Don't-Miss Speaker Stories

ue boom social dj app

Ultimate Ears app now lets friends take turns playing DJ

Ultimate Ears is embracing the social aspect of listening to music with a new app feature that lets up to 3 devices connect to its line of UE Bluetooth speakers.

Sonos Play:5

Sonos redesigns its Play:5 speaker, announces Trueplay room-tuning software

Trueplay software can customize Sonos speakers to play the best they possibly can in the rooms they’re in.


JBL Splash 2

JBL’s Pulse 2 Bluetooth speaker puts on a light show every time you play a tune

The speaker gets its name from its water-resistant enclosure—you can even rinse it off under a faucet.


100 LEDs on JBL's water-resistant Pulse 2 Bluetooth speaker dance to the music

Link a series of Pulse 2's together, and they'll play the same music and light show.

amazon echo

Amazon's voice-controlled Echo is now available for anybody that wants one

After a steady slew of improvements, Amazon removes the invite-only tag from its voice-controlled speaker.

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Axiom Audio building a multi-room audio system that's as open as Sonos is closed

This powerful Wi-Fi speaker brings the open-source concept to audio, and it can be used indoors or out.


Denon HEOS soundbar and subwoofer

Denon adds a sound-bar and subwoofer to its HEOS wireless multi-room audio lineup

New speakers from add a home-theater zone to HEOS networks.


Harman Kardon Omni 20

Harman tops Sonos with an SDK that ties Omni Wireless HD speakers into smart homes

Sonos speaker systems are amazing--but proprietary. Harman's SDK lets the speakers be used as intercom systems or to route voice commands to smart appliances, among other possibilities.


Mr. Everything

Meet Mr. Everything: a power bank, Bluetooth speaker, and flashlight all rolled into one

Its builder claims this multi-faceted emergency-preparedness power center can even jumpstart your car battery.



SoundScoopz could be an inexpensive audio enhancer for flat-panel TVs

The low-tech, low-budget solution redirects sound waves from a TV's down-firing speakers towards the viewer.


amazon echo

Amazon Echo update lets you shop without raising a finger

Owners can now bark out orders to buy stuff. And thus, the endgame for Amazon’s cylindrical speaker is revealed.

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Qualcomm extends AllPlay’s capabilities and announces new partnerships

Though Hitachi is the only big-name win, AllPlay has added several new vendors, Bluetooth, and line-in res-streaming, and now supports stereo speaker pairs.


Sonos update will make its cheapest speaker sound better

The update also simplifies home theater setups and paves the way for more features in the Sonos app.


Sony's new smart light bulb is also a speaker

Forget ceiling-mounted speakers and smart LED bulbs; Sony's latest invention rolls them into a single device.

amazon echo

Amazon updates the Echo for connected-home control

'Alexa, please dim the lights in the home theater.'


amazon echo

An Amazon Echo SDK is in the works, which could mean third-party apps are not far off

Amazon is developing an SDK (software development kit) to pave the way for third-party apps and content for its Echo, the connected speaker and virtual assistant it launched in November.