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Speaker Reviews

Updated: Apr 16, 2014 02:21
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#1
alaScore 100

Sonos Playbar

Sonos' Playbar makes an excellent addition to your living room, but only well-heeled music lovers can afford one.

50 expert reviews | 737 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Monitor Audio ASB-2

The Monitor Audio ASB-2 and Radius One soundbars offer up two very different ways to go about getting a high-quality/low clutter sound solution. Read on for our impressions.

6 expert reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Jabra Solemate

The Jabra Solemate mini is priced at Rs 4,999 which makes it a good buy and perfect gift for this holiday season. It’s lightweight, rugged, has very good sound quality, NFC support and decent battery life. This is easily one of the most feature-packed...

36 expert reviews | 1030 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Loewe Speaker 2GO 2.1

Overall then, this is definitely one of the best-designed Bluetooth speakers out there, oozing quality from every orifice. Practical touches abound as well, very much not all mouth no trousers. However, priced at a salty £269 you'd be expecting a...

15 expert reviews | 70 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Pioneer SBX-N500

For £250, the SBX-N500 has an incredible amount of features. Many other sound bars in this range make do with Bluetooth, but Pioneer has managed to include wireless video, DLNA streaming and even some smart TV abilities. Despite the fiddly HDMI issue,...

4 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Denon DHT-T100

Speaker bases have appeared from all corners recently, their purpose to offer an upgrade over your TV's built-in speakers but without the need for a full speaker setup or soundbar. Denon's DHT-T100 offering lives directly under the TV to keep it tucked...

8 expert reviews | 116 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

Cambridge Audio Minx

The Cambridge Audio Minx Air 100 is the smaller of the company's two new wireless speakers. It's not quite as stellar a performer as the larger Minx Air 200, though; not just because of the smaller size, but because the $449 (direct) Minx 100 makes a...

19 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Cambridge Audio MINX GO

Cambridge Audio continues to expand its wireless speaker line with the Minx Go, the company's first Bluetooth speaker that hits the vital sub-$200 range. Unlike the AirPlay-and-Bluetooth-equipped Minx Air 100 and Minx Air 200, the Minx Go is...

10 expert reviews | 165 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200

It isn’t the last word in bass response, but the Air Minx 200 does offer superb resolution, airy highs, and one of the cleanest sounding midranges we’ve ever heard from a desktop wireless loudspeaker.

13 expert reviews | 23 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

JBL FLIP

Its clear dominance in sound and $100 price tag make it a serious contender for king-of-the-hill... Depending on how far you intend to travel from an outlet, the Flip could make a great choice.

8 expert reviews | 420 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Canton DM 50

Canton released two new surround bars today, the DM 50 and DM 9. The DM 50 is more of a surround platform for your display rather than a bar. The DM 9 is a traditional bar. Both have Bluetooth 4.0.

5 expert reviews | 87 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Logitech UE Mobile Boombox / Mini Boombox

The aesthetics may be a bit retro, but the UE Boombox packs a punch, and offers fantastic sound quality for the money. Even Mr. Spacely would approve.

37 expert reviews | 1674 user reviews

#13
alaScore 97

Onkyo LS-T10

For $399, the Onkyo LS-T10 proves to be a pretty good performer that can provide a healthy step up in performance from your TV speakers. In many ways, the pedestal speaker system is even less intrusive than a traditional active soundbar system, because...

8 expert reviews | 47 user reviews

#14
alaScore 97

Logitech Z600 Bluetooth

The Logitech Z600 is priced officially at Rs 12,995, but you can find them for as low as Rs 8,000 on online stores. While this is still a bit steep for a pair of 2.0 speakers, it’s not too bad when you take into account the good audio quality, the...

10 expert reviews | 51 user reviews

#15
alaScore 97

LG SoundPlate LAP340

Slab-shaped speaker systems are beginning to pick up steam as an alternative to soundbars. Instead of a bar of speakers to place in front of your HDTV, you place a whole, thin block of speakers under your HDTV. This makes the sound system even less...

7 expert reviews

#16
alaScore 96

Ruark MR1

Although it produces excellent sound, whether your source is wired directly to the speakers or beamed wirelessly over Bluetooth, £300 is a lot for a pair of monitor speakers. You could buy two Best Buy-winning Sonos Play:1 speakers for around £340, but...

2 expert reviews

#17
alaScore 96

Klipsch Stadium

Klipsch’s Stadium is a single-box solution with none of the trappings of a more conventional rig. It’s an absolute knockout, and people are going to love it.

2 expert reviews

#18
alaScore 96

JBL Charge

What the Charge lacks in features, it makes up for in sheer audio performance.

9 expert reviews | 1031 user reviews

#19
alaScore 96

Harman Kardon Nova

If you’re willing to spend a little more for their devilish good looks, HK’s Nova are certainly worth consideration.

