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We can all do with more music and, thankfully, tech manufacturers couldn’t be more eager to sell you a speaker, whether it’s a multi-room setup from Sonos, a wireless Bluetooth option from Bose or JBL, or a smart speaker, like the HomePod, Google Home, or Alexa-powered Amazon Echo. Not all of them are good or reasonably priced, but we’ve cut through the overcrowded speaker market and offered a critique to the most popular speakers.

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The best Bluetooth speakers to buy right now

Water resistance and lengthy battery life are now standard

Chris WelchSep 1

7

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Devialet Dione soundbar review: brilliant bass for an exorbitant price

The $2,400 Dione is a luxury buy for people who don’t want to deal with surrounds or a subwoofer

Chris WelchAug 15

7

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Sonos Ray review: a starter soundbar sort of stuck in the past

The Ray offers fantastic voice clarity and crisp sound, but this optical-only soundbar isn’t without frustrations

Chris WelchJun 1

7.5

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Ikea’s latest Sonos lamp speaker is still an acquired taste

Better looks, easier bulbs, still niche

Chris WelchOct 14, 2021

8

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Ikea and Sonos picture frame speaker review: wall of sound

The latest Symfonisk collaboration is another attempt to camouflage tech in the home

Chris WelchJul 13, 2021

8

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Sonos Roam review: portable potential

The tiny, lightweight speaker has a ton of functionality, but don’t expect sound quality miracles

Chris WelchApr 6, 2021

7.5

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Sony RA5000 speaker review: extravagant sound at an unreasonable price

It’s a very Sony product, in ways both good and bad

Chris WelchApr 1, 2021

7.5

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Apple HomePod mini review: playing small ball

Apple’s newest smart speaker is way more affordable but still chasing Amazon and Google

Dan SeifertNov 13, 2020

7.5

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Google Nest Audio review: the sweet spot

Google’s latest smart speaker has good sound and an attractive price

Dan SeifertOct 5, 2020

8

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Amazon Echo (2019) review: middle child syndrome

Amazon’s latest Echo speaker splits the difference between a high-end smart speaker and an entry-level model

Dan SeifertOct 29, 2019

8.5

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Amazon Echo Dot with clock review: time is on its side

A $59 clock that also comes with a pretty good speaker

Cameron FaulknerOct 22, 2019

8

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Sonos Move review: house shaker, not road warrior

Sonos’ first portable speaker is more comfortable at home than on the go

Dan SeifertSep 18, 2019

8

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Ikea’s new speakers are the most affordable way to get Sonos in your home

The Symfonisk lamp and bookshelf speakers actually sound good, too

Chris WelchJul 25, 2019

7.5

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Apple HomePod review: locked in

It sounds amazing. Is that enough?

Nilay PatelFeb 6, 2018

8

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Amazon Echo Show review: doing more by doing less

Ask not what you must do for your gadget

Dieter BohnJun 26, 2017