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This is a list of all the top wireless speaker systems according to “Consumer Reports” We pulled this list from the internet and there are plenty of other systems out there these are the Top40 best. We have included a picture some test results and the average price for each (to be used for comparison purposes only) We ask you to vote for your favorite wireless speaker system, voting will move it to the top of the list or upload your favorite “wireless Speaker System” if its not on our list. All of our lists are “Open Ranked” lists. Please read all the info you can find before making any final purchases. However these days Amazon and most other online retailers offer excellent “Return Policies” please consult your online retailers purchase return policies and enjoy!

#1 Sonos Play:5 (2015) wireless speaker

About  $500.00

A Sonos compatible WiFi wireless home speaker system and analog audio inputs.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Sonos's Play:5 (2015) has very good sound quality as a single-speaker. Bass has good impact and goes deep, but is slightly prominent, and lacks a bit of detail. Midrange is fairly even but a bit etched and a touch grainy. Treble has good extension and detail but is a bit prominant and sounds slightly dry. When two Play:5s are used as a stereo pair the sound quality improves to excellent. Bass character is very similar to the single-speaker but the midrange becomes a little more relaxed and the treble is a bit less dry and prominent. As a single-speaker system and as a stereo pair it does a decent job of recovering room ambience but lacks a bit of fine detail. As a single-speaker system or as a stereo pair it can provide enough volume to fill a medium- to large sized room. No significant difference between WiFi and wired sound quality. When compared to the original Play:5 as a single-speaker the bass is deeper and midrange is smoother and fuller and looses the boxiness, constriction, and slight congestion of the former version. As a stereo pair the bass is deeper and the midrange is smoother and less congested and the treble is smoother and more extended.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be good overall. Connecting to a WiFi network was fairly easy: Download the free Sonos program on your computer or the free Sonos app on your Apple or Android mobile device and follow the step-by-step directions. Volume controls are ambiguous: There are four dots in a square pattern. But it does have good contrast, and has a max./min. audible indicator. The smart-phone app shows the volume index that tracks with the unit control. The home unit will not always be in reach, so a remote is useful with this model. Good overall; the Sonos software program provided a full-featured, easy-to-use control panel on your computer, and the Sonos mobile app for Apple or Android smartphone or tablet or iPod Touch functions has a full-featured remote control that was easy to use. But it does lack a source selector on the console. So, you must use the remote app to switch between line input and any other source. At first, the navigation of the updated app (version 6) is relatively intuitive, but makes more sense once features are discovered.

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#2 Edifier R2000DB wireless speaker

About  $250.00

A Bluetooth wireless home speaker system from Edifier with an optical and analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Edifier's R2000DB had very good overall sound quality. Bass has good impact, decent detail and goes somewhat deep, but is very slightly soft. Midrange is somewhat even, but is a bit echoey and grainy. Treble is extended and fairly detailed but lacks a bit of treble air. Does a decent job of recovering room ambience, is fairly detailed but sounds slightly constricted and congested. No significant difference between Bluetooth, wired and optical sound quality, except that the bass is a bit prominent with optical input. Provides a decent volume level in a large-sized room. Because there are two separate speakers, they can be placed to provide better stereo separation than many other models.

Ease of use: We found the Edifier R2000DB ease of use to be very good overall. Bluetooth pairing was very easy, as it is always in pairing mode when not paired. Connecting the two speakers with the included wire is also very easy and requires no tools. There are controls on one of the speakers at the rear for power, volume, bass and treble, which are clearly labeled; the controls on the remote are well marked with clear indication for which source is selected except for some ambiguity on the unit for the selection made. Due to the inconvenient location of the controls, the remote is easier to access most controls, except for bass and treble.

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About  $300.00

A Heos-compatible WiFi and Bluetooth wireless home speaker system with analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: The Heos 5 HS2 had very good sound quality overall. Bass has good impact, but is slightly boomy, and the deepest bass is lacking. Midrange is fairly even, but lower midrange is a bit recessed and upper midrange is a bit edgy. Treble is extended but a bit thin. It does a decent job of recovering room ambience, but lacks a bit of midrange complexity and treble air. There is no significant difference between WiFi, Bluetooth, USB and wired sound quality except that treble is a bit subdued in Bluetooth. It provides a decent volume level for a medium- to large-sized room. As a stereo pair, they can be placed to provide better stereo separation than many other models and sound quality improves and remains very good. Bass also goes fairly deep, but remains prominent and boomy, and midrange is somewhat echoey, changing the natural room ambience of the original recording.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be good overall. The Denon Heos 5 HS2 WiFi setup is very easy, which involves downloading the Heos app, connecting the iOS or Android mobile device to the speaker via the provided AUX cable and following the app directions, which include selecting a network and entering its password. Volume and mute controls are not prominent (on right side of speaker) but are clearly labeled. Bluetooth: Bluetooth pairing requires a press of a well-marked button on rear of unit and then the selection of unit from Bluetooth selection list on source device; unit provides an obvious indication that the unit is in pairing mode as well as when pairing has actually occurred. Bluetooth is also an unmarked multifunction control to reset unit. The remote control app is generally very good and mostly intuitive. Switching between sources is easy accomplished with the Heos app. The app remote is fairly easy to use and somewhat intuitive with transport controls, which were limited to Play/Pause and Skip.

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#4 Sonos Play:3 wireless speaker

About  $300.00

A WiFi-based wireless home speaker system that uses a proprietary Sonos mesh network.

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Sound quality: Sonos' Play:3 (S3) had very good overall sound quality when used as a single stereo unit. Bass has good impact, but lacks the very lowest bass. Midrange is smooth and even, but a little soft and can sound over-rich with some program material. Treble doesn't sound extended in single-speaker mode. The speaker generally recovers room ambience well, but lacks some fine detail. The treble lacks a sense of air and treble sounds that should be off to the side in a stereo mix get pulled to the center. When two of these units are used as a stereo (left/right) pair, the sound quality improves to excellent: Though it still lacks the very lowest bass, midrange is smooth and even and becomes very neutral--though a hint of constriction becomes evident--and treble becomes very even and extended. The stereo pair has very good room ambience recovery and treble air, fine detail improves, and treble sounds that are off to the side stay in their proper position. The system can provide satisfying volume in a medium sized room when used as a single unit or as a stereo pair.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be very good overall. Connecting to a WiFi network was fairly straight forward - download the free Sonos program on your computer, or free Sonos app on your Apple or Android mobile device and follow the step by step directions. The Sonos software provides a comprehensive, easy-to-use control panel on the computer; the volume and mute controls located on the speaker are well marked and easy to use, and the Sonos app for Apple or Android smartphones, or tablets, or the iPod Touch allows these devices to function as full featured remote controls that are easy to use.

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#5 Oppo Sonica wireless speaker

About  $300.00

An Oppo proprietary technology WiFi, Airplay- and DLNA-compatible and Bluetooth wireless home speaker system with analog audio inputs.

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Sound quality: Oppo's Sonica had very good overall sound quality. Bass has decent impact and lacks a bit of detail and goes somewhat deep. Midrange is fairly even but is a bit hazy. Treble is extended, but somewhat prominent and sizzly. The speaker does a decent job of recovering room ambience; overall sound is bit congested and lacks some detail. There's no significant difference between W-Fi, Bluetooth, USB and wired sound quality, except that treble was slightly more prominent in Bluetooth and USB and more prominent wired. Provides a decent volume level in a medium- to large-sized room. When two units are used as a stereo pair the midrange is a bit grainy, thin and metallic but because these are two separate speakers they can be placed to provide better stereo separation than many other models. Room recovery improves, but is a bit echoey and remains very good. During our tests, on occasion, the stereo pairs were slightly out of sync. However, restarting the app corrected issue.

