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Updated: Jul 23, 2014 00:23
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#26
alaScore 96

Sony SRS-X3

Sony's latest SRS line of Bluetooth speakers have been solid performers, but none of them have really wowed us. For $299.99, the SRS-X7 suffered from lackluster bass response, which was the same problem we encountered with the $199.99 SRS-X5. That's...

3 expert reviews

#27
alaScore 96

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

#28
alaScore 96

Klipsch Gig

Klipsch's latest portable Bluetooth speaker, the Gig, is a well-designed $199.99 (direct) option that features a swiveling kick stand so you can angle the drivers to face various directions. The Gig can get quite loud for its size, and delivers a more...

5 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

#29
alaScore 95

Sony SRS-BTM 8 Bluetooth

Sony's offering then, may not sound the best, but it allows an affordable (relatively, of course) means to own a portable Bluetooth speaker system. However, the lack of a rechargeable battery may be a deal-breaker for those who may not want to invest...

5 expert reviews | 245 user reviews

#30
alaScore 95

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.

20 expert reviews | 32 user reviews

#31
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...

18 expert reviews | 29 user reviews

#32
alaScore 95

Maxell MXSP-SB3000

Soundbars are one thing, but TV speaker bases are the latest trend in affordable home cinema sound. The Maxell MXSP-SB3000 Soundbar is a giant under-the-telly base with integrated subwoofers and speakers to boost that TV sound.

4 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

#33
alaScore 95

Klipsch SB120

Nonetheless, for a one-step sound fix on a TV, the Klipsch SB 120 soundbase is highly effective and gives a fine musical performance via Bluetooth. Just don't expect to upgrade the bass end at a later date.

3 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

#34
alaScore 95

Denon DHT-S514

Those looking for a sound bar with power, detail, and dynamic chops should consider the DHT-S514 a top choice.

4 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#35
alaScore 95

Braven 855s

The Braven 855s is a bit overpriced, but it's built like a brick, delivers decent sound and has strong battery life.

6 expert reviews | 21 user reviews

#36
alaScore 95

Vizio S5430W-C2 3.0 Home Theater Sound Bar

Not all speakers have to get your attention with fancy styling. Sometimes they're just big black boxes with grilles, that make sound—and that's okay. The Vizio S5430W-C2 falls into that category, as a soundbar that isn't exactly eye-catching, but...

2 expert reviews

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#37
alaScore 95

Sony HT-ST7

For all the things we associate Sony with for home theater, speakers are lower down on that list. Many people scoffed when they decided to introduce a $27,000 pair of speakers, the SS-AR1, but response to them has been phenomenal. They've followed that...

8 expert reviews | 101 user reviews

#38
alaScore 95

Panasonic SC-HTE80

With a footprint of 46 x 28cm the Panasonic SC-HTE80 looks (colour differences aside) like a slightly shrunken version of the Canton DM 50, with largely unadorned surfaces and a dot matrix display hidden behind the cheese-grater grille across the...

9 expert reviews | 93 user reviews

#39
alaScore 95

JBL ON BEAT Rumble

The OnBeat Rumble delivers a wonderfully powerful sound with some of the best bass we’ve heard from a speaker in its class.

25 expert reviews | 272 user reviews

#40
alaScore 95

Harman-Kardon Sabre SB 35 / 230

Harman Kardon’s Sabre SB35 offers an extremely low-profile design and a gorgeous form factor, but unfortunately, its beauty is mostly skin deep.

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#41
alaScore 95

Yamaha YAS-152

The YAS-152 is big on bombastic bass, but came up short on clarity and detail.

5 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

#42
alaScore 95

Libratone LOOP

The Loop’s design makes it a pleasant aesthetic addition to the modern home, but its sharp upper register and flat midrange put it far from the kind of eloquent and balanced sound we expect in a hi-fi device.

7 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#43
alaScore 95

LG SoundPlate LAP340

Slab-shaped speaker systems are beginning to pick up steam as an alternative to soundbars. Instead of a bar of speakers to place in front of your HDTV, you place a whole, thin block of speakers under your HDTV. This makes the sound system even less...

8 expert reviews | 78 user reviews

#44
alaScore 95

Kicker Amphitheater BT2

If you want a speaker that can get quite loud, the $249.95 Kicker Amphitheater Bluetooth 2 (also known as the Amphitheater BT2, or the 40iK5BT2, or simply the K5 BT2) won't disappoint. Aside from some issues with deep bass reproduction, the BT2 is a...

2 expert reviews

#45
alaScore 94

Samsung HW-F450

Looks cool, but the sound is very mediocre. Most importantly, once it was all set up, whenever something with expectedly HD sound was playing, the sound would cut out every minute or so for a second, as if it was syncing the wireless subwoofer. Pretty...

1 expert reviews | 1845 user reviews

#46
alaScore 94

JBL SB 400

A good-looking, extremely capable soundbar solution, the JBL is a fine alternative to TV speakers

5 expert reviews | 74 user reviews

#47
alaScore 94

Sony HT-CT60BT

Although the product itself is top quality as expected from Sony, be aware if you have a TV which is not of Sony brand. I have an LG TV which has no headphone socket or audio digital. As I personally only want the sound bar for ps3 games and movies...

1 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

#48
alaScore 94

JBL Flip

Its clear dominance in sound and $100 price tag make it a serious contender for king-of-the-hill... Depending on how far you intend to travel from an outlet, the Flip could make a great choice.

5 expert reviews | 498 user reviews

#49
alaScore 94

LG NB4530A

Elsewhere there’s an auto power off mode, a sleep timer, Dynamic range control and AV sync to solve audio delay issues.

5 expert reviews | 110 user reviews

#50
alaScore 94

Sony SRS-BTX300

You have to hand it to Sony—the company really has no clue how to concisely name a product, even after all these years. Thus, kind reader, we will refer to the Sony Bluetooth Wireless Speaker SRS-BTX300 henceforth as simply the BTX300 for the sake of...

3 expert reviews | 403 user reviews

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