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Updated: Nov 25, 2015 23:20
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Sonos PLAY:5 (2nd Gen, 2015)

The Play:5 is the best speaker Sonos has ever made. Its reliance on a single app for controlling all your audio services means the software experience isn't quite as slick as it could be, but it's easy to set up and sounds as good as its $499 price tag...

22 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Geneva Aerosphere Large

This isn't merely a victory for interior-design oneupmanship, Geneva has succeeded in bridging the gap between kitchen-top mini speakers and our reigning, but expensive, king of wireless, the Naim Mu-so. The AeroSphère might be large, but we don't...

3 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Ruark Audio R2 MK3

We’ll be able to fully test multi-room once the app is released next year, but even without that feature, the R2 Mk3 is one of the best all-in-one systems we’ve come across. It’s a gorgeous looking system that will fit into any home, and that lush,...

2 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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Denon D-M40DAB

All this micro system is lacking is Bluetooth or wireless capability, which is provided by many of its competitors at this price. Otherwise, we really can’t find a bad thing to say about the D-M40; the sound is well balanced, detailed and full of...

2 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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Sonos PLAY:5 / ZonePlayer S5 (1st Gen)

Several hours of critical listening left our ears feeling a bit fatigued—an issue we didn’t encounter with B&W’s Zeppelin (not entirely an apples-to-oranges comparison, since the Zeppelin is a non-networked iPod dock), but the S5 was a huge hit when we...

98 expert reviews | 4161 user reviews

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LG’s phenomenal flagship system offers a mind-blowing feature list, chic design and rigorous movie sonics, although the brash tone takes the shine off an otherwise superb performance.

5 expert reviews | 93 user reviews

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Naim Audio MU-SO

The Naim Mu-so speaker tries to be several things at once. It's an AirPlay-compatible wireless speaker you can turn into your home's main sound system, or configure as part of a multi-room setup. It's a Bluetooth speaker that lets you easily stream...

6 expert reviews

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Sonos Play: 3

At 300 bucks, the Play:3 is the most affordable path into Sonos’ multi-room systems. If AirPlay isn’t quite enough, Sonos’ pricey entry-level wireless speaker might be music to your ears.

70 expert reviews | 3773 user reviews

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Cyrus Stream X

This is a capable unit that makes a sensible digital ‘hub’

6 expert reviews

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Naim Audio ND5 XS Network Player

Its ability to cope with 24-bit/192kHz streams future-proofs it for some considerable time and allows the lovers of hi-res to pursue their studio-master fix. The n-Stream app adds all the convenience to the package for which one could ask. In an...

8 expert reviews

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4 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Vita Audio R4

Ruark's latest version of the R4 is one of the most user-friendly players I've tried, and the walnut cabinet, with its twin drivers and active sub, gives it some excellent acoustic properties. There are a few missing features, namely network...

10 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

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Bose Soundtouch 20 WIFI

The Bose SoundTouch 20 is a likeable streaming speaker with capable performance and great sound, but it needs to support more music services.

19 expert reviews | 345 user reviews

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Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200

Six hundred stones buys you quite a lot of digital gratification these days. So if you're going to pay $600 for a wireless speaker, it...

17 expert reviews | 112 user reviews

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Panasonic SC-BTT505

With their cost-cutting designs and compromised performance, all-in-one systems are usually seen as the poor relation of separates. But every once in a while a one-box system comes along that more discerning listeners can get on board with. The...

2 expert reviews

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It’s hard not to be entertained by the Bluesound Node. Bringing streaming capabilities to an existing set-up in an endlessly entertaining and musical way, this is a superb way to update your system and at a really good price to boot. MORE: Awards 2014...

4 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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VIZIO S5451w-C2 54-Inch 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer...

The Vizio S5451W-C2's extra-large sound bar and surround speakers deliver standout surround sound, if you can live with the size.

2 expert reviews | 307 user reviews

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LG Music FLOW H3 NP8340

Overall, the LG Music Flow H3 is a decent discrete wireless speaker that also has an attractive design. It produces good sound quality and its high-definition audio support sets it apart from its rivals although it doesn’t make a lot of difference with...

2 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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Panasonic SC-ALL8

This Qualcomm AllPlay-based speaker sounds best when played at a loud volume

2 expert reviews | 30 user reviews

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Panasonic SC-PMX9

A system with stacks of detail, but its laid-back nature loses too much excitement for our liking

8 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

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Panasonic SC-BTT590

All-in-one systems are usually designed for maximum convenience and minimum cost, often with scant regard for sound quality. But Panasonic's new-for-2012 SC-BTT590 is a different kettle of fish – a one-box Blu-ray system that puts the emphasis on...

15 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

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Bose Wave music system III

Say what you want about Bose, but they've had almost a 20 year legacy of virtually no competition for selling a $500 clock CD/radio system. It takes really knowing your customer base to pull off such a feat as successfully as they have.

18 expert reviews | 449 user reviews

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SanDisk SDMX18R-004GB-C57

Although the Sansa Connect sounds very good, we do wish SanDisk hadn’t limited the player to just MP3, WMA, and secure WMA audio formats at maximum bitrates of 320Kb/s VBR. We find ourselves increasingly enamored with the pristine quality of losslessly...

48 expert reviews | 5133 user reviews

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Ricatech RMC350

Partner loved it.fantastic sound .. great value

11 user reviews



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