Ease of use: We found the Oppo Sonica ease of use to be very good overall. WiFi Setup: Setup requires an app downloaded to a device, and is easy and intuitive. However, you need instructions (may be included in app), involves inputting WiFi network password. DLNA: DLNA setup instructions are provided, are tedious and non-intuitive, requiring instructions. Speaker unit requires setup onto network prior to DLNA setup on Windows system. Bluetooth: Bluetooth pairing requires a press of two buttons unmarked for pairing buttons and then the selection of unit from Bluetooth selection list on source device; unit provides an obvious indication that the unit is in pairing mode as well as when pairing has actually occurred. Volume controls are prominant, but are low contrast. Nothing to indicate that it is a volume control except + and - symbols, no volume-level markings, and does not indicate when you reach the maximum or minimum settings. Also, it's an unlabeled multifunction for reset. Works with line-in, USB and Bluetooth inputs. Mute: Dedicated control, clearly marked and is prominent, it has a indication when it is engaged, is also a part of a multifunction control for resetting. Mutes line-in. Switching sources: Requires app to be installed, app installation is straight forward. Once app is installed, switching between inputs is fairly intuitive. WiFi has priority over Bluetooth and line-in.

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#6 Wren Sound V5US wireless speaker

About  $500.00

A Play-Fi-compatible WiFi and Bluetooth home wireless speaker system with an analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Wren Sound's V5US had very good overall sound quality. Bass has good impact but is prominent and boomy and goes somewhat deep. Midrange is fairly even but also a bit gritty and soft, and the lower midrange is overwhelmed by the bass. Treble is extended but is also prominent and sizzly. Does a decent job of recovering room ambience but is rough, a bit congested and lacking in detail. No significant difference between WiFi, Bluetooth and wired sound quality, except that Bluetooth has slightly more prominent treble and is still sizzly. Provides a decent volume level in a medium- to large-sized room.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be very good overall. The Wren Sound V5US connecting Bluetooth pairing is easy. WiFi/Airplay: requires app installation and following the on-screen instructions, includes leaving the app to go to settings menu of pairing device to select Play-Fi speaker in WiFi network, then returning to app for completion of steps. DLNA: Not directly discussed, but instructions for setup are implied via PC-network setup in manual; it's not ideal but it does automatically setup. However, it's not indicated in WiFi setup. The provided remote control is very good. The console controls are decent, but are positioned off to the side of the unit.

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#7 Sonos Play:1 wireless speaker

About  $180.00

A WiFi based wireless home speaker system that uses a proprietary Sonos mesh network.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Sonos's Play:1 speaker had very good sound quality when used as a single mono unit; the sound is still in the very good range but is improved when two Play:1 speakers are used in a stereo pair configuration. When used as a single speaker, bass has good impact and definition, but it doesn't go deep. Midrange is even but a bit dry, grainy and has a slightly hard edge, and treble is extended but a bit dry and lean. This speaker does a so-so job of recovering room ambience--a sense of the acoustic space in which the recording was made--and a bit of fine detail and complexity we hear with better speakers is lacking. Compared to the larger, and pricier, Play:3 speaker (also in our Ratings), this model's sound is a bit sharper and more neutral. When used as a stereo pair, the bass--while no deeper--is a bit fuller sounding, the treble also fills out, and the room ambience recovery improves to decent. Overall, the sound is more detailed, complex, and open. The Play:1 can provide decent volume levels in a small to medium-sized room as either a single unit or a stereo pair.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be very good overall. Connecting to a WiFi network was fairly easy: You download the free Sonos program on your computer, or the free Sonos app on your Apple or Android mobile device, and follow the step-by-step directions. The speaker's volume and play/pause controls are well marked and easy to use; the Sonos software program provides a full-featured, easy-to-use control panel on your computer. The free Sonos app lets your Apple or Android portable device function as a full-featured remote control that we found easy to use.

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#8 Paradigm PW 600 wireless speaker

About  $500.00

A Play-Fi compatible WiFi wireless home speaker system from Paradigm with an analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Paradigm's PW 600 had very good overall sound quality. Bass has good impact, but is a bit boomy and prominent and goes somewhat deep. Midrange is fairly even but is somewhat congested, a bit soft and gritty. Treble is extended but a bit smeared and sizzly. Does a mediocre job of recovering room ambience and sounds somewhat congested and lacks fine detail and treble air. As a stereo pair, it improves from mediocre to decent room ambience recovery, yet is somewhat congested, a bit gritty and lacks in detail and treble air. No significant difference between WiFi and wired sound quality. Can provide enough volume to be heard in a large-sized room. When combined with another Paradigm PW600 to form a stereo pair, they can be placed to provide better stereo separation than many other models and the sound improves, but remains very good.

Ease of use: We found the Paradigm PW 600 ease of use to be good overall. Connecting the Paradigm PW 600 WiFi is excellent, if initiated via WPS method, otherwise it is fairly intuitive, involving an app download to a smart device, following its instructions and entering the network password. The unit provides an obvious indication that the unit is in pairing mode as well as when pairing has actually occurred. Console controls are generally obvious, though not prominently placed where all controls are on the side of the unit and volume controls are medium contrast, marked +, -; and the volume controls work with WiFi and Line-in inputs. The source control button is high contrast, easily switching between WiFi and Line-in sources, though using ambiguous source indicators. The source input control is also a multi-function control to enable/disable auto line-in audio detection. The remote app is adequate providing for volume and transport controls and WiFi source selection but lacks line-in input selection. Speaker Calibration: Requires the download of software "Anthem Room Correction (ARC)" to a PC running Windows 7 or 8 (32 and 64 Bit) where the provided USB Microphone is plugged in. The laptop must be on the same network as the speakers; you need to follow on-screen prompts for calibration positions once measurement start. However, upon completion of the task, the calibration was not automatically stored in the speaker and we found that we needed to perform two more steps not mentioned. First "calculate" and then "upload" to the speakers to take effect, which the speaker registers with a tone. The calibration of the speaker improved audio quality from good to very good. Therefore, it is a key step for the best possible audio quality from the speaker.

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#9 Fluance Fi50 wireless speaker

About  $200.00

A Bluetooth home wireless speaker system with an analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Fluance's Fi50 had very good sound quality overall. Bass has good impact and goes somewhat deep but is prominent and bit boomy. Midrange is somewhat even but slightly grainy, a bit nasal and edgy. Treble is extended but is prominent and sizzly. Does a so-so job of recovering room ambience, which is predominantly in the upper midrange, and lacks detail. No significant difference between Bluetooth and wired sound quality. Provides a decent volume level in a medium- to a large-sized room.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be very good overall. It was very easy to connect the Fluance Fi50 to Bluetooth. The unit is always in pairing mode when not already paired and shows a pairing mode indicator and indicates when pairing mode has occurred and never times out. The controls are high contrast and are in a prominent place. Switching between Bluetooth and Aux input sources is fairly easy plug/unplug with little or no delay.

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#10 Edifier E30 Spinnaker Bluetooth Speaker System

About  $235.00

A Bluetooth wireless home speaker system with analog audio input and remote control.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Edifier's E30 Spinnaker Bluetooth speaker system has very good overall sound quality. Bass has good impact but can crowd the midrange and lacks some definition; it can be boomy and loose with some program material, and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is smooth and even, and treble is extended though a bit uneven and lacking in air and fine detail, so the overall sound is slightly dark. There's good room ambience recovery in the midrange. This model's sound quality was pretty similar whether it was connected to the player using either Bluetooth or the wired analog input. It can provide satisfying volume in a medium-sized room.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be good overall. The Bluetooth pairing was very easy, but making some of the required physical connections (power cord, speaker output) was difficult due to tight clearances on the bottom of one of the speakers. (Also, the speakers aren't marked "left" or "right"; the right speaker is the one where the connections are made.) There are no controls on the speakers themselves but source selection is automatic, so when you pair the speakers to a Bluetooth device it switches into a Bluetooth mode. It will switch back to wired operation when you unpair a device. The controls on the included unconventional remote control aren't marked, but the most commonly used functions are easy to use once you determine what they are.

