When choosing a set of speakers, obviously sound quality is one of the most important things to look out for. However, if you are thinking more in terms of aesthetics, Bang & Olufsen has you covered. The company has recently taken the wraps off their latest speaker in the form of the Beosound Emerge.
Back in March, Apple announced the inevitable – the HomePod would be discontinued. The company did state that any remaining units would still be available for purchase, so if for whatever reason you want one, you’ll be able to buy one if there are still units in stock. Turns out that Apple might be having a hard time clearing out their shelves.
Apple TV and the HomePod currently exist as two separate products, but if a recent report from Bloomberg is to be believed, there is a chance that a future Apple TV could end up being an Apple TV/HomePod hybrid, where it will be a device that has the capabilities and functionality of two devices in one.
Apple’s HomePod has seen mixed success. The original model was kind of a flop and was eventually discontinued, but the smaller model, the HomePod mini, seems to be faring much better. That being said, a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claims that there could be a new model in the works that honestly sounds very futuristic.
IKEA, a company many associate with affordable, nicely-designed furniture. However, in recent years, the company has started shifting towards other product categories, like speakers. In 2019, the company announced a partnership with Sonos which resulted in the Symfonisk line of speakers, and it looks like that collaboration is far from over.
Recently it was reported that Apple could be developing new smart home devices like smart displays, which are essentially smart speakers with a display and camera built into it. This suggests that in the future, there is a chance that we could see Apple expand FaceTime to more of its products.
According to a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, it seems that Apple is developing some new smart home devices. These smart home devices aren’t new per se as they have been done by other companies, but it will be the first for Apple. These devices are allegedly smart speakers that come with built-in screens and cameras.
Apple’s HomePod mini is designed to be a smaller version of the HomePod smart speaker. It also acts as a hub for HomeKit users who want to use their voice to control various HomeKit connected smart home objects like lights, kitchen appliances, smart locks, and more. However, it seems that Apple could have designed it to do more.
A few years ago, Apple launched the HomePod smart speaker. It felt like it was Apple’s response to the influx of smart speakers we were seeing in the market, but as expected, Apple had to put their own spin on it by claiming it had better quality audio and all that jazz. Unfortunately, its high price tag was not appreciated by many.
When it comes to wireless audio playback, Sonos is no stranger to that concept. In fact, the company kind of made a name for themselves for being able to stream audio wirelessly from streaming services such as Spotify. However, if you were in the market for a speaker that is truly portable, Sonos has you covered.
When choosing audio equipment like speakers, sometimes users need to decide between choosing speakers that have great audio quality, and speakers with more modern features like wireless connectivity and so on. However, Belkin seems to be working on an accessory that will let users have the best of both worlds.
Sennheiser is an audio brand that many audiophiles are familiar with. The company has created more than a few memorable and somewhat legendary headphones over the decades, but it now looks like the company might be looking to call it quits on the consumer audio business as they explore potentially selling it off.
One of the things about Bang & Olufsen’s audio products is that they aren’t always designed to look very obvious at what they’re meant to be used for. This is ideal for people who are particular about their home furnishings and want gadgets that can blend into their homes nicely. This is where the company’s latest Beosound Level comes in.
Soundbars are great alternatives to your more traditional standing or bookshelf style speakers. This is because generally speaking, they’re designed to be slimmer and can slide under a TV or a monitor, so if you’re tight on space, soundbars are a great alternative. In fact, JBL might have something new for you.
When smart speakers first launched, there wasn’t any particularly real emphasis on the sound quality of these speakers. After all, their main purpose was to act as a hub to control smart home objects around the home amongst other things, so having the best audio quality wasn’t the main focus.
Given that Google owns its own music streaming service and how they view Apple as a rival, it’s actually interesting to see how Google’s smart speakers powered by Google Assistant, along with their smart displays, can now stream Apple Music directly from them. This is according to a recent update on Google’s blog.
Apple’s HomePod mini seems to be off to a good start at least as far as initial demand is concerned. Given that the previous HomePod could almost be considered a flop, this is a nice change of pace for Apple that could help them nab a larger slide of the market share. However, it seems that despite the positive launch, not all users are having a good time using it.
When Apple released the HomePod, Apple actually put out an advisory in which they recommended that users not to place the speakers on wooden surfaces or furnitures. This is because the HomePod comes with a silicon base that has the potential to leave marks especially on wooden surfaces.
Last month, Apple announced the HomePod mini, a smaller and cheaper version of the HomePod for just $99. It’s a pretty good deal all things considered, but in the event that it ever gets damaged and you need to pay Apple to get it fixed, you might want to just buy a new model instead.
When Apple first debuted the HomePod, it was expensive as far as smart speakers were concerned, and it never quite took off the way Apple had hoped. However, it seems that the company could be making up for that with the HomePod mini because according to the estimated delivery times, the dates are starting to slip.