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Updated: Sep 21, 2018 21:30
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#1
alaScore 100

Ultimate ears megaboom 3

Bottom Line: The wireless Ultimate Ears UE Megaboom 3 speaker improves upon its predecessor with a sleeker, more rugged design and a lower price tag.

6 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

The Wonderboom’s features and design seem tooled for outdoor use, and with summer approaching, this is important. It’s durable, sounds good, and it floats. At $100, there’s a strong case to be made for Wonderboom as one of the best mini Bluetooth...

34 expert reviews | 436 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

JBL Xtreme 2

The JBL Xtreme 2 isn't cheap, but for the price, it delivers a solid feature set combined with high-quality audio performance. If you want some added thump in the bass department, the portable XTreme 2 delivers. When you throw in the waterproof build,...

9 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

#4
alaScore 99

JBL Go 2

Probably the most impressive aspect of the Go 2's performance is its ability to pump out volume. No, it's not loud like a larger speaker with multiple drivers would be, but it'll blow away the built-in speakers on nearly any laptop or tablet. In other...

6 expert reviews | 40 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Marshall Kilburn II

Very loud ; Eye-catching design ; Good battery life ; Support for two Bluetooth connections

19 expert reviews | 480 user reviews

#6
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 | 799 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

Sonos Beam Soundbar / BEAM1US1BLK

If you're looking for a decent-sounding sound bar for the living room without breaking the bank, the Sonos Beam should be at the top of your shopping list.

5 expert reviews | 27 user reviews

#8
alaScore 98

JBL Clip 3

From a design standpoint, there's nothing not to like about the ultra-portable, waterproof JBL Clip 3. Sonically, the speaker delivers a solid experience for its low price, though we still haven't gotten to the point of portable $60 speakers sounding...

7 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#9
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 | 26 user reviews

#10
alaScore 98

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...

7 expert reviews | 54 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

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 | 2284 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...

19 expert reviews | 371 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 | 97 user reviews

#14
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.

12 expert reviews | 483 user reviews

#15
alaScore 97

JBL Link 500

The JBL Link 500 is a powerful, relatively compact voice-enabled multiroom wireless speaker, but its bass may be a little too boomy for some.

3 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#16
alaScore 97

House Of Marley Get Together

It seems like everywhere you turn there's Bluetooth speaker after Bluetooth speaker. Some claim to be portable, some not and some not so sure. For most people its hard to determine if there's any real difference between Bluetooth speakers, and there...

6 expert reviews | 486 user reviews

#17
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...

12 expert reviews | 73 user reviews

#18
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 | 94 user reviews

#19
alaScore 97

Bose Sleepbuds

The Bose noise-masking sleepbuds are certainly expensive for a single-function device at $250, but how much would you pay for a good night's sleep? These are designed well, comfortable to wear for long periods and the white noise truly does mask most...

3 expert reviews

#20
alaScore 97

Razer Nommo Chroma

Those wanting solid audio performance and a cool LED light show will enjoy the Razer Nommo Chroma. If it's great audio you're after, the aforementioned SoundSticks III remain affordable wired classics in the $150 range. The more expensive Audioengine...

8 expert reviews

#21
alaScore 97

LG PK7

The LG PK7 is a big party speaker that features a light show, good sound, splash proofing, and all-day battery life. While other LED-equipped speakers are more show than substance, the PK7 backs up its aurora borealis with great sound. That said,...

2 expert reviews

#22
alaScore 97

LG SK10Y

If you can accommodate its size, the SK10Y is a premium Dolby Atmos soundbar that’s well worth an audition

3 expert reviews | 1 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 | 16 user reviews

#24
alaScore 96

Audio Pro Addon C10

Audio Pro seems to be able to do no wrong at the moment and the Addon C10 is another class-leader

4 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Denon Heos

Denon has announced its latest entries into the HEOS line that includes their new HEOS soundbar. The Bar will take its place in the HEOS line of multi-zone wireless speakers and is expandable to 5.1.

12 expert reviews | 9 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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