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Sharp HT-SBW420

Packing in a variety of audio drivers into one slimline body, a 2.1 soundbar offers a smart compromise between native television audio and the expansive 5.1 surround sound setups favored by truly committed audiophiles. So if you’re looking to boost the sound on your television set, a soundbar like the HT-SBW420 is a practical way […]

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Onkyo TX-NR676

Gone are the days when buying a surround-sound-supporting receiver with multiple HDMI ports meant spending an arm and a leg. These days, you can get a great receiver with support for a surround sound setup at well under $500/£600. Like, for example, the Onkyo TX-NR676. It's not the only receiver in its price range with a […]

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Etymotic ER4 Earphones

Critical listening in-ear headphones are designed with a very clear purpose in mind, to provide crystal-clear audio in the smallest package possible. So who better to create the next cutting-edge version of the form factor than the company who produced the first noise-isolating high-fidelity in-ear earphone? The Etymotic ER4 Earphones are the next-generation of venerated […]

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JBL Link 10

Smart speakers are all the rage these days but what if you want a single speaker you can use in the home and on the go? JBL has you covered with its Link line of speakers, which combine both smart and Bluetooth speakers into one product.  At the low-end of JBL's Link line stands the […]

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Pure Siesta Home

With so many speakers, media players, and domestic gadgets on the market, furnishing your home with all the devices you need can feel like a herculean task. And how many gadgets does anyone really have shelf space or plug sockets for? Enter Pure’s all-in-one music system, the Siesta Home. The best Bluetooth speakers 2018 Pure’s […]

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Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless

Wireless headphones have been around for years but never quite took off with the audiophile crowd as the limitations of Bluetooth codecs and bandwidth left a lot of audio detail out. Thankfully, however, Bluetooth has advanced quite a bit over the past several years and now we have codecs like aptX HD and LDAC, offering […]

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RHA MA390 Wireless

Truly wireless earbuds are undoubtedly the future of portable audio but they still present compromises in battery life and wireless reliability. Plus, they’re easy to lose if you’re not careful.  Neckbuds, or earbuds that are worn around the neck, are a great alternative to true wireless earbuds as they offer longer battery life for continuous […]

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Studio19 Solo E500X-EQ

With the Bluetooth speaker market at saturation point, you have to do something pretty special to stand out from the crowd – and in the case of London-based Studio19, that involves releasing a tube-shaped portable unit with enough bass to shake the foundations of your very home.  The E500X-EQ comes with Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio and […]

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JBL GO 2

When it comes to audio performance, it’s usually the case that larger speakers sound better simply because they have more room to pack in better drivers that can move more air. It’s just physics. That said, however, there are speakers that punch way above what their size suggests – the JBL GO 2 is one […]

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Roku TV Wireless Speakers

The sad truth is that, as TVs have gotten slimmer, the speakers inside have gotten smaller right along with them. But Roku believes it has a solution for our AV anguish using software it introduced at CES 2018 called Roku Connect.   With it, Roku will have its hands on the controls of both the […]

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Jaybird Freedom Wireless

With the Jaybird X2, the upstart audio company surprised us with a fantastic pair of wireless in-ears. The X2 has a smart design, strong battery life and some superb audio performance. It was going to be a tough act to follow. If it was going to best its own good work, Jaybird was going to […]

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Polk Assist Google Assistant speaker

In just a short period of time we’ve gone from no Google Assistant speakers on the market to more than a half dozen. The most famous of these are the Google Home, Google Home Mini and Google Home Max smart speakers put out by Google itself, but the list includes the confusingly named Sony LFS50G, […]

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JBL Endurance Sprint

If you work out with your headphones, they had better be made to withstand the abuse. A good pair of workout headphones should fit securely, be water-resistant, and be able to survive being tossed in a gym bag repeatedly.  The JBL Endurance Sprint checks all of these boxes and offers good sound at an affordable […]

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Damson S-Series

Damson’s S-Series speaker system stands out from the fast-growing hordes of convenient Dolby Atmos sound solutions in a couple of potentially exciting ways.  First, it’s incredibly compact for a system that provides a genuine 5.1.2 speaker configuration. Second, every part of its speaker system, from the separate rears through to its subwoofer, centre/left/right soundbar and […]

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1MORE Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones

The 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones blew us away. Rather than letting a good thing grow stale, 1MORE now has a over-ear variant that follows the same formula that made the in-ears so great: combine excellent sound and build quality at an affordable price.  After spending several weeks with the 1MORE Triple Driver Over-Ear, they’ve […]

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Optoma NuForce BE Sport4

The NuForce BE Sport4 wireless earbuds are that rare find: earbuds that are good for basically all situations. While over-ear headphones often struggle to compete with the portability of their smaller counterparts, earbuds face their own battle to provide sufficient audio quality in a design that's a fraction of the size. But with their focus […]

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Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT

True audophiles often shun wireless headphones due to poorer sound quality than their wired counterparts. But that's not always the case. Bluetooth audio has come on in leaps and bounds over the past few years. That means there are plenty of wireless options to please even the most picky of music enthusiasts, with Hi-Res Audio […]

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Jaybird X2

Jaybird broke its way into the headphone market about three years ago and has since succeeded in becoming a firm favourite among fitness and sports enthusiasts.  The Jaybird X2 headphones are sweatproof, ruggedized and easy to recommend to anyone looking for a capable pair of headphones at an affordable price point of $117.95 (about £188, […]

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Samsung Q7FN QLED TV (55Q7FN)

Samsung’s 2017 QLED TVs were a showcase for what metallic quantum dots could do for 4K HDR TVs. And while we can all agree that those TVs were bright, bold and beautiful, they were missing some essential components that made rival sets perform even better in areas like contrast and off-axis viewing angles. Faced with […]

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Philips Fidelio NC1

Philips is an audio brand going through something of a renaissance in the headphone market. We gave the Philips Fidelio X2 full marks a few years back, and while the Fidelio NC1 doesn't quite match the X2's eloquent sound performance, they are still a superb set of headphones for the money. That being said, there […]

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