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It’s been a packed month at our Bluetooth speakers lab, with 10 new models reviewed. There’s something for everyone, with a wide range of portable and home speakers, and prices ranging from GBP45 to GBP349 – plus one new Best Buy. It’s been a bumpy ride, though, with a whole range of scores and two that narrowly avoid being Don’t Buys.
And the results further prove that there’s little correlation between good sound and how much you spend, with one of the more expensive speakers from a big brand getting one of the lowest scores, and a surprise or two at the cheaper end as well. We’ve reviewed home speakers from top brands including Ikea, JBL and LG, plus portable speakers from Bang & Olufsen and Denon. One of the headline launches comes from Ikea, which enters the market with two well-priced Bluetooth speakers, both called Eneby, which will look the part in any home.
And the momentum behind smart speakers continues with LG’s WK7 ThinQ, which you can control with your voice using Google Assistant. It enters an increasingly crowded market, with rivals including the Amazon Echo, Google Home, Sonos One and Apple HomePod jostling for space, although it has beaten its arch-rival Samsung to launch. Aiming at the higher end for those looking for quality audio, could the LG WK7 ThinQ smart speaker be the answer to the Apple HomePod for Android phone users?
LG WK7 ThinQ Smart Speaker, GBP199
LG’s new flagship smart speaker uses Google Assistant to allow you to control your music hands-free using only your voice. You can also ask it questions, such as what the weather forecast is, and perform actions such as creating a virtual shopping list.
The sound has been tuned by British audio specialist Meridian Audio, a rival of Dolby, and the speaker has Chromecast built in, allowing you to connect it to other Chromecast-enabled speakers for a multiroom setup. But how does it sound? Our discerning panel of music industry professionals put this speaker through its paces.
Many Google Assistant speakers have performed poorly in our tests. Find out whether this is an exception, and if it’s the ideal speaker for Android and iPhone users alike, in our expert LG WK7 ThinQ Smart Speaker review.
IKEA Eneby (large), GBP80
They look like the ideal companions to suit your room decor and bring sound to your home, with a minimalist fabric frontage and a simple rotary-dial control. We’ve also reviewed another speaker with a similar design, from Urbanears, further down.
Marley Get Together Mini, GBP100
Marley is a brand rapidly growing in popularity, and its Get Together Mini certainly stands out from the crowd – not simply for its head-turning looks. This surprisingly compact bench-style Bluetooth speaker is made from bamboo and other materials Marley claims are ‘mindfully sourced’, including fabric weaved from recycled materials.
Its 30cm width makes it a more portable package than its larger Get Together brother, and the company pitches it as the ideal pairing for its Marley Stir It Up turntable. But, most importantly, what’s the sound quality like? With Marley’s high street presence growing, see what our experts thought of this rising player on the speaker scene in our comprehensive Marley Get Together Mini review.
Denon Envaya (DSB250BT), GBP170
Both come with the same highly convenient IP67 rating, which means they’re waterproof and dustproof, and can survive being completely submerged in one metre of water for 30 minutes. So you don’t have to worry if the heavens begin to break – or you drop it in the sink. But is the sound as strong as the durable deisgn?
JBL Link 300, GBP250
The Link 300 Bluetooth speaker from popular brand JBL is aimed at those looking to fill bigger spaces with sound than the JBL Link 10 and JBL Link 20 can manage. Sporting a more traditional speaker design with curved edges, the high-powered Link 300 has Google Assistant built in for hands-free voice control, and Chromecast so you can link it with other Chromecast-enabled speakers. Music, radio and podcasts are all at your command with built-in Spotify support (with a subscription), and many other radio and music services as well.
Urbanears Stammen, GBP219
For those looking for a speaker that fits the decor of the room but is more premium than Ikea’s offering, the Stammen offers a wider range of features to control your sound, plus radio as well, with the ability to save seven of your favourite stations or music playlists for quick access. In fact, it’s a very similar size to the smaller Ikea Eneby, with a front that’s roughly 20cm square, although it can also be oriented with its shorter 14cm side facing forwards. It has two rotary dials on the top – and, as Urbanears says, there’s no smartphone app ‘twiddling’ in sight.
