McIntosh RS200 wireless speaker review: Congested sound mars the performance of this high-end behemoth

McIntosh was the epitome of high-end audio systems when I was in college. Its distinctive logo and bright blue-backlit level meters were instantly recognizable, indicating that the owner was serious about sound. Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, McIntosh continues to represent high-quality audio as it expands its portfolio to …

Les assistants vocaux peuvent être piratés à distance par… des lasers

Dans une étude publiée récemment, des chercheurs expliquent comment ils sont parvenus à prendre le contrôle d’assistants vocaux à distance avec un laser. Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, ou encore Siri, peu importe votre crémerie, puisque tous ces assistants peuvent être piratés à distance à l’aide d’un laser. C’est l’étonnante découverte …

Bose Portable Home Speaker review: This mobile smart speaker is good to go

If you’ve bought into the Bose smart speaker ecosystem, you’ll welcome the latest addition to the family: the very compact and highly competent Portable Home Speaker. The first voice-activated model in the line to run on rechargeable battery power, Bose’s bucket-handled roustabout responds to Alexa or Google Assistant voice commands, …

How to play music on all (or some) of your Amazon Alexa speakers at once

Want to hear your Amazon Music, Pandora, or Spotify tunes booming throughout your house? If you have Amazon Echo devices in multiple rooms, just ask Alexa, although you’ll need to tweak some settings first. Indeed, once you’ve followed a few basic steps, you can ask Alexa to play music or …

Amazon Echo Frames: Hands-on first impressions

No company has managed to make smart glasses that the average person would want to buy. Amazon’s Echo Frames could change that by making its Alexa digital assistant accessible from anywhere your smartphone has internet access. I checked them out at yesterday’s Amazon Devices event in Seattle and came away …

Amazon unveils a raft of new devices, including a high-end Echo speaker, Alexa-packing earbuds, glasses, and a ring

Amazon let loose with an avalanche of new products at its September hardware unveiling, starting with a series of new Echo speakers, including one with Dolby Atmos sound, as well as a pair of true wireless earbuds, glasses, and even a ring, all with—you guessed it—Alexa on board. Take a …

Yamaha YAS-209 soundbar with Alexa review: DTS Virtual:X 3D surround effects aren’t worth the harsh sound

If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive way to upgrade your TV’s sound while adding Alexa to the mix, the Yamaha YAS-209 makes for an attractive option. Armed with a wireless subwoofer, an easy-to-use remote, and Alexa onboard, the $350 YAS-209 delivers impressive sound given it price, not to mention …

Ears-on with the Sonos Move Bluetooth speaker: Portable Sonos sound with Alexa and Google Assistant onboard

It sure took long enough, but the audio gurus at Sonos have finally jumped into the portable Bluetooth speaker arena, and from what we’ve seen—and heard—so far, the Move was worth the wait. Sonos invited us to a demo on a New York City rooftop last month, so we could …