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Updated: Aug 19, 2022 16:17
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Devialet Dione

The Devialet Dione soundbar is good for mixed usage. It's a 5.1.2 soundbar with good sound quality, so you get the deep thump and rumble in the bass range, with stellar vocal clarity in the mids, so dialogue is present in the mix. There's Dolby Atmos...

8 expert reviews

alaScore 99

Sony SRS-XG300

“Big sound, fun extras, in a portable, expandable party speaker.”

7 expert reviews

alaScore 99

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3

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

17 expert reviews

alaScore 98


The KEF LSX II is an even more diverting an option than the product it replaces, which makes it downright compelling

4 expert reviews

alaScore 98

KEF LS60 Wireless

The KEF LS 60 Wireless are perhaps the best of their kind for under €10,000 a pair. They’re not well suited to those who have many signal sources they want to connect to, and certainly not to those who prefer to play with valves and horn speakers.

4 expert reviews

alaScore 98

Sonos Beam (2nd gen)

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

29 expert reviews | 23 user reviews

alaScore 98


For the price, there is no single soundbar system-in-a-box that offers as much bang for the buck as the LG S95QR.

9 expert reviews

alaScore 98

Marshall Willen

The Marshall Willen is a fully waterproof speaker with a reasonable amount of power, though it's priced a bit high for what it offers.

6 expert reviews

alaScore 98

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.”

15 expert reviews

alaScore 97

KEF Blade One Meta

The KEF Blade Meta is a statement of achievement for a loudspeaker. The tall and deep cabinets provide volume, while the slim front baffle ensures minimal diffraction. Two woofers on each side of the cabinet move in parallel and prevent further...

3 expert reviews

alaScore 97

Technics SB-G90M2

The Technics SB-G90M2 is a good fit for anyone who would like a pair of medium-sized floor-standing all-round speakers with good punch and dynamics. Not Klipsch-style, but a warmer sound with a pleasant soundstage where the music gets to play freely.

4 expert reviews

alaScore 97

Sonos Five

Sonos' biggest wireless speaker is kind of a big deal generally

7 expert reviews | 45 user reviews

alaScore 97

Audio Pro C5 Mk II

The Audio Pro C5 Mk II is a multiroom speaker that looks just as good as it sounds. You can use it wirelessly with your Audio Pro, Google or Apple Home setup, and it even lets you connect using Bluetooth. Plus 6 preset buttons give you quick access to...

2 expert reviews

alaScore 97

JBL Flip 6

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

11 expert reviews | 25 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.

39 expert reviews | 154 user reviews

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Genelec 6040R

The Genelec 6040R is a rather unusual speaker whose appearance and choice of materials divide the waters. They also cost quite a lot of money, and in a hi-fi world where active speakers are mostly wireless, the professional XLR cable connections can...

4 expert reviews

alaScore 97

Amazon Echo (4th gen, 2020)

Amazon takes a gamble on the new Echo (4th Gen) by changing it up with a totally new design. It's daring, but will it be enough to make consumers take notice?

19 expert reviews

alaScore 97

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.

7 expert reviews

alaScore 97

Devialet - Dione

The Dione may not make absolutely good on its promise of Dolby Atmos sound—certainly not to the extent the Sennheiser Ambeo does—and it can be a little unruly at volume. But as an engineering achievement, a piece of visual drama and, most important, a...

2 expert reviews

alaScore 97

Sony HT-A7000

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

17 expert reviews

alaScore 97

EarFun UBoom L

“Portable and ready to play better than you might expect.”

4 expert reviews

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JBL L75ms Music System

As all hi-fi enthusiasts know, there’s not much that can replace the sound of a good, full-blown pair of stereo speakers. But the JBL L75ms comes closer to that than most compact systems we’ve heard! As such, it’s the perfect speaker for rooms where...

6 expert reviews

alaScore 96

Bowers & Wilkins 801 D4

The Bowers & Wilkins 801 D4 is a unique speaker. It is big and rough, but still watchful in its own ingenious way. And it sounds really fantastic.

4 expert reviews

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Sonus faber Lumina II

Although the Lumina II is not that much bigger than the Lumina I, they play with greater authority. The soundstage grows with the Lumina II, which also gives the listener both fatter and more hard-hitting bass. While it doesn’t go all the way, it’s...

4 expert reviews

alaScore 96

Audiovector R6 Arreté

With the R6 Arreté, Audiovector takes a good step further from its predecessor SR6 Avantgarde Arreté V2.0 from 2016. It was also fabulous, but the height of the speakers with the ditto fairly high-pitched treble is a minor problem with the R6 Arreté....

3 expert 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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