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Last updated: 02 February 2017

Play music in a single room or have a favourite track waft through the halls of a home; that is the power of networked speakers, which make it possible to playback tracks across multiple speakers from a single device. To help you decide if networked or simple wireless speakers are best for you, we've also created a buying guide.

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Our panel of experts have reviewed 18 speakers, priced at $270 to $899, from brands such as Bose, LG, Panasonic, Samsung and more.

This review will help you identify which speakers:

  • produce the best quality audio
  • are the easiest to set up and use
  • work with Apple AirPlay or open standards
  • support the most popular music streaming services.
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List of brands we tested in this review.

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    In $AUD as supplied by manufacturers.

    enter value/s in increments of 1 between 270 and 899

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    Airplay

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    Apple AirPlay connects directly to the speaker

      DLNA

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      DLNA allows a connection to your home network via a DLNA server to stream audio and video.

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        • Overall score
        • Recommended
        • Listening score
        • Ease of use score
        • Annual standby energy cost
        • Weight (kg)
        • Good points
        • Bad points
        • Price
        • Brand
        • Model
        • Availability
        • Dimensions (cm, H x W X D)
        • Carry handle
        • Remote control
        • Stereo speaker
        • AirPlay
        • Bluetooth
        • Near field communication
        • Wi-Fi protocol
        • AAC
        • AIFF
        • ALAC
        • Audible
        • FLAC
        • iTunes Plus
        • MP2
        • MP3
        • OGG
        • WAV
        • WMA
        • 8tracks
        • Allplay radio
        • Amazon
        • iHeart
        • JB Hi-fi NOW
        • Juke
        • KK box
        • Lastfm
        • MOG
        • Murfie
        • Napster
        • Pandora
        • QQ music
        • Rdio
        • Rhapsody
        • Sirius XM
        • Slacker
        • Songza
        • Spotify
        • Stitcher
        • Tunein
        • Wimp
        • Wolfgangs vault
        • DLNA
        • Made for iPhone
        • Wall mountable
        • Claimed power output (W)
        • AUX input
        • Ethernet
        • Power switch

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