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Updated: May 25, 2022 16:09
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JBL Flip 6

“JBL keeps it in the family on the inside and outside with the Flip 6.”

10 expert reviews | 25 user reviews

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Sonos Beam (2nd gen)

“Dolby Atmos adds a splash of 3D fun to an already excellent soundbar.”

28 expert reviews | 23 user reviews

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Sonos Roam

The $169 Sonos Roam isn't the cheapest Sonos speaker, but it is easily the most versatile. We think it's an incredible portable speaker for the price.

37 expert reviews | 154 user reviews

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Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3

“The Panorama 3 is a visceral performer with a few missing features.”

11 expert reviews

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Samsung HW-Q990B

The Q990B continues Samsung’s domination of the premium home cinema soundbar market, delivering a combination of power, detail, dynamics and full surround sound cohesion with movie soundtracks that no rival we’ve seen to date can match.

2 expert reviews

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JBL Charge 5

“Everyone will hear the JBL Charge 5 once you start cranking it up.”

19 expert reviews | 79 user reviews

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Sony HT-A7000

“Great sound, ease of use, and a big list of features make it hard to beat.”

16 expert reviews

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Bose SoundLink Flex

Not quite the complete package, but the SoundLink Flex might just have what it takes to satisfy your priorities…

8 expert reviews

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Huawei Sound Joy

The Huawei Sound Joy is a water-resistant portable Bluetooth speaker capable of deep, tuneful bass. It doesn’t match the brand’s Sound X living-room speaker for sonic finesse, but it delivers better-than-usual battery life – and a flashing LED light show.

7 expert reviews

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Bose Soundbar 900

“The Smart Soundbar 900 adds Dolby Atmos for only $100 more, making it a superb choice for a single-speaker home theater sound system.”

9 expert reviews

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Sonos Five

The Sonos Five provides astonishingly room-filling, detailed and warm sound as well as potential software updates down the line thanks to advanced internal specs. It may be only a subtle refresh of the old Play:5, but perhaps Sonos can afford to rest...

6 expert reviews | 45 user reviews

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Apple HomePod Mini (2020)

“The HomePod mini is exactly what Apple needs to be a relevant player in the smart speaker world”

35 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Samsung HW-Q950A

The Samsung HW-Q950A is impressive for mixed usage. This soundbar comes with an Auto EQ feature that uses a microphone built into the subwoofer to automatically optimize audio reproduction based on the unique acoustic characteristics of your room. With...

11 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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JBL Xtreme 3

JBL's Xtreme 3 speaker delivers robust bass depth in a rugged, waterproof build ideal for outdoor gatherings.

12 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

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Creative Stage 360

An affordable, compact Dolby Atmos sound bar with a dedicated subwoofer

3 expert reviews

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Klipsch Cinema 1200

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 is great for mixed usage. Its dedicated subwoofer helps reproduce a rumbling low-bass, and it has a bass-heavy sound profile out-of-the-box. It can be overwhelming for some users, but others will appreciate that they can feel...

4 expert reviews

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DALI Oberon 1

DALI Oberon 1 is the second most expensive model in the test, but you get full value for money in the form of a very nuanced and accurate music reproduction. The sensitivity is the lowest in the test, so forget about playing loud. Oberon 1 is also...

11 expert reviews

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JBL Partybox 710

If you're looking for the ultimate party speaker, look no further than the JBL PartyBox 710, a massive speaker in both size and sound.

4 expert reviews

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Sony HT-A9

Sony's audio-mapping technology makes four speakers sound like a 16-speaker array, enveloping users in an impressive bubble of sound.

4 expert reviews

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Denon Home Soundbar 550

The Denon Home Sound Bar 550 is decent for mixed usage. Out-of-the-box, this soundbar has a slightly boomy though fairly neutral sound profile. However, it struggles to reproduce a deep low-bass, so you don't feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy...

13 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore

The Beosound Explore is an elegant-looking Bluetooth speaker from the iconic Bang & Olufsen brand that is known for launching high-end speakers, headphones, and other multimedia products. But is it worth the premium price tag of Rs 20,000? We try to...

5 expert reviews

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Beyerdynamic Space

The bag-friendly Beyerdynamic Space is a solid portable speaker that doubles as an excellent speakerphone.

2 expert reviews

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JBL HDI-3800

The new JBL HDI-3800 effectively straddles the line between fun speakers and audiophile speakers. They are incredibly appealing.

4 expert reviews

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Q Acoustics 3050i

I’m unabashedly a budget speaker connoisseur. The value for money of the Q ACOUSTICS 3050I is undeniable. For under a grand you can own a pair of remarkable speakers that not only sound great but also look great as well.

7 expert reviews

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JBL Partybox 310

The JBL 310 Partybox is perfect for your next backyard or beach party. Its battery/mains/ operated and luggable at 17.1kg.

2 expert reviews | 20 user reviews


    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.


    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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