Audyssey Wireless Speakers review: Audyssey Wireless Speakers

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0

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The Good The Audyssey Wireless Speakers are high-style Bluetooth speakers that offer great sound quality and much better stereo separation than single-speaker competitors.

The Bad The speakers are a tad pricey, and a long wire is required to connect the left and right "wireless" speakers. They also lack the sonic gravitas to fill very large rooms.

The Bottom Line While they may not be a bargain at $250, the Audyssey Wireless Speakers deliver a combination of excellent sound quality and stylish looks.

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Editors' note (July 19, 2013): Audyssey has confirmed to CNET that this product is no longer in production. However, the remaining inventory continues to be sold, and it's a good deal if you can get it under $200.

In 2011, Audyssey introduced a stylish set of $200 powered multimedia speakers -- the Media Speakers -- that offered good sound and the added bonus of a digital optical input. Now the company has put together a wireless version of the Media Speakers simply called the Audyssey Wireless Speakers. It carries a list price of $299, but is expected to sell for $249 when it hits online stores on August 29.

Unlike the company's $299 Audio Dock Air, this isn't an an Apple AirPlay Wi-Fi speaker; instead, it uses the more universal Bluetooth standard to stream audio from any Bluetooth-enabled device, including phones, tablets, and many PCs.

The Audyssey Wireless Speakers are compact but not tiny. Sarah Tew/CNET

The Media Speakers were black with a strip of red trim. This model, in contrast, is white with a strip of black trim. But it looks almost identical to the Media Speakers, with the same "elevated" wired base and volume knob on the front of the right speaker. While you get a headphone jack (it's next to the volume knob) and an audio input for using these speakers in "wired" mode with a cable, there's no digital optical input. (Both the Apple TV and PlayStation 3 have optical outputs, which made it easy to pair the Media Speakers with those devices.)

In terms of size, the speakers are compact but not tiny, measuring 9 inches tall by 4.9 inches wide by 6.8 inches deep and weighing a total of 7 pounds. Audyssey lists them as having a 0.75-inch tweeter, a 3-inch woofer, and two 4-inch passive bass radiators. There's a low-power "standby mode" for energy efficiency.

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Where to Buy

Audyssey Wireless Speakers

Part Number: CNETAUDYSSEY2012

MSRP: $299.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Color White
  • Speaker System Type PC multimedia speakers
  • Wireless Technology Bluetooth
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology Wireless
  • Crossover Channel Qty 2-way
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Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable e-reader and e-publishing expert. He's also the author of the novels Knife Music and The Big Exit. Both titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, and Nook e-books.