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The 9 Best Speakers to Buy in 2017

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Buy the top Bluetooth, budget and bookshelf speakers (and more) for your home
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by Alex Williams
Updated May 26, 2017
These days, we're obsessed with our music, and that means sound quality is more
important than ever before. But since speakers come in all shapes and sizes, it'
s essential to choose the one that's right for you, and make sure it's within yo
ur budget.
So whether youre looking the best Bluetooth speaker, affordably priced speakers f
or your computer, or are looking to be the life of the party at your next summer
barbecue, weve compiled a list of the best speakers for 2017 thatll suit you for
any occasion.
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Best Bookshelf Speakers: TaoTronics Boom X Premium Wireless Stereo Speakers
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TaoTronics writes that for half the price, their single speaker on the market pr
ovides the same exceptional sound quality par to JBL, Creative, Sony, etc.
In fact, the TaoTronics Boom X Preimum Wireless Stereo Speaker offers an excepti
onal crystal clear dynamic sound quality performed by their 2 x 10W speakers wit
h two bass radiators for a full and deep sound. The huge full-range stereo sound
speaker measures 2.24 x 7.38 x 2.36 inches and is designed with an aluminum out
er case and sturdy body, making it very durable.
TaoTronics include Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity with a range from up to 30 feet aw
ay with an included 3.5mm stereo cable. These speakers are best for in-house (he
nce bookshelf), providing a reasonable range in radius for your music, video gam
es, movies, TV and phone calls.
The speaker has a 4000mAH rechargeable 6W lithium battery that provides up to si
x hours of audio playback. However, some users have reported that the battery li
fe does last an hour longer depending on how loud you turn up the audio.
Unlike some other speakers on the list, TaoTronics includes a high current 2.4A
USB rechargeable adapter, as well as a lifetime guarantee, so if you happen to f
ind any defect or are not satisfied, the company will issue a full refund to you

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Best Wireless/Bluetooth: Bongo Bamboo Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
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Otis & Eleanor s Bongo is one of the most unique and stylish Bluetooth speakers
on the market. Its case is made from 100% natural bamboo, and its speaker cover
s feature vintage hemp linen cloth that gives it a colorful outdoor vibe. Under
neath the bamboo shell it offers crisp and powerful streaming Bluetooth sound, g
ood enough to power a dinner party, beach adventure or your own personal listeni
The Bongo s rechargeable battery is reliable for up to 15 hours per charge. Tha
t s a lot of battery for a very small package - the Bongo is only 6.6 x 2 x 2.7
and a lightweight 1.4 pounds, making it easy to toss into your backpack or carry
-on for a full day of listening. You can even use it as a wireless speakerphone
for hands-free calling via the Bluetooth functionality.
The Bongo packs a crisp punch for a speaker so small, featuring two rear 1.75-in
ch isolated passive bass radiators and a pair of 1.5-inch powered "rare earth" d
rivers. Music resonates well in the wood casing, creating a natural sound. It
s easy to pair and the Bluetooth range is 30+ feet. We re big fans of its clas
sic design, portability, and quality performance at a reasonable price.

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Best Budget Speaker: AmazonBasics USB Powered Computer Speakers (A100)
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The AmazonBasics USB Powered Computer Speakers is the best budget speaker if your
e looking to spend less than $20 (and if you dont care for the fancy add-ons of B
luetooth or booming audio).
Though not wireless, these 5V USB powered speakers are suitable for stationary l
ocations like your office or computer desktop at home. Weighing just 1.26 pounds
and measuring 4.92 inches x 3.07 inches x 3.07 inches means they are small enou
gh to allow for decent mobility for the business-person constantly on-the-go. Th
e 3.5 mm audio cable and USB measures 510 in length and the cord between the speak
ers measures 53, so youll have enough space for set up without the cable clutter.
Amazon users describe the sound as not necessarily powerful but pure in terms of fin
ding the right equalization balance of both treble and bass. Each speaker has 1.
