Theoutlook: Sound bars are getting so cheap that it almost costs as much to ship them as to buy them. At $129, the Polk Audio Signa Solo has the heritage and potential for decent sound quality. The days of $6,000 sound bars are surely numbered.
The outlook: We saw them at CES 2017 and liked them a lot. The Elac Adante AS-51s take the high-end concepts that designer Andrew Jones has developed over 40 years in the industry and distilled them into a (sort of) affordable package. We're very excited to review these!
Theoutlook: Definitive Technology is known for its pricier floorstanding speakers, but the new Demands look very promising. Featuring exceptional build quality and a compact size they might have enough to worry Elac's Uni-Fi series.
Theoutlook: Until now you've only had essentially two smart speakers to choose from -- Amazon Echo and Google Home -- but this new Pioneer speaker widens the field. It's packed with features, too, including Alexa voice assistant and Play-Fi multiroom.
Theoutlook: The contrapuntal model to the Pioneer F4 is the Onkyo G3, which offers the Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in. If you're looking at a Chromecast multiroom system, this could be the smart speaker to get.
Theoutlook: While the B&W 707 S2 is likable it's not the speaker we'd look at if upgrading from say a 685. The 705 not only looks the business, but our initial listening tests suggests it sounds great too!