Best Wireless Speakers
Best High End Wireless Speakers:
In audio, the words “high-end” and “wireless” used to be completely incompatible with one another. Wireless speakers consisted of bulky transmitters, shoddy standard 2.4ghz reception, and low-bitrate transmission which sucked the life out of well-recorded music and even compressed modern tunes lost a bit of their oomph on such systems.
Luckily for all of us, in the last few years new standards like WiSA and Kleer have risen to the forefront of wireless audio and while there still aren't many offerings to satisfy diehard audiophiles, there are some very appealing options which compete with comparably priced wired units, and showcase new features and unparalleled versatility.
Modern homes are so riddled with wires, any excuse to do away with them is typically a welcome one. If these speakers are in your budget, they’ll give you the quality sound you crave while advancing one step closer to clearing up wire-related clutter. Wires for power are still necessary, but wireless tech certainly has taken a lot of hassle out of speaker placement. It also affords us some pretty nifty features which used to be reserved for the ultra-wealthy like multi-room integrated audio systems. Now we have Sonos which accomplish the same feat using only your home wifi network. Bang and Olufsen’s Beolab WiSA speakers make serious 4.1 wireless audio a reality instead of a technical nightmare. Sennheiser is pushing limits, too, making life easier for anyone who needs a mobile audio setup for public speaking or presentations.
This list of the best high-end speakers and systems reviewed here have been selected for representing the pinnacle of wireless audio quality and functionality and are ranked in order of perceived sound quality.
Bang and Olufsen are always at the forefront of high-end consumer electronics and the new Beolab 17 and 18 speakers with matching Beolab 19 subwoofer are easily their most impressive achievement to date in this regard. Sporting the highest fidelity wireless transmission tech available, a rich sound signature and design cues targeting the homes of the wealthy, these are the speakers for anyone who simply has to have the best of everything. Read Full Review
For those who insist on the absolute highest quality wireless audio, the Focal Easya stands alongside the Beolab 18 and Xeo 5 as the only truly HiFi wireless floor speakers in production. Showcasing Focal’s new TVN2 aluminum-magnesium hybrid tweeter, Kleer lossless transmission, and design worthy of the chic modern home, the Easya is the synthesis of the pinnacles of innovation in both wireless and audio technology. Read Full Review
Matching the sound quality of wired speakers in their price range and above, Dynaudio’s Xeo models transmit lossless audio over the 2.4ghz spectrum, up to 16 bits/48khz. They aren’t the most detailed speakers in the price range, but the sound is dynamic, clear, and realistic, and will leave only the most diehard audiophiles wanting more. Read Full Review
Sonos is the most talked-about name in the world of wireless multi-room audio and with good reason. Between the easy setup, wifi connectivity, and rich, smooth sound that will please most listeners, there’s little not to like. Read Full Review
Most wireless sound systems are geared towards home use, but Sennheiser knows wires get in the way of business as often as they spoil pleasure. The LSP 500 Pro was built to accommodate public speaking environments, whether outdoors or in, making an excellent travel companion for any public speaker. Read Full Review
Best Bluetooth Speakers:
Bluetooth speakers are finally beginning to offer a level of audio quality that makes them appealing to mass audiences and not just hobbyists who want the newest tech. They still can't, and probably never will, supplant wired home entertainment systems, but there are options available for casual listening styles that will satisfy anyone short of a seasoned audio enthusiast. Whether you want a miniature speaker for listening and taking calls on the go, a speaker for background music in your office, kitchen, or workshop, or even a full 2.1 system for your computer or TV, there are Bluetooth options aplenty.
We've dug up the best of the bunch, and compiled this list of the best options for all listening styles and environments. The speakers listed here have been chosen on the basis of offering superior sound quality versus comparable products, style, and additional features like waterproofing and charging options, and are ranked by overall sound quality and usability.
