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Updated: Jul 6, 2015 13:20
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#26
alaScore 96

Denon HEOS 3

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...

3 expert reviews | 66 user reviews

#27
alaScore 95

Yamaha SRT-1000

Preview: Yamaha's SRT-1000 pedestal soundbar is priced at $499.95 and features the company's digital sound projector technology for a convincing surround experience. Click to read all the details

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#28
alaScore 95

Sonos PLAY:5 / ZonePlayer S5

Several hours of critical listening left our ears feeling a bit fatigued—an issue we didn’t encounter with B&W’s Zeppelin (not entirely an apples-to-oranges comparison, since the Zeppelin is a non-networked iPod dock), but the S5 was a huge hit when we...

93 expert reviews | 3440 user reviews

#29
alaScore 95

KEF Audio X300A

If you're an audiophile with the means, you'll do well to look at the KEF X300A ($799.99 direct). It's an ideal pair of speakers for an apartment, office, or study, and it includes a digital USB connection for improved, all-digital sound when connected...

26 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

#30
alaScore 95

Yamaha YSP-1 Digital Sound Projector

Yamaha's YSP-1400 brings the company's Digital Sound Projector technology to a budget price point, but a couple of caveats keep it from being a standout sound bar.

29 expert reviews | 171 user reviews

#31
alaScore 95

Cambridge Audio G2

There's no shortage of Bluetooth speaker options in the sub-$200 price range, and fairly small devices have begun producing a bit more bass response and richness thanks to the increased use of passive radiators. The Cambridge Audio G2 is a powerful...

2 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#32
alaScore 95

Fluance Fi30

The alluring wooden surface of the Fluance Fi30 has a glossy, polished finish—like that of a piano. In fact, all you can see on the attractive $149.99 Bluetooth speaker is glorious, shiny wood, since it lacks any buttons or controls other than a power...

2 expert reviews | 58 user reviews

#33
alaScore 95

Jabra Solemate

The Jabra Solemate has a few small shortcomings, but overall it's a very solid compact Bluetooth speaker with a unique design.

40 expert reviews | 1160 user reviews

#34
alaScore 95

Sony HT-XT1

Sony's HT-XT1 sound stand is packed with features, looks sleek, and sounds great, making it a no-brainer upgrade over your TV's built-in speakers.

4 expert reviews | 327 user reviews

#35
alaScore 95

Jabra Solemate Max

The $300-and-above price realm is tricky territory for Bluetooth speakers—you expect a certain level of audio performance for that price, often delivered in dedicated plug-in speakers like the Editors' Choice Marshall Stanmore. If the speaker is...

23 expert reviews | 55 user reviews

#36
alaScore 95

Logitech X300 Bluetooth

Logitech has been on a tear when it comes to Bluetooth speakers, especially with its Ultimate Ears (UE) line. We were impressed by the UE Boom, and the UE Mobile Boombox managed to take home our Editors' Choice award. The new X300 Mobile Wireless...

5 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

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#37
alaScore 95

RIVA Turbo X

The best new audio gear is produced by small, independent companies that develop innovative approaches to the sonic experience.

4 expert reviews

#38
alaScore 94

SVS PB-2000

As I said above, it's easy to look at a subwoofer like the PB-2000 and make a lot of assumptions about it, but yet again, SVS has proven to be a company that defies expectations based on aesthetics and price. I found it to be an incredibly impactful...

2 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#39
alaScore 94

Ruark Audio MR1

We’re seriously impressed with the Ruark MR1s. Not only do they give the larger Epoz Aktimate Micros a run for their money in terms of pure sound quality, they do so from a much smaller, more stylish shell.

3 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#40
alaScore 94

Dali Kubik FREE

We know the Dali Kubik Free is an expensive speaker setup, but that doesn't alter the fact that these speakers are just about the best thing since sliced bread in the audio world.

10 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#41
alaScore 94

Sonos Sub

This sub woofer changes the entire Sonos sound system. If you splurged for the sound bar, you can afford this too.

13 expert reviews | 820 user reviews

#42
alaScore 94

Braven Mira

At $149.99 it’s a great price given its added waterproof and design features, and you’ll find it in major retailers from October.

3 expert reviews | 37 user reviews

#43
alaScore 94

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...

12 expert reviews | 265 user reviews

#44
alaScore 94

Braven 705

We've seen a lot of the great speaker products coming from Braven in recent years, and the new 705 which will hit Aussie stores in October is a cracking little product which will suit either your kitchen, office or outdoor entertaining.

2 expert reviews | 24 user reviews

#45
alaScore 94

Koss BTS1

The Koss BTS1 can play your music with a natural, warm quality. If that alone is enough to warrant the low cost, you'll be happy. However, if you love oodles of features, you might be left wanting more.

1 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

#46
alaScore 94

Creative Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200

Creative impressed us when it released the Sound Blaster Roar SB20. It didn't have the best audio quality available, but it packed so many features into a $200 unit when most Bluetooth speakers in that price range only offer speakerphone functionality...

4 expert reviews

#47
alaScore 94

Libratone ZIPP

The wireless Libratone Zipp is portable, ultra-stylish, and a solid audio performer at moderate volumes, but its signal processing will be a turn-off for some.

36 expert reviews | 36 user reviews

#48
alaScore 94

Definitive Technology W Studio

Definitive Technology makes some very impressive speakers. They also tend to be relatively expensive. Both qualifiers certainly apply to the company's W Studio, a soundbar and wireless subwoofer combination that sounds excellent and offers high-end...

1 expert reviews | 42 user reviews

#49
alaScore 94

Polk Audio TL1600

US brand Polk Audio attacks the UK compact speaker market with the TL1600, an affordable 5.1 pack bristling with innovation. In the box are four bijou TL1 satellites that stand just 165mm high, plus a horizontally aligned centre speaker and a cute,...

2 expert reviews

#50
alaScore 94

Pioneer SP-SB03

When it comes to all-in-one home theater sound, Pioneer’s brilliant SP-SB03 is the box to beat. The system’s $350 price tag helps it match up with Pioneer’s SB23W sound bar as two of the best choices in overall home theater value on the market. The...

2 expert reviews

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