Speakers:

Best speakers of 2014

Updated

Great speakers come in all shapes and sizes. We've rounded up our favorite picks from sound bars, Bluetooth speakers, and even full surround sound systems in this master list of speaker types, so your audio system get get a big or small as you want.

Bowers and Wilkins 685 S2

Whether you listen to death metal or nature documentaries, the Bowers and Wilkins B&W 685 S2s are an astoundingly good set of speakers and an excellent deal at this price level.

4.5 stars Outstanding Superb sound worth the extra scratch

Energy Take Classic 5.1

The Energy Take Classic 5.1 is the best budget speaker system we've reviewed, earning our Editors' Choice Award with its outstanding sound quality and exquisite looks.

5 stars Spectacular Energy Take Classic 5.1

Pioneer SP-SB23W

The Pioneer SP-SB23W is the best affordable sound bar if you care about sound quality, with its outstanding sonics making up for some of its design limitations.

4.5 stars Outstanding Affordable sound bar that's serious about sound

Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speaker III

Though it remains somewhat pricey, the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III is a superlative portable wireless loudspeaker, improving on its already impressive predecessor.

4 stars Excellent

Pioneer SP-PK52FS

If you've got the space for it, the Pioneer SP-PK52FS is simply the best-sounding, budget-price home theater speaker package you can buy.

4.5 stars Outstanding
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