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Updated: Jun 22, 2017 22:19
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#1
alaScore 100

JBL Flip 4

A nice upgrade over its predecessor, the Flip 4 is one of the best speakers in its size and price class.

7 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Bose SoundLink Revolve

While I'd lean toward the bigger Revolve Plus, Bose's SoundLink Revolve is still of the best-sounding Bluetooth speakers for its size.

5 expert reviews | 51 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

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...

23 expert reviews | 91 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

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...

12 expert reviews | 141 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

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...

33 expert reviews | 2014 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

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.

26 expert reviews | 73 user reviews

#8
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.

9 expert reviews | 209 user reviews

#9
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

#10
alaScore 97

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 | 29 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...

23 expert reviews | 4626 user reviews

#12
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...

13 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#13
alaScore 97

Bose SoundLink Color II

Modestly redesigned, the next-generation SoundLink Color is an excellent compact Bluetooth speaker that's water-resistant and has speakerphone capabilities, as well as improved sound.

5 expert reviews | 85 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.

24 expert reviews | 1592 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.

10 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 | 10 user reviews

#17
alaScore 97

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

#18
alaScore 96

Dynaudio EMIT M10

A confident and impressive return to form for Dynaudio

2 expert reviews

#19
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

#20
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.

4 expert 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

Klipsch R-15PM

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

9 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

#23
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...

75 expert reviews | 7997 user reviews

#24
alaScore 96

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

#25
alaScore 96

Bose SoundLink Revolve+ / Plus

Bose's expensive SoundLink Plus is arguably the best-sounding Bluetooth speaker for its size.

2 expert reviews | 37 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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