Polk Audio Introduces Google Assistant Smart Speaker for £179

Hi-Fi brand Polk Audio, an audio company with a 45 plus-year legacy of sound engineering and design, has become the latest manufacturer to announce a smart speaker. Called Polk Assist, this voice-controlled smart speaker incorporates Google Assistant for hands-free help around the house, music streaming and control of your smart home devices. Additionally, with Chromecast…

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…

Groov-e makes announces Bluetooth speakers in splash-proof case

Groov-e has announced two new wireless Bluetooth speakers – the Wave I and Wave II. Designed specifically for portability and on-the-go use, these compact Bluetooth speakers combine powerful sound with an impressive battery life in a splashproof case, claims the manufacturer. Perfect for use in the garden, on the beach, by the pool or camping at…

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…

Are security concerns and high costs to blame for slow smart home take up?

While a new survey suggests disappointing growth, a new generation is set to embrace the benefits of the hi-tech home. Chris Price reports Despite an increased awareness of what a smart home actually is, uptake for smart home technology still remains surprisingly low. At least that’s one of the key findings of a national survey…

Older generations biggest users of smart home technology, claims new poll

A OnePoll study conducted by blinds specialist Thomas Sanderson reveals that over a third (35%) of UK adults aged 55+ have integrated smart technology within their homes while less than a fifth (18%) of those aged between 18-34 have chosen to adopt the technology where they live. The study was commissioned to assess the rate of smart home technology adoption across…

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…

B&O PLAY introduces Google Cast to network speakers

The second-gen BeoPlay A9, above, is currently compatible with Google Cast technology. Photo: Bang & Olufsen. B&O PLAY has announced a partnership with Google to bring Google Cast to B&O PLAY’s in-market and future range of network speakers. All network speakers will have Google Cast built-in and will be available at…