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Updated: Jul 24, 2017 22:29
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#1
alaScore 100

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 | 72 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

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...

11 expert reviews | 167 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

JBL Flip 4

JBL's life-proof Flip 4 is durable, affordable, and perfect for all kinds of outdoor excursions.

11 expert reviews | 99 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

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...

5 expert reviews | 200 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...

25 expert reviews | 791 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Sony SRS-XB40

While it should costs a little less, the Sony SRS-XB10 is an attractively designed mini wireless speaker that outputs more bass than your typical tiny speaker.

5 expert reviews | 21 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

Logitech UE Roll 2

The Ultimate Ears UE Roll 2 is a good-sounding Bluetooth speaker as long as you don't push its volume to maximum, and its clever, rugged design makes it easy to take and hang up almost anywhere. $100 is a bit pricey for the amount of power you get,...

28 expert reviews | 220 user reviews

#8
alaScore 98

Amazon Echo

If you're just looking for a speaker, chances are you wouldn't have read this far. Sure, there's really nothing you can do with the Amazon Echo that you can't do with the smartphone in your pocket. Yet there's something here that feels infinitely more...

27 expert reviews | 496 user reviews

#9
alaScore 98

Bose SoundTouch 300

The Bose SoundTouch 300 offers sound quality that betters its Sonos rival, but bass is a weakness without the (expensive) add-on sub.

13 expert reviews | 300 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Naim Mu-so Qb

From the time I’ve spent with the Mu-so the sound quality is “music to my ears” – a gift that keeps on giving, even after years of being in the market and being challenged by newcomers almost every quarter. For something that has outstanding audio...

21 expert reviews | 97 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Bose SoundLink Mini II

It's pretty clear that the SoundLink Mini boosts bass, but mostly in the low-mids and lows rather than the sub-bass realm. In fact, sub-bass can get limited by the speaker's DSP, depending on the volume level. All this considered, this is probably the...

24 expert reviews | 5178 user reviews

#12
alaScore 97

Sony SRS-XB3

No matter the mode, the Sony SRS-XB3 provides a bass punch that we rarely hear in speakers this size and price. If you're looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker in the sub-$200 price range, this is the one to get—you can consider the water-resistant...

13 expert reviews | 187 user reviews

#13
alaScore 97

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A1

The Beoplay's strong design, sound and battery life make it a worthy premium mini Bluetooth speaker contender.

17 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

#14
alaScore 97

JBL Flip3

Enhanced with better battery life and splashproof design, the Flip 3 is one of the best mini portable Bluetooth speakers available.

25 expert reviews | 3090 user reviews

#15
alaScore 97

JBL Clip 2

If it's a tiny wireless speaker you're after, the JBL Clip 2 is an appealing choice with some small but significant improvements over its predecessors.

12 expert reviews | 66 user reviews

#16
alaScore 97

Libratone ONE Click

The One Click feels like a bit of a conundrum—it sounds great for a speaker of this size, but not necessarily for a speaker of this price. So it exceeds our expectation for a small portable wireless speaker, but at $200 or less, there is plenty of...

14 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#17
alaScore 97

Logitech UE Boom 2

Performance and Conclusions Like the name implies, the Boom 2 is a powerful little speaker. It's capable of putting out an impressive amount of sound, and while it's not exactly wall-shaking, it'll certainly command attention at your next gathering or...

34 expert reviews | 2181 user reviews

#18
alaScore 97

Bose SoundLink Color II

For its size, the Bose SoundLink Color II delivers a very solid audio experience, with rich lows matched with crisp highs. Anyone seeking a massive subwoofer-like sound, or a super-accurate sound signature, will need to spend more money on a larger,...

6 expert reviews | 192 user reviews

#19
alaScore 97

Libratone Zipp Mini

Another $50 gets you the Zipp, which delivers better sound and a lot more of it.

15 expert reviews | 153 user reviews

#20
alaScore 97

Sony SRS-XB10

While it should costs a little less, the Sony SRS-XB10 is an attractively designed mini wireless speaker that outputs more bass than your typical tiny speaker.

3 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless

THE B&W ZEPPELIN WIRELESS is a high-quality versatile wireless single-speaker system capable of delivering dynamic and clear sound.

31 expert reviews | 24 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

Klipsch R-15PM

The Klipsch R-15PM is a likeable powered speaker offering convenience, lively sound and an abundance of features.

10 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

Bowers & Wilkins 805 D3

The Bowers & Wilkins 805 D3 are the supercharged sportscars of the high-end speaker world, combining whiplash-inducing looks, cutting edge technology and exquisite performance.

5 expert reviews

#24
alaScore 96

Sonos PLAY:1

The Play:1 is the most affordable Sonos speaker yet, and a strong performer despite its weak bass. At $200 it's one of the simplest and most affordable ways to start a comprehensive multi-room audio system, especially since the update that lets you set...

77 expert reviews | 10343 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Sonos Playbar

At $699, the Sonos PLAYBAR is a very good, somewhat expensive, sound bar. If the price was lower, it would certainly be a very easy recommendation (“no brainer” would comer to mind). But since it’s not, I would urge you to look at your actual needs.

89 expert reviews | 4337 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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