Sonos Play:5 (2015)

The second-generation Sonos Play:5 is a sleek, well-designed Wi-Fi speaker that delivers rich sound for its size, as well as strong bass. It offers the full Sonos wireless experience, controllable from iPhone, iPad and Android apps, with compatibility with nearly every key music service, including Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, Amazon and Apple Music. It comes in two colors -- white and black -- and can be placed either horizontally or vertically.

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Raumfeld One S

The compact Raumfeld One S is even better than its modest "bathroom and kitchen" ambitions might suggest with better sound quality than its competitors. It's simply one of the best entry-level Wi-Fi speakers available, and its water resistance makes it a great choice for bathrooms, kitchens or anywhere else you want to listen to music.

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UE Boom 2

The UE Boom 2 is a compact, durable wireless Bluetooth speaker that plays louder than the original Boom and sounds a little better. It's stain-resistant, shock-resistant and now fully waterproof. Battery life is a strong 15 hours, and it can be paired with a second UE speaker for stereo sound.

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B&O Play Beoplay A1

Credit B&O Play for creating a Bluetooth speaker that doesn't look like anything out there already. The new dome-shaped Beoplay A1 is not only the smallest wireless speaker from the Danish company, but also the most affordable at $249.

With a sleek look courtesy of well-known Danish furniture designer Cecilie Manz, the aluminum-clad A1 delivers relatively high-quality sound for its very compact size, has excellent battery life and works well as a speakerphone.

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Bose SoundTouch 10

Bose's SoundTouch 10 is the smallest and least expensive Wi-Fi speaker in the company's line of DIY wireless multiroom audio systems, all of which added Bluetooth to their features list in late 2015.

At $200, the Bose SoundTouch 10 is a very compact Wi-Fi speaker that plays much bigger than its size would indicate, and it offers convenient features such as Bluetooth and shortcut buttons.

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Zvox SB500

The Zvox SB500 sound bar is a force to be reckoned with in its price range.

The sound is a cut above that of the competition, and the bass and treble controls on the remote make it easy to fine-tune the tonal balance of movies and music on the fly.

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Sony SRS-X33

The X33 may still distort with certain tracks at higher volumes, but it's a clear improvement over its predecessor, the X3, both in terms of design and sound.

While the JBL Charge 2+ is a good option in this price range, this Sony also makes a strong case for being a less-expensive alternative to the Bose SoundLink Mini II.

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JBL Pulse 2

JBL has improved both LED light show and sound in the Pulse 2, making this flashy Bluetooth speaker a stand-out product in a crowded market.

It delivers strong sound for its size and features an integrated light show that's far improved from the original model.

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JBL Clip 2

JBL's Clip speakers have long been among our favorite micro Bluetooth speakers, and the Clip 2, which comes in five color options and costs $60, is also a winner.

It's about the size of a hockey puck, with a built-in rechargeable battery, which should give you 8 hours of tunes. It offers decent sound for its size and it's fully waterproof.

It also has an integrated line-in cable that stows away in the bottom of the device, as well as speakerphone capabilities.

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Amazon Echo

For anyone who wants a little extra help around the house, consider the Amazon Echo. The voice-activated speaker comes with digital companion Alexa, which can order paper towels from Amazon, turn up the music, or tell you the capital of Indonesia, hands-free.

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UE Roll 2

UE Roll 2 is a waterproof Bluetooth speaker that can play 15 percent louder than its predecessor.

More importantly, it has a longer wireless range of up to 30 meters, or 98 feet. And it ships with a UE Floatie, so you can take it into the pool with you right out of the box.

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LG Music Flow LAS751M

While most sound bars at this price include just Bluetooth, at best, LG adds Wi-Fi and streaming features, bringing it into the company's own Music Flow family.

The LAS751M is capable of a larger-than-life soundstage that is well-suited to both music and movies. With the petite dimensions do come some trade-offs, though, and the LG's sonics can lack warmth and come off a bit sterile. The sound is still quite good for the breed however, with a lack of boxiness and a generally open quality.

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Fluance Fi50

The affordable Fluance Fi50 delivers high-quality sound from a retro-style Bluetooth speaker. It's solidly built with a medium-density-fiberboard cabinet.

The two-way driver design features a tweeter mounted in the center of a 5-inch woofer. Equipped with a 40-watt amplifier, it plays loudly without distorting, and has a USB charging port and an integrated LED with touch controls.

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Logitech X100

The X100 is one of the better micro wireless speakers out there. While its sound is decent for its class, ultimately you'd probably want to pick it over its competitors because you like its design (I do) and maybe because it costs slightly less. Some colors can sometimes be had for closer to $40, which seems more like what you'd want to pay for this speaker.

