Virtual Assistant

by Steven Wong ·Posted 02/25/2022
With wildly fluctuating weather conditions across the northeast United States and other parts of the world, perhaps it is the best time to enhance your smart home with an intelligent heating and cooling system. That’s one the reasons I decided to install a Google Nest Thermostat in my home, which is more affordable than the
by Rich R ·Posted 03/16/2021
Google has just announced the launch of the 2nd-generation Google Nest Hub 2, the newest in its Nest Hub series. Like the original Nest Hub, it has Wi-Fi and the Google Assistant built in, along with a 7" touchscreen for simple control of your compatible smart home devices. Onboard Bluetooth connectivity lets you stream music, audiobooks, podcasts, and more from your smartphone or tablet. Like most smart speakers and displays, the onboard
by Rich R ·Posted 03/09/2021
Fans of the Sonos Move who were hoping for a smaller version are now getting their wish. The new Sonos Roam portable speaker features a compact 6.6 x 2.3 x 2.4" and lightweight 0.9 lb design, so you can take your music, podcasts, and other audio virtually anywhere with ease. It’s available in black
by Richard Stevens ·Posted 12/17/2019
My speaker system was a mess, but when Sonos released its portable Move speaker, I was comforted. You see, not only do I have some high-end legacy gear that I refuse to part with, but I was also an early smart-speaker adopter (perhaps too early) and most recently, a Sonos owner. I’ve adjusted and learned which system works best for certain situations. Of course, no one was happier than I was when Sonos rolled out Alexa- and
by jaime traba ·Posted 12/23/2019
There are few names in the music world that carry such weight and history as Marshall. If you’ve listened to any rock and roll music from the last 40 years or so, you’ve heard what this guitar amplifier and cabinet maker is known for. Marshall amplifiers have shaped the sound of many people’s youth, and if my current trajectory holds, my impending mid-life crisis. As if serving musicians and helping define the sound of entire genres isn’t enough for a company’s resume, Marshall has gotten into the home-audio game, and now makes a wide variety
by Staff Writer ·Posted 08/13/2019
Coming soon to B&H, the Nest Hub Max is Google’s most recent virtual assistant-enabled display. Available in both chalk or charcoal, the Nest Hub Max takes the features of the original Nest Hub to new dimensions. Starting with the touchscreen, the Max upgrades from a 7" at 1024 x 600 resolution to a 10" display with 1280 x 800
by Rich R ·Posted 04/05/2019
In the 1960s, we saw starship captains flipping open a pocket-sized device and talking to their crew in orbit, and family members calling one another in full color through what looked like a TV (or at least, what a TV looked like at the time). Steven Spielberg once said, “There is no such thing as science fiction, there is only science eventuality,” and just 50 years after these shows originally aired, you can video chat with anyone around the world while waiting for a taxi, ask a speaker to play your favorite sappy love song, or tell your TV
by John Foldi ·Posted 07/03/2018
Smarter than your average speaker, LG’s new offerings in the wireless speaker category feature some intelligent technology that sets them apart from the crowd. Part of the ThinQ line, the WK7 and WK9 feature Google Assistant and Chromecast built in.
by Rich R ·Posted 05/08/2018
Onkyo, well known for making home theater receivers, has now brought its expertise to the smart home, with a new line of Smart Speakers. The G3, available in black or white, features a 3.15" woofer and 0.79"