IFA 2018: Harman Kardon launches £549 Citation 500 smart speaker

Harman Kardon has become the latest manufacturer to launch a smart speaker. The Citation 500 is billed as a high-quality intelligent speaker with a sleek, sophisticated design. The manufacturer says the Citation 500, which was awarded with the prestigious EISA Smart Speaker 2018-2019, will deliver superb sound while complementing the aesthetics of your home. Inspired…

UK start up BoomBocs launches wireless speaker with a difference

Must admit we quite like the look of this brightly coloured speaker from UK start up BoomBocs. Designed in London's Brixton by sound engineer Jonny Williams, it's got a distinctively retro feel. Available in blue, red, black, orange, grey, white, green and yellow, the new BoomBocs BRX v2.0 speaker starts at £699 and is described…

British company Ruark introduces MRx connected wireless speaker

British Hi-Fi brand Ruark Audio has announced the release of the MRx – its first connected wireless speaker. Set to retail for £399, Ruark claims the MRx embodies the exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail that has become the hallmark of Ruark’s range.  In terms of connectivity, the MRx offers a far wider choice than…

TEAC goes tie-dye with 1960’s inspired turntable

How about this for a 'groovy' turntable. Fifty years after the summer of love, TEAC is introducing a tie-die turntable that's sure to brighten up a drizzly autumn day.  The 2-speed (33 and 45 RPM) turntable player combines high density MDF base with a machined aluminium platter to deliver, TEAC claims, incredible resonance rejection, speed…

The 5 best DJ speakers in 2017

There are many components that make up a successful DJ setup. It is important to have a great set of headphones, efficient mixer, controller, and turntable. While all of these items are crucial to the way a DJ performs at a gig, nothing is more important than a great set of speakers. The reason for…

Harman International announces waterproof Bluetooth JBL Boombox

HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, introduces the JBL Boombox. A portable Bluetooth speaker, the JBL Boombox keeps the music experience going for up to 24 hours, thanks to a powerful, long-lasting battery. The newest member of the JBL portable speaker family, it's also the biggest portable speaker available, weighing in at…

Sonos PLAYBASE soundbar now available for improved TV sound

Sonos has announced PLAYBASE, the latest addition to its wireless home sound system and the newest speaker system in its home cinema lineup. Available in both black and white, PLAYBASE is priced at £699. Designed to sit directly under a TV, this speaker measures 58 mm in height and packs 10 drivers – six mid-range,…

Vinyl revival continues – but let’s all get a grip!

People buying vinyl for Christmas presents, such as the lovely Kate Bush's Before The Dawn live album, are giving the revived format a massive lift It's a great story. A format back from the virtual dead. How often do you get to say that? Yesterday the BBC reported the shock news that…

Design of the day: KEF MUO wireless speakers

New from KEF are these colourful wireless Bluetooth speakers. Called MUO, they combine a nice industrial design with, the manufacturer claims, precision engineering and class-leading sound performance. The MUO, which cost £299, have been created by KEF in collaboration with award-winning designer Ross Lovegrove, who previously designed the Muon loudspeakers – a high-end luxury product costing £140,000…

Design of the day: KEF Egg speakers

These look quite cool. They are the latest KEF Bluetooth design and they are called - appropriately enough - EGG speakers. Designed as a complete plug and play speaker package - with built-in amplification and DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter) - the speakers are compatible with high resolution music thanks to a 96kHz/24-bit USB input. With their compact,…