THE BEST Speakers

Porsche Design 911 Soundbar

Porsche Design 911 Soundbar

Porsche Design integrated the rear silencer and twin tailpipes from a 911 GT3 into a 200W 2.1 Dolby surround sound system such that they now amplify sound instead of dampening it. The speaker has a subwoofer output and Bluetooth, RCA, coaxial and optical inputs.

Naim Mu-so Qb

Naim Mu-so Qb

A smaller and more affordable version of Naim’s critically acclaimed Mu-so speaker. The Mu-so Qb has two mid drivers and two dome tweeters, each driven by a 50W amp, a woofer with a 100W amp, and a pair of passive radiators. Available 03/16 for $900.

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Pavilion Bluetooth Speaker

Pavilion Bluetooth Speaker

Hult Design’s Pavilion is a beautiful Bluetooth speaker inspired by organic architecture. It has a 20W driver, a copper spiral reflex port and a concrete base to minimize vibrations. It also has an internal battery that lasts up to 5h per charge and a 3.5mm port.

Philips Fidelio Atmos Soundbar

Philips Fidelio Atmos Soundbar

This streamlined home theater sound system uses 18 speakers to provide truly immersive sound, including upward-firing drivers and Dolby Atmos compatibility for 3-dimensional sound effects that bounce off your ceiling. The 400W system includes a 220W wireless sub.

BeoLab 90 Speaker

BeoLab 90 Speaker

While it looks amazing, the BeoLab 90 isn’t just about aesthetics. The configuration of its 18 drivers was precision engineered for incredible 360º immersive sound. Active Room Compensation tech optimizes audio based on your room’s shape, size, and even furnishings.

Braven BRV-XXL Speaker

Braven BRV-XXL Speaker

Braven’s ginormous new Bluetooth party speaker is the modern day boom box. It’ll knock your socks off with massive sound, its 15,600 mAh battery provides 14h of play time, and can also charge gadgets. The rugged speaker is IPX 5 waterproof rated too.

GoldenEar SuperSub XXL

GoldenEar SuperSub XXL

GoldenEar’s $2000 freestanding subwoofer will shake your world with a pair of 12″ bass drivers and two 12″ passive radiators. All four are diametrically arranged resulting in a balanced output and a stable cabinet. It’s powered by a 1600W amp and a 56-bit DSP.

Globe Speaker Boards

Globe Speaker Boards

Globe’s new GSB series skateboards have a built-in Bluetooth speaker that has a 50mm driver and a passive bass radiator. The speaker is water-resistant and dustproof and lasts up to 7h per charge. It comes with a USB charging cable.

AeroSkull Nano Bluetooth Speaker

AeroSkull Nano Bluetooth Speaker

Most Bluetooth speakers look pretty generic these days. The AeroSkull Nano not only looks cool, but sounds good too, despite being just 4.3″ tall. In chrome, gold, red, or matte black. To really rattle your bones, check out the $270 AeroSkull XS+ and the $650 AeroSkull HD+.

Dashbon Flicks Projector

Dashbon Flicks Projector

Flicks is a portable speaker and 1280×800 projector in one. It can project a 100″ display from 8 ft. away, and has an HDMI port, Bluetooth and aux in for audio, a USB charging port and a microphone. Available with a built-in 140 Wh or 280Wh battery.

Thonet Vander Hoch BT Speakers

Thonet Vander Hoch BT Speakers

Kicking out huge sound with great dynamic range and booming bass, Thonet Vander’s amplified stereo speakers don’t just look great. They’re some of the best sounding Bluetooth speakers we’ve ever heard, and are well priced for their capability. Available in white or black.

Gramovox Gramophone 2.0

Gramovox Gramophone 2.0

Gramovox updates its retro Bluetooth speaker with a dual-driver design. The Gramophone now has a 2.5″ low frequency driver hidden in its base, powered by a 2W amp, to go with the 1.5″ mid driver that’s aimed at the horn.

