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?
Left: Sonos Play:1, Right: Bluesound Pulse Flex (Image credit: Simon Cohen/Digital Trends) For years, Sonos has managed to hold on to the top spot in the wireless home audio space — a category it single-handedly created 16 years ago. During that time, there has been no shortage of competitors. From audio behemoths like Denon, Bose, and Yamaha the surprising contributions from Amazon, Google, and Apple, many have imitated, but few have duplicated Sonos’ achievements. That may be about to change, though, and you can blame Canada. There has been no shortage of Sonos competitors. While few outside the audiophile world were paying attention, a small electronics distribution company based out of Ontario called Lenbrook International, has been acquiring some of the most respected brands in the business, namely NAD, and PSB Speakers. Using components from both of these groups, Lenbrook created Bluesound, a whole-home audio product aimed squarely at audio fans who like the Sonos … [Read more...] about Sonos is the king of multiroom audio, but this Canadian upstart plans a coup
Christmas is fast approaching and unless you're planning to wait until the last minute and face the true shopping frenzy of the holiday season, now is the time to buy some gifts for your mom and dad. If you're thinking about gifting some advanced technology to your parents but are unsure which gadgets are best suited for the task, then you've certainly come to the right place! In what follows, we'll make a few gift recommendations that you might want to consider. Before checking out our gift recommendations for moms and dads, however, make sure to bear in mind that these are only starting points and not a definitive guide. Price: $130Getting a FitBit Charge, priced at $130, for your mom or dad can prove to be really helpful even if they don't work out a lot. In fact, one of the coolest thing about fitness trackers is that they are not only capable of tracking walks, runs, and other sport activities, but they can also monitor the lack of physical activity. If you're … [Read more...] about 5 tech gift recommendations for your mom and dad