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Updated: Sep 23, 2017 22:32
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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 | 120 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...

12 expert reviews | 206 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

JBL Flip 4

$100 isn't chickenfeed, but this small speaker sounds like it should cost a lot more.

15 expert reviews | 308 user reviews

#4
alaScore 99

LG SJ9

Although not the most refined-sounding 'bar at its price, the LG SJ9 delivers Dolby Atmos and Chromecast audio in an affordable, attractive package.

12 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

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...

39 expert reviews | 3637 user reviews

#6
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 | 253 user reviews

#7
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...

27 expert reviews | 1153 user reviews

#8
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,...

29 expert reviews | 298 user reviews

#9
alaScore 98

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.

30 expert reviews | 506 user reviews

#10
alaScore 98

Sony SRS-XB10

For $50, the Sony SRS-XB10 delivers a solid overall audio experience, with crisp highs and rich lows for its price and size. There's little to complain about, though the SRS-XB10 doesn't quite unseat our favorite compact $50 Bluetooth speaker, the...

4 expert reviews | 97 user reviews

#11
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 | 106 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 | 212 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.

18 expert reviews | 38 user reviews

#14
alaScore 97

Libratone TOO

While deep bass fiends and purists will need to spend more money on a larger speaker, many listeners will enjoy the Libratone Too's sculpted audio performance—you get a full-sounding bass response and strong clarity throughout the frequency range. The...

13 expert reviews | 28 user reviews

#15
alaScore 97

Bluesound PULSE FLEX

The Bluesound Pulse Flex is a slice of streaming hi-fi in an affordable package with an optional battery, but Sonos is better at a cheaper price.

4 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#16
alaScore 97

Libratone Zipp

The Zipp is a very good and versatile wireless speaker, but Sonos has much better multi-room audio infrastructure.

67 expert reviews | 301 user reviews

#17
alaScore 97

JBL Pulse 3

The JBL Pulse 3’s light show may be a gimmick but thankfully its sound quality doesn’t suffer for it. While not the most portable speaker, those who want a great-sounding speaker and a conversation starter will enjoy the Pulse 3. The JBL Pulse 3 was a...

3 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#18
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 | 422 user reviews

#19
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 | 236 user reviews

#20
alaScore 97

Samsung HW-K950

The Samsung HW-K950 combines the discreet looks and simple setup of a sound bar with truly impressive sound for both movies and music.

19 expert reviews | 68 user reviews

#21
alaScore 97

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 | 31 user reviews

#22
alaScore 97

Bose SoundTouch 300

We have little to complain about with the Bose SoundTouch 300. For every limitation, like the lack of onboard EQ controls, there are useful features that might entice you, like the AdaptIQ settings that adjust to your room's contour and reflections. We...

14 expert reviews | 494 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

Creative MUVO 2C

A wireless speaker small enough to fit in your pocket that still packs a serious punch. The Creative Muvo 2C is one of the smallest speakers that sounds good. Its hard-working passive radiator gets you the classic effect of the best portable speakers:...

2 expert reviews | 21 user reviews

#24
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 | 25 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Marshall Kilburn

Performance and Conclusions The Kilburn can get quite loud — if you top out the volume on your device and the speaker itself, the speaker doesn't distort. Even pumping up the bass EQ all the way and playing a track with intense sub-bass, like The Knife...

11 expert reviews | 375 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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