Now is an exciting time for audio gear nerds, and this spring the theme is converging technologies, so you'll see headphones with combined features like noise cancelling, completely wireless earbuds and military-spec durability.
Our preview list also includes waterproof Bluetooth speakers with integrated solar panels for charging, home theater speakers, receivers and more.
Many of the products in this slideshow don't have exact release dates yet, but they're all scheduled to come out before the end of June so check back with CNET soon for full reviews.
ELAC Uni-Fi UB5
If there's one audio product we're the most jazzed about in 2016 it's this one. After a spectacular showing at CES 2016 we have high hopes for the $500 ELAC UB5s. Designer Andrew Jones says he's improved on the already great debut and based on our ears-on demos we'd say he's right. Look out for these April 4.
When it released its X2 wireless sports headphones in 2015, Jaybird drew some criticism because it didn't seem like much of an upgrade over the predecessor. Well, now the company finally has headphones -- the Jaybird Freedom -- with a totally new, more compact design that should offer an even better fit for most people.
JBL's Clip speakers have been among our favorite micro Bluetooth speakers, and the new Clip 2, which features improved battery life and a metal (not plastic) carabiner, comes five color options for $60.
These are among the first batch of completely wireless earbuds announced this year. Motorola's version are the VerveOnes. They fit into a carrying case that also doubles as a wireless charger and the package includes six pairs of extra gel tips so you can secure a good seal while they're in your ears.
Once upon a time you could spend $300 on a soundbar and stop there -- there was no real reason to spend any more. But ZVOX may just have the reason to spend twice that with its $599 SB500 soundbar. Its inventors say it's the best sound bar ever made, and as the creators of the sound bar category itself they might know a little something. With aluminum construction and a potential for integration with Google Chromecast Audio this could the soundbar to beat this year.
Thought to be a relic of the '80s, Sony is now back in the turntable-making game. The new PSH-X500 has a distinctly 2016 tint with a digital DSD output in addition to a modern-looking tonearm. Expect more details soon!