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Best speakers of 2016

From inexpensive stereo speakers to premium surround sound systems.

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    CNET's Rating

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

    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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  • LG SH7B

    The LG SH7B proves how far affordable sound bar/wireless subwoofer systems have come, and sounds equally credible with movies and music.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Sound
    • 9 Value
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    CNET's Rating

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

    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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  • Pioneer SPEBS73-LR

    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

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Sound
    • 9 Value
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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Sound
    • 9 Value
    Yamaha YAS-203

    The Yamaha YAS-203 breaks free of most of the performance constraints of budget sound bars, sounding bigger, more spacious, more dynamic and clearer than anything near its price.

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  • SVS Prime Tower

    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

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 9 Sound
    • 8 Value
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    CNET's Rating

    • 10 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    Energy Take Classic 5.1

    The Energy Take Classic 5.1 is the best budget speaker system we've reviewed, earning our Editors' Choice Award with its outstanding sound quality and exquisite looks.

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  • Pioneer SP-SB23W

    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

    • 7 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 9 Sound
    • 10 Value
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    CNET's Rating

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

    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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  • 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

    • 7 Design
    • 10 Performance
    • 10 Value
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    CNET's Rating

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

    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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