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Updated: Apr 22, 2017 22:18
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#1
alaScore 100

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...

22 expert reviews | 87 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Logitech UE Boom 2

Ultimate Ears proved it can put out capable Bluetooth speakers with the UE Boom a couple of years ago, and its output has gotten steadily better with the larger UE Megaboom and the tiny UE Roll. Now the original Boom is getting a refresh, and it's the...

34 expert reviews | 1361 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Logitech UE Roll 2

The Ultimate Ears UE Roll 2 is a smartly designed waterproof speaker that offers very good sound quality as long as you don't crank the volume too high.

27 expert reviews | 30 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Naim Mu-so Qb

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

18 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A1

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

16 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Sony SRS-XB3

The Sony SRS-XB3 speaker delivers some of the best Bluetooth audio we've heard for the price, wrapped in a portable, outdoor-friendly design.

12 expert reviews | 51 user reviews

#7
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.

8 expert reviews | 121 user reviews

#8
alaScore 98

Polk Audio MagniFi Mini

Small but magnificently mighty, Polk Audio's Magnifi Mini is one of best little soundbars you can buy.

7 expert reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Dynaudio EMIT M10

A confident and impressive return to form for Dynaudio

2 expert reviews

#10
alaScore 97

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 | 23 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

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.

4 expert reviews

#12
alaScore 97

Bose SoundLink Mini II

The tiny Bose SoundLink Mini II delivers the richest bass you'll find in a portable Bluetooth speaker this size, while managing to stay balanced with crisp highs.

22 expert reviews | 4083 user reviews

#13
alaScore 97

LG SH6

The SH6 is an articulate and entertainingly bolshy soundbar, giving the far more expensive Sonos Playbar a run for its money. Factor in the expansive roster of features, and the SH6 is a bargain buy in the best sense.

2 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#14
alaScore 97

Logitech UE Roll

The Ultimate Ears UE Roll Bluetooth speaker is small, stylish, sturdy, and capable of producing crisp, punchy sound.

31 expert reviews | 753 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.

9 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

#16
alaScore 97

Yamaha YSP-5600

At a cost that’s far more than most sound bar setups — without all their purpose-built convenience — the YSP-5600 sits in a somewhat awkward position on the sound bar scale. Still, with all its caveats, Yamaha has loaded some truly brilliant sound...

14 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#17
alaScore 97

Libratone ONE Click

The Libratone ONE Click is a beautiful speaker, but it just doesn't have the warmth of low end of competing speakers. Highs and mids sound crisp and clear, but it lacks any bass response. For the price, you can get many better-sounding alternatives.

11 expert reviews

#18
alaScore 97

Philips Fidelio B1

Thanks to microbeaming speaker drivers and brilliant DSP processing, the Fidelio B1 really does sound bigger than it looks – at least when it comes to TV and movies.

7 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

#19
alaScore 97

Sony HT-NT5

Conclusions The Sony HT-NT5 is a full-featured soundbar with plenty of power for both movies and music. It's loaded with connectivity options including Google Cast and three HDMI inputs, and it can get satisfyingly loud with its wireless subwoofer...

9 expert reviews | 40 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

B&W 805 D3

The D3s are hugely capable standmounters. They lead the class when it comes to resolution and clarity

1 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

Elac Uni-Fi UB5

If there's a better sounding pair of speakers at this price, we haven't heard them yet.

3 expert reviews

#22
alaScore 96

Jam Heavy Metal

A full sound from a well made, good-looking slab of metal

2 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

Klipsch R-15PM

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

8 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

#24
alaScore 96

Marshall Woburn

Magnificent super-loud sound in one perfectly designed party box

9 expert reviews | 91 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

KEF MUO

Thanks to a clever new compact version of KEF's Uni-Q ‘point source' driver array and a powerful bass radiator, the Muo portable bluetooth speaker packs quite a punch. Ronda Rousey better watch out!

21 expert reviews | 10 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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