Category Archives: Home Audio

Tech Review: Edifier S880DB Bookshelf Speakers: At home in the office

We’ve covered a few of Edifier’s range of bookshelf speakers on The Iris before, so taking the S880DB twin set for a spin made sense. In keeping with the company tradition of quality sound in a compact package with a price point that may make you wince on first inspection, the S880DB represents the perfect speaker set for audiophiles with a home office. Continue reading Tech Review: Edifier S880DB Bookshelf Speakers: At home in the office

Tech Review: Razer Nommo Chroma 2.0 Desk Speakers: The sound of cannonfire

You review enough gadgets and speakers and eventually you get a sense for The Order of Things. You can tell a lot about a device just from looking at the promo images — you get an idea of their size, the design philosophy and where their predicted strengths and weaknesses will lie. And sometimes they arrive and you realise that you’re maybe not as smart as you thought you were. Continue reading Tech Review: Razer Nommo Chroma 2.0 Desk Speakers: The sound of cannonfire

Tech Review: Amazon Echo Plus: Practical magic

If Amazon has an ace up their sleeve in the race to produce smart speakers for the home, its that they currently boast a larger model line-up than any of their competitors. While having plenty of options is great, this may only complicate things for consumers that aren’t especially savvy when it comes to the still relatively new world of smart speakers. The Amazon Echo Plus will be the one that most punters are drawn to when looking at Amazon’s range, and for good reason — it looks cool, it sounds great and it offers first-rate functionality. Continue reading Tech Review: Amazon Echo Plus: Practical magic

Tech Review: JBL Link 20 and Link 10 Google Assistant Speakers: Happy if you’re happy

You wouldn’t think there’s much difference between Google Assistant speakers, but there is. Some are better at interpreting your commands than others. Some have better overall sound. The JBL Link 20, and its little brother the Link 10, are great examples of simply aiming for the happy spot in between. Continue reading Tech Review: JBL Link 20 and Link 10 Google Assistant Speakers: Happy if you’re happy

Tech Review: UE Wonderboom Portable Speaker: Party on your belt

I might be too old for portable speakers. The market is aimed rather squarely at beautiful young 20-somethings that do things like beach trips or Sunday sessions and require tunes 24/7. I am not this market. But I am a writer who moves from spot-to-spot in the house throughout the day and I do like being able to take a little speaker with me as I go. In this, the UE Wonderboom is a great success. Continue reading Tech Review: UE Wonderboom Portable Speaker: Party on your belt

Tech Review: Sony LF-S50G Google Assistant Built-in Wireless Speaker: It’s a kind of magic

With voice assistant speakers now creating a stir in the market with Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Home Pod and more, it was only a matter of time before the Google Assistant wave arrived. Arrive it has, and Sony is leading the charge with their LF-S50G Wireless Speaker. Continue reading Tech Review: Sony LF-S50G Google Assistant Built-in Wireless Speaker: It’s a kind of magic