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Updated: Jan 19, 2018 23:20
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#1
alaScore 100

Sonos One

The Alexa-powered Sonos One is the first smart speaker that actually sounds good with music -- and even more new features will be coming to it in the months ahead.

30 expert reviews | 377 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

JBL Flip 4

$100 isn't chickenfeed, but this small speaker sounds like it should cost a lot more.

21 expert reviews | 778 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Ultimate Ears UE Blast

While it's expensive and still a work in progress, UE's Megablast speaker is the best-sounding portable Alexa-enabled speaker out there right now.

6 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

#4
alaScore 99

Amazon Echo

More than two years after its debut, the smarter-than-ever Amazon Echo remains one of the best connected home products money can currently buy.

36 expert reviews | 1491 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Logitech UE WONDERBOOM

For its size, the affordable and durable UE Wonderboom is one of the fullest sounding mini Bluetooth speakers you can buy.

16 expert reviews | 190 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

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 | 2210 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

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...

14 expert reviews | 318 user reviews

#8
alaScore 98

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...

8 expert reviews | 76 user reviews

#9
alaScore 98

Bose SoundLink Micro

The Bose Soundlink Micro is a pricey but capable Bluetooth speaker. Provided the limitations caused by its diminutive size are understood, it’ll be a rugged, highly-portable audio device that will serve users well.

7 expert reviews | 527 user reviews

#10
alaScore 98

Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST

The UE Megablast is a powerful portable speaker that takes the solid performance and rugged design of the Megaboom and adds Alexa voice control to the mix. It easily overpowers the smaller and less expensive Amazon Tap, as well as the Echo itself.

6 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Naim Mu-so Qb

From the time I’ve spent with the Mu-so the sound quality is “music to my ears” – a gift that keeps on giving, even after years of being in the market and being challenged by newcomers almost every quarter. For something that has outstanding audio...

22 expert reviews | 833 user reviews

#12
alaScore 97

Bose SoundLink Revolve+ / Plus

Most people will adore the Bose Soundlink Revolve+ for its ability to deliver beautifully balanced omnidirectional sound at any volume. That it also comes packing long battery life; excellent build quality; and a sleek, modern design is icing on the cake.

10 expert reviews | 402 user reviews

#13
alaScore 97

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...

40 expert reviews | 4230 user reviews

#14
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...

24 expert reviews | 101 user reviews

#15
alaScore 97

Logitech UE Roll 2

The Ultimate Ears UE Roll 2 is a good-sounding Bluetooth speaker as long as you don't push its volume to maximum, and its clever, rugged design makes it easy to take and hang up almost anywhere. $100 is a bit pricey for the amount of power you get,...

29 expert reviews | 331 user reviews

#16
alaScore 97

Sony SRS-XB40

While it should costs a little less, the Sony SRS-XB10 is an attractively designed mini wireless speaker that outputs more bass than your typical tiny speaker.

7 expert reviews | 63 user reviews

#17
alaScore 97

Sony SRS-XB10

For $50, the Sony SRS-XB10 delivers a solid overall audio experience, with crisp highs and rich lows for its price and size. There's little to complain about, though the SRS-XB10 doesn't quite unseat our favorite compact $50 Bluetooth speaker, the...

6 expert reviews | 319 user reviews

#18
alaScore 97

Yamaha WX-010

If you have a Yamaha receiver, the Yamaha MusicCast WX-010 is a perfect complement, offering delightful sound quality in a compact package.

6 expert reviews | 135 user reviews

#19
alaScore 97

Bose SoundTouch 300

We have little to complain about with the Bose SoundTouch 300. For every limitation, like the lack of onboard EQ controls, there are useful features that might entice you, like the AdaptIQ settings that adjust to your room's contour and reflections. We...

16 expert reviews | 874 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

Naim Mu-so

Performance and Conclusions While it's very large for a wireless speaker, the Mu-so is relatively small for a one-piece home theater sound system, and it lacks a separate subwoofer. Despite that, it can put out some impressive power and solid, clear...

25 expert reviews | 861 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

Marshall Kilburn

Performance and Conclusions The Kilburn can get quite loud — if you top out the volume on your device and the speaker itself, the speaker doesn't distort. Even pumping up the bass EQ all the way and playing a track with intense sub-bass, like The Knife...

12 expert reviews | 471 user reviews

#22
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...

80 expert reviews | 12131 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

JBL Flip3

Enhanced with better battery life and splashproof design, the Flip 3 is one of the best mini portable Bluetooth speakers available.

26 expert reviews | 4473 user reviews

#24
alaScore 96

Sony SRS-XB30

The SRS-XB30 hails from Sony's 'Extra Bass' line-up, a group of wireless speakers promising bigger bass and more powerful sound. Portable models like this often struggle to hit the low notes. So does this answer the problem? Find out in our expert Sony...

4 expert reviews | 245 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Bluesound PULSE MINI

Able to stream from anything anywhere, this powerful standalone or multi-room speaker is best thought of as a hi-res upgrade on a Sonos speaker.

4 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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