Tag Archive: Speakers

Don’t let your kids buy random stuff from Alexa on your Echo smart speakers

One of the best things that an Alexa-powered Echo speaker can do is to tell you Amazon’s daily specials and let you place orders for goods with your voice — it’s just so convenient! However, you certainly don’t want your kids, friends, or family to have unfettered Alexa access while you’re busy working from home or away from your smart speakers. I’ll show you how simple it is to put some controls on who can make voice purchases  [Read More…]

Sonos will stop bricking older speakers with its Recycle Mode program

Cake The 30% discount still applies when upgrading to a new speaker.

What you need to know Sonos has killed its “Recycle Mode” program that caused a lot of controversy earlier this year. Recycle Mode bricked old Sonos speakers and allowed you to purchase new ones at a lower price. Now, you can still get the 30% discount when upgrading to a new speaker, no bricking required.

Back in January, Sonos was the star of a juicy  [Read More…]

Broadcasting to specific Assistant speakers is in testing for some users

For the last couple of years, the only option has been to broadcast your message to all of your connected speakers.

What you need to know Broadcast is a feature that lets you send either a custom or Google default message to all of your Google Assitant enabled speakers. The impending update will allow you to specify the speaker you’d like to send the message to. Currently, there is no official mention from Google about broadcasting to  [Read More…]

Which of these smart speakers is a better value: Sonos One or Amazon Echo?

The best speaker for me is the one that best balances three key factors: sound, smarts, and price.

Amazon Echo (3rd Gen)

Basic but good

$ 80 at Amazon

Pros Improved sound architecture Half the price of a Sonos One Five colors including Product Red and Twilight Blue Cons No built-in display Not a huge leap forward from past generations

Even though the Amazon Echo (3rd Gen) isn’t the most technologically-advanced gadget out there,  [Read More…]

Spotify free now works on Amazon Alexa and Bose speakers

Along with Sonos speakers.

What you need to know Spotify free can now be played on your Amazon Alexa and Bose speakers. You’ll need to first link Spotify via the Amazon Alexa app or make sure your Bose speakers firmware is up to date. Spotify is running a holiday promotion through the end of the year offering three months of Spotify Premium for $ 9.99.

Spotify free is spreading, and that’s a good thing. Earlier this month  [Read More…]

Sonos offers 30% off new speakers with its new Trade Up program

Must trade in an eligible Sonos speaker.

What you need to know Sonos has a new Trade Up program which will give you 30% off for trading in an old Sonos speaker. Eligible products for trade-in include the Connect, Connect:Amp, ZP80, ZP90, ZP100, ZP120, and the first generation Play:5. After trading in your old Sonos device, it will enter a recycling mode after 21 days — scrubbing your personal information and allowing you to safely send it  [Read More…]

Best Bluetooth Speakers under $100 in 2019

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a great Bluetooth speaker. Whether you’re looking to pick up a speaker to listen to music or play your favorite podcasts at the pool, or need one for streaming music from your phone, there are plenty of great options available for under $ 100. Our pick would be the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 for its versatility and excellent sound quality.

Best Overall: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

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Google Home and Home Mini can finally be paired with other smart speakers

Once paired, you won’t be able to change Assistant or sound settings on individual speakers.

What you need to know Google’s original Home and Home Mini smart speakers can be now be paired for stereo sound. Users will be able to set up a speaker pair with the help of the Google Home app. The Google Home Max and the new Nest Mini already support this feature.

The original Home and Home Mini speakers have finally gained  [Read More…]

Google’s making it easier to move multimedia between smart speakers

Stream transfer is rolling out to Assistant-enabled gadgets right now.

What you need to know You can transfer audio from apps like YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more. Transfer video streams from YouTube from room to room with the new feature. Stream transfer is rolling out to all Google Assistant-enabled devices starting October 8.

Today, October 8, Google announced in a blog post a new feature called “stream transfer.” The feature will allow you to tell your  [Read More…]

The Sonos Flex subscription plan lets you rent speakers

Only available in the Netherlands for now.

What you need to know The Sonos Flex subscription plan allows you to rent some of the most popular Sonos speakers. As part of the subscription, the speakers will be replaced with the latest models. It’s currently only available in the Netherlands as a pilot program.

Do you love high-quality audio but often find the price puts it out of your reach? If so, then a new trial program Sonos  [Read More…]