Google Nest Mini arrives with same design as Home Mini, better sound, and a wall mount

While it looks virtually identical to the two-year-old Home Mini, the new Nest Mini promises better sound, an easier way to mount the device on a wall, and a dedicated machine-learning chip that’ll help it learn your favorite commands faster. And yes, it has a new name, too. Available October …

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 …

Vizio SB36514-G6 Home Theater Sound System review: Impressive sound, but we had Chromecast issues

With its wireless surround speakers and subwoofer, and four up-firing drivers for height effects, the $700 Vizio SB36514-G6 Home Theater Sound System delivers rich, detailed, and punchy audio, complete with 3D object-based Dolby Atmos support. The soundbar’s easy setup is a major plus, along with a generous collection of included …

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 …

BRAVEN announces rugged speaker and wireless earbud line-ups

Chrome, Firefox, DuckDuckGo, and Opera’s “private” browsing mode is not truly private. Brave was created with a built-in ad-blocker to give you the fastest internet browsing experience, while providing the deepest level of privacy and security protection. Brave also lets you control who profits from your data with blockchain-based tokens. …

Sonos Move review: Glorious audio performances at home and on the road

I’ve been pining for a portable outdoor Sonos speaker for years. I suspect anyone who’s bought into the Sonos ecosystem has. The Sonos Move not only scratches that itch, its Bluetooth radio gives me the option of taking the speaker on the road. What could be better than that? Audio …

Polk Legend L100 review: Higher performance than you’d expect from any bookshelf speaker

Sound is like food in that tastes can vary wildly. So take it with your own particular grain of seasoning when I say that I’ve rarely heard bookshelf speakers I liked better than Polk Audio’s Legend L100. There’s a particular reason I like them, but I don’t want to spoil …

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 …

Anker Soundcore Motion+ Bluetooth speaker review: Big sound in a rugged, compact package

We’ve heard plenty of middle-of-the-road Bluetooth speakers that try to juice your tunes with brassy, boomy sound. The Anker Soundcore Motion+ isn’t one of them, but this compact, $100 speaker could do with a little more high-end detail. Its attention to mid-range frequencies, on the other hand, pays dividends when …