Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

By Michael Brown Executive Editor, TechHive | Apr 17, 2019 12:05 PM PT Table of Contents Show More You don’t need to live in a smart home to benefit from a Wi-Fi-connected smart speaker. Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and other digital assistants can help you in dozens of ways, …

Cavalier Audio Maverick wireless smart speaker review: This Alexa-powered Wi-Fi speaker speaks Bluetooth, too

Portable Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes, sizes, finishes, and price points. In addition, they offer a wide range of features and capabilities, not to mention different levels of sound quality. The Cavalier Audio Maverick sits toward the high end of the price scale, and it offers a fairly extensive …

WiSA, the low-latency, wireless multi-channel audio standard is ready for take-off

There was a time when being an audio enthusiast meant living with wires. Lots and lots of wires. That was the price you had to pay for quality audio, especially if you wanted a home theater system with true surround sound. Well, if WiSA (Wireless Speaker & Audio Association) has …

Q Acoustics Concept 300 loudspeaker review: Grand sound in a compellingly intriguing package

Do you believe in levitation? Spend some time with Q Acoustics Concept 300 and you might. These bigger-than-your-averagebookshelf speakers deliver dynamic, detailed, wide-open performances rivaling competitors several times their size in a fashion that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. And that’s not the only feature …

Symfonisk speakers are an IKEA and Sonos collaboration

If you’ve always wanted to have affordable smart speakers with an aesthetic design to blend in with your other furniture, your dreams are about to come true, especially if you’re a fan of Swedish furniture makers and American speaker manufacturers. IKEA and Sonos will soon be releasing a collaboration called …

Fluance Fi20 Bluetooth speaker review: Stylish good looks and rich sound unfortunately marred by boomy bass

Wireless portable speakers have become an essential product category in the audio marketplace. Lots of us want to play our music anywhere and share it with family and friends, and there are many, many companies offering speakers that let us do just that. Fluance, a Canadian company that specializes in …

IKEA just put a Sonos speaker in a table lamp

Swedish furniture manufacturer IKEA introduced two wireless speakers today, developed in partnership with Sonos, the market leader in multi-room audio. Information about the bookshelf speaker has been floating around the internet for several weeks, but the companies revealed today that they’ve also developed a table-lamp speaker. Both speakers will be …

Apple cuts the price of HomePod by $50, but it’s still too expensive

If you’ve forgotten that Apple still sells a smart speaker, you’re not alone. At last count, HomePod was struggling to capture even a sliver of the smart speaker market share, and it barely garnered a mention at Apple’s latest event. But Apple is hoping to reverse that trend with an …

Tronsmart Element Force review: This small and inexpensive Bluetooth speaker produces high-quality sound

With so many people wanting to share their tunes with friends and family wherever they happen to be, it’s no wonder that small, battery-powered, Bluetooth speakers are more popular than ever. Among the many such products available today is the Tronsmart Element Force. Let’s find out if this small unit …