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Updated: Jun 23, 2016 22:42
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#1
alaScore 100

Naim Mu-so Qb

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

14 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless

If you don't mind its shape, you'll absolutely love the way the Zeppelin Wireless sounds.

25 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Logitech UE Roll

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

29 expert reviews | 749 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

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!

16 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

JBL Pulse 2

JBL has improved both LED light show and sound in the Pulse 2, making this flashy Bluetooth speaker a stand-out product in a crowded market.

11 expert reviews | 154 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A1

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

7 expert reviews | 27 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

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...

17 expert reviews | 1165 user reviews

#8
alaScore 98

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...

11 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Canton DM 100

Easy to use and sounding as good as it looks, the excellent DM100 proves that Canton is still setting the soundbase agenda.

5 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

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.

3 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#11
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.

16 expert reviews | 3693 user reviews

#12
alaScore 97

ELAC Uni-Fi UB5

Paired with high-quality components, the ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 sounds much better than you have any right to expect from a speaker of this size and price.

2 expert reviews

#13
alaScore 97

Logitech UE Megaboom

Logitech's Ultimate Ears UE Boom was an excellent $200 Bluetooth speaker, and even two years after its release, it's still a solid choice if you want a rugged, portable way to share your music wirelessly. Now Ultimate Ears offers a bigger version of...

30 expert reviews | 1468 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.

14 expert reviews | 963 user reviews

#15
alaScore 97

Denon HEOS Homecinema

The Denon HEOS HomeCinema offers discreet looks and a dynamic performance, but it could be easier to use.

9 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#16
alaScore 97

Libratone Zipp Mini

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

9 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#17
alaScore 97

Hercules WAE

The Hercules WAE Outdoor Rush is a pretty decent speaker with crisp, clean sound, FM Radio functionality, good battery life, and its IP67 water and dust resistant ratings.

3 expert reviews

#18
alaScore 97

Teufel Raumfeld Soundbar

Conclusions For a home theater system, the Raumfeld Soundbar packs an impressive, powerful punch. The unassuming, flat subwoofer can shake your whole house, and the soundbar itself produces a very big sound field that keeps dialogue crisp. It isn't...

9 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#19
alaScore 96

Klipsch RP-280F

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Klipsch Reference Premiere system, and the RP-280FA towers specifically. I think a lot of audiophiles will dig the way the RP-280FA's subtly, slightly elevated treble brings out the details in movie soundtracks and...

7 expert reviews | 48 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

Audio Pro Addon T3

We're unable to fault Audio Pro on this one. You'll need double the cash if you want something to fit in your pencil case and sound this good, though we're pretty sure you'll choose to take the T3 with you when you hear what £150 can buy. Splendid. See...

6 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

Marshall Kilburn

The Marshall lineup of headphones and speakers, all modeled to varying degrees after the guitar amps made famous in the 60s and 70s, have a definitively retro look that won't appeal to everyone. But if you like that motif, the good news is that beauty...

6 expert reviews | 152 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

Sonos PLAY:1

The Sonos Play:1 is the most affordable, functional wireless multi-room speaker we've seen yet, and Sonos' legacy makes it a breeze to set up.

67 expert reviews | 7022 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

Sony SRS-X77

Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the integrated battery make the SRS-X77 a jack of all trades, rivalling the more expensive Bowers & Wilkins T7 - which lacks any real multiroom functionality. Used as a conventional Bluetooth speaker, you'll get about 10...

4 expert reviews | 89 user reviews

#24
alaScore 96

JBL Xtreme

If you're looking for more bass response and overall power out of a portable Bluetooth speaker, you've probably figured out that you'll need to spend more money and accept that "portable" might not necessarily mean "small." The JBL Xtreme, at $299.95,...

10 expert reviews | 195 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Focal Dimension

While Focal’s Dimension is no substitute for a good multichannel surround system it does a wonderful job of delivering high-fidelity sound in smaller spaces where multiple speakers simply aren’t an option – that goes double if musicality is a critical...

15 expert reviews | 35 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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