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Best Speakers for 2018

Our editors hand-picked these products based on our tests and reviews.
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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Sound
    • 10 Value
    ELAC Debut B6

    ELAC B6 debuts at number one

    The ELAC Debut B6 bookshelf speakers offer stellar, best-in-class sound quality that no other speakers can match at this low price.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 8 Sound qual.
    Sonos One

    Alexa gets the sound quality she deserves

    The Alexa-powered Sonos One is the first smart speaker that actually sounds good with music -- and even more new features will be coming to it in the months ahead.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 8 Sound
    • 9 Value
    Q Acoustics 3020

    Mini price, mini size, maxi sound

    The Q Acoustics 3020 are a lively and engrossing set of compact speakers that offer true audiophile quality without the high price.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 8 Sound
    • 9 Value
    Yamaha YAS-207

    Mid-priced sound bar that lives up to high expectations

    The Yamaha YAS-207 is an excellent sound bar package which offers sound quality which soars above others' at the price.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 9 Sound
    • 10 Value
    ELAC Uni-Fi UB5

    ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 speakers belt out insanely good sound for the money

    Paired with high-quality components, the ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 sounds much better than you have any right to expect from a speaker of this size and price.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 8 Sound
    • 9 Value
    KEF Q350

    A not-so-quiet achiever

    The KEF Q350 bookshelf speaker looks exquisite, and sounds bigger and more expensive than it really is.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Sound
    • 9 Value
    Pioneer SPEBS73-LR

    Atmos all-stars take stand-mount speaker crown

    The Pioneer Elite SP-EBS73-LR is, hands down, the very best-sounding bookshelf/surround speaker we've heard in its price class.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 9 Sound
    • 8 Value
    SVS Prime Tower

    Audiophile performance for much less

    The SVS Prime Tower's highly transparent sound will appeal to audiophiles hankering for big-speaker sound at a price they can afford.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 9 Sound
    • 10 Value
    Pioneer SP-SB23W

    Affordable sound bar that's serious about sound

    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.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    Bowers & Wilkins 805 D3

    Exquisite diamond tweeter speakers worth their weight in gold

    The Bowers & Wilkins 805 D3 are the supercharged sportscars of the high-end speaker world, combining whiplash-inducing looks, cutting edge technology and exquisite performance.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 10 Performance
    • 10 Value
    Pioneer SP-PK52FS

    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.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 7 Features
    • 9 Sound
    • 8 Value
    Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III

    The Lexus of Bluetooth speakers

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

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