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Updated: Jun 4, 2020 16:41
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#1
alaScore 100

Naim Mu-so (2nd Gen, 2019)

The Naim Audio Mu-so 2 Generation is not an inexpensive bit of kit at $1,599. But its build quality, feature set, and performance are all top notch. If you were to buy separate components—loudspeakers, amplifier, streaming device, server client, and so...

21 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Amazon Echo Show 5 (2019)

The Echo Show 5 is a competent device. But Amazon needs to figure out what it is.

23 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Amazon Echo Show 8 (2019)

Sitting in between Amazon's two smart displays, the Echo Show 8 is looking to achieve that perfect balance of features, performance, and price.

10 expert reviews

#4
alaScore 99

Yamaha YAS-209

The YAS-209’s biggest sonic draw (along with the cheaper, Alexa-less YAS-207) is its support for DTS Virtual:X, a virtual sound format designed to create immersive surround effects not just on the sides and behind you, but also from above. DTS...

5 expert reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Samsung HW-Q90R

While it’s missing such key features as a night mode and room correction, the Samsung HW-Q90R delivers the goods when it comes to killer 7.1.4 audio. The soundbar’s two HDMI inputs and easy-to-use remote are also a plus, as well as word that...

6 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

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...

27 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

Denon DHT-S716H

The DHT-S716H’s lack of Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, or even DTS:VirtualX support does give us pause given the rapid rise of object-based 3D audio for both movies and music. That said, I’m blown away that a 3.0-channel soundbar without a subwoofer could sound...

3 expert reviews

#8
alaScore 98

Amazon Echo Flex (2019)

Amazon released a new Alexa device called the Echo Flex. What is the Echo Flex? What can the Echo Flex do? What features does it boast? Is this $25 device a suitable alternative to larger, more expensive Echo speakers? We tested the speaker for two...

10 expert reviews

#9
alaScore 98

Bose Portable Home

The Bose Portable Home Speaker offers great sound and smarts in a totable design

10 expert reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Ultimate Ears Boom 3

While digital assistant speakers are all the rage today, having a great sounding portable speaker provides a better audio experience without having to worry about big companies listening to all of your conversations.

8 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

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...

13 expert reviews | 74 user reviews

#12
alaScore 97

Samsung HW-Q70R

The Samsung HW-Q70R is a Dolby Atmos soundbar with wonderfully enveloping sound for movies, but music lovers should look elsewhere.

7 expert reviews | 2 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,...

14 expert reviews | 45 user reviews

#14
alaScore 97

Ikea Symfonisk

IKEA and Sonos are the WiFi speaker partnership we never knew we needed, but SYMFONISK could well propel the category into the mainstream. Combining the focus of the price-obsessed Swedish retailer with the increasingly-capable connected speaker...

9 expert reviews

#15
alaScore 97

Canton Smart Soundbar 10

It's spacious and room-filling, but this Dolby Atmos soundbar is too short on clarity and finesse to be able to recommend it

3 expert reviews

#16
alaScore 97

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar Review: Killer atmos sound from a single bar

11 expert reviews

#17
alaScore 97

Anker Soundcore Flare Plus

This Bluetooth speaker is waterproof and it can sync up with up to 100 others of the same make and model.

8 expert reviews

#18
alaScore 97

JBL Link Portable

The JBL Link Portable is a lovely, compact speaker that's a perfect size for delivering decent sound (from what we have heard so far), whilst also remaining portable. There's plenty of features too, including Google Assistant, along with AirPlay 2,...

3 expert reviews

#19
alaScore 97

Bose Home Speaker 300

While its audio quality doesn't measure up to competitors like the cheaper Sonos One, the Bose Home Speaker 300 is a flexible smart speaker with excellent voice assistant performance.

10 expert reviews

#20
alaScore 96

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...

5 expert reviews

#21
alaScore 96

Sony SRS-XB32

There’s not a lot more to add to about the SRS-XB32. I have yet to hear another price- and size-comparable speaker that matches it for audio quality at reasonable volumes and it has all the fun features the party requires. Good stuff from Sony.

5 expert reviews | 35 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

JBL PartyBox 300

When I first saw the JBL PartyBox 300 Bluetooth speaker, I was very eager to try it. From the first time I saw the pictures, I kept looking at them over and over again. I did see it in my mind as a bit smaller than it is. I preferred a larger speaker,...

4 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

Logitech G560

The G560 occupy a unique niche. As speakers, they’re good – not spectacular, but good – but as complements to a Logitech gaming cave, they’re quite impressive. Even without more G gear, they have a lot of potential, thanks to the open SDK which allows...

10 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#24
alaScore 96

JBL JR POP

The most kid-friendly aspect of the JBL JR Pop's design is its excellent IPX7 rating. The light show is a fun addition, but we're somehwat surprised by the volume levels the speaker can hit. As mentioned, volume can be limited at the source (your...

3 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

JBL FLIP 5

For its size and price, the JBL Flip 5 delivers some powerful audio in a waterproof design. If you want truly thunderous bass, you'll need a larger speaker that costs more. We're quite comfortable recommending the Flip 5, but there are plenty of...

9 expert reviews | 195 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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