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Updated: May 24, 2016 22:15
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#1
alaScore 100

Naim Mu-so Qb

There's no denying that Naim's Mu-So Qb makes a big impact, but its controls and setup can be frustrating, especially at this price.

13 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 | 14 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

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 | 629 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 | 134 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Logitech UE Roll

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

28 expert reviews | 593 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

Libratone Zipp Mini

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

9 expert reviews | 5 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...

10 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.

4 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

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 | 94 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

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 | 6848 user reviews

#12
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 | 3487 user 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 | 1341 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.

13 expert reviews | 740 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.

8 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#16
alaScore 97

Libratone Zipp

The Zipp is a very good and versatile wireless speaker, but Sonos has much better multi-room audio infrastructure.

59 expert reviews | 107 user reviews

#17
alaScore 97

KEF EGG

Part of the excitement the Egg imparts is the unexpected scale of its soundstage and the brilliant effect of its stereo separation. It is excels in almost every aspect at which even the most advanced one-box speakers fail. And underscoring it all is...

6 expert reviews

#18
alaScore 97

Denon HEOS 1

The Denon Heos 1 offers very good sound for a small multi-room speaker, but the app experience and support lags behind the competition.

16 expert reviews | 42 user reviews

#19
alaScore 97

Klipsch Groove

The Klipsch Groove is a compact portable Bluetooth speaker with surprising power in the bass department, but it makes some compromises elsewhere.

5 expert reviews

#20
alaScore 96

DEVIALET Silver Phantom

Gaming fans might think the Devialet Phantom looks like a real-life replica of Ghost from smash-hit title Destiny, but audiophiles will know the high-end

10 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#21
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 | 30 user reviews

#22
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 | 12 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

Elac Debut F5

The ELAC Debut F5 tower speaker delivers astonishing performance for the price.

3 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

#24
alaScore 96

Ultimate Ears BOOM 2

Boom 2 is an excellent follow-up that adds a waterproof housing, gesture control, and playback from two source devices at the same time—not to mention you can pair it with your original model to double up the sound.

3 expert reviews | 50 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Sony SRS-XB3

At $250 this is not the cheapest Bluetooth speaker you can buy, but in fact it's on par with a range of similarly priced speakers from JBL, UE Boom or Bose making the SRS-XB3 from Sony one to consider....

2 expert 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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