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#11 Como Audio Solo wireless speaker

About  $299.00

A WiFi wireless home speaker system from Como Audio.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Como Audio's Solo had good overall soud quality. Bass has decent impact but is somewhat subdued and lacks deep bass. Midrange is fairly even but is slightly grainy. Treble is extended but upper treble is a bit subdued and lacks treble air. Does a so-so job of recovering room ambience, lacks fine detail and sounds a slightly congested. WiFi, Bluetooth, USB and wired sound quality are similar. Provides a decent volume level in a medium to large sized room. Speaker is monophonic. However, when combined (a wired RCA connection - can run approx. 11Ft) with the "Ambiente" speaker to form a stereo pair, because these are two separate speakers they can be placed to provide better stereo separation than many other models and the room recovery improves to decent - score remains good.

Ease of use: We found the Como Audio Solo ease of use to be excellent overall. Volume controls are prominent and well labeled, multifunction with indicators of volume level which are not persistent and easily repeatable and easy to actuate. Analog (line-in) and wireless volume control action and features are the same. The mute control is on the remote control which is well marked, well placed, has a clear indication when it is engaged on unit display and mutes the line input. Source selection: Use of an input/source knob that is prominent and clearly labeled and clearly indicates with words and symbols on unit display screen which source has been selected. (Unambiguous.). However, if CA app is used for source selection it requires exiting to access mobile content via a third party app (like Bubble PNP) to send local device content to the speaker. WPS: Claims hree steps - push WPS button on router, push button menu selection for WPS on unit, wait for connection. Connects within TBD seconds. (However, during our tests it did not connect after several attempts). WiFi Setup: Upon unit first power-up follow setup wizard instructions on console screen to make settings selections and for WiFi name selection and password entry using console knob controls. Also, prompts for firmware update. DLNA: Instructions are provided, are tedious and non intuitive requiring instructions, speaker unit requires setup onto network prior to DLNA setup on Windows system. However, to play local device content we used a third party app to cast content to the speaker (Bubble PNP). Bluetooth: Once Bluetooth source is selected the unit is always in pairing mode when not already paired, shows a pairing mode indicator. Indicates when pairing mode has occurred and never times out. Also, has NFC pairing capability. Remote Control: Volume controls and Mute are prominent and well labeled. Transport controls are obvious good contrast, standard symbols, play/pause, skip, and scan. Works for all wireless and USB.

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#12 Denon HEOS 1 HS2 wireless speaker

About  $200.00

A Heos WiFi-compatible and Bluetooth home wireless speaker system with an analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: The Heos 1 HS2 had good overall sound quality. Bass has decent impact and is fairly detailed but a bit soft and the deepest bass is lacking. Midrange is fairly even but a bit hazy and grainy. Treble is extended but dry, upper treble is a bit smeared, and lacks treble air. Mono: Does a so-so job of recovering room ambience, sounds a bit congested and is lacking in detail. No significant difference between WiFi, Bluetooth, USB and wired sound quality. Provides a decent volume level in a small to medium sized room. Stereo pair: Does a decent job of recovering room ambience and has more complexity and detail but still sounds a bit congested and hazy but scores very good.

Ease of use: We found the Heos 1 HS2 ease of use to be very good overall. To connect the Heos 1 HS2 via WiFi involves downloading the Heos app onto the compatible mobile device and following the app directions and select the network and enter password, also connecting the aux cable to mobile device. To setup via a PC, you need to follow more steps but setup remains good overall. Unfortunately, DLNA setup lacks any description or instructions. Bluetooth: Bluetooth pairing requires a press of a well marked button on rear of unit and then the selection of unit from Bluetooth selection list on source device; unit provides an obvious indication that the unit is in pairing mode as well as when pairing has actually occurred. Bluetooth is also an unmarked multifunction control to reset unit. Console controls are generally good though they are not prominent and nothing to indicate that it is a volume control except + and - symbols and there are no volume level markings and does not indicate when you reach the max or min settings. Works with line in, USB and Bluetooth inputs. There is an excellent mute control. The remote control app is generally very good and mostly intuitive. Switching between sources is easy accomplished with the Heos app.

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#13 Yamaha MusicCast Speaker (WX-030)

About  $250.00

A Yamaha proprietary WiFi and Bluetooth wireless home speaker system

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Sound quality: Yamaha's MusicCast had good overall sound quality. Bass has good impact but is a bit soft and the deep bass is lacking. Midrange is grainy, edgy and a bit nasal. Treble is a bit prominent, sizzly and upper treble is subdued. Does a mediocre job recovering room ambience, sounds somewhat congested, lacks treble air, and the finest detail is missing. No significant difference between WiFi and Bluetooth sound quality. Provides a decent volume level in a medium- to large-sized room. When two units are combined to form a stereo pair they can be placed to provide better stereo separation than many other models and though it sounds a bit diffuse it improves to very good.

Ease of use: We found the Yamaha MusicCast ease of use to be very good overall. Volume controls are prominent, low contrast, with good labeling, with visual indicators for reaching maximum and minimum volume, but is also an unlabeled multifunction control. The console lacks direct source selection. All source selection is accomplished within the MusicCast App, which is straight forward. Once the app is installed, switching between inputs is fairly intuitive. Bluetooth pairing is excellent as the unit is always in pairing mode when not paired. Unit lacks an obvious indication that the unit is in pairing mode, but it does have an LED indicator when pairing has actually occurred. WiFi Setup: Download app, follow the intuitive app instructions (approximately 5 steps). It may or may not include selecting network and entering password, but asks for home and room name and defaults can be selected. DLNA setup: DLNA setup instructions are provided, but are tedious and non-intuitive, requiring instructions. Speaker unit requires setup onto network prior to DLNA setup on Windows system to allow content sharing for this speaker. We found the remote app to be very good, with adequate volume controls, an excellent mute selection, fairly intuitive source selection, and decent transport controls. Stereo pairing instructions wasn't included with the unit but was only available on the product support web page.

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#14 Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III WiFi wireless speaker

About  $350.00

A Bose proprietary technology WiFi and Bluetooth wireless home speaker system with analog audio input and remote contro

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Sound quality: Bose's SoundTouch 20 Series III WiFi had good sound quality overall. Bass has good impact, goes somewhat deep, but is prominent and boomy. Midrange is fairly even but slightly gritty and is somewhat overwhelmed by the bass. Treble is extended but is prominent and sizzly. Does a so-so job of recovering room ambience and is a somewhat congested. Fine detail is lacking. No significant difference between Wifi, Bluetooth and wired sound quality. Provides a high volume level in a medium sized room.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be very good overall. The Bose Sound Touch 20 Series III Connecting to a Wi-Fi network is straight forward but a bit tedious and intrusive since you can't complete the setup without registering the unit which requires providing some personal information. Bluetooth pairing: pairing requires a press well marked button which is also marked multifunction then selection of unit from Bluetooth selection list on source device; unit provides an obvious indication that the unit is in pairing mode as well as when pairing has actually occurred. The speaker and remote have well marked controls that are easy to use, and the speaker has a very informative display.

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#15 Kanto Yumi wireless speaker

About  $300.00

A Bluetooth wireless home speaker system with analog and optical audio input.

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Sound quality: Kanto Yumi speakers had good sound quality. Bass has good impact but is somewhat tubby, a bit pronounced and bass goes somewhat deep. Midrange is grainy, missing a bit of body and is somewhat overwhelmed by the bass. Treble is fairly extended but is slightly subdued, smeared and lacks treble air. What room recovery is present is in the upper midrange and sounds mediocre to decent, with some program material, fine details sound blunted and lack treble air. No significant difference between Bluetooth, wired and optical sound quality. Provides a decent volume level in a large-sized room.

Ease of use: We found the Kanto Yumi speakers to be good overall. Volume control is a large control knob with unlimited rotation, which lacks labeling, index markings and graphical position indicators, but does have a max and min volume visual indicator. Also, the volume control is an unlabeled multifunction control to select sources. Lacks a mute control. Source selection is only fair as the source selector and is an unlabeled multi-function button, which is also the volume control. Although there are LED flashes, there is no distinction between sources when selected until selections return to Bluetooth and both LEDs remain on. Essentially, this means you need to guess which selection the system is making. Wiring Setup: The speaker wires provided are ready for attachment (approximately 6 feet in length, and tinned and split for screw mount posts; no tools required). Instructions are provided with illustrations; directions ensure matched polarity between speaker connections. Bluetooth pairing is excellent as the unit is always in pairing mode when not paired. Unit provides an obvious indication that the unit is in pairing mode as well as when pairing has actually occurred. The remote control is very good, providing volume controls, source selection, mute and some transport controls play/pause and skip but no scan controls.

