KitSound introduces £129 Slam XL – Bluetooth speaker with flashing lights

KitSound is pleased to introduce the Slam XL Bluetooth speaker. Built to deliver big sound with bright lights, it comes with a choice of mood-setting lighting modes, a boombox-inspired speaker design, and a carry handle to keep things mobile. Featuring 100 Watt output and 2 full range drivers thumping out impressive bass and remarkable sound for…

Pure introduces DiscoveR smart speaker – disconnects microphones when not in use

Digital audio specialist Pure has introduced a new Alexa-enabled smart speaker that comes with a unique, compressing design that, when closed, physically disconnects the microphones to offer total privacy from Alexa. Called DiscovR, it's a compact portable Alexa-enabled smart speaker. When speaking a command out loud isn’t always appropriate, DiscovR comes with intuitive quick corners. You can pre-set…

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…

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…