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Updated: Dec 11, 2018 23:14
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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...

9 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 99

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,...

8 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

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 | 6 user reviews

#4
alaScore 99

Sonos Beam

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

11 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

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...

33 expert reviews | 395 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

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 | 16 user reviews

#7
alaScore 98

JBL Clip 3

From a design standpoint, there's nothing not to like about the ultra-portable, waterproof JBL Clip 3. Sonically, the speaker delivers a solid experience for its low price, though we still haven't gotten to the point of portable $60 speakers sounding...

8 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#8
alaScore 98

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.

3 expert reviews

#9
alaScore 98

JBL Go 2

Probably the most impressive aspect of the Go 2's performance is its ability to pump out volume. No, it's not loud like a larger speaker with multiple drivers would be, but it'll blow away the built-in speakers on nearly any laptop or tablet. In other...

7 expert reviews | 48 user reviews

#10
alaScore 98

Klipsch R-51M

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

2 expert reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Marshall Kilburn II

Very loud ; Eye-catching design ; Good battery life ; Support for two Bluetooth connections

23 expert reviews | 416 user reviews

#12
alaScore 97

Dynaudio Music 7

A sublime-sounding music streaming hub that's also comfortable as a soundbar. Top heavy on price, but there’ll probably be little buyer’s remorse.

2 expert reviews

#13
alaScore 97

JBL Charge 3

Conclusions For $150, the JBL Charge 3 is an excellent Bluetooth speaker. If you're looking for a more compact speaker that can still deliver solid bass response, we really like the Sony SRS-XB3 (which is only slightly smaller, but less cumbersome in...

28 expert reviews | 1945 user reviews

#14
alaScore 97

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...

25 expert reviews | 657 user reviews

#15
alaScore 97

Bose SoundLink Micro

While it may not be a bargain at its price point, the travel-friendly Bose SoundLink Micro is well-built and arguably the best sounding speaker in its size class.

15 expert reviews | 483 user reviews

#16
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...

3 expert reviews

#17
alaScore 97

JBL Boombox

If the bass boosting sounds like it might be too full for you, there are Bluetooth speakers that still deliver solid low frequency presence in this price range (and lower), but don't necessarily sound like they're packing a subwoofer. The B&O Play...

7 expert reviews | 46 user reviews

#18
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...

4 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#19
alaScore 97

Urbanears Lotsen

The stylish Urbanears Lotsen stands out from the crowd in more ways than one. Find out why in our Urbanears Lotsen review.

2 expert reviews

#20
alaScore 97

Roku TV Wireless Speakers

Bottom Line: The Roku TV Wireless Speakers are an affordable way to add powerful stereo audio to your home theater setup, as long as it includes a Roku TV.

2 expert reviews

#21
alaScore 97

LG ThinQ WK7

Overall, the WK7 is a solid-sounding speaker at an affordable price point. It provides prominent bass and vocals for those who want to showcase thumping sound. The fact that Google Assistant is built into the device allows it to serve double duty as a...

3 expert reviews

#22
alaScore 97

Marshall Woburn II

While we like Marshall's Stanmore II Bluetooth and Acton II Bluetooth, we love the Woburn II Bluetooth. Yes, it's the most expensive of the bunch, but I'd argue it isn't too expensive for the sound quality it delivers—a case I'm less inclined to make...

3 expert reviews

#23
alaScore 97

LG PK7

The LG PK7 is a big party speaker that features a light show, good sound, splash proofing, and all-day battery life. While other LED-equipped speakers are more show than substance, the PK7 backs up its aurora borealis with great sound. That said,...

3 expert reviews

#24
alaScore 96

Bose SoundLink Revolve+ / Plus

Sonically, the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ is a winner. And its solid, water-resistant build makes it a versatile party speaker. That said, like all Bose products, the Revolve+ feels a smidge overpriced at $300. For the same amount of money or less, we're...

13 expert reviews | 394 user reviews

#25
alaScore 96

Audio Pro Addon C10

Audio Pro seems to be able to do no wrong at the moment and the Addon C10 is another class-leader

4 expert reviews | 37 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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