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Updated: Mar 25, 2015 03:36
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#2
alaScore 99

Sony SRS-X9

Sony’s SRS-X9 wireless speaker is a tour de force of elegant style and high-performance sound, but it will cost you. Still, for those who can handle the sticker shock and a sound signature as bright as the morning dawn, this speaker is teeming with...

12 expert reviews

#3
alaScore 99

JBL Authentics L8

The L8’s brilliant blend of vintage aesthetics, modern design, and well-crafted sound is a winning combination.

8 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Yamaha SRT-1000

Preview: Yamaha's SRT-1000 pedestal soundbar is priced at $499.95 and features the company's digital sound projector technology for a convincing surround experience. Click to read all the details

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Bose SoundLink Colour / Color

Let's not beat around the bush, Bose quality sound normally comes at a premium price. Their top-notch noise cancelling headphones are a touch under $400, and they have some of the more premium sound systems on the market. This week we had a look and...

5 expert reviews | 488 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Dali Kubik ONE

might offer comparable sound quality, but neither can touch the Kubik One’s living room friendly design. The remote is terrible, there are no HDMI ports and you might need to add a subwoofer to bring out the very best in movies, but none of this is...

3 expert reviews

#7
alaScore 98

Razer Leviathan

Razer's sound bar is all about that bass

4 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Samsung HW-H750

It is hard to find realfaults with the new HW-H600 and HW-H750 offerings from Samsung. The HW-H600is for those that want an unobtrusive pedestal soundbar with integrated subwoofers,easy install, and simulated surround. The HW-H750 is for those that...

6 expert reviews | 82 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Sony HT-CT770

This unit makes for a compelling speaker, providing powerful, high-grade audio in an attractive and relatively compact package.

6 expert reviews | 41 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Libratone DIVA

While it does look a bit of a black sheep once you've got it out of the box, the Libratone Diva's sound quality will blow you away and clear up any misconception its odd wooly looks give out - and if you get bored of black, you can change its fabric...

5 expert reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Jabra Solemate Max

The $300-and-above price realm is tricky territory for Bluetooth speakers—you expect a certain level of audio performance for that price, often delivered in dedicated plug-in speakers like the Editors' Choice Marshall Stanmore. If the speaker is...

22 expert reviews | 101 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Sony HT-XT1

The XT1 sets the standard for this new sound base speaker category.

6 expert reviews | 128 user reviews

#13
alaScore 97

Logitech X300 Bluetooth

Logitech has been on a tear when it comes to Bluetooth speakers, especially with its Ultimate Ears (UE) line. We were impressed by the UE Boom, and the UE Mobile Boombox managed to take home our Editors' Choice award. The new X300 Mobile Wireless...

5 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

#14
alaScore 97

Denon HEOS 7

With app inconsistencies, a lack of Mac compatibility, and audio performance that fails to rise above the crowd, Denon’s Heos multi-room speaker system was at best underwhelming, and at worst, downright annoying. Even if big bass is your pleasure, the...

6 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

#15
alaScore 97

BenQ treVolo

Electrostatic speakers employ a unique technology that can produce a great deal of sound from a flat surface, without the need of a large space for sound to resonate like a conventional speaker. They're typically found in homes with multi-thousand...

4 expert reviews

#16
alaScore 96

Ruark Audio MR1

We’re seriously impressed with the Ruark MR1s. Not only do they give the larger Epoz Aktimate Micros a run for their money in terms of pure sound quality, they do so from a much smaller, more stylish shell.

3 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#17
alaScore 96

Creative Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200

Creative impressed us when it released the Sound Blaster Roar SB20. It didn't have the best audio quality available, but it packed so many features into a $200 unit when most Bluetooth speakers in that price range only offer speakerphone functionality...

4 expert reviews

#18
alaScore 96

KEF Audio X300A

If you're an audiophile with the means, you'll do well to look at the KEF X300A ($799.99 direct). It's an ideal pair of speakers for an apartment, office, or study, and it includes a digital USB connection for improved, all-digital sound when connected...

25 expert reviews | 29 user reviews

#19
alaScore 96

Pioneer SP-SB03

When it comes to all-in-one home theater sound, Pioneer’s brilliant SP-SB03 is the box to beat. The system’s $350 price tag helps it match up with Pioneer’s SB23W sound bar as two of the best choices in overall home theater value on the market. The...

2 expert reviews

#20
alaScore 96

Jabra Solemate

The battery life is nowhere near the claimed eight-hour mark. I managed to squeeze out anywhere between 5-6 hours depending on the ratio of wired and wireless music playback. However, I must admit that I had been playing the speakers at full blast for...

40 expert reviews | 1173 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

Canton DM 50

Canton released two new surround bars today, the DM 50 and DM 9. The DM 50 is more of a surround platform for your display rather than a bar. The DM 9 is a traditional bar. Both have Bluetooth 4.0.

12 expert reviews | 140 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

Yamaha YSP-2500

This review of the new Yamaha YSP-2500 Sound bar explores whether you can get true surround sound out of a simple sound bar at a modest price. A more affordable version of the YSP-3300 and YSP-4300.

3 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

Jabra Solemate Mini

The Jabra Solemate mini is priced at Rs 4,999 which makes it a good buy and perfect gift for this holiday season. It’s lightweight, rugged, has very good sound quality, NFC support and decent battery life. This is easily one of the most feature-packed...

16 expert reviews | 261 user reviews

#24
alaScore 96

Denon DHT-S514

Denon is one of the best names in audio, but this sound bar is not one of its better speakers.

8 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Samsung SHAPE M5 (WAM550 / WAM551)

Samsung shows its rivals how multiroom should be done with its slick, stylish and user-friendly wireless speaker.

4 expert reviews | 54 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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