Mini Vintage Bluetooth Stereo

Mini Vintage Bluetooth Stereo

This teensy retro-style “hi-fi” system is styled after the bookshelf stereo systems of the 1970s. Pop the lid off to see the glowing “tubes” inside. This Bluetooth system offers two 3W speakers, and a class D amp. The speakers measure just 3″ tall, and the receiver is 4″ wide.

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HiddenHUB Sound System

HiddenHUB Sound System

The HiddenHUB sound system dynamically adapts to the shape of the room you set it up in, and can be wirelessly connected with other HUBs and HiddenRadio2s to create a whole home audio system. Audio can be controlled via its smart dial, or via your wireless devices.

LSTN Satellite & Apollo Speakers

LSTN Satellite & Apollo Speakers

LSTN makes some great headphones. They’re now dropping a duo of portable Bluetooth speakers crafted from real wood. The Apollo offers room-filling sound, while the Satellite is small enough to take everywhere. Choose from zebra, cherry or walnut wood.

Revo SuperSystem

Revo SuperSystem

The SuperSystem streams Internet radio stations and podcasts, plus the music in your PC. It also plays via Bluetooth, USB and 3.5mm input and is compatible with the UNDOK multi-system control app. It has two 40W 3.5″ drivers and a 40W subwoofer.

2015 Sonos Play:5

2015 Sonos Play:5

The new Play:5 has three mid-woofers and three tweeters and can be set up in three orientations. It will also work with the upcoming Trueplay app, which will automatically optimize Sonos speakers based on the room they’re in. Drops Q4 2015 for $499.

Yamaha YSP-5600 Sound Bar

Yamaha YSP-5600 Sound Bar

The YSP-5600 not only has a whopping 46 speakers, it also uses Dolby Atmos technology to bounce sound around the room. The result is a convincing emulation of a 7.1.2 setup that left folks at the IFA trade show dumbfounded. Drops 12/15 for $1700.

BeoPlay A6

BeoPlay A6

Bang & Olufsen’s new BeoPlay A6 home speaker has a curved design for a wide soundstage, and a swappable front grill with a wool fabric cover. It has two 5.5″ 60W woofers, two 0.75″ 30W tweeters and a 1.5″ 60W full-range driver. Drops 10/15 for $999.

Marshall Stockwell Speaker

Marshall Stockwell Speaker

Marshall takes advantage of its iconic amp design once more, with a compact Bluetooth travel speaker. The Stockwell weighs just 2.65 lb., packs Class-D amplification for great sound, and offers up to 25 hrs. play time per charge. Drops Q4 2015.

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iBackPack

iBackPack

A bag and gadget cache in one. The basic model has a 10,000mAh battery, 4 USB ports, a retractable power cord, Bluetooth speaker and an anti-theft alarm (via an app). Optional features include a Wi-Fi hotspot and GPS tracking.

Win: Ruark R1 Tabletop Music System

Win: Ruark R1 Tabletop Music System

One lucky reader will win this awesome tabletop music system worth $300 from Ruark Audio USA. Made from walnut wood, it packs big sound in a small package, and plays tunes from FM Radio, Bluetooth or line inputs. (Ends 8/27/15).

Astell & Kern AKT1

Astell & Kern AKT1

A sound system capable of playing practically any digital audio file, from MP3s to DSDs. Inside the AKT1’s aluminum body are two 0.75” tweeters, two 2” midranges and two 6.5” woofers, two Cirrus Logic DACs and a touchscreen console.

Vifa Stockholm Speaker

Vifa Stockholm Speaker

Vifa’s home speaker is as unassuming as the Copenhagen. Its 43″ long and has four 4″ woofers, two 3″ mids and two 1″ tweeters. It streams via Bluetooth aptX, Wi-Fi and AirPlay. It also has 3.5mm, optical and USB inputs.

Davone Ray-S

Davone Ray-S

An updated version of the Eames-inspired speakers. The Ray-S also has a laminated beechwood and leather cabinet with a walnut finish, a 4″ midrange driver and 1″ tweeter, but it now has an 8″ Xmax woofer.

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