Thinking about purchasing a smart speaker? You’re not alone. Smart audio devices were among the most popular gifts this holiday season. While some devices are a little underpowered, the Onkyo VC-GX30 Smart Speaker delivers the kind of premium sound that audiophiles crave. It also lets you access Google Assistant and stream music via Wi-Fi. You can get it now for only $94.99 at the PopSci Shop.
Whereas Amazon and Google tend to focus on smart features, the folks at Onkyo have prioritized audio quality. This smart speaker contains an 80mm diaphragm custom woofer with a huge magnet and a 20mm soft-drone tweeter with a carefully balanced dome. In combination, these drivers produce a rich sound that is powerful enough to fill any room.
You can control the speaker with your voice thanks to Google Assistant. The Onkyo also has 5GHz Wi-Fi for smooth streaming and Bluetooth for local connections. You can even use this speaker as a Chromecast device.
This smart speaker also looks the part. The outer case is made from non-resonant wood, with a sleek finish. You can choose from two colors: black and white. The overall design is understated, with the built-in controls and Onkyo logo tucked away at the back.
It’s normally $299, but you can pick up this Onkyo speaker now for $94.99.