Cavalier Audio Maverick wireless smart speaker review: This Alexa-powered Wi-Fi speaker speaks Bluetooth, too

Portable Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes, sizes, finishes, and price points. In addition, they offer a wide range of features and capabilities, not to mention different levels of sound quality. The Cavalier Audio Maverick sits toward the high end of the price scale, and it offers a fairly extensive …

WiSA, the low-latency, wireless multi-channel audio standard is ready for take-off

There was a time when being an audio enthusiast meant living with wires. Lots and lots of wires. That was the price you had to pay for quality audio, especially if you wanted a home theater system with true surround sound. Well, if WiSA (Wireless Speaker & Audio Association) has …

Q Acoustics Concept 300 loudspeaker review: Grand sound in a compellingly intriguing package

Do you believe in levitation? Spend some time with Q Acoustics Concept 300 and you might. These bigger-than-your-averagebookshelf speakers deliver dynamic, detailed, wide-open performances rivaling competitors several times their size in a fashion that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. And that’s not the only feature …

Symfonisk speakers are an IKEA and Sonos collaboration

If you’ve always wanted to have affordable smart speakers with an aesthetic design to blend in with your other furniture, your dreams are about to come true, especially if you’re a fan of Swedish furniture makers and American speaker manufacturers. IKEA and Sonos will soon be releasing a collaboration called …

Fluance Fi20 Bluetooth speaker review: Stylish good looks and rich sound unfortunately marred by boomy bass

Wireless portable speakers have become an essential product category in the audio marketplace. Lots of us want to play our music anywhere and share it with family and friends, and there are many, many companies offering speakers that let us do just that. Fluance, a Canadian company that specializes in …

IKEA just put a Sonos speaker in a table lamp

Swedish furniture manufacturer IKEA introduced two wireless speakers today, developed in partnership with Sonos, the market leader in multi-room audio. Information about the bookshelf speaker has been floating around the internet for several weeks, but the companies revealed today that they’ve also developed a table-lamp speaker. Both speakers will be …

Three Apple products in the danger zone

Goodbye, AirPower! We hardly knew ye. It’s only early April and it’s already been a tough year for Apple. Besides the admission that the company simply could not ship the wireless charging pad that it had been teasing for a year and a half, there was also the restatement of …

Apple cuts the price of HomePod by $50, but it’s still too expensive

If you’ve forgotten that Apple still sells a smart speaker, you’re not alone. At last count, HomePod was struggling to capture even a sliver of the smart speaker market share, and it barely garnered a mention at Apple’s latest event. But Apple is hoping to reverse that trend with an …

Tronsmart Element Force review: This small and inexpensive Bluetooth speaker produces high-quality sound

With so many people wanting to share their tunes with friends and family wherever they happen to be, it’s no wonder that small, battery-powered, Bluetooth speakers are more popular than ever. Among the many such products available today is the Tronsmart Element Force. Let’s find out if this small unit …

The best smart home devices that work with Alexa

Amazon’s Echo series of smart speakers, powered by the Alexa digital assistant, are amazingly capable devices on their own. You can use them for everything from streaming music to maintaining a shopping list to ordering pizza delivery and more. But Alexa becomes even more powerful when paired with compatible third-party …

The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories

Thanks to the popularity of Amazon’s Echo smart speaker and Alexa digital assistant, a cottage industry of add-ons and accessories has sprung up to make the Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Tap even better. Make your Echo/Alexa device portable. Improve the Echo’s sound quality. Hang your Echo device on the …

The popular OontZ Angle 3 Ultra Bluetooth speaker is on sale for a near all-time-low of $30

Streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music have made it easier than ever to take your music library with you wherever you go. And with today’s deal you can get great sound too. Amazon is selling the Oontz Angle 3 Ultra from Cambridge Soundworks for just $30Remove non-product link, 40 …

Ninety7 Sky Tote Portable Battery Base review: Take your second-gen Amazon Echo anywhere

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Best Google Home add-ons and accessories

Welcome to the Google Home shadow market, a symbiotic ecosystem of third-party products that add a bit more versatility to the Google Home Mini and original Google Home smart speaker. Some grant true portability to Google’s otherwise-tethered speakers. Others help you place the speakers in a more convenient position. Intrigued? …

Sonos is shipping a second-generation Sonos One smart speaker

Sonos will announce tomorrow that it’s shipping a second-generation version of its Sonos One smart speaker (the first-gen model is pictured above). There have been reports on Sonos’ customer forums, however, of consumers already buying Sonos One (Gen 2) speakers at Best Buy. In fact, a picture of the box …

Bluesound Pulse Mini 2i review: Great sound, plus Alexa and AirPlay 2 support

Though nearly identical physically to its predecessor, the Pulse Mini, the Bluesound Pulse Mini 2i sounds significantly better. In fact, this is one of the best single-cabinet stereo speakers I’ve heard. Add support for Alexa, AirPlay 2, and the versatility of the BluOS multi-room system, and the $499 Pulse Mini …

Buy a refurbished HomePod for more than $100 off

It’s a good day to take home the HomePod. Right now Amazon’s Woot service is selling certified refurbished models of Apple’s smart speaker for a mere $234.99Remove non-product link, down $114 from the normal price of $349. It’s one of the best prices I’ve seen it listed for date. The …

KEF LSX review: These small but mighty wireless speakers deliver sound quality way above their size class

Founded in 1961, KEF is a well-known, high-end British speaker brand with many outstanding products to its credit. These days, small wireless speakers are all the rage, and KEF has embraced that market with several models, including the new LSX. Let’s see if it’s worthy of KEF’s legacy. The KEF …

The tiny, yet big-sounding Bose SoundLink Micro portable speaker is $30 off

If you’re in need of a diminutive Bluetooth speaker that still packs an auditory punch, Amazon’s got a deal for you right now. The Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth speaker is on sale for $80. That’s about $20 off the usual price, and $30 under the speaker’s MSRP. We saw it …

Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

You don’t need to live in a smart home to benefit from a Wi-Fi-connected smart speaker. Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and other digital assistants can help you in dozens of ways, and you don’t have to lift a finger to summon them—just speak their names. If you already know …