5W of RMS power (a total of 3W) and plug right into your computers USB and audio
ports. You can turn the speakers on and the volume up with one simple adjustable
control knob at the front of the speakers for quick access. They only come in b
lack, but shipping is free.

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Best Outdoor Speaker: Omaker M4 Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker
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Looking to rough it this summer in the great outdoors, but cant part ways with yo
ur music? Check out the Omaker M4 Portable Bluetooth 4.0, which is designed to w
ithstand every element that Mother Nature throws at it, and its the No. 1 best se
ller satellite speakers on Amazon.com.
With Bluetooth 4.0 technology, this little rugged wireless speaker connects with
your mobile device in three seconds flat with NFC tap-to-pair technology and ha
s a connectivity range of up to 33 feet. Its so compact that it only weighs 8.2 o
unces, and measures 3.2 x 3.2 x 1.8 inches in size so you can fit it in the palm
of your hand.
But dont let the size fool you. The Omaker emits full high-definition, crystal cl
ear sound quality and robust bass through a 3W audio driver and passive subwoofe
r. Its IP Rated IP54 designed as both an outdoor and shower speaker, so its splash
-proof, shock-proof and dustproof.
And the battery life? The built-in 1500 mAh rechargeable battery enables 12 hour
s of playtime at 80 percent volume so you can jam through a full day, and it onl
y takes three to four hours to fully charge via micro USB cable. The Omaker last
s three times longer in battery life compared with other speakers the same size.
It comes in three fitting colors: Camouflage, Orange and Army Green.
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Best for Office Desk/Workplace: DKnight MagicBox II Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker
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If you want a no non-sense and powerful speaker with the best simplistic design
for the office with all the fixings, look no further than the DKnight MagicBox I
I Bluetooth 4.0 Portable Wireless speaker.
Measuring at 6 x 2 x 1.6 inches, the DKnight Magic Box II resembles a large Lego
piece and comes in colors of blue, black and red. Its case is made of soft-touc
h rubber, so it wont scratch or slip away from your desk.
Its implemented with 10W total acoustic drivers, producing a wide audio spectrum
despite the ultra-small size. The second in the Magic Box series, the speaker im
proves on design with a newly featured passive radiator that provides strong bas
s without distortion from even at the highest volumes perfect for crisp clean so
und emitted from your low baritone-voiced friends.
Yes, it comes with Bluetooth 4.0 technology (along with a 3.5mm auxiliary jack t
o connect all your audio devices) compatible with all your Bluetooth-enable devi
ces (Bluetooth V2.1 and over.) Your iPhone or iPad can be synced in an instant w
ith no pin required, and with its built in microphone, you can talk hands free a
way from your smartphone by pressing the phone icon button and speaking into the
The DKnight Magic Box II has a built in 2000mA rechargeable battery that lasts u
p to 10 to 12 hours for playtime. Its simple to carry around and only weighs 11.5
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Best for Parties: DLAND Portable Color Changing Speaker
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If audio equipment looked like EDM personified, this would be it. DLANDs Portable
Color Changing LED Light Wireless Hi-Fi Surround Stereo Sound Speaker is afford
able and best suited for your home, outdoor BBQ party, beach or picnic.
This portable speaker/audio dock is multi-functional for how exactly music gets
to it: Bluetooth 3.0 functionality connects up to 10 meters away with your Bluet
ooth-enabled devices like your smartphone. It includes a MicroSD and TF (up to 3
2GB) input, a U Disk Play function, an FM radio, as well as an 3.5mm auxiliary c
able and port so you can connect directly.
The built-in microphone includes echo and noise cancellation to provide for clea
r hands-free phone calls. The system boasts good noise isolation, so it can pene
trate the ambience of soothing beach tides or a noisy city at a frequency of 100
HZ to 20 KHZ. As youre blaring your playlist, the LED lights flash in rainbow mul
ti colors, capturing the tonality of the audio that pairs with it: music, video
games, party gatherings, a bar and the nightlife.