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#16 Yamaha MusicCast (WX-010) wireless speaker

About  $180.00

A Yamaha proprietary WiFi and Bluetooth wireless home speaker system.

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Sound quality: Yamaha's MusicCast (WX-010) had good overall sound quality. Bass has good impact, but is a bit soft and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is somewhat grainy. Treble is somewhat sizzly, and upper treble is subdued and lacks treble air. Does a so-so job of recovering room ambience, sounds somewhat congested, lacks treble air, and fine detail is missing. No significant difference between WiFi and Bluetooth sound quality. Provides a decent volume level in a medium-sized room. The speaker is monophonic. As a stereo pair, they can be placed to provide better stereo separation than many other models, and room ambience recovery improves to decent, though a bit echoey and the midrange is somewhat congested and less grainy but remains good.

Ease of use: We found the Yamaha MusicCast (WX-010) system's ease of use to be very good overall. Volume controls are prominent, high contrast, with good labeling, but lacks volume level markings. But it does indicate when you reach the max or min settings. Works with Bluetooth inputs. The console lacks direct source selection. All source selection is accomplished within the MusicCast App, which is straight forward. Once app is installed, switching between inputs is fairly intuitive. Bluetooth pairing is excellent, as the unit is always in pairing mode when not paired. Unit lacks an obvious indication that the unit is in pairing mode and when pairing is complete. WiFi Setup: Download app, follow the intuitive app instructions approx 5 steps in all and may or may not include selecting network and entering password, but asks for home and room name and defaults can be selected. DLNA setup: DLNA setup instructions are provided, are tedious and non-intuitive requiring instructions, speaker unit requires setup onto network prior to DLNA setup on Windows system to allow content sharing for this speaker. We found the remote app to be very good with adequate volume controls an excellent mute selection, fairly intuitive source selection and decent transport controls.

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#17 Sony SRS-ZR7 wireless speaker

About  $300.00

A wireless, home and DLNA-compatible Wifi and Bluetooth speaker system from Sony with NFC and analog audio inputs

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Sound quality: Sony's SRS-ZR7 had good sound quality overall. Bass has good impact and goes fairly deep but is a bit prominent and boomy. Midrange is fairly even but is a bit "dark" and soft. Treble is subdued and upper treble is muted. So-so recovery of room ambience, sounds somewhat congested, and lacks fine detail. No significant difference between Wifi, Bluetooth, wired, USB and HDMI sound quality except that bass is somewhat pronounced when wired. Provides a decent volume level in a medium sized room. When two units are used as a stereo pair sound quality remains somewhat congested and "dark", it can get louder but since two separate speakers are used the sound stage can be made wider depending on placement and room ambience improves to decent, sound quality remains good.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be good overall. Bluetooth pairing was very easy. Connecting to a Wi-Fi network was very easy if you have a router with WPS capability. Connecting to a Wi-Fi network was fairly easy (download the free SongPal app on your Apple or Android mobile device and follow instructions which may require network password entry). Touch controls are prominent but are medium contrast and can get difficult to read under certain lighting conditions. Console lacks mute control. Source button that is prominent and clearly labeled and clearly indicates with backlit words which source has been selected. Remote control app is very good overall.

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#18 Marshall Stanmore wireless speaker

About  $350.00

A Bluetooth wireless home speaker system with an analog audio input.

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Sound quality: Marshall's Stanmore had good overall sound quality. Bass has decent impact and goes fairly deep, but is uneven and lacks some definition. Midrange is fairly even and a bit warm, but smoothed-over and gritty. Lower and mid-treble are even, while upper treble is somewhat rolled off. The speaker does a so-so job of recovering room ambience, or a sense of the acoustic space in which a recording is made. It also lacks treble air and fine detail, and sounds constricted and a bit congested. We found no significant difference in sound quality whether we used a wireless Bluetooth, optical and wired connection. The speaker can provide a decent volume level in a small to medium-sized room.

Ease of use: This speaker was exteremely easy to use, perhaps the easiest of all the tested models. Bluetooth pairing was simple, and the controls on the unit are extremely easy to use. This unit lacks a remote which isn't an issue if the speaker is close by or if it's being used with a mobile Bluetooth device that's acting as a remote, but it could be inconvenient in other situations.

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#19 Grace Digital GDI-BTSP201 wireless speaker

About  $150.00

A Bluetooth wireless home speaker system with an analog audio input.

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Sound quality: Grace Digital's GDI-BTSP201 had good overall sound quality. Bass has lots of impact, but is somewhat pronounced and boomy, and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is fairly even and a bit warm but hazy, a bit gritty, and somewhat overwhelmed by the bass. Treble is extended but uneven and can sound a bit sizzly with some program material. This model does a so-so job of recovering room ambience-- a sense of the acoustic space of where the recording was made--and lacks treble air, sounds a bit congested, and lacks fine detail. There was no significant difference in sound quality whether a wired or Bluetooth connection was used. Because the system consists of two separate speakers, they can deliver better stereo separation than many other models. The speakers were able to provide a decent volume level in a small to medium-sized room.

Ease of use: The speaker system was very easy to use. Bluetooth pairing was easy, and the controls on the unit are obvious and adequately positioned. The two speakers require a wired connection, but the included speaker wires were not prepped (you have to trim the insulation or attach banana plugs or otjer connectors) and the instructions for wiring were incomplete. This unit lacks a remote which isn't an issue if the speaker is close by or if it's being used with a mobile Bluetooth device that's acting as a remote, but it could be inconvenient in other situations.

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#20 Edifier Luna Eclipse wireless speaker

About  $200.00

A wireless Bluetooth portable speaker system with an analog audio input.

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Sound quality: Edifier's Luna Eclipse e25 had very good overall sound quality. Bass has good impact and goes fairly deep, but midrange is somewhat nasal and lacks some warmth. Treble is prominent and slightly sizzly. The speakers do a decent job of recovering room ambience--a sense of the acoustic space where the recording was made--and bass and midrange sound somewhat constricted. The sound quality was similar whether a Bluetooth or wired connection was used, though the latter had slightly more bass impact. Because these are two separate speakers, they can be placed far enough away from each other to provide better stereo separation than many other models. This system can provide a decent volume level in a small to medium-sized room.

Ease of use: The system's ease of use was good overall. Bluetooth pairing was very easy. Touch controls, located on the side of the unit, are a bit hard to find but have decent contrast. But they're multifunction controls with unlabeled alternate functions, so it's not always easy to determine what they are used for. And because of their placement, they're prone to being accidentally activated when you're handling the speaker. This unit comes with a simple remote that has power on/off and volume control; which is not useful if its being used with a mobile Bluetooth device which can be used like a remote itself, but convenient in other situations.

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#21 Samsung WAM3500 (R3) wireless speaker

About  $200.00

A Samsung proprietary technology WiFi and Bluetooth wireless home speaker system.

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Sound quality: Samsung's WAM3500 (R3) had good sound quality overall. Bass has decent impact, it has some detail but is a bit boomy. Bass goes somewhat deep, but the deepest bass is lacking and can distort with deep bass content. Midrange is a bit nasal, hazy and has a metallic "swooshy" quality. Treble is extended but is dry, papery, thin, and sizzly. Does a mediocre job recovering room ambience, sounds somewhat congested and lacks fine detail and treble air. No significant difference between WiFi and Bluetooth. Provides a decent volume level in a medium-sized room. When two speakers are used as a stereo pair, sound quality is similar to a single speaker, but it has an echoey quality and room ambience remains mediocre. Because there are two separate speakers, they can be placed to provide better stereo separation than many other models.

