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Updated: May 25, 2018 23:05
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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.

34 expert reviews | 667 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Amazon Echo Spot

The Echo Spot is easily my favorite smart speaker, and I have plenty of them in my house: two Dots, two Google Homes, and a full-sized Echo. I was too put off by the Show's size to take the plunge, but the Spot's good looks, versatility, and overall...

26 expert reviews | 49 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Amazon Echo Plus (2017)

If you want an Alexa-powered smart speaker that sounds great, buy the Alexa-powered or pair the far-less-expensive Echo Dot with hardwired or Bluetooth speakers. The Echo Plus has somewhat beefier speakers, it delivers a better sonic performance than...

28 expert reviews | 155 user reviews

#4
alaScore 99

Google Home Mini

If you’re looking for a small, affordable home assistant, then the Google Home Mini is a great option. The small speaker is surprisingly loud and full sounding for its size, is able to understand voice commands from across the room, and integrates...

36 expert reviews | 719 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Amazon Echo (2nd gen. 2017)

The second-generation Echo offers significant improvements over the first, but if you’re looking for an Echo to control your smart home, the Echo Dot is Amazon’s most cost-effective offering. If music is your thing, the Fabriq Chorus delivers a better...

13 expert reviews | 483 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

JBL Flip 4

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

24 expert reviews | 931 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

Ultimate Ears UE Blast

While it's expensive and still a work in progress, UE's Blast speaker is one of the best sounding portable Alexa-enabled speakers.

7 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

#8
alaScore 98

JBL Bar 5.1

For movie lovers with a shortage of space, the JBL offers a seriously appealing prospect: totally wireless surround sound from a soundbar. The sound palette that it offers isn’t as rich as some of its competitors, but its transforming surround sound...

7 expert reviews | 38 user reviews

#9
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.

7 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

#10
alaScore 98

Amazon Echo Show

Amazon's touchscreen Alexa device shows potential for people interested in video chatting with friends and family members, but it needs a little more development before we'd recommend it.

33 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...

24 expert reviews | 966 user reviews

#12
alaScore 97

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 | 235 user reviews

#13
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 | 432 user reviews

#14
alaScore 97

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 | 2750 user reviews

#15
alaScore 97

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 | 405 user reviews

#16
alaScore 97

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.

8 expert reviews | 587 user reviews

#17
alaScore 97

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.

49 expert reviews | 1505 user reviews

#18
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.

10 expert reviews | 86 user reviews

#19
alaScore 97

JBL Link 20

The JBL Link 20 delivers almost all the features of Google Home in a portable speaker that sounds great.

8 expert reviews | 28 user reviews

#20
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...

7 expert reviews | 529 user reviews

#21
alaScore 97

JBL Pulse 3

The Pulse 3 provides an attractive, waterproof light show that is indeed eye-catching. It also ticks all the boxes in terms of Bluetooth speaker features, such as speakerphone functionality. But its weatherization and all that bling comes at the...

10 expert reviews | 111 user reviews

#22
alaScore 97

Sony HT-MT500

The Sony HT-MT500 is marketed as being more than just a sound bar. It also includes wireless multi-room audio capabilities so you can use it as part of your home music system and enjoy your tunes, supposedly in hi-fi quality. Read on to find out what...

9 expert reviews | 95 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

Naim Uniti Nova

As complete and convincing an argument for one-box convenience as you’ll hear

2 expert reviews

#24
alaScore 96

Monitor Audio Silver 1

THE MONITOR AUDIO SILVER 1 Offers a Beautiful Cabinet and Good Sound.

5 expert reviews | 33 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Audio Pro Addon C10

Audio Pro seems to be able to do no wrong at the moment and the Addon C10 is another class-leader

4 expert reviews | 5 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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