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Updated: Nov 13, 2019 17:03
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#1
alaScore 100

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar

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

10 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 99

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

#3
alaScore 99

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

#4
alaScore 98

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...

4 expert reviews

#5
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...

13 expert reviews | 73 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Amazon Echo (3rd Generation)

Bottom Line: The third-generation Amazon Echo smart speaker is basically just a more affordable Echo Plus, thanks to some minor compromises you're unlikely to notice.

3 expert reviews

#7
alaScore 98

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge

It will divide people with its looks, and it will exclude some people with its price, but the Formation Wedge is Bowers & Wilkins doing what it does best, delivering bold looks and bigger sound.

6 expert reviews

#8
alaScore 98

Bose Home Speaker 300

The offers high-quality and loud audio in a relatively affordable package. It is a great choice, particularly if you're looking for just a single speaker, and want the convenience of a Bluetooth connection.

4 expert reviews

#9
alaScore 98

Roku Smart Soundbar

Bottom Line: The Roku Smart Soundbar is a capable stereo speaker that adds all of the capabilities of a 4K Roku media streamer to the mix.

4 expert reviews

#10
alaScore 97

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...

22 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

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

#12
alaScore 97

Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation

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...

4 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

#13
alaScore 97

LG SL8YG

The LG SL8YG is a powerful 2.1 system that will appeal to bass lovers and anyone seeking rumble in their home theater audio. The built-in Google Assistant support is also a plus. As mentioned, for more money, the powerful LG SL10YG is a truly excellent...

2 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#14
alaScore 97

Libratone Zipp 2

So, the Zipp Mini 2 is the more balanced speaker of the two Zipps, but if that matters less to you than a big bass sound, the Zipp 2 is the better option. While it has a powerful output, it lacks truly deep, subwoofer-style bass. This leads us another...

10 expert reviews

#15
alaScore 97

Roku Wireless Subwoofer

Bottom Line: The Roku Wireless Subwoofer is a simple, easy way to add plenty of bass power to your Roku TV Wireless Speakers or Roku Smart Soundbar.

2 expert reviews

#16
alaScore 97

JBL Pulse 4

The JBL Pulse 4 is essentially a midsize portable speaker with a waterproof design—you're paying a premium for the LED light show. For this price, we like the audio output of the Urbanears Ralis and its cool Scandinavian design a little more. For a bit...

4 expert reviews

#17
alaScore 97

LG SL9YG soundbar speaker

The LG SL9YG combines great Atmos sound, svelte looks and a compelling mix of voice control and multiroom features.

3 expert reviews

#18
alaScore 97

Bose Portable Home Speaker

The Bose Portable Home Speaker is one of the more intuitive smart models we've tested, and if you have other Bose smart speakers, it will fit right into your multi-room setup. While it delivers impressive power for its size, the overall audio...

3 expert reviews

#19
alaScore 97

Onn. Roku Smart Soundbar

Bottom Line: The Onn. Roku Smart Soundbar is a less expensive, Walmart-only version of the standard model, but cuts a few important corners to reach its lower price.

2 expert reviews

#20
alaScore 96

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.

5 expert reviews

#21
alaScore 96

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

#22
alaScore 96

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,...

13 expert reviews | 45 user reviews

#23
alaScore 96

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

#24
alaScore 96

JBL Flip 4

The Flip 4 doesn’t reinvent the wheel – or even reupholster it – but it’s a solid upgrade to an already-strong line of speakers from JBL. There are plenty of wireless speakers, gobs of affordable ones, and plenty of waterproof ones, too, but few...

29 expert reviews | 790 user reviews

#25
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

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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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