Leaked images reportedly show off the Sonos Move, the company’s first portable smart speaker

If there’s one thing missing from Sonos’ lineup of speakers, amps, and subwoofers, it’s portability. According to a series of leaks, that’s about to change. Dave Zatz of Zatznotfunny spotted a filing for a new Bluetooth speaker that Sonos made with the FCC on August 10. Now more images and …

Samsung HW-Q70R soundbar review: This easy-to-install soundbar delivers Dolby Atmos and DTS:X

If you want to bring rich, detailed, and immersive sound into your living room with a minimum of components and fuss, Samsung’s HW-Q70R soundbar should be near the top of your shopping list. At $700, the HW-Q70R is as pricey as some higher-end soundbars we’ve reviewed, but given that Samsung’s …

Waking your TV with a smart speaker? It could be adding $200 a year to your energy bill

Beware, smart speaker users: If you’re using an Amazon Echo or a Google Home to turn on your TV via voice commands, you might be unwittingly doubling the TV’s overall power usage, which could tack on nearly $200 to your annual energy bill. So says the National Resources Defense Council, a …

Waking your TV with a smart speaker? It could be inflating your energy bill

Beware, smart speaker users: If you’re using an Amazon Echo or a Google Home to turn on your TV via voice commands, you might be unwittingly doubling the TV’s overall power usage, which could tack on nearly $200 to your energy bill over 10 years. Correction: An earlier version of this …

You just bought a new Amazon Echo device? Do these 6 things first

So, you snapped up an Echo, Echo Dot, or another Echo device during Amazon’s Prime Day extravaganza (or during one of Amazon’s periodic Echo sales), and it’s sitting in your kitchen, silently awaiting your next order. Now what? Before you can ask your Alexa-powered Echo to play your favorite Spotify …

IKEA Symfonisk speakers review: Sonos made sure they sound great, but that Scandi-chic lamp design is polarizing

IKEA’s Symfonisk WiFi speakers—a recent collaboration between the Swedish home furnishings retailer and U.S.-based wireless multi-room audio manufacturer Sonos—are coming to IKEA’s online and brick-and-mortar stores on August 1. The Symfonisk (pronounced sim-fawn-isk) bookshelf speaker is a fantastic value. The Symfonisk speaker lamp sounds great, too, but I’m not a …

How to make voice and video calls using Alexa and your Amazon Echo

If you have an Amazon Echo in your home you already know how useful it can be. Whether you want to play music, turn on your lights, or just check the weather, Amazon’s Alexa-powered smart speakers can pretty much do it all. And that includes making calls. That’s right, you …

Yamaha YAS-207 soundbar review: A taste of immersive audio in a spouse-friendly footprint

During Amazon’s Prime Day sale you can grab this excellent soundbar for $205, and save $25. See all our other picks of the best Prime Day deals. Yamaha’s soundbars have wowed us, with many receiving our top recommendations in different categories. Yamaha’s latest entry, the YAS-207, marks a major step …

Fluance AB40 Soundbase review: This speaker delivers a bona fide theater experience in any room

Fluance’s AB40 High Performance Soundbase is another in a long line of well-built, high-value home audio products (though there have been occasional exceptions). This speaker delivers a chest-punching performance that’s sure to please home theater aficionados on a budget. Read on to find out why I liked the AB40 Soundbase …