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The best powered speakers of 2022

The best powered speakers are a minimalist’s dream: Because they feature built-in amplification, there’s no power-matching, no racks of components, and cable clutter is essentially nonexistent: Just plug the speakers into wall power, connect your sound source, and you’re in business. Increasingly, powered speakers are being marketed as all-in-one sound hubs, combining the convenience of…

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Outdoor speakers

The Best Outdoor Speakers for Every Budget

Courtesy of retailers By now, you’ve turned your into everything it was destined to be—and then some. What’s now a home office, a happy hour bar, and our favorite, a home gym. As you look forward to the warmer (and warmest) months of the year, chances are you’ve already started gearing up for all the…

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Save up to $175 on audiophile speakers during the Bowers & Wilkins sale

Spring is in the air, so it should be in your step, too. And one of the best ways to put some of that spring, swing, pulse, or pogo in your pace is with new speakers. With that in mind, British audiophile mainstay Bowers & Wilkins is celebrating March Music Days and offering savings on…

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Music speakers

The 2022 Best Speakers for Music

When it comes down to it, the consensus on the best of the best speakers for music is that they are top-of-Mount-Olympus reference units that run into the tens of thousands of dollars—far out of reach for most mortal humans. But don’t despair. You don’t have to forego buying a house or having children just…

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Bookshelf speakers

The 2022 Best Bookshelf Speakers

Despite the prevalence of wireless earbuds and portable Bluetooth speakers, there’s something new in the air. That something is high-quality, space-filling audio—the kind of rich response you find in the best bookshelf speakers. While many still listen to music on budget ’buds and battery-powered “smart” speakers, there’s a growing appreciation for lossless, immersive audio on…

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The best stereo speakers of 2022

Choosing the best stereo speakers used to be a pretty straightforward decision: If speakers sounded good, matched your amp, and fit your space, they were winners. These days, that decision is a little more complicated, taking into account granular music preferences, streaming functionality, and whole-home connectivity. With a wide range of speaker choices available at…

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Bluetooth speakers

The best Bluetooth speakers under $100 will surprise you with their sound

Inexpensive Bluetooth speakers can be hit or miss; some models stand up well against pricier units while others sink. Luckily, if you know what you’re looking for, you won’t have any trouble selecting the best Bluetooth speakers under $100 to fit your needs and budget. Whether you’re looking for something waterproof to bring with you…

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The Best Speakers for Kids

Giving a speaker to your child opens up a world of exploration through music and audiobooks. They can listen to tunes while playing, share their favorites with friends, and hold dance parties in their bedrooms. Stories and podcasts will take them to new worlds, both real and imagined. And when it’s time for bed, they…

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Smart speakers

The 8 Best Smart Speakers With Alexa or Google Assistant

Connects to Google Assistant or AlexaThe pint-sized Sonos Roam (9/10, WIRED Recommends) has become our new favorite portable speaker. I (Parker) have taken it on road trips, to outdoor weddings, and in the basket of my bike. The simple-to-use Sonos ecosystem works with Google Assistant and Alexa, and the speaker has Bluetooth for when you’re…

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Best PC speakers for 2021

When you buy a computer — whether it’s a desktop or laptop — audio quality is one of the things that’s typically missing. Yes, laptops typically come with a small speaker or two that offer some sound output, but it’s not exactly full, rich stereo sound. These built-in speakers aren’t ideal for listening to music, watching videos or gaming…