If you want the most realistic surround sound from a single speaker, the Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar is the best there is.
The Amazon Echo Show 5 isn't quite as good as the Google Nest Hub, but it's a solid smart display that's particularly compelling as a smart alarm clock.
The Vizio SB2020n-G6 is an enjoyable and easy-to-use sound bar but it's worth spending more to get a model with a wireless sub.
The excellent Vizio SB36512-F6 brings Dolby Atmos effects to a compact sound bar with rear speakers and a sub -- all for a very affordable price.
The Creative Stage sound bar and subwoofer combo sets the standard for a desktop gaming system on a budget and can even work with small TVs.
The Harman Kardon Esquire Mini 2 is a sweet little Bluetooth speaker than delivers better sound than you'd think.
The well-designed Tribit MaxSound Plus is an excellent value and a strong contender in its mini Bluetooth speaker price class.
I wouldn't blame you if you covet this gorgeous smart speaker, but it's hard to justify spending $250 on it.
The Roku TV Wireless Speakers are a painless, instant upgrade to Roku TVs -- and only Roku TVs -- but a sound bar delivers better bass for movie bombast.
The Sony SRS-XB01 is a likable little speaker that's well designed and sounds decent enough for its budget price.
Facebook's Portal Plus and Portal displays make video calling much more immersive, but high prices, a slightly awkward design (for the Plus version specifically) and some lingering privacy questions make them a tough sell for most.
The Klipsch Reference R-51M combines throwback looks and thoroughly exciting sound in an affordable package.
The full-featured Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 offers a palpable sonic upgrade for your television over cheap sound bars.
The cameraless, petite Google Nest Hub will blend into any room in your home. It's affordable, and quite useful as a digital assistant (especially in the kitchen), a photo frame and a smart-home control panel.
The Amazon Echo Sub offers an instant bass upgrade to the Echo line of smart speakers, but stereo pairing two Echos makes for a better music experience.
If you're looking for an Alexa-enabled speaker with a Zigbee hub, the Amazon Echo Plus is your best bet. If you're looking for the best sound quality, the Sonos One is still the top contender.
The cut-down version of Devialet's high-end wireless speaker goes deep for about $1,000.
This is the best Dot yet at the same irresistible price -- but it will do little to slow Google's growing momentum.