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Last updated: 21 May 2021
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Portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speakers as well as smart displays let you play music while keeping your smartphone or music player close at hand. Smart speakers add support for digital assistants like Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Siri and voice commands. We test and review wireless speakers, priced from around $40 to over $1400, from Sony, Bose, Ultimate Ears, Apple, Google, Amazon and more. We rate sound quality, ease of use and wireless range to help you find the best.

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Our expert testers take to the CHOICE sound room to find the speakers that:

  • have the best sound when listening to jazz, pop and classical music
  • sound the best for speech
  • weigh the least and are easy to carry around
  • are the easiest to use.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you easily find the models that have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth (or both), are 'ruggedised' for outdoor use, and ones that come in under a kilo so you can comfortably carry them in a day pack. Our Recommended list will let you see at a glance which models come out on top.

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    Power options

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    Speakers that offer both mains and battery power provide versatility to use at home and take out and about 

      Speakerphone

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      Speakers with this feature allow you to take a call using the speaker to hear the call and an onboard mic to talk to the caller. Once the call is finished, the music will continue to play.


        Auxiliary input

          Wi-Fi (2.4GHz)

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          Wi-Fi connectivity for both 2.4GHz as well as 5GHz allows you to connect a number of devices over a wireless network with less conflicts. 

          The big advantage with Wi-Fi over Bluetooth is the range, with Wi-Fi networks often able to project well over 30 metres.

            Wi-Fi (5GHz)

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            Wi-Fi connectivity for both 2.4GHz as well as 5GHz allows you to connect a number of devices over a wireless network with less conflicts. 

            The big advantage with Wi-Fi over Bluetooth is the range, with Wi-Fi networks often able to project well over 30 metres.

              Bluetooth

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              Bluetooth is the most common direct wireless connection option between a wireless speaker and a smart device.

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                • Classical music score
                • Jazz music score
                • Pop music score
                • Speech score
                • Setup score
                • Range
                • Smart screen score
                • Power consumption score
                • Battery time (hours)
                • Good points
                • Bad points
                • Price
                • Type
                • Brand
                • Model
                • Bluetooth
                • Wi-Fi 5GHz
                • Wi-Fi 2.4GHz
                • Personal assistant
                • Apple AirPlay
                • Google home
                • Auxiliary input
                • Alexa
                • Siri
                • NFC
                • Speaker grouping
                • Speakerphone
                • Dust/water resistant
                • Power options
                • Battery life indicator
                • USB can charge other devices
                • Travel case
                • Other controls
                • Music service support
                • Apps available
                • Dimensions (mm, HxWxD)
                • Weight (kg)
                • Availability

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