Ease of use: We found the Samsung WAM3500 (R3) to be very good overall. Volume control is a non-persistent index display, labeled in low contrast "Vol" and +/- buttons. The mute control is unlabeled, but well placed, with indication when it is engaged. The source selector is ambiguously labeled (mode) button, which switches between TV SoundConnect, WiFi and Bluetooth, with both a non-persistent symbol display and a verbal description. WiFi: Setup requires an app downloaded to a device or device connection. We found it easy and intuitive. However, you may need instructions to input WiFi network password. Bluetooth: Unit is always in pairing mode, when not already paired, shows a pairing mode indicator with verbal prompts. Indicates when pairing mode has occurred and when it completes. DLNA: Is not mentioned in user guide or manual, although there is an illustration of network access implying connection only available after WiFi setup. There is no physical remote, but the free Samsung Multiroom remote-control app for computers, Apple or Android smartphones or tablets, or iPod Touch, functions as a full-featured remote control that was easy to use.

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#22 Amazon Echo Show wireless speaker

About  $230.00

A WiFi wireless and Bluetooth home speaker system from Amazon with a LCD display and Alexa digital Assistant.

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Sound quality: Amazon's Echo Show had good overall sound quality. Bass has decent defintion and impact but deep bass is lacking. Midrange is fairly even but is a bit hazy and a touch grainy. Treble is fairly extended but lacks treble air and is a bit smeared. Does a so-so job of recovering room ambience, is a bit congested, and lacking in detail. No significant difference between wifi and Bluetooth sound quality. Provides a decent volume level in a small to medium sized room.

Ease of use: We found the Amazon Echo Show ease of use to be good overall. The Amazon Echo Show wifi setup is fairly easy since when the unit is plugged in it provides on screen instructions for setup and requires the download the Echo App, open and sign-in to your Amazon account; if you don't have one you'll need to do that first before you proceed. The instructions are an intuitive walkthrough. However, Bluetooth setup instructions are not convieniently provided but are available buried in the Echo app or settings menu of the Echo Show and there is a verbal command method which for an important setup step it is lacking in the provided "Things to try" card. The volume controls are prominent high contrast +/- controls with on screen graphic indicators of volume level which fade away once shown and can be verbally commanded to a specific volume level between 1 through 10. Muting the speaker can be accomplished by a dedicated voice command, but the verbal command is not obvious-and is not indicated in unit "Things to try" card. When used it provides a clear indication when it is engaged. Switching between wifi audio sources is easy by verbal command or the Echo app however, switching to Bluetooth sources can't be done by the app which requires exiting the app to manually reconnect to a paired Bluetooth source nor is there direct access to local mobile device content for streaming via the Echo app. Remote app: Transport controls in the app can be found after selecting the "3-Band" EQ in the Echo App navigation bar, then controls are obvious (good contrast, most use standard symbols), play/pause, skip only but it is labeled as scan, with no scan or scrub provision.

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#23 Definitive Technology W7 wireless speaker

About  $235.00

A wireless WiFi and Bluetooth wireless home speaker system with an analog audio input.

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Sound quality: Definitive Technology's W7 had good overall sound quality. Bass has good impact but is tubby and although it is pronounced to the extent that it overwhelms the midrange and treble, deepest bass is lacking. Midrange is dark, soft and bit grainy, and treble is extended. This model doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience--a sense of the acoustic space where the recording was made--and it lacks fine detail and treble air. We found no significant difference in sound quality whether a WiFi, wire, or optical audio connection was used. As a single speaker, the soundfield has a monophonic character when heard from a distance, and only a slight stereo image up close. When two units are combined as a stereo pair they provide a very solid stereo image that seems to recover a bit more ambience--a sense of the acoustic space where the recording was made. However, the treble becomes recessed and the already prominent bass sounds even heavier, dropping the overall sound quality to the lower range of good. This model can provide a decent volume level in a medium sized room.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be good overall. Connecting the Definitive Technology W7 to a WiFi network was very easy if you have a router with WPS capability. The connection occurs fairly quickly, but there's no tonal or clear visual feedback. Otherwise, manually setting up WiFi can be tedious. The smart phone app volume controls are well marked, and are displayed as a slider next to a speaker symbol. But there are no numeric or hash mark references, so fine volume adjustments require a steady hand. We noticed an inconsistent response lag when using the scrub bar to go to a specific time on an audio program. The Smartphone app mute control is somewhat ambiguous, but once located and engaged it clearly indicates when playback is muted. Switching between WiFi sources was good, but there weren't provisions for switching between WiFi, optical, and line inputs.

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#24 Raumfeld One S wireless speaker

About  $200.00

A home Wifi wireless speaker system from Raumfeld.

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Sound quality: Raumfeld's One S had good overall sound quality. Bass has good impact but is a bit soft and doesn't go deep. Midrange is fairly even but is somewhat muffled. Treble is a bit smeared, subdued and upper treble is muted. So-so recovery of room ambience, sounds somewhat congested, and lacks fine detail. When two units are used as a stereo pair sound remains somewhat muffled, congested and bass becomes prominent and boomy but since two separate speakers are used the sound stage can be made wider depending on placement and room ambience improves to decent, sound quality remains good. Provides a decent volume level in a medium sized room.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be very good. Mainly due to its app remote. Volume controls are low contrast buttons that are in a prominent place, nothing to indicate that it is a volume control except a + and - symbols. Works with USB and Wifi inputs. Console lacks a mute control. App Remote: Volume controls are prominent and well labeled with indicators of volume level which are persistent and easily repeatable and easy to actuate. Speaker symbol when pressed bring up a volume and mute control. There are two mute options available and clearly indicate when engaged. Switching between inputs is somewhat intuitive selecting between streamed sources, DLNA, USB content or internal mobile device content, this may require a little searching under the "My Music" section. Transport controls are obvious, good contrast, using standard symbols for play/pause, skip, and scrub bar provision, but lacks stop. Wifi: Setup requires an app downloaded to a device, easy but not intuitive as you must leave the app to select device Wifi - instructions needed but included in app, this involved inputting Wi-Fi network password. DLNA: Has instructions in the getting started section of the Raumfeld APP for setup of DLNA content. Should two units be combined to form a stereo pair we found that adjusting the Raumfeld Apps 3-band equalizer requires individual adjustment to each speaker - tedious and unintuitive for a combined pair.

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#25 Bose SoundTouch 10 wireless speaker

About  $199.00

A Bose proprietary technology WiFi and Bluetooth wireless home speaker system with an analog audio input and remote control.

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Sound quality: Bose's SoundTouch 10 had good sound quality. Bass has decent impact but is a bit boomy and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is somewhat even and hazy. Treble is sizzly and thin and the highest treble is subdued. Does a mediocre job of recovering room ambience and is somewhat congested and lacks fine detail. No significant difference between WiFi, Bluetooth and wired sound quality, except that treble in Bluetooth and wired sound quality is slightly less subdued. Can provide enough volume to be heard in a medium- to large-sized room.

Ease of use: We found the Bose SoundTouch 10 to be very good overall. Volume controls are obvious high contrast, marked +/- and in their own group and are marked by a speaker symbol. The volume controls are also unlabeled multifunction for resetting the unit. Works with Aux, WiFi and Bluetooth inputs. Unit lacks a mute control. Connecting to a WiFi network is straight forward but a bit tedious and intrusive since you can't complete the setup without registering the unit which requires providing some personal information. The speaker and remote have well marked controls that are easy to use, and the speaker has decent LED display indicators.

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#26 Polk Audio Omni S6 wireless speaker

About  $250.00

An Play-Fi compatible WiFi wireless home speaker system with analog audio input.

