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Updated: Feb 11, 2016 22:40
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#1
alaScore 100

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...

16 expert reviews | 506 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

KEF MUO

The MUO comes in five cool finishes: HorizonGold, Storm Grey, Light Silver, Neptune Blue and Sunset Orange and is available now for sale.

13 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Ultimate Ears UE Roll

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

20 expert reviews | 548 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Yamaha YSP-5600

The YSP-5600 successfully does what it sets out to do: deliver overhead surround sound from a single soundbar. It’s a hugely impressive technological feat, but here’s the dilemma: is that Dolby Atmos support worth the premium price? There aren't many...

4 expert reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless

Most wireless speaker manufacturers have abandoned Apple's AirPlay functionality in favor of Bluetooth's improved audio performance (and more reliable streaming). But why choose between the two? For $699.99, the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless...

13 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

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.

14 expert reviews | 3164 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

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...

29 expert reviews | 1274 user reviews

#8
alaScore 98

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.

15 expert reviews | 41 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

DEVIALET Silver Phantom

So why isn’t this a five-star product? It is the best sound we’ve heard from a wireless speaker – bolder, bigger and louder than its size would suggest – but compared to the What Hi-Fi? Award-winning Naim Mu-so, we just want more from that extra £800...

5 expert reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Elac Debut F5

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

3 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

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 | 37 user reviews

#12
alaScore 97

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 | 140 user reviews

#13
alaScore 97

Audio Pro Addon T3

Very well built. Quite heavy - heavier than an average old ghettoblaster - I wouldn't take it in luggage on a flight - but highly portable - easy to carry around. It feels reliably solid. It pairs very easily with devices like a laptop, iPod, iPhone,...

3 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#14
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.

66 expert reviews | 6647 user reviews

#15
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,...

8 expert reviews | 61 user reviews

#16
alaScore 97

JBL Pulse 2

The JBL Pulse 2 separates itself from the crowded portable Bluetooth speaker field with a dazzling LED light show, and it's also capable of a solid audio experience.

6 expert reviews | 123 user reviews

#17
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.

9 expert reviews | 616 user reviews

#18
alaScore 97

JBL Charge 2 Plus / 2+

The JBL Charge 2+ is a wireless Bluetooth speaker that sounds flat-out great -- and can double as a backup battery for your phone, too.

11 expert reviews | 1108 user reviews

#19
alaScore 97

Denon HEOS Homecinema

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

6 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

Naim Mu-so Qb

We praised the ability of the original Naim Mu-so to deliver hi-fi sound in a wireless speaker, and the Qb follows in these footsteps with a big, authoritative sound that belies its small stature. It complements the Mu-so’s slightly more refined sound...

3 expert reviews

#21
alaScore 96

ELAC Debut B6

The ELAC Debut B6 bookshelf speakers offer stellar, best-in-class sound quality that no other speakers can match at this low price.

2 expert reviews

#22
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...

6 expert reviews | 29 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

Sony SRS-X77

Now that it's widely available for considerably less than its launch RRP of £259 (if you shop around you can find it for around £180), the SRS-X77 is a legitimate alternative to rival entry-level multiroom speakers from the likes of

3 expert reviews | 41 user reviews

#24
alaScore 96

Focal Dimension

To put it succinctly, the Focal Dimension is an elegant product with some inelegant design elements. Does this mean I don't recommend it? Not at all--I'm simply trying to make it clear that it's designed for a specific type of setup; and, if you're...

13 expert reviews | 33 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Sonos Playbar

At $699, the Sonos PLAYBAR is a very good, somewhat expensive, sound bar. If the price was lower, it would certainly be a very easy recommendation (“no brainer” would comer to mind). But since it’s not, I would urge you to look at your actual needs.

76 expert reviews | 3164 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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