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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Recommended retail price at the time of testing.
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Home speakers can be Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and mains powered. Portable speakers may also be Wi-Fi but are usually Bluetooth and are battery powered. Smart displays are ideal for the kitchen or bedroom and can usually play video as well as illustrate information delivered by a voice assistant such as Alexa or Google.
Speakers that offer both mains and battery power provide versatility to use at home and take out and about.
Standard Wi-Fi connectivity. The big advantage with Wi-Fi over Bluetooth is the range, with Wi-Fi networks often able to project well over 30 metres.
5GHz allows you to connect a greater number of devices over a wireless network with fewer conflