In a show dominated by smart sound systems and headphones, there was also some standout design and genuine breakthroughs to get the real audiophiles excited at this year’s IFA tech expo. Below we pick out the sonic highlights that found a way to be heard above the bedlam in Berlin.1. Bang & Olufsen Beosound EdgeIt came as no surprise to find Danish design guru B&O provided the show’s most eye-catching example of audio gear at IFA 2018. Drawing inspiration from the venerable British pound coin (yes, really), the waist-height spherical smart speaker is designed to be positioned in two ways - like a standing coin on its edge or hanging from a wall like a railway clock via a set of brackets. The brainchild of London-based designer Michael Anastassiades, the Beosound Edge also has a pretty unique control system, requiring you to rock the speaker back or forth to controls its output.It’s not all about the aesthetics however, with the speaker boasting a huge, … [Read more...] about IFA 2018 Audio round up: The best headphones, smart speakers and cinema sound from Sony, Sonos, JBL and more
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Nick Millington had just started to feel like a successful software engineer. It was early 2003, and at age 26, he had already begun a fruitful career at Microsoft. He feared his one-bedroom apartment in Redmond, Washington—filled with a mishmash of bargain-bin furniture and DIY shelving made of cinderblocks and wood planks—wasn't representative of his upward mobility. He wasn't a starving student anymore, he was an adult. So Millington did what we all do once we're able: He bought a larger, more elegant apartment and filled it with brand new stuff. "I was starting to think more about the design of my home," Millington says. "You know, upgrading to the fancier Ikea furniture that looked nice." One nagging problem was how to rig up his music system. He was a MP3 junkie. Digital music was exploding on the internet, and Millington had spent many hours methodically trying to collect every Billboard Top 40 hit from 1945 onward, amassing a wide range of other, more eclectic music … [Read more...] about Meet the Man Who’s Building Sonos’ Audio Internet
Here at WIRED, we like Sonos speakers. Throughout the last six years, we’ve reviewed everything from its small Play:1 speaker to its new Beam and recommended every one of them. But it’s not cheap to turn your home into a Sonos-powered shrine to sound. Like Apple products, Sonos speakers are built to work with other Sonos speakers, and don’t come cheap, starting at $200 for the least expensive, smallest model. But which ones should you buy? Read on for our recommendations. Updated August 1, 2018: We've added the Sonos Beam soundbar to our recommendations and updated the guide for Late 2018. 1. Best Sonos Speaker Sonos One The Sonos One (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is just about the smallest Sonos speaker, but it still packs enough oomph to fill most rooms and its hands-free Alexa integration is a lot of fun. Sonos took the time to make Alexa sound great, and thanks to its voice commands, the Sonos One has become my go-to speaker. It holds the premiere spot in my … [Read more...] about Which Sonos Speaker Should You Buy?
Bluetooth speakers come in all different shapes and sizes, from larger options that have the power to fill your whole living room to smaller portables that are great for taking to picnics or moving from room-to-room.Finding the right speaker for you and your needs is no easy task, but don't worry, we have you covered. We've rounded up our pick of the best portable speakers currently available to buy. You'll find a mix of styles, power, sizes and budgets, all of which have been reviewed in full by us here at Pocket-Lint.Whether you're hoping to start investing in a multi-room system, just want a medium-sized speaker or you're looking for a portable Bluetooth one, here are what we consider to be the best Bluetooth speakers, in no particular order.The best Bluetooth speakers to buy todayB&O BeoPlay A1It's small, but the B&O BeoPlay A1's big sound makes it standout in the portable Bluetooth speaker market. We may have baulked at its £199 price tag at first, but given how … [Read more...] about The best Bluetooth speakers 2018 including top portable speakers for the garden
The Devialet Phantom was met with wide praise in the audio community a few years ago for achieving something rare: a truly full-range, compact high-end speaker. The speaker is about the size of a Sonos Play:5 but can extend below 20hz on the bass while maintaining hi-fi sound. That it looked like a futuristic orb designed by space-faring creatures didn’t hurt. Two years later, Devialet is improving upon the original Phantom with a ‘new’ model dubbed the Phantom Elevate. It bumps up the wattage from 750 to 1,200, and max volume from 99 db to 101 db. Meanwhile the price was cut from $1,990 per individual speaker to $1,690. I say ‘new’ in quotes because the upgrade is partly a software one. Devialet used what it learned creating its most powerful speakers, the Phantom Golds, and figured out how to pull more power from the original Phantoms, although the update is only compatible with devices produced after November 2017. A few disclaimers: I had not heard the … [Read more...] about Devialet Phantom Elevate review: Amazing speakers dampened by bugs