Category Archives: Home Audio

Tech Review: Logitech G560 PC Gaming Speakers: Blue light disco

It’s a bit weird reviewing a pair of PC speakers in 2018. A casual poll of friends who use desktop PC’s for work, gaming or both revealed that every last one of them use headphones, for a variety of reasons. Some of them have infants they don’t want to wake up. Some of them are playing multiplayer games and don’t want sound feeding back through their mics. Some work in offices where speakers aren’t appropriate. So I find myself torn when reviewing Logitech’s G560 speakers. I like them very much, they have a very nice sound, but I found myself wondering who they’re for. Continue reading Tech Review: Logitech G560 PC Gaming Speakers: Blue light disco

Tech Review: Ultimate Ears Blast and Megablast integrate with Alexa to become the perfect home and outdoor speaker

From Ultimate Ears previous releases of the Boom 2 and Megaboom, the company has just released the satisfying modern upgrades of the Blast and it’s seriously larger friend, the Megablast. The well-known strong and robust build of UE speakers have been improved with the incorporation of Amazon’s Alexa to not only accompany you in the outdoors, but have prime placement in your house. Continue reading Tech Review: Ultimate Ears Blast and Megablast integrate with Alexa to become the perfect home and outdoor speaker

Tech Review: Edifier e25HD Luna HD TV Speakers: Ugly betty

I’ve said before that, when reviewing home audio equipment, the exterior design of any given product is not terribly important to me as long as they device in question sounds great. Friends, the Edifier Luna HD e25HD TV speakers have really put that personal philosophy to the test. As great as they sound, and they do sound great, I absolutely cannot stand the way they look. Continue reading Tech Review: Edifier e25HD Luna HD TV Speakers: Ugly betty

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