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Updated: Jul 16, 2018 22:39
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#1
alaScore 100

Sonos One

The Sonos One offers significantly better music quality than your average Bluetooth or smart speaker without breaking the bank and includes the full Alexa experience. That means it's the first Sonos you can control with your voice. It's also a great...

35 expert reviews | 704 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Amazon Echo Spot

I adore the Echo Spot. It looks great on my nightstand, and I love using it in the kitchen to look up recipes or add to my grocery list. The screen enhances the standard Alexa experience; I love being able to see the information rather than just listen...

28 expert reviews | 62 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Amazon Echo Plus (2017)

In many ways, the Echo Plus feels like the true successor to the device that kicked off the whole smart speaker trend. But aside from a slight bump in sound quality and semi-useful smart hub integration, there's not much separating the two. It's pretty...

28 expert reviews | 159 user reviews

#4
alaScore 99

Google Home Mini

There's no doubt that Google Home's capabilities have improved significantly over the past year. I called the original device "little more than a toy" last year, but now it's a legit competitor to Amazon's Echo and Alexa. The Echo might technically...

36 expert reviews | 749 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

JBL Charge 3

Conclusions For $150, the JBL Charge 3 is an excellent Bluetooth speaker. If you're looking for a more compact speaker that can still deliver solid bass response, we really like the Sony SRS-XB3 (which is only slightly smaller, but less cumbersome in...

29 expert reviews | 2827 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Amazon Echo (2nd gen. 2017)

The second-generation Echo offers significant improvements over the first, but if you’re looking for an Echo to control your smart home, the Echo Dot is Amazon’s most cost-effective offering. If music is your thing, the Fabriq Chorus delivers a better...

13 expert reviews | 519 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

JBL Flip 4

The Flip 4 doesn’t reinvent the wheel – or even reupholster it – but it’s a solid upgrade to an already-strong line of speakers from JBL. There are plenty of wireless speakers, gobs of affordable ones, and plenty of waterproof ones, too, but few...

28 expert reviews | 961 user reviews

#8
alaScore 98

JBL Bar 5.1

A high-priced sound bar, or a low-priced surround sound system. The JBL Bar 5.1 is a do-it-all solution ideal for those who want minimal clutter but maximum audio effect.

8 expert reviews | 45 user reviews

#9
alaScore 98

Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST

The UE Megablast is a powerful portable speaker that takes the solid performance and rugged design of the Megaboom and adds Alexa voice control to the mix. It easily overpowers the smaller and less expensive Amazon Tap, as well as the Echo itself.

8 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

#10
alaScore 98

Amazon Echo Show

Amazon essentially created a category with the Echo, and the Echo Show marks the first significant re-thinking of what a voice-activated home-hub can be. Ultimately, the screen isn't essential , but it proved to be very useful. And the improved speaker...

33 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Logitech UE WONDERBOOM

For its size, the affordable and durable UE Wonderboom is one of the fullest sounding mini Bluetooth speakers you can buy.

16 expert reviews | 235 user reviews

#12
alaScore 97

Bose SoundLink Revolve

Purists seeking a flat response-style speaker won't be pleased with the SoundLink Revolve's pronounced boosting and sculpting in certain ranges, and booming bass fiends will want to seek out a larger speaker. The SoundLink Revolve+ doesn't offer...

15 expert reviews | 414 user reviews

#13
alaScore 97

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A1

Conclusions Yes, the B&O Play Beoplay A1 is expensive, but your money is going toward a powerful, bi-amplified system that outperforms most small Bluetooth speakers we've seen. If the A1 is out of your price range, there are less expensive...

27 expert reviews | 117 user reviews

#14
alaScore 97

Ultimate Ears UE Blast

We came in expecting to be impressed by the Blast, and that’s what happened. Aside from a few Alexa-related hiccups, the speaker performed wonderfully, filling rooms with sound clearly and effortlessly. It’s not the best smart speaker we’ve ever used,...

7 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

#15
alaScore 97

Bose SoundLink Micro

While it may not be a bargain at its price point, the travel-friendly Bose SoundLink Micro is well-built and arguably the best sounding speaker in its size class.

8 expert reviews | 598 user reviews

#16
alaScore 97

Amazon Echo

More than two years after its debut, the smarter-than-ever Amazon Echo remains one of the best connected home products money can currently buy.

50 expert reviews | 1505 user reviews

#17
alaScore 97

Bluesound PULSE MINI

You can pay a lot more for loudspeakers that sound no better than the Pulse Mini and that don’t have its myriad capabilities. And, if there’s a choice to be made, I’ll always opt for sonic excellence and features over the niceties of set-up and...

6 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#18
alaScore 97

JBL Link 20

The JBL Link 20 delivers almost all the features of Google Home in a portable speaker that sounds great.

9 expert reviews | 29 user reviews

#19
alaScore 97

JBL Boombox

If the bass boosting sounds like it might be too full for you, there are Bluetooth speakers that still deliver solid low frequency presence in this price range (and lower), but don't necessarily sound like they're packing a subwoofer. The B&O Play...

6 expert reviews | 51 user reviews

#20
alaScore 97

JBL Pulse 3

The JBL Pulse 3 is priced like a speaker that might have some sub-bass power to it, but it sounds more like a speaker that costs about $50 less in that regard. That extra cost money goes into the design—those dancing LEDs aren't free, and neither is...

11 expert reviews | 121 user reviews

#21
alaScore 97

Sony HT-MT500

The Sony HT-MT500 is marketed as being more than just a sound bar. It also includes wireless multi-room audio capabilities so you can use it as part of your home music system and enjoy your tunes, supposedly in hi-fi quality. Read on to find out what...

9 expert reviews | 97 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

KEF Q550

Bought Kef speakers recently in the Glasgow store,the sales assistant was very knowledgeable and was happy to set up a couple of different brands of speakers in the music room to allow us to hear the sound difference and choose which best suited...

2 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

KEF Q350

The KEF Q350 bookshelf speaker looks exquisite, and sounds bigger and more expensive than it really is.

8 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

#24
alaScore 96

Naim Mu-so Qb

A luxurious wireless speaker with good sound and amazing design in a compact size, but it's not cheap.

25 expert reviews | 967 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Bose SoundLink Revolve+ / Plus

Sonically, the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ is a winner. And its solid, water-resistant build makes it a versatile party speaker. That said, like all Bose products, the Revolve+ feels a smidge overpriced at $300. For the same amount of money or less, we're...

10 expert reviews | 442 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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