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Updated: Jul 31, 2014 23:55
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#1
alaScore 100

Sonos Playbar

Sonos' Playbar makes an excellent addition to your living room, but only well-heeled music lovers can afford one.

50 expert reviews | 896 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Monitor Audio ASB-2

The Monitor Audio ASB-2 and Radius One soundbars offer up two very different ways to go about getting a high-quality/low clutter sound solution. Read on for our impressions.

6 expert reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Jabra Solemate

The Jabra Solemate mini is priced at Rs 4,999 which makes it a good buy and perfect gift for this holiday season. It’s lightweight, rugged, has very good sound quality, NFC support and decent battery life. This is easily one of the most feature-packed...

47 expert reviews | 1102 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Q Acoustics Q BT3 Weiß

What’s more, build quality is of the highest order and we love the funky red finish. It’s relatively pricey and not as discreet or hassle-free as a soundbar, but with sound quality this good it’s worth the inconvenience.

2 expert reviews

#5
alaScore 98

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...

4 expert reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Onkyo LS-T10

The Onkyo LS-T10 sound stand feels well-built and sounds good with movies, but its lousy music performance makes it tough to recommend.

11 expert reviews | 63 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

Pure Jongo

British audio company Pure makes wireless, multi-room speaker systems for the home you can control with a mobile app. The Pure Connect app does far more than simply play and pause music; once connected to your Wi-Fi network, you can stream your entire...

18 expert reviews | 71 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

DALI Zensor 1 5.1

By contrast, the cube-shaped SUB E-9 F is a pleasingly compact affair. It’s not actually part of the Zensor family, but luckily the Black Ash finish and lacquered front panel is a perfect match for the other speakers. It’s sturdily built and features...

2 expert reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Monitor Audio Silver

Monitor Audio has released their new Silver series loudspeaker lineup at CEDIA 2013. Consisting of 8 different models, has Monitor Audio hit one out of the park? Keep reading to find out.

3 expert reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Harman Kardon Nova

Harman Kardon is responsible for one of the most iconic computer speaker designs of the last 15 years: the SoundSticks series. The company has taken its familiar, visually stunning translucent designs and given them new shape and purpose with the Nova,...

5 expert reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Loewe Speaker 2GO 2.1

Overall then, this is definitely one of the best-designed Bluetooth speakers out there, oozing quality from every orifice. Practical touches abound as well, very much not all mouth no trousers. However, priced at a salty £269 you'd be expecting a...

15 expert reviews | 81 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Cambridge Audio Minx

The Cambridge Audio Minx Air 100 is the smaller of the company's two new wireless speakers. It's not quite as stellar a performer as the larger Minx Air 200, though; not just because of the smaller size, but because the $449 (direct) Minx 100 makes a...

20 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

#13
alaScore 97

Denon DHT-T100

Speaker bases have appeared from all corners recently, their purpose to offer an upgrade over your TV's built-in speakers but without the need for a full speaker setup or soundbar. Denon's DHT-T100 offering lives directly under the TV to keep it tucked...

10 expert reviews | 119 user reviews

#14
alaScore 97

Pioneer SBX-N500

Most soundbars are focused on sound quality, but Pioneer's SBX-N500 is a little more ambitious. Yes, it packs 140W of muscle for beefing up movies, but it's also blessed with the sort of multimedia and networking talents that put some full-sized...

5 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#15
alaScore 97

Tannoy Mercury

Don’t let the looks deceive you – Mercury Vi is a superb performer, making it great value for money.

4 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#16
alaScore 96

Ruark MR1

British firm Ruark created the Ruark MR1 speakers as an entry point for those who want better sounding music, but aren't prepared to dish out lots of cash. Have they achieved that goal, or can you achieve the same for less?

3 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#17
alaScore 96

Klipsch Stadium

Klipsch’s Stadium is a single-box solution with none of the trappings of a more conventional rig. It’s an absolute knockout, and people are going to love it.

2 expert reviews

#18
alaScore 96

Cambridge Audio MINX GO

Cambridge Audio continues to expand its wireless speaker line with the Minx Go, the company's first Bluetooth speaker that hits the vital sub-$200 range. Unlike the AirPlay-and-Bluetooth-equipped Minx Air 100 and Minx Air 200, the Minx Go is...

11 expert reviews | 173 user reviews

#19
alaScore 96

Sony HT-XT1

The XT1 sets the standard for this new sound base speaker category.

3 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

Canton DM 50

Canton released two new surround bars today, the DM 50 and DM 9. The DM 50 is more of a surround platform for your display rather than a bar. The DM 9 is a traditional bar. Both have Bluetooth 4.0.

7 expert reviews | 101 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200

The Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200 is a big, well-designed wireless speaker that supports Bluetooth, AirPlay, and Internet radio, but its sound quality doesn't live up to its lofty high price.

14 expert reviews | 26 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

Klipsch KMC 1

Klipsch's KMC 1, a $299.99 portable Bluetooth speaker, finds itself in an awkward place in the market. For less money, there are more portable options like the Bose SoundLink Mini and the JBL Pulse; for as much or more money, models with more handsome,...

4 expert reviews | 28 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

Logitech UE Mobile Boombox / Mini Boombox

The aesthetics may be a bit retro, but the UE Boombox packs a punch, and offers fantastic sound quality for the money. Even Mr. Spacely would approve.

38 expert reviews | 1804 user reviews

#24
alaScore 96

Jawbone MINI Jambox

The Jawbone Jambox was one of the first really successful portable Bluetooth speakers. Jawbone made it larger with the Big Jambox, and now there's the smaller Mini Jambox ($179.99 direct). This sleeker version of the Jambox is thinner, lighter, and...

47 expert reviews | 4913 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Logitech Z600 Bluetooth

The Logitech Z600 is priced officially at Rs 12,995, but you can find them for as low as Rs 8,000 on online stores. While this is still a bit steep for a pair of 2.0 speakers, it’s not too bad when you take into account the good audio quality, the...

10 expert reviews | 63 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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