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Updated: Oct 21, 2014 22:00
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#1
alaScore 100

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...

48 expert reviews | 1102 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Sonos Playbar

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

51 expert reviews | 911 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

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...

5 expert reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Q Acoustics 2000I

The 2000i’s epic performance and delectable design make a mockery of the sub-£700 price tag and cements Q Acoustics’ status as one of the best affordable speaker brands around.

2 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Sony HT-CT770

Sony's HT-CT770 soundbar packs a lot of features and a surprising amount of power into a sleek, streamlined package. Not only does it have built-in Bluetooth and include a wireless subwoofer like the Editors' Choice Sony HT-CT260 soundbar , but it can...

4 expert reviews | 38 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Logitech X300

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...

3 expert reviews

#7
alaScore 98

Braven BRV-X

Braven's BRV-X portable Bluetooth speaker does an excellent job marrying the power you should expect from a $199.99 speaker with the functionality and ruggedness that makes a sound system truly portable. It sounds far more powerful than most speakers...

6 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

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

#9
alaScore 97

Harman Kardon AURA

The Harman Kardon Aura looks more like a work of art than a speaker, but it can do the job of both. While the $399.95 device looks striking, with a clear, curved dome and subtle lighting, it's also a functional and powerful wireless speaker that...

9 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

JBL Authentics L8

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

5 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#11
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...

12 expert reviews | 173 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Bose SoundLink Colour

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...

2 expert reviews

#13
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...

3 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

#14
alaScore 97

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...

10 expert reviews | 119 user reviews

#15
alaScore 97

KEF V720W

The KEF V700 and V720W soundbars are among the thinnest units on the market, but certainly not the least expensive at $799 and $999. Read on for our impressions.

7 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#16
alaScore 96

Dali Kubik Free

Buying good speakers has never been cheap, if you want quality then you have to stump up a bit of cash. That said, we've never considered paying nearly £1,000 for a pair of Bluetooth speakers before. On the surface, that sounds ridiculous because you...

5 expert reviews

#17
alaScore 96

Q Acoustics Q BT3 Weiß

What’s more, build quality is of the highest order and we love the funky red finish. It’s relatively pricey and not as discreet or hassle-free as a soundbar, but with sound quality this good it’s worth the inconvenience.

2 expert reviews

#18
alaScore 96

McIntosh XR200

This month, McIntosh's luxe XR200 loudspeakers are dropping into an authorized retail store near you, and they're worth a look. Dark and dangerous-looking, the speakers also have tone chops to match. They're spendy, for sure, but their amazing sound...

2 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

#19
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...

20 expert reviews | 29 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

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 had better be worth it.

16 expert reviews | 26 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

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 | 81 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

Samsung HW-H550

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

2 expert reviews | 96 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

Klipsch SB120

If you favor performance over convenience and good looks, the natural and musical Klipsch SB 120 speaker stand is a decent buy.

6 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

#24
alaScore 96

Denon DHT-S514

Those looking for a sound bar with power, detail, and dynamic chops should consider the DHT-S514 a top choice.

7 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Onkyo LS-T10

The Onkyo LS-T10 sound stand feels well-built and sounds good with movies, but its lousy music performance makes it tough to recommend.

12 expert reviews | 63 user 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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