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Best speakers of 2014

CNET's favorite speakers, including sound bars, Bluetooth speakers, and full surround sound systems.

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Philips Blu-ray Surround Base HTB3525B

The Philips HTB3525B packs Blu-ray, Smart TV, and Bluetooth into an affordable sound bar, making it a great choice if you're looking for an all-in-one system.

July 25, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating July 25, 2014
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Vizio S5451w-C2

The Vizio S5451W-C2's extra-large sound bar and surround speakers deliver standout surround sound, if you can live with the size.

June 17, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating June 17, 2014
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Sony HT-XT1

Sony's HT-XT1 sound stand is packed with features, looks sleek, and sounds great, making it a no-brainer upgrade over your TV's built-in speakers.

April 25, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating April 25, 2014
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Vizio S2121w-D0

Vizio introduced its first-ever pedestal-style sound bar at CES 2014, looking to compete with similar models from Bose and Zvox.

January 6, 2014

Pricing not available

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Samsung HW-H600

Samsung joins Zvox and Bose with a flat sound bar designed to fit under your TV, rather than in front of it.

January 1, 2014

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Vizio S4221w-C4

The Vizio S4221w-C4 is an excellent budget sound bar, with great sound quality, an excellent remote, and built-in Bluetooth, but its design won't work in every setup.

December 11, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating December 11, 2013
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Vizio S5430w-C2

The 54-inch Vizio S5430W-C2 is designed to accompany larger televisions and features Bluetooth with aptX support.

November 26, 2013

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Add a battery bar on top of your Android screen with Energy Bar

Energy Bar for Android gives you a new way to check your battery status by adding a thin bar at the top of the screen.

By February 6, 2014

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Five-deal Friday: Save on Groupons, iTunes, sound bars, and more!

So many good deals, so little time. No, really -- some of these are available today only. So hurry!

By June 20, 2014

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Supreme Court raises bar on software patent claims

New ruling in Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank means firms must do more to advance 'abstract' software claims to receive a patent.

By June 19, 2014