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Updated: Apr 16, 2019 21:07
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#1
alaScore 100

Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3

The Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3 is a near-perfect portable Bluetooth speaker. With a superb blend of audio performance and durability — plus spectacular battery life — you’ll throw the Megaboom in a tote bag or clip it onto a backpack for nearly every...

18 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Q Acoustics Concept 300

While the highly efficient (90dB sensitivity) Concept 300 can put out prodigious amounts of sound with a minimum of just 25 watts of amplification, I jumped at an invitation to test the pair with Naim’s Uniti Nova, an all-in-one audio streamer with a...

2 expert reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Libratone Zipp 2

Like an Amazon Echo Plus on steroids, wearing a striking Scandinavian coat: the Libratone Zipp 2 sticks to its successful roots, marrying great design with good sound, voice control and a decent app. For this much cash we’d like a little more audio...

7 expert reviews

#4
alaScore 99

Marshall Stanmore II Voice

The Marshall Stanmore II has the volume levels to match its rock n’ roll looks, but don’t think it’s all about the decibels, it’s a surprisingly musical speaker with an elegance you don’t expect. Amazon’s Alexa has been expertly integrated, and will...

7 expert reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Ultimate Ears Boom 3

I wonder if there's a future for speakers like the Boom 3. The industry trend is towards smartspeakers, and even UE is veering in that direction with its Alexa-enabled Blast line. If your budget allows, we'd probably recommend getting a Blast instead,...

3 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Bowers & Wilkins 607

For a small pair of speakers, they’re winsomely exuberant. Their scalpel-precise presentation won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but the Bowers & Wilkins 607 are bold, unapologetic and, it has to be said, rather wonderful for the money.

2 expert reviews

#7
alaScore 98

JBL Charge 4

The Charge 4 sounds excellent for a mono speaker at this price. Its solid build is waterproof and, for all of its output, not terribly big. There are other solid options in this price range—the EcoXGear EcoSlate, the Bose SoundLink Color II, and the...

7 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

#8
alaScore 98

Creative Stage sound bar review: Ridiculously cheap, but good for small TVs

The Creative Stage sound bar and subwoofer combo sets the standard for a desktop gaming system on a budget and can even work with small TVs.

2 expert reviews

#9
alaScore 98

Sonos Beam

Although some cheaper options sound better, Sonos Beam is a feature-packed, voice-operated sound bar with unmatched flexibility.

13 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

The Wonderboom’s features and design seem tooled for outdoor use, and with summer approaching, this is important. It’s durable, sounds good, and it floats. At $100, there’s a strong case to be made for Wonderboom as one of the best mini Bluetooth...

32 expert reviews | 402 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Q Acoustics 3020i

The Q Acoustics 3020i bookshelf speakers combine cutting-edge design with excellent sonics and are suited to systems with tight space requirements.

4 expert reviews

#12
alaScore 97

Samsung HW-N850

The Samsung HW-N850 is a big soundbar that produces big sound and comes packed with the latest features, including Dolby Atmos.

6 expert reviews | 34 user reviews

#13
alaScore 97

JBL Xtreme 2

The JBL Xtreme 2 isn't cheap, but for the price, it delivers a solid feature set combined with high-quality audio performance. If you want some added thump in the bass department, the portable XTreme 2 delivers. When you throw in the waterproof build,...

11 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

#14
alaScore 97

Bose Home Speaker 500

The Bose Home Speaker 500 sounds great for its size, and the bass rattling can be forgiven because it only happened on one track and wasn't actually distortion. Regardless of how rich and crisp the drivers can sound, however, the wide stereo experience...

6 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#15
alaScore 97

Klipsch R-51M

The Klipsch Reference R-51M combines throwback looks and thoroughly exciting sound in an affordable package.

2 expert reviews

#16
alaScore 97

Harman Kardon Citation ONE

The Harman Kardon Citation One delivers a user-friendly experience through its simple manual controls as well as through Google Assistant. It also puts out some solid, bass-forward audio as well. The lack of wired connectivity is annoying (but not...

3 expert reviews

#17
alaScore 97

Anker Soundcore Flare Plus

Anker Soundcore Flare Plus review: An excellent speaker for the money, plus waterproofing, and you get a decent light show too.

3 expert reviews

#18
alaScore 97

Marshall Stanmore II

The Marshall Stanmore II Bluetooth sounds very strong across every genre. Unfortunately, on some tracks with serious sub-bass in the mix, the drivers distort at top volumes, though this isn't an issue unless you like to listen at volumes that are...

6 expert reviews

#19
alaScore 97

House of Marley No Bounds

The No Bounds XL pumps out serviceable audio, and if your main priority is being able to take it on the go and not worry about dirt, dust, or water damaging it, it's worth considering. Add in the eco-conscious, attractive design, and there's more to...

3 expert reviews

#20
alaScore 97

Devialet Phantom

The cut-down version of Devialet's high-end wireless speaker goes deep for about $1,000.

8 expert reviews

#21
alaScore 96

Sonus Faber Electa

Sonus Faber is indeed ac qontroversal brand!

1 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

Klipsch The Three

The Three is worth more than three stars, but it’s not quite accomplished enough to make the full five

2 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

Marshall Kilburn II

You'll have to speak up, because we've been testing the Marshall Kilburn II Bluetooth speaker -- and it's shockingly loud. Designed not just for indoors use, this speaker has a battery inside that makes it ideal for outdoor use too. Aside from the...

25 expert reviews | 417 user reviews

#24
alaScore 96

Denon Envaya DSB-250

For $200, you expect powerful, engaging audio. That's hard to squeeze out of a box this size, but the Denon Envaya DSB-250BT manages quite well. This is not the speaker to buy for a refined stereo listening experience, nor a 2.1-like sub-bass...

2 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Anker Soundcore Flare

The Flare and Flare+ speakers from Anker’s Soundcore line are a lot of fun. The Beat-Driven Light Show isn't for everyone but the kids will love it, and you can always switch it off if you don't need any extra ambiance. They’re both light, relatively...

4 expert 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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