I've been using an iRobot Roomba for years, and can confidently say that it's one of those high-tech devices I simply can't (or certainly wouldn't want to) live without. The concept is simple, yet iRobot has made it even simpler and more convenient with its latest version, the Roomba i7+ , along with its Clean Base and Automatic Dirt Disposal bin.
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Bass is a difficult creature. Any room almost inevitably wreaks havoc, no matter how good the speaker is. Below 100Hz, the speaker's sound is reflected around the room and the direct sound arrives to your ear in one big lump with the room effects.
The Sonos One has been out in Canada since October 2017, but it was only today that Alexa, Amazon's digital voice assistant, rolled out as an update for the speaker north of the border. But we've been playing with it for several months now.
Swedish audio brand Defunc is anything but a household name in Canada. But its Duo Bluetooth wireless stereo speakers speak to a pretty wide user subset.
I've never been a fan of powered speakers, other than ones from Mackie and Genelec. I find that too many powered speakers don't sound natural, but rather have boomy bass and shrill treble. Mackie and Genelec speakers, on the other hand, sound extremely accurate without unnecessary "spices." But there's one problem: they are very expensive, running around $2,000 to $3,000 per pair.
Truly wireless earbuds have become a growing sub-category within the crowded personal audio space. And newcomer Rowkin is trying to get noticed with its Surge earbuds, which boast a hybrid-style design.
The Instant Pot will likely be found under many a tree this year. The small appliance has struck a chord with customers everywhere, and has become one of the hottest kitchen tech appliances this year.
The company's latest take on the Android smartphone is fairly generic, but in a good way.
Bryston's new wireless tabletop sound system is capable of high output and impressive dynamics. It's also commendably neutral-sounding. For people who are used to lifestyle audio products, the BryFi BW-1 will be a revelation.
Montreal start-up Bluewave is looking to give wired headphones new life with a small Bluetooth wireless amplifier called the Get.
A hands-on look at the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch, which combines the best of both fitness tracking and smart notifications worlds.