4 expert reviews

#20
alaScore 96

Sony SRS-BTM 8 Bluetooth

Sony's offering then, may not sound the best, but it allows an affordable (relatively, of course) means to own a portable Bluetooth speaker system. However, the lack of a rechargeable battery may be a deal-breaker for those who may not want to invest...

5 expert reviews | 234 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

Klipsch KMC 1

Klipsch's KMC 1, a $299.99 portable Bluetooth speaker, finds itself in an awkward place in the market. For less money, there are more portable options like the Bose SoundLink Mini and the JBL Pulse; for as much or more money, models with more handsome,...

4 expert reviews | 25 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

Klipsch Synergy SB-1

Nonetheless, for a one-step sound fix on a TV, the Klipsch SB 120 soundbase is highly effective and gives a fine musical performance via Bluetooth. Just don't expect to upgrade the bass end at a later date.

3 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

Sony HT-ST7

For all the things we associate Sony with for home theater, speakers are lower down on that list. Many people scoffed when they decided to introduce a $27,000 pair of speakers, the SS-AR1, but response to them has been phenomenal. They've followed that...

8 expert reviews | 79 user reviews

#24
alaScore 96

Vizio S5430W-C2 3.0 Home Theater Sound Bar

Not all speakers have to get your attention with fancy styling. Sometimes they're just big black boxes with grilles, that make sound—and that's okay. The Vizio S5430W-C2 falls into that category, as a soundbar that isn't exactly eye-catching, but...

2 expert reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Panasonic SC-HTE80

There are two integrated subwoofers with 60W of amplification, plus 2 x 30W for the full-range front speakers (120W in total). It also features built-in Dolby Digital and DTS decoders, Pro Logic II and Virtual Speaker processing and even handles up to...

7 expert reviews | 75 user reviews

Buying Guide

Buying Guide - Speakers

Speakers determine the overall sound quality of your system, so it's worth the time to listen to several models before making a decision. There are a number of reasons why speakers are a popular purchase when people are looking to upgrade their home entertainment or computer systems. For home entertainment purposes, good speakers can make all the difference in creating a compelling and immersive viewing experience. For computer gaming, good speakers can add an entirely new component to gameplay. If you have been looking for a way to inject some new life into your entertainment options, see what a new speaker system can do for you.



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What to Look for in a Speaker System

Sound Quality – Sound quality is a very personal judgment, like music, food or wine. Everyone’s tastes are different. There is no “best” speaker, only the one that is best for you. When you shop for speakers, listen to several models with favorite music and different type of music. Your experience in listening to live music is a good gauge to evaluate speakers. The speaker should sound natural to your ears, have balanced tone quality and should be easy to listen to for long periods. Don't feel rushed, listen to a speaker several times before making a final decision.

Configuration – The shorthand for a speaker system's configuration appears as two numbers separated by a period, i.e. 2.0, 4.1, 6.1, etc. The first number is the number of speakers that are included in the set, and the second number is the number of subwoofers. Two speakers are plenty for most needs; if you are building a home entertainment system and want a surround sound experience, you will want additional speakers. Subwoofers are important for playing the deep bass frequencies that most ordinary speakers cannot reproduce.

Sensitivity – Measured in decibels (dB), sensitivity determines whether the speakers can produce high-volume sound with no distortion. Speakers with sensitivity above 92dB will be fine by themselves; speakers with less than 88dB will generally require an amplifier.

Frequency Response – Measured in Hertz and kiloHertz, frequency response is a measure of a speaker's ability to reproduce various frequencies of sound. Most speakers do not cover the full range of frequencies that can be detected by the human ear (20Hz at the low end, and 20kHz at the high end), but dedicated music enthusiasts and professionals will want speakers that come as close as possible to reproducing the entire range.

Watts – Many novices talk of speaker wattage and the danger of 'blowing' speakers from an overload, but the reality is that it is difficult to blow out your speakers simply with an amplifier that is too big. Keep the wattage within the limit recommended for your amp, and especially keep an ear out for any volume-based distortion, and you should never have a problem with your speakers.

Additional Speaker Features

Connectivity – This differs between brands, and particularly at different price points. Some speakers are versatile enough to be connected directly to your television or computer, others will need to go through a receiver or amplifier. Make sure you know which kind you are getting.

Size – High-performance speakers may be large and require special installation. Smaller speakers can be placed anywhere. Make sure you know which you are looking for.

Wireless – Some speaker systems offer the convenience of wireless set-up, eliminating the clutter of speaker cables. This is a great feature particularly for surround sound systems with numerous speakers.

Popular Speaker Brands

Bose is an industry leader – for a little extra money, you get the confidence of knowing you have a quality product. Definitive Technology and Klipsch offer speakers across a range of styles, and have been well-reviewed by consumers. Bargain brand Insignia offers decent performance at outstanding prices, as do Polk Audio speakers.

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