Even more wireless speakers on test
- ^ Amazon Echo (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Google Home (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Sonos One (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Apple HomePod (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Best Buy speakers (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ LG WK7 ThinQ Smart Speaker review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ large Ikea Eneby (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ small Ikea Eneby (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Marley Stir It Up (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Marley Get Together Mini review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Denon Envaya Mini (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Denon Envaya (DSB250BT) review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ JBL Link 10 (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ JBL Link 20 (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ JBL Link 300 review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Urbanears Lotsen (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Urbanears Baggen (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Urbanears Stammen review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ B&O Beoplay P6 (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Tibo Sphere 4 (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ wireless speaker reviews (www.which.co.uk)
It’s official, the GBP2 coin has turned 20 years old. First launched in June 1998, the bi-metallic coin was the first of its kind since tin farthings, with a copper plug in the centre, were issued as tender back in 1692. The GBP2 has stirred a tremendous amount of coin fever among collectors and, with new designs due to be released this year, the momentum isn’t showing signs of slowing.
Find out the rarest and most valuable GBP2 coins in circulation and some exciting new designs to look out for over the year.
What makes a coin rare and valuable?
Coins become rare when there are fewer in circulation. Often the more rare a coin is, the more valuable it becomes to collectors.
Resource’s such as Change Checker’s Scarcity Index can help give an indication of a coin’s value could be. Change Checker is an online platform that allows you to trade rare coins and notes with other collectors. The Scarcity Index takes into account the following:
- How easy it is to find a coin, which is based on how many of each coin design are listed as “collected” by collectors registered on the platform.
- How ‘in demand’ a coin is, which is based on how many times collectors request to swap for a certain design.
Coins are given a score out of 100 and the higher the score the rarer and more potentially valuable a coin is.
Rarest and most valuable GBP2 coins 2018
GBP2 coins designed to commemorate the 2002 Commonwealth Games are the rarest in the UK.
Around 2.5m identical coins were issued for the games but there was one unique difference. The total release was, in fact, divided into four sets and each set featured a different flag to celebrate the participating Home Nations – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Wales Commonwealth Games GBP2 coin is the rarest of the set and holds a scarcity score of 100.
Only 588,500 coins were minted and could fetch around GBP90 on eBay. With a scarcity score of 99, the Northern Ireland Commonwealth games GBP2 coin is the second rarest. Around 485,000 of this design were minted and it could fetch GBP56 on eBay.
The third rarest coin, with a scarcity score of 86, is the England Commonwealth Games GBP2 coin. Only 650,500 of this design were minted and it could earn you around GBP61. The Scotland Commonwealth Games GBP2 coin currently has a scarcity score of 82.
771,750 of this design were minted, the highest of the commemorative sets, and it could earn you around GBP50 on eBay. It’s important to note that a coin’s value also lies in the eyes of the collector, so this can also affect how much someone is willing to pay for a particular design.
New GBP2 coins 2018
This year has been a big one for collectible change, and has already seen the release of 26 rare A-Z of Britain 10p coins and four new Peter Rabbit 50p coins. A series of new commemorative GBP2 coin designs will be released over the next 18 months, so keep your eyes peeled!
RAF GBP2 coin
Five new GBP2 coins have been designed to commemorate the Centenary of the Royal Air Force which formed on April 1 1918.
The first commemorative coin in the set was designed by Rhys Morgan, and features the RAF badge in the steel centre, to celebrate the Airforce as a whole. The other four coins in were designed by brothers Richard and Neil Talbot and each feature a different iconic aircraft including the Spitfire, Vulcan, Sea King and Lightning.
WWI Armistice GBP2 coin
Designed by Stephen Raw this GBP2 coin commemorates the centenary of the WWI Armistice. The coin features the quote ‘The truth untold, the pity of war’ from Wilfred Owen’s poem, Strange Meeting.
Owen was a soldier and poet, who’s works were published after he died in action at the age of 25.
Frankenstein GBP2 coin
A new GBP2 coin will be released this year to celebrate 200 years since the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Designed by Thomas Doherty, the coin will have the word Frankenstein etched in electric gothic font on the steel coloured centre and feature the quote ‘The Modern Prometheus’ in the yellow outer ring.
Captain Cook GBP2 coin
It’s been 250 years since Captain Cook left British shores in search of new horizons. To mark the occasion, a new GBP2 coin design featuring his ship the ‘HM Bark Endeavour’ will be released soon.
What to do if you find a valuable coin
If you’re lucky enough to stumble upon a rare coin the first thing to do is consult the Royal Mint to make sure it’s real.
They’ll usually send you a letter to confirm it’s authenticity.
Once you have this, you can sell it at auction, online or via a coin dealer.
Our video below explains the different types of coin you can collect and, for more information about how to spot an illegitimate coin, check out our recent investigation revealed: the dark side of the coin investment craze.