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 …

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 …

Roku adds a soundbar and subwoofer to its audio lineup

Roku rolled out it’s first audio product in 2018: a stereo pair of wireless speakers designed to give life to thin-screen TV audio. This year, the company brings a soundbar and sub-woofer to market. But this is no ordinary soundbar, it’s also a complete Roku streaming device that will work …

Bang & Olufsen’s first soundbar boasts Dolby Atmos and AirPlay 2 support

Slated to arrive this fall, Bang & Olufsen’s sleek soundbar comes with 11 powered drivers, Dolby Atmos, AirPlay 2, and built-in Chromecast support, not to mention a eye-catching design and (naturally) a hefty price tag. Bang & Olufsen took the wraps off the Beosound Stage soundbar—a first for the legendary …

Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation review: Naim didn’t need to make this wireless speaker better, but I’m glad it did

The Naim Mu-so was one of the very best all-in-one audio systems I’ve reviewed, and this updated version is better in every way. The Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation gains HDMI with ARC, so you can pair it with your TV; and it supports Apple AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast, and Bluetooth, …

Urbanears Rålis Bluetooth speaker review: Rich, smooth sound emanates from this big, heavy speaker

According to its website, Urbanears is “a collective out of Scandinavia” that is most widely known for its high-quality yet affordable headphones. But the company also offers a portable Bluetooth speaker called the Rålis, which offers sumptuous sound and a surprisingly consistent tonal quality no matter where you are within …

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition review: This chatty, Alexa-powered playmate keeps tykes entertained and engaged

If you’re looking for an alternative to unleashing your kids on an iPad when you need a few precious moments to yourself, the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition makes for an attentive and surprisingly engaging companion. Loaded up with parental controls aplenty and packed to the gills with games and …

JBL Link Bar review: A soundbar, Google Assistant, and Android TV rolled into one big compromise

One of the best—and worst—things about the Android TV platform is that it allows for weird, ambitious products like the JBL Link Bar. While it looks like a typical soundbar, the $400 JBL Link Bar doubles as an Android TV player for streaming video from apps like Netflix. It also …