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Sound quality: Polk Audio's Omni S6 had good overall sound quality. Bass has good impact but is prominent and boomy and bass goes fairly deep. Midrange is fairly even but soft and "far away" sounding. Treble is fairly extended but pronounced sizzly and smeared. The unit has an echoey sound quality that overwhelms any natural room ambience it may be recovering from the recording and is a bit congested. Lacking in fine detail. Wireless sound quality is similar to line-in sound quality. Provides a decent volume level in a large-sized room. When two units are used as a stereo pair, sound quality changes with the pair sounding warmer, somewhat muffled and congested, but since two separate speakers are used, the sound stage can be made wider, depending on placement and room ambience. When paired, it also lost some of the "echoeness" present as a single speaker, but audio quality didn't improve.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be good overall. The volume controls are obvious, yet low contrast, marked +/ -, that works with WiFi and with the Aux inputs. The mute control is unlabeled, though well placed with an indication when engaged. Switching sources between WiFi and Line-in involves plug/unplug, where the one playing takes priority. No need to switch, line-in audio plays, but is automatically overridden by connected wireless audio playback, when wireless audio is stopped line-in audio resumes. If Aux is playing and Wifi audio is selected to play, you are prompted with a "take over" message, at which point you need to click ok on app and Wifi will play. The Polk Audio Omni S6 connecting to a WiFi network is fairly easy overall. The easiest is via WPS, which is as simple as pressing a WiFi button on rear of unit, a beep is heard then press the WPS button on router, wait for connection. Connection occurs within a minute, but lacks any tone and has a clear visual indicator (white LED stops blinking and becomes solid white when paired). DLNA: Manual explains the function and its limitations and refers to app for setup and additional instructions. WiFi Setup: Requires the download of an app and following app instructions to complete setup. Intuitive. The app as a remote is adequate, didn't allow selecting the line-in as a source and where the responsiveness of the app with the unit occasionally lagged.

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#27 Cambridge Audio Bluetone 100 wireless speaker

About  $175.00

A wireless Bluetooth home speaker system with an analog audio input.

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Sound quality: Cambridge Audio's Bluetone 100 had good overall sound quality. Bass has good impact but lacks a bit of definition and doesn't go deep. Midrange is fairly even but a bit soft, and treble is a bit smeared and mid and upper treble are rolled off. This model produces a moderate echo effect in the midrange and lower treble that obscures the room ambience of the actual program material; it also lacks a bit of detail and treble air. We found no significant difference whether a Bluetooth or wired (both a 3.5mm or RCA stereo) connection was made.This model can provide a decent volume level in a medium-sized room with with Bluetooth and portable devices connected via mini-jack, but devices connected by RCA inputs may not play as loud.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be fair overall. The Cambridge Audio Bluetone 100 Bluetooth pairing was very easy; the speaker starts up ready to pair and provides visual and audible feedback throughout the task. There's a long lag in response when using the volume controls, some may find the buttons "mushy." Also, the speaker lacks a mute control. Switching between sources is easy and the buttons are labeled, but the Bluetooth source button performs multiple functions, including Bluetooth pairing. Some may find the controls difficult to see at certain angles.

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#28 Amazon Echo wireless speaker

About  $99.00

A WiFi and Bluetooth wireless home speaker system.

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Sound quality: Amazon's Echo had good overall sound quality. Bass has decent defintion but has so-so impact and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is fairly clear, but is a bit thin, grainy, metallic, and processed sounding. Treble is dry and smeared. This model doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience--a sense of the acoustic space where the recording was made--and is somewhat congested and lacks detail. We found no significant difference whether a Bluetooth or WiFi connection was used. This model provides a decent volume level in a medium-sized room but gets harsh sounding at louder volumes.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be good overall. The Amazon Echo WiFi setup is fairly easy thanks to its verbal prompts to follow the app instructions. Once you download the Echo app, you sign in to your Amazon account; if you don't have one you'll need to do that before you can proceed. The instructions have an intuitive walkthrough for selecting a wireless network and entering the network password, and there's a video tutorial that shows how to use the Echo. However, the Bluetooth setup instructions are buried in the Echo app help section and a verbal command for an important setup step is mixed in with other phrases on the "Try Saying" card. The volume controls are prominent though unlabeled, with graphic volume level indicators which fade away once they've been displayed. You can also verbally state a volume level between 1 through 10. Switching between WiFi audio sources is easy using either verbal commands or the Echo app, but switching to Bluetooth source can't be done using the app. The provided remote control is good, with high-contrast control buttons and an intuitive layout, but there's no indication when the mute button is engaged, and the skip buttons are mislabeled as fast forward/reverse control buttons.

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#29 JAM Symphony (HX-W14901) wireless speaker

About  $75.00

A Wifi wireless home speaker system from JAM with analog audio input.

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Sound quality: JAM's Symphony (HX-W14901) had good overall sound quality. Bass has good impact but is a bit boomy, prominent and goes somewhat deep. Midrange is a somewhat hazy. Treble is a bit subdued, smeared and upper treble is muted. Doesn't do a good job of recovering room ambience and is somewhat congested. Wifi and wired sound quality are similar. Provides a decent volume level in a large sized room. As a stereo pair they can be placed to provide better stereo separation than many other models and sound quality improves however, it is echoey and bass is somewhat prominant, at the time of testing there was a delay between the right/left channels which creates a slight doubling effect and one speaker was slightly louder than the other even with app volume levels being equal, it would have scored a good without these issues but with the delay and balance issue it was only fair.

Ease of use: We found the JAM Symphony to be good overall. Connecting to a Wi-Fi network is straight forward. DLNA: Setup instructions are ambiguous, there is no explanation as to how to actually make the connection. Volume control is a multifunction +/- buttons which also can accidentally skip tracks forward/back. Also indicates with a tone when max volume is reached. Mute controls are low contrast labeled Play/Pause control that is well placed, but no indication on unit when muting is engaged. Switching sources: Plug and unplug - The line input has priority over wifi when plugged in with a delay. Line-in port is poorly labeled - low contrast. Remote app: Volume control has a clear volume symbol when depressed brings up a volume slider which lacks numerical or index markings but clearly indicates position. Play/pause control which is clearly labeled and only mutes wifi content not line-in. App lacks a source selector for aux input and can't switch to wifi while line-in is connected. Transport controls are obvious, good contrast, standard symbols, play/pause, skip, and scrub bar provision but no scan.

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#30 B&W Zeppelin Wireless

About  $700.00

An Apple AirPlay-compatible WiFi and Bluetooth wireless home speaker system from B&W with an analog audio input.

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Sound quality: B&W's Zeppelin Wireless had good overall sound quality. Bass has good impact, but is boomy, sounds murky and goes somewhat deep. Midrange is somewhat hazy, and a bit plasticky sounding and echoey. Treble is extended but somewhat smeared and slightly subdued. Does a mediocre job of recovering room ambience and sounds congested and lacks detail and treble air. No significant difference between Airplay, Bluetooth and wired sound quality. Can provide enough volume to be heard in a large-sized room.

Ease of use: We found the B&W Zeppelin Wireless to be fair overall. WiFi Setup (iOS Only): Setup requires an app downloaded to a device or device connection, easy and intuitive - need instructions (may be included in app), may or may not involve inputting WiFi network password. Android/PC/Mac Setup has many tedious steps, which include entering an IP address and setup via a web browser once the speaker is selected as a WiFi connection. Bluetooth Setup: WiFi setup is necessary before Bluetooth setup or placing unit in "non-network" mode to gain access to Bluetooth, but this is only known by reading the online manual. Volume controls are not prominent due to position and are labeled +/- buttons, which are of medium contrast. The mute function is unlabeled and a multi-function - Play/Pause buttons (also used to put in non network mode), there is no indication when mute is engaged and does not mute the line input. Source selection: No switching or changing between BT and WiFi or WiFi types. The way it works is that the last one connected or played overrides the previous one playing, without having to stop or disconnect the first one first. This is ambiguous, as there are buttons on the console for Aux and Bluetooth but no WiFi/Airplay as that is selected via smartdevice. App control: Volume control is a slider and shows positional indication of level but no numeric or hash mark references; fine-volume adjustments require a steady hand. Lacks a mute control. App source selection: Wireless works only with its own dedicated app that can't switch sources seamlessly between sources. Must leave app to reconnect Airplay, or start Bluetooth content. Switching sources is limited, aux can be directly selected, but unable to get back to Bluetooth and WiFi/Airplay. Transport controls: Play/Pause/Skip; There's also a label for Scan but there is no Scan or Scrub provision. These controls become visible only after the play of content from outside the app.

