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Speaker Reviews

Updated: Apr 26, 2015 09:14
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#1
alaScore 100

Bose SoundLink Colour / Color

Let's not beat around the bush, Bose quality sound normally comes at a premium price. Their top-notch noise cancelling headphones are a touch under $400, and they have some of the more premium sound systems on the market. This week we had a look and...

7 expert reviews | 930 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Focal Dimension

To put it succinctly, the Focal Dimension is an elegant product with some inelegant design elements. Does this mean I don't recommend it? Not at all--I'm simply trying to make it clear that it's designed for a specific type of setup; and, if you're...

6 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Dali Kubik ONE

Dali is well known for its quality loudspeakers and the Kubik One soundbar fits perfectly in among such prestige. It's an extremely well built, eye-catching soundbar with perfectly balanced audio - whether you're using it for TV audio enhancement or...

4 expert reviews

#5
alaScore 98

JBL Authentics L8

The L8’s brilliant blend of vintage aesthetics, modern design, and well-crafted sound is a winning combination.

8 expert reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Razer Leviathan

If you were to tell us three years ago that Razer was going to make a Bluetooth speaker, we would have been interested, but now that we're inundated with Bluetooth speakers everywhere, it's pretty hard to get excited. But while Razer's Leviathan sound...

6 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

Denon HEOS 7

With app inconsistencies, a lack of Mac compatibility, and audio performance that fails to rise above the crowd, Denon’s Heos multi-room speaker system was at best underwhelming, and at worst, downright annoying. Even if big bass is your pleasure, the...

8 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Sony SRS-X9

Sony’s SRS-X9 wireless speaker is a tour de force of elegant style and high-performance sound, but it will cost you. Still, for those who can handle the sticker shock and a sound signature as bright as the morning dawn, this speaker is teeming with...

12 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Sony HT-CT770

This unit makes for a compelling speaker, providing powerful, high-grade audio in an attractive and relatively compact package.

6 expert reviews | 141 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Samsung HW-H750

It is hard to find realfaults with the new HW-H600 and HW-H750 offerings from Samsung. The HW-H600is for those that want an unobtrusive pedestal soundbar with integrated subwoofers,easy install, and simulated surround. The HW-H750 is for those that...

6 expert reviews | 168 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Canton DM 75

Canton's DM 50, reviewed last year, is perhaps best used with TVs around the 48in mark; the step-up DM 75 on test here supports screens up to 60in (or up to 40kg in weight). Bigger screens need a bigger sound and the DM 75's roomier cabinet should...

4 expert reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Denon Envaya Mini DSB-100

For a £99 speaker, the Denon Envaya Mini blows away similarly priced Bluetooth speakers. The design of the Envaya Mini gives it a premium look and feel, without the premium price tag to go along with it. We mention the UE Boom in the review, and that’s...

3 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#13
alaScore 97

Libratone DIVA

While it does look a bit of a black sheep once you've got it out of the box, the Libratone Diva's sound quality will blow you away and clear up any misconception its odd wooly looks give out - and if you get bored of black, you can change its fabric...

5 expert reviews

#14
alaScore 97

Denon HEOS 5

Overall a very good product. Primary concern is the responsiveness of the software/application that seems to periodically lose contact with either the system components and data already previously present for music sources. More problematic is that the...

2 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

#15
alaScore 96

Wharfedale Diamond 220

The Diamond 220 HCP is a sensational-sounding speaker system at a great price, made all the better by its improved build quality.

1 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#16
alaScore 96

Yamaha SRT-1000

Preview: Yamaha's SRT-1000 pedestal soundbar is priced at $499.95 and features the company's digital sound projector technology for a convincing surround experience. Click to read all the details

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#17
alaScore 96

KEF Audio X300A

If you're an audiophile with the means, you'll do well to look at the KEF X300A ($799.99 direct). It's an ideal pair of speakers for an apartment, office, or study, and it includes a digital USB connection for improved, all-digital sound when connected...

26 expert reviews | 30 user reviews

#18
alaScore 96

Polk Audio TL1600

US brand Polk Audio attacks the UK compact speaker market with the TL1600, an affordable 5.1 pack bristling with innovation. In the box are four bijou TL1 satellites that stand just 165mm high, plus a horizontally aligned centre speaker and a cute,...

2 expert reviews

#19
alaScore 96

Samsung HW-H550

A powerful sound bar with good balance and an extremely slim profile.

4 expert reviews | 112 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

Sony HT-XT1

Sony's HT-XT1 sound stand is packed with features, looks sleek, and sounds great, making it a no-brainer upgrade over your TV's built-in speakers.

4 expert reviews | 117 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

Sony HT-XT1

The XT1 sets the standard for this new sound base speaker category.

6 expert reviews | 68 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

Jabra Solemate Max

The $300-and-above price realm is tricky territory for Bluetooth speakers—you expect a certain level of audio performance for that price, often delivered in dedicated plug-in speakers like the Editors' Choice Marshall Stanmore. If the speaker is...

22 expert reviews | 55 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

Denon HEOS 3

With app inconsistencies, a lack of Mac compatibility, and audio performance that fails to rise above the crowd, Denon’s Heos multi-room speaker system was at best underwhelming, and at worst, downright annoying. Even if big bass is your pleasure, the...

3 expert reviews | 64 user reviews

#24
alaScore 96

Logitech X300 Bluetooth

Logitech has been on a tear when it comes to Bluetooth speakers, especially with its Ultimate Ears (UE) line. We were impressed by the UE Boom, and the UE Mobile Boombox managed to take home our Editors' Choice award. The new X300 Mobile Wireless...

5 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Cambridge Audio TV5

Cambridge Audio is joining the sound slab craze with its own flat, one-piece home theater sound system, the TV 5. It's a large black base for your HDTV, like most other sound slabs, and it packs a lot of power in its squat frame. At $399.99, it's...

2 expert reviews

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    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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