’t be  [Read More…]

How to pair a Bluetooth speaker with your Google Home or Home Mini

The Google Home and Home Mini are fantastic additions to a smart home, but have you ever wished they had better sound quality? Perhaps, like that expensive Bluetooth speaker you bought years ago. The good news is, you can actually pair your Bluetooth speakers with the Google Home speakers.

Read More: How to make your Google Home devices sound better

This is the perfect way to supercharge those cheap Google Home Mini speakers you might have scattered across  [Read More…]

The WONDERBOOM portable Bluetooth speaker is pool-ready and down to $50

Ultimate Ears’ WONDERBOOM is a Bluetooth speaker that was designed to be brought just about anywhere. It’s super compact, very durable, and even waterproof. While it originally sold for $ 99.99, today you can snag the Lilac-colored model at Best Buy for only $ 49.99. That’s one of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen for one; they normally sell for just under $ 70 on average at Amazon. Best Buy offers free shipping with its purchase or free in-store pickup  [Read More…]