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Sonos Play alternative: The Bose SoundTouch 10 Wi-Fi speaker for $100

That's a great price for this great-sounding speaker, which also has Alexa skills.

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The Bose SoundTouch 10 connects to your device over Wi-Fi and comes with an app that lets you save your favorite internet radio stations as presets.

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Bluetooth speakers are all well and good, but they have limited range and use audio-compression technology that many audiophiles don't appreciate. They're also harder to configure for multiroom setups. Enter Wi-Fi speakers, which hit the scene years ago but never really caught on, for reasons I don't fully understand. Well, actually, I do: Most of them were premium products with price tags to match.

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Here's a premium product with a much more affordable price: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Bose via eBay has the Bose SoundTouch 10 Wireless Speaker for $99.99. It originally sold for $200 (and still does in some quarters).

A straight-up Sonos Play:1 competitor, the SoundTouch 10 is a compact but powerful speaker that uses Wi-Fi for easy multiroom setups, but also supports Bluetooth if you need to use it somewhere there's no Wi-Fi.

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There's also an Alexa skill for Bose, so if you own an Echo, Fire Tablet or other compatible device, you can listen to music without having to pick up your phone or tablet. It's a bit limited, however: You can't ask for a specific song or playlist, but you can request presets, skip songs, modify the volume and so on.

I haven't tried the SoundTouch 10 myself, so I'll turn you over to David Carnoy's Bose SoundTouch 10 review from 2016. Yeah, this is an older product, and while it still sounds just as good, it's probably not quite as tech-savvy as the latest from Sonos.

On the other hand, the Play:1 runs $150. If you're looking to outfit your house with Wi-Fi speaker goodness, this is a deal worth considering.

If you happen to own one already, hit the comments and share your thoughts!

Originally published last this year. Updated to reflect new sale prices and availability. Removed expired bonus deal.

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