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Bose SoundLink III

The Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III sounds great for a compact Bluetooth speaker, playing louder than its predecessor and offering much better battery life. It also has a sleek and sturdy design, an auxiliary input and the option to swap out protective covers (sold separately).

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Bose SoundLink Mini II

The Bose SoundLink Mini II comes in two colors -- Carbon and Pearl -- and has a larger batter than its predecessor at 10 hours vs. 7 hours for the previous model.

The speaker also charges via a standard USB cable now and it includes a charging cradle that acts as a dock when the device is at home.

Finally, the new version allows you to pair two devices to it at the same time -- you can switch back and forth between the devices, alternating audio streams -- and it can remember up to eight devices.

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Amazon Echo Dot

The Amazon Echo Dot wins our Editors' Choice Award. How could it not? It's just as smart as the Echo, but it costs half as much. And, unlike the Echo, you can use it with whatever speakers you want. That's terrific news both for audiophiles and for people who don't care about sound quality, who just wanted a cheaper way to bring Alexa into their homes.

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Sony SRS-X5

For a relatively compact wireless speaker, the simple but classy-looking Sony SRS-X5 offers excellent sound with strong bass. It has built-in speakerphone functionality, a USB charging port (to charge your smartphone), NFC tap-to-pair technology, and eight hours of battery life.

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Amazon Tap

Now in battery-powered form within the portable Amazon Tap, Amazon's digital assistant Alexa is as good as ever. You can play music, command your smart home, or add something to your to-do list -- all with your voice. The Tap is lightweight and fun to travel with, and the battery power and sound quality are respectable.

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Sonos Play:1 wireless speaker

The Sonos Play:1 is a big step up from your average wireless speaker. It's offered in both white and blue options, and both support streaming music services including Spotify, Amazon Cloud Player, Google Music, 7Digital, Deezer, Soundcloud and Napster.

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JBL Charge 3

The JBL Charge 3 is a well-designed, fully waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker that features good battery life and doubles as an external charger for your portable devices. It also has built-in speakerphone capabilities, and plays loudly with strong bass for its size and price class.

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UE Megaboom Bluetooth speaker

While away from home, you can untether your speaker system with the UE Megaboom Bluetooth speaker. It's a tiny waterproof unit that gets IPX7 certification for extra toughness from the elements.

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LG SH7B sound bar

The LG SH7B is a wireless sound bar and subwoofer combo that offers excellent performance and wealth of connectivity options.

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JBL Flip 3

The JBL Flip 3 is the newer -- and improved -- version of JBL's original Flip and Flip 2. It's one of the top wireless speakers out there at $100. A 2015 model, you can now find it online closer to $80.

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Sony SRS-X3

The Sony SRS-X3, one of the smaller models in Sony's 2014 lineup of portable Bluetooth speakers, stands out as one of the better minis out there and is a likable wireless speaker for its compact size and $150 price point.

It has a built-in speakerphone capabilities, NFC tap-to-pair technology for smartphones that support it, and reasonably good seven-hour battery life.

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Denon HEOS 1

Wireless multiroom systems have exploded onto the market in the last 18 months, but the Denon HEOS 1 is the first to offer something completely different: a rugged build and decent audio quality in an affordable package. Its HEOS app is also easy to use.

Adding the HEOS Go package, for $99, gives you more flexibility, including battery power, splashproofing and Bluetooth.

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Bose SoundLink Color

If your priority is sound quality, you're better off with the more expensive SoundLink Mini, which also has a more upscale metallic design. But if you value portability and don't want to spend the extra $70, the SoundLink Color is a solid choice. While not everybody will love its design, the majority of people should be impressed with the sound it puts out, particularly in smaller rooms.

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Samsung Radiant360 R1 WAM1500

The Samsung Radiant360 R1 is a likable and unobtrusive speaker if you're looking for "cafe ambience" and not "Madison Square Garden."

Although it doesn't have the best overall sound quality, the Radiant360 R1 is a welcome upgrade on most Wi-Fi speakers and works well if you primarily want background music.

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Google Chromecast Audio

No, it's not a wireless speaker, but at $35 the Chromecast Audio is almost a no-brainer for anyone looking to add wireless audio. It enables users to stream their phones to any old speakers, plus it uses Wi-Fi, which means better sound quality and a stronger connection than Bluetooth.

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Logitech Bluetooth Music Receiver

The Logitech Bluetooth Music Receiver is a more universal alternative to the Chromecast if you're looking for a way to stream audio from nearly any mobile device to a stereo.

You'll experience a slight decrease in sound quality that can't be avoided with the current limitations of Bluetooth, but the trade-off is worth it considering how easy it is to connect.

The wireless range extends up to 50 feet (15 meters) and it holds a strong connection within reasonable distance.

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