Marshall targets most of their products at the pro market, but the Stanmore is an exception. Easily the best-sounding native Bluetooth speaker on the market, the Stanmore is a great option for those who want to fill a room or two with excellent quality audio and have the option of bluetooth connectivity. Read Full Review
Harmon Kardon always produces a competitive product, and, with enough sub-brands to do just about whatever they want, the parent brand typically only releases products of the highest quality. The Soundsticks aren't top of the line, but they do offer the best sound out of any Bluetooth-compatible 2.1 system this side of $500, not to mention a space-age design that will impress even the choosiest buyers. Read Full Review
Peachtree is a company that makes most of its money on audiophiles, but the Deepblue will appeal to aficionados and consumers alike. With great overall sound and exceptional bass response for its size, the Deepblue is sure to be a hit with anyone looking for detailed and well-controlled sound that doesn't take up too much space. Read Full Review
The Ultimate Ears Boom is easily the all-around winner of the recently-escalating competition between Beats, Bose, JBL, Jawbone, and, of course, Ultimate Ears for the title of best portable Bluetooth speaker. Boasting great battery life, substantially more volume than most competitors, and a very healthy dose of bass for its size while still sounding un-bloated and reasonably refined, the Boom is a great sounding little speaker; a little pricey, but all-around the best of its kind. Read Full Review
The Braven BRV-1 is designed as a one-up on the current portable speaker market, offering the additional benefit of being waterproof; unlike the UE Boom with its water-resistant coating. This bad boy can handle anything short of full immersion and still pump out the tunes. Its sound can't quite compete with the Boom, but it's cheaper and does not sound bad at all, and if real water resistance is on your list of needs, you'll have a hard time doing better than the BRV-1. Read Full Review
Best Budget Bluetooth Speakers:
The primary market for Bluetooth speakers is the portable segment: portable speakers are becoming more and more popular as people have access to a wider selection of music through the internet and social media, and everyone loves to share their tunes. Whether you're looking for something basic to make and receive calls, or want something a little louder to take to the beach or park, there are Bluetooth options for nearly any portable application.
We've sifted through the chaff and found the best portable speakers that can be had for $100 or less. The products listed here have been chosen based on their sound quality and overall usability, as well as features like battery life, durability, and portability. They are listed here in order of absolute sound quality, but remember that the most expensive is not always the best for everyone's needs, so be sure to consider how you will be using your speaker, and making your selection accordingly, before shelling out your hard earned cash! In the end, all of the speakers listed here are safe buys, and will make an excellent companion for sharing your tunes and taking them with you on the go.
The Oontz XL is the cheapest of the bigger portable bluetooth speakers on the market, and has recently been marked down to just under the $100 price point which defines this category. It sacrifices portability for volume, giving it the ability to play louder than any speaker in this review, and although it isn't the prettiest, it sports great battery life and is an awesome value at $99. Read Full Review
The JBL Flip is one of the best sub-$100 Bluetooth speakers available, and offers noticeably more bass and detail than most portable speakers of its size, bluetooth or no. While the battery life isnt exactly impressive, the Flip earns its price on sound and build quality alone. Read Full Review
Amazon Basics is always adding to their list of affordable electronics, and the BTV-1 is one of their best bang for buck additions. Offering more volume than similarly priced competitors and sporting a very usable microphone, the BTV-1 is easily the best bluetooth speaker available for under $60. Read Full Review
Pyle isnt a huge competitor in consumer audio, but they have a foot in the pro market and have a few very competitive niche products. The Surf Sound is one of these, and, with the internet price recently plummeting to under $60 (some models under $50), its an easy buy for anyone looking to listen to music and maybe take a call or two in the shower or by the pool. Read Full Review
The HDMX Jam Plus is a budget friendly Bluetooth speaker that offers decent sound quality and very usable speakerphone capabilities. It doesn't have a whole lot of bass, but the sound is tight, clear and respectably detailed without any serious flaws or shortcomings, aside from a fairly normal level of grain for mini-speakers in this price range. Read Full Review