Samsung's Shape M5 Speaker: A Smaller Sonos Clone

Just a couple of months back Samsung launched the M7 streaming speaker, a device which was strikingly similar to a Sonos. Now, it has a smaller version called the M5, which is... also strikingly similar to a Sonos.

With just three drivers inside rather than five, the speaker is somewhat more portable, and certainly easier to move around your home. But it does pack the exact same audio technology, which means that it's controlled by Samsung's Shape mobile audio app, connects to your local network through a Shape hub (*cough* Sonos Bridge?) via your your router, and automatically fits into your existing system, whether it's multi-room or multi-channel.

Interestingly, there's also a connect box that allows you to hook the thing up with your dusty old analog speakers, looping them in to be controlled wirelessly, too. You can play tunes from your own music library, as well as from Amazon, Pandora, Rhapsody, and a few other services on the speaker, but sorry—no Spotify or Rdio at the moment. Currently there are no details on price—that will probably be announced at CES next week—but it should be less than the $400 of its bigger brother. [Engadget]