Harman Kardon Esquire Mini ( brown)
The Harman Kardon Esquire Mini is a great-looking micro Bluetooth speaker that works quite well as a speakerphone, but is bass-challenged, so it isn't much of a music speaker.
While the AVR-S500BT is one of Denon's least expensive receivers, its features lineup is surprisingly generous, and movie and music sound quality is up to snuff for the price.
Sol Republic Punk ( red)
The Sol Republic Punk manages to distinguish itself from the micro Bluetooth speaker competition with better battery life, slightly louder sound with minimal distortion, a water-resistant design and longer wireless range.
The Yamaha YAS-203 breaks free of most of the performance constraints of budget sound bars, sounding bigger, more spacious, more dynamic and clearer than anything near its price.
JBL Charge 2
The JBL Charge 2 is an attractive, sturdy portable Bluetooth speaker with strong battery life and the power to juice up your gadgets, but its decent sound is held back by uneven performance.
PSB Imagine X1T
The PSB Imagine X1T is a sweet-sounding speaker and very easy to listen to, but it lacks the gravitas of other similarly sized and priced towers.
X-mini's first non-capsule speaker is a pretty good effort, but it's a little too pricey when compared to the Creative Sound Blaster Roar, which also has an active subwoofer.
Klipsch Reference RF-62 II ( black)
The Klipsch RF-62 II floor-standers are the speaker equivalent of a 1970s American muscle car -- big, fun and brash.
The Amazon Echo shows promise and is a bargain at its introductory price point of $99 for select Prime members -- but it's too much of a work in progress to enthusiastically recommend at its full list price.
The Yamaha SRT-1000 offers discreet looks, an astoundingly wide soundstage and plenty of features, upping the ante for the sound base speaker category.