The DLAND has a rechargeable and removable 1200 mAh lithium ion battery with 5V.
You can play up to eight hours of continuous music. Charging takes around three
to four hours. The entire unit measures 4.25 x 1.38 x 1.57 inches, which means
its very portable, so you can easily bring it to your next bash and become the li
fe the party.
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Best Studio Audio Monitor: Mackie CR Series CR3 - 3" Creative Monitors
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For the person who requires studio-quality sound and performance for their multi
media creations, spring for the Mackie CR Series CR3. The No. 1 Best Seller in S
tudio Audio Monitors on Amazon.com wont cost you an arm or leg either.
At six pounds and measuring 11.5 x 8.5 x 15.3 inches, the Mackie CR Series CR3 i
s the largest speaker set on the list The speakers emit an ultra-wide frequency
range perfect for full-range multimedia, pumping out 80 HZ to 20 kHz youll be abl
e to hear pin drops.
The 50-watt integrated amplifier, precision designed high-frequency waveguide, p
remium transducers, and all-wood cabinet design make for an acoustic sound that
will capture everything bit of audio. You dont need to turn the audio up too high
, as the small stereo tweeters coupled with bottom heavy sub create a balanced s
ound without mumble. Two professional-grade isolation pads are included, so you
can minimize unwanted bass buildup and also tilt the monitors up or down for mor
e focused listening.
No, it doesnt come with the fancy out-of-box Bluetooth connectivity, but it does
include all the wires you need: a 1/8 stereo RCA cable for connecting your comput
ers audio output directly to you monitors, a 1/8 to 1/8 cable for your smartphone,
and the 6 speaker-to-speaker cable so you can connect the left/right speakers tog
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Best Home Audio Subwoofer: Polk Audio PSW10 10-Inch Powered Subwoofer
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The Polk Audio PSW10 comes with a warning for its power. Seriously, this 10-inch
powered subwoofer has the capability of emitting 85 decibels (dB), which is mor
e than a freight train.
The Polk Audio PSW10 is equipped with one 10-inch polymer-composited dynamic bal
ance cone driver to deliver a fully balanced explosive sound. It is designed wit
h laser-based Klippel measurement technology for improved linearity and deep, pr
ecise sound. Its a big one too: the unit measures at 14 x 14.38 x 16.12 inches an
d weighs 26 pounds. Due to its sheer power, the PSW10 has a non-resonant all-MDF
enclosure construction with 0.75-inch-thick baffles and internal bracing so you
wont break the system at maximum volume. But just in case you do, Polk Audio pro
vides a five-year warranty for the PSW10. With a bandwidth of 40Hz to 200Hz, 50
watts of continuous power and up to 100 watts of dynamic power, the subwoofer do
es a magnificent job at filling the bottom end of your home theater system.
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Runner-Up, Best for Office Desk/Workplace: DOSS Portable Wireless BoomBox
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DOSS breaks through the crowded mid-level Bluetooth speaker market with the DOSS
Portable Wireless BoomBox. With a sleek touchscreen design and crisp 10W sound,
this speaker is the perfect option to keep on your desk at work.
This portable speaker is just 6.6 x 2.9 x 2.7 inches and weighs just one pound.
The design is a professional and slender black rectangle with curved edges and a
n elegant light-up touch screen with laser carved finish. The illuminated touch
options allow you to pause, sync, scroll, and increase the volume with a clockwi
se rotation.
The compact size does not mean small sound. Enjoy a full sound spectrum with the
10W full-bodied stereo and deep bass that comes from dual-performance drivers.
The speaker is protected by a layer of silicone.
Anyone in the office can sync their music up to your speaker thanks to Bluetooth
4.0 tech that connects to smart devices up to 33 feet away and automatically re
connects to the last paired device. If Bluetooth isnt your style, connect with an
aux cable or insert a Micro SD card to let the music flow.
The device will last through even the longest workdays, thanks to a 2200 mAh lit
hium ion battery that recharges via USB.
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