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#31 Tivoli Audio Orb wireless speaker

About  $250.00

A WiFi wireless home speaker system from Tivoli.

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Sound quality: Tivoli Audio's Orb had good overall sound quality. Bass has good impact but is lacking detail, a bit subdued and lacks deep bass. Midrange is a bit nasal and hazy. Treble is subdued, a bit smeared and lacks upper treble. Doesn't do a good job of recovering room ambience and is congested. Provides a decent volume level in a small to medium sized room. No significant difference between WiFi and wired sound quality. The speaker is monophonic. Because these are two separate speakers they can be placed to provide better stereo separation than many other models, the midrange is congested - score remains good.

Ease of use: We found the Tivoli Audio Orb ease of use to be good overall. Volume controls are not in a prominent place and are poorly located and are prone to accidental actuation and nothing to indicate what the volume control are except + and - symbols which are high contrast, lacks index markings and lacks audible or visual indication of when you reach the max settings. Works with line in input. The mute control is unlabeled play/pause control on top of unit (If wall or stand mounted) which lacks indication when it is engaged. Source selector is a labeled button on console that is poorly placed/hidden underneath the unit if wall or stand mounted with ambiguous indicators of source selection. Source selection from the app only allows wireless content switching but cannot switch to line-in source. WiFi: Setup requires an app downloaded to a device, easy but not intuitive - need instructions and is included in the app, involves switching between the app and device settings and inputting Wi-Fi network password. DLNA: DLNA is not mentioned and key steps are omitted and does not explain how to connect to DLNA systems. WiFi Direct (DDMS Mode): Wi-Fi Direct pairing requires a press of the setup button for 3 seconds and selection of unit from Wi-Fi selection list on source device; however, at time of testing a key step was missing from the online PDF instructions - a required password was not documented which did not allow completion of this connection type. Bluetooth: Switch to Bluetooth source via source button then unit is always in pairing mode when not already paired, shows a pairing mode indicator. Indicates when pairing mode has occurred and never times out. However, to pair with another device requires the press of a multifunction button not labeled Bluetooth. Remote Smartphone app: Volume control is well marked (slider next to a speaker symbol), and shows positional indication of level but no numeric or hash mark references, fine volume adjustments require a steady hand. Mute control is Play/Pause as mute is clear and well marked but doesn't mute line-in. Smartphone app only works for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth sources but lacks ability to select line inputs. App transport controls: Standard play/pause, skip controls, lacks scan but has a scrub bar. Overall app navigation can be sluggish and glitchy.

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#32 Audioengine B2 wireless speaker

About  $225.00

A Bluetooth wireless home speaker system with an analog audio input.

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Sound quality: Audioengine's B2 had good overall sound quality. Bass is recessed and has mediocre impact, lacking in detail and deep bass. Midrange is fairly even, but is somewhat hazy, soft and a bit grainy. Treble is extended but is subdued and sizzly. Doesn't do a good job of recovering room ambience and is a bit muffled and somewhat congested. No significant difference between Bluetooth and wired sound quality. Provides a decent volume level in a medium- to large-sized room.

Ease of use: We found the Audioengine B2 ease of use to be good overall. Connecting to Bluetooth is excellent, as the unit is always in pairing mode when not paired. Volume controls are not prominent, and are adjusted via a volume knob on the rear of the unit. Switching between Bluetooth and Aux sources is plug/unplug, with nothing ambiguous, but both will play at the same time, so you'll need to stop one in order to play the other.

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#33 Philips Izzy (BM5B/37) wireless speaker

About  $70.00

A Philips Bluetooth wireless home speaker system with an analog input and multi-room speaker capability.

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Sound quality: Philips's Izzy had just fair overall sound quality. Bass has decent impact but is a bit boomy and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is a bit hazy, nasal, grainy and has a slight plastic resonance. Treble is subdued and smeared and upper treble is lacking. Does a mediocre job of recovering room ambience and is somewhat congested and lacks detail. No significant difference between Bluetooth and wired sound quality. Provides enough volume to be heard in a medium-sized room.

Ease of use: We found the Philips Izzy to be good overall. The volume control is a prominent, large volume knob, which is also an unlabeled mute control. It has an audible max volume indicator, which also works with the line-in. Switching between sources is very good and involves plug/unplug - where line-in has priority over Bluetooth, and there is a clear audible indicator that line-in is connected and a prompt switch over to line-in. Bluetooth pairing is excellent, as the unit is always in pairing mode when not paired and the unit provides an obvious indication that the unit is in pairing mode as well as when pairing has actually occurred. Multi-room mode/WiFi Direct: Is a simple press of the group button on the master unit then pressing the group button on the slave unit. The unit provides an obvious indication that they are in pairing mode as well as when pairing has actually occurred. Connects within 30 seconds. This model is one of the few multiroom capable units that lacks a physical remote or remote app for discrete control.

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#34 Google Home wireless speaker

About  $110.00

A WiFi wireless home speaker system from Google.

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Sound quality: Google's Home had fair overall sound quality. Bass has little impact, is subdued and lacks deep bass. Midrange is hazy and constricted. Treble is subdued and smeared, and the upper treble is lacking. It doesn't do a good job of recovering room ambience and is congested. The speaker provides a decent volume level in a small-sized room, but is better suited for near-field listening. The sound field is monophonic.

Ease of use: We found the Google Home ease of use to be good overall. The Google Home WiFi setup is fairly easy. Download the Google Home App. The instructions are an intuitive walkthrough, which involves selecting a wireless network and entering the network password (or having the stored password in your mobile device entered for you). The instructions continue with a brief example of things to try. Included in the box is a card with a list of things to try, as well. The volume controls are prominent, though unlabeled, and are part of the touch surface. There are also graphic indicators of volume level, which fade away once shown and can be verbally commanded to a specific volume level between 1 through 11. Muting the speaker can be accomplished by a dedicated voice command, but the verbal command is not obvious and is indicated in unit verbal instructions listed as "pause". When used, it provides a clear indication when it is engaged, but it is non-persistent. But this isn't the case when using the touch control. However, neither leaves a persistent indication that the mute function is active. The unit is only WiFi, and has no Bluetooth or line-in options. However, at time of testing, the Google Home app was unable to access the stored internal music content of device where the app was installed. A third-party app, such as BubbleUPnP was needed to gain access to this content, which was able to cast local content to the speaker. The Google Home app allows the selection of the primary music service to search for content. At the time of testing, four services were available: Google Play Music (subscribers), YouTube Music (Red Subscribers), Spotify (Premium), and Pandora (Free).

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#35 Klipsch Stream RW-1 wireless speaker

About  $250.00

A Play-Fi compatible WiFi wireless home speaker system from Klipsch with analog audio input.

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Sound quality: Klipsch's Stream RW-1 had fair overall sound quality. Bass has good impact but is prominent , boomy and goes fairly deep. Midrange is fairly even but is grainy and muffled. Treble is extended but is very subdued and a bit sizzly. Doesn't do a good job of recovering room ambience and is congested. Provides a decent volume level in a small to medium sized room. No significant difference between WiFi and wired sound quality except wired is slightly less muffled. The speaker is monophonic. When combined with a second unit to form a stereo pair, because these are two separate speakers they can be placed to provide better stereo separation than many other models and the midrange is muffled and congested - score remains fair.

