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Updated: Jul 27, 2015 10:17
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#1
alaScore 100

Bose SoundLink Colour / Color

Sound performance takes the cake as the Bose SoundLink Color's most impressive feature. But wait, there's more. The colored design adds some much needed spunk to Bose's audio lineup, and the battery life is superb.

10 expert reviews | 5714 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Denon Envaya Mini DSB-100

The eye-catching Denon Envaya Mini is a mighty portable speaker capable of delivering big, burbling bass and quality audio over the airwaves. Genuinely portable, with its own carry case included, we can't think of a more desirable sub-£100 small-scale...

6 expert reviews | 75 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

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...

10 expert reviews | 24 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Razer Leviathan

If you were to tell us three years ago that Razer was going to make a Bluetooth speaker, we would have been interested, but now that we're inundated with Bluetooth speakers everywhere, it's pretty hard to get excited. But while Razer's Leviathan sound...

6 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

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...

7 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

Ultimate Ears UE Roll

Logitech's Ultimate Ears brand continues to crank out stylish, rugged Bluetooth speakers, all with solid performance and affordable price tags. After the launch of the UE Boom, Ultimate Ears rolled out the UE Megaboom. This time around it's taking the...

3 expert reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Dali Kubik ONE

Dali is well known for its quality loudspeakers and the Kubik One soundbar fits perfectly in among such prestige. It's an extremely well built, eye-catching soundbar with perfectly balanced audio - whether you're using it for TV audio enhancement or...

6 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Samsung HW-J7500

Not the last word in sound quality, but if you want a sound system to match your curved TV then you won’t go wrong with the HW-J7500 thanks to its entertaining sound, generous features and smart design.

2 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Creative Sound Blaster ROAR SR20

The DT Accessory Pack Up your game and the get the most out of your gear with the following extras, hand-picked by our editors:

13 expert reviews | 1591 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Sony SRS-X11

The Sony SRSX11speaker is just the right size to place in my car's cup holder. I can take it where ever I go. I purchased this because I could not play audio from Google Map to my car's audio system even though I had correctly connected my Android...

3 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

JBL Clip+ / Clip Plus

JBL has done little to upgrade its original Clip Bluetooth speaker—aside from a splash-proof, washable design, the $49.95 Clip+ is very similar to its predecessor. But the Clip was already a winner, and being splash-proof is a big deal as summer...

2 expert reviews | 75 user reviews

#13
alaScore 97

Cambridge Audio Bluetone 100

The Cambridge Audio Bluetone 100 is a Bluetooth speaker with average looks and above-average functionality. Unlike most speakers in this category, the Bluetone's bass levels can be fine-tuned using a knob on the rear panel. At $299.99, the speaker is...

4 expert reviews

#14
alaScore 97

Cambridge Audio TV5

Cambridge Audio is joining the sound slab craze with its own flat, one-piece home theater sound system, the TV 5. It's a large black base for your HDTV, like most other sound slabs, and it packs a lot of power in its squat frame. At $399.99, it's...

4 expert reviews

#15
alaScore 97

Libratone DIVA

The Libratone Diva sells itself on being different from other soundbars out there. How many other products in the tech world are encased in wool? Yep, keep on thinking.

8 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#16
alaScore 96

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 | 1 user reviews

#17
alaScore 96

Braven Mira

Water resistant and with the ability to operate in the shower or rain, there's something holding this speaker back, right? You might be wrong.

3 expert reviews | 42 user reviews

#18
alaScore 96

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 | 652 user reviews

#19
alaScore 96

Denon DHT-T110

The more affordable DHT-T110 breathes life into tired TV sonics with its sparkling detail and weighty bass, plus the discreet design integrates invisibly into any room, but it’s a shame Denon hasn’t added HDMI ports this time round.

2 expert reviews | 84 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

Braven BRV-X

Braven's BRV-X portable Bluetooth speaker does an excellent job marrying the power you should expect from a $199.99 speaker with the functionality and ruggedness that makes a sound system truly portable. It sounds far more powerful than most speakers...

7 expert reviews | 146 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

Denon HEOS 5

I really have a love/hate relationship with the HEOS system. We started by buying a HEOS speaker and a SONOS speaker and trying them next to each other. The HEOS sound was WAY better IMHO, and the HEOS offers the ability to use the 5ghz wifi band...

2 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

JBL Authentics L8

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

8 expert reviews

#23
alaScore 96

Philips ShoqBox Mini BT2200B

At right around $58 on Amazon, the Shoqbox Mini BT2200 offers a pretty good deal for the money. There certainly are better Bluetooth speakers out there. And there certainly are cheaper. But if you want an ultra-compact model that delivers on sound,...

3 expert reviews | 102 user reviews

#24
alaScore 95

Wharfedale Diamond 220

The Diamond 220 HCP is a sensational-sounding speaker system at a great price, made all the better by its improved build quality.

1 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

#25
alaScore 95

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 | 195 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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