Ease of use: We found the Klipsch Stream RW-1 ease of use to be good overall. Volume controls are in a prominent place but nothing to indicate that it is a volume control except + and - symbols which are high contrast and backlit, no index markings and lacks audible or visual indication of when you reach the max settings. Also, the volume control is an unlabeled multifunction control with the mute function to reset unit. Works with line in input. The mute controls is well marked, well placed, clear indication when it is engaged and mutes the line input. Selecting sources requires app to be installed, app can switch between wireless sources but can't switch to line input source in App which requires physically plugging in the 3.5mm jack to activate line in port which in turn disconnects from WiFi content. However, WiFi content has priority when reconnected. WiFi: Setup requires an app downloaded to a device, easy but not intuitive - need instructions and is included in the app, involves switching between the app and device settings and inputting Wi-Fi network password. DLNA: DLNA is not mentioned and key steps are omitted and does not explain how to connect in DLNA systems. Remote app: Volume control is well marked (slider next to a speaker symbol), and shows positional indication of level but no numeric or hash mark references, fine volume adjustments require a steady hand. Mute control is a bit hard to see but has mute symbol (the small speaker symbol next to the volume slider),when engaged clearly indicates that the unit is muted (with a not symbol). App - source selection: only works for Wi-Fi and lacks ability to select line inputs. Transport controls uses standard play/pause, skip controls, lacks scan but has a scrub bar. The app occasionally glitched, stopped responding or lost connection to speaker.

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#36 Phorus PS5 wireless speaker

About $200.00

A Play-Fi-compatible wireless WiFi and Bluetooth home speaker system with an analog audio input.

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Sound quality: Phorus's PS5 had good overall all sound quality. Bass has decent impact but lacks deep bass and sounds a bit boomy. Midrange is fairly even but a bit muffled, and treble is recessed and rolled off; what remains is a bit sizzly. This model does a so-so job recovering room ambience--a sense of the acoustic space where the recording was made--but is congested, constricted, and lacking in detail. We found no significant difference whether a WiFi, Bluetooth, or wired connection was used. When two units are combined as a stereo pair, sound quality remains the same but the soundstage can be made wider depending how far apart the speakers are situated. There were a few oddities. When two units were used as a stereo pair, we noticed that the volume would fade between the left and right channels. And when used as a single unit, there were some spontaneous, intermittent volume changes. We also experienced some random WiFi dropouts during playback. This model can provide a decent volume level in a medium-sized room.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be fair overall. The Phorus PS5 Bluetooth pairing was easy, although once paired you still have to manually reconnect if you want to use your Bluetooth device, and the volume controls are good. However, the mute button is unlabeled, and performs multiple functions when pressed at the same time the volume controls. Switching between a wired and a wireless device, or from WiFi to Bluetooth, was, while not convenient, straightforward, as the line-in connection takes precedence over wireless. But all the rear-panel labels, including those for the line-in connections, are poorly placed underneath the speaker. There were no WPS setup instructions, and other connections require the use of the downloaded Phorus app on an Android or iOS device. The app itself, required for WiFi network use, was well laid out but the volume and music player controls were sluggish. Switching from Bluetooth to WiFi often caused the Phorus app to hang-up, and there were random disconnections from the WiFi network and the app had to be restarted in order for it to work.

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#37 Braven BRV-XXL wireless speaker

About  $350.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from Braven with an analog audio input.

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Sound quality: Braven's BRV-XXL had very good sound quality overall. Bass has good impact but is somewhat prominent and boomy, and goes fairly deep. Midrange is somewhat thin and a bit nasal and constricted. Treble is extended but is slightly prominent and sizzly. Does a decent job of recovering room ambience. No significant difference between Bluetooth and wired sound quality. Provides a decent volume level in large sized room. However, at higher volumes bass becomes more prominent and boomy and midrange becomes harsh.

Ease of use: We found the Braven ease of use to be very good overall. Bluetooth pairing: Checking instructions is a must because Bluetooth pairing is ambiguous where Bluetooth pairing requires a press of the "Play" control Button on unit and then the selection of unit from Bluetooth selection list on source device; unit provides an obvious indication that the unit is in pairing mode as well as when pairing has actually occurred. As such, the Bluetooth button is also multifunction. The volume control are low contrast labeled buttons (+/-) which are multifunction and poorly placed. However, when actuated there is a led graphical level indicator of settings and also used to adjust bass and treble controls. Switching sources involves Plug/Unplug but Aux has priority over BT. Aux input is well labeled under a protective door. Nothing ambiguous.

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#38 Monster SuperStar Monster Blaster wireless speaker

About  $400.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from Monster with a microphone and analog audio input.

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Sound quality: Monster's SuperStar Monster Blaster had good sound quality overall. Bass has good impact but is a bit boomy, prominent and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is a bit edgy and metallic. Treble is extended but sizzly and prominent. Does a so-so job of recovering room ambience mainly in the upper midrange, lacks fine detail and sounds a bit thin and a bit congested. Bluetooth and wired sound quality are similar. Provides a decent volume level in a large-sized room.

Ease of use: We found the Monster ease of use to be very good overall. Bluetooth pairing: Checking instructions is a must because Bluetooth pairing is ambiguous where Bluetooth pairing requires a press of the Power control Button on unit, and then the selection of unit from Bluetooth selection list on source device; unit provides an obvious indication that the unit is in pairing mode as well as when pairing has actually occurred. As such, the Bluetooth button is also multifunction. NFC is also available for quick pairing for compatible devices. Volume controls are not prominent (on side of unit) and labeled with high contrast symbols for up/down of volume level and has persistent and easily repeatable volume level index. Also, works for line-in. Switching sources: involves plug and unplug - The line input has priority over Bluetooth when plugged in with slight or no delay. Unambiguous.

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#39 Marshall Kilburn wireless speaker

About  $300.00

A Bluetooth portable wireless speaker system with an analog audio input.

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Sound quality: Marshall Kilburn has good overall sound quality. Bass has decent impact, is somewhat boomy, and the deepest bass is lacking. Midrange is fairly even but grainy and a bit soft. Treble is fairly extended and even, but lower and mid-treble are slightly smeared and upper treble is sizzly. It does a so-so job of recovering room ambience, but lacks treble air and sounds congested. It also lacks fine detail. No significant difference between Bluetooth and wired sound quality. Provides a decent volume level in a small- to medium-sized room.

Ease of use: Overall, we found the system's ease of use to be excellent. Bluetooth pairing was easy. The controls on the unit are extremely easy to use, well labeled and intuitive and switching between sources is clear. This unit lacks a remote, although this is not an issue if it's being used within arm's reach or if it's being used with a mobile Bluetooth device, which can be used like a remote control.

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#40 Denon HEOS 1 HS2 w/ Go Pack wireless speaker

About  $300.00

A Heos WiFi and Bluetooth-compatible portable wireless speaker system, with a Go Pack accessory, and an analog audio input.

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Sound quality: The Heos 1 HS2 had good overall sound quality. Bass has decent impact and is fairly detailed but a bit soft and the deepest bass is lacking. Midrange is fairly even but a bit hazy and grainy. Treble is extended but dry, upper treble is a bit smeared, and lacks treble air. Mono: Does a so-so job of recovering room ambience, sounds a bit congested and is lacking in detail. No significant difference between WiFi, Bluetooth, USB and wired sound quality. Provides a decent volume level in a small to medium sized room. Stereo pair: Does a decent job of recovering room ambience and has more complexity and detail but still sounds a bit congested and hazy but scores very good.

Ease of use: We found the Heos 1 HS2 with Go Pack ease of use to be very good overall. To connect the Heos 1 HS2 via WiFi involves downloading the Heos app onto the compatible mobile device and following the app directions and select the network and enter password, also connecting the aux cable to mobile device. To setup via a PC, you need to follow more steps but setup remains good overall. Unfortunately, DLNA setup lacks any description or instructions. Bluetooth: Bluetooth pairing requires a press of a well marked button on rear of unit and then the selection of unit from Bluetooth selection list on source device; unit provides an obvious indication that the unit is in pairing mode as well as when pairing has actually occurred. Bluetooth is also an unmarked multifunction control to reset unit. Console controls are generally good though they are not prominent and nothing to indicate that it is a volume control except + and - symbols and there are no volume level markings and does not indicate when you reach the max or min settings. Works with line in, USB and Bluetooth inputs. There is an excellent mute control. The remote control app is generally very good and mostly intuitive. Switching between sources is easy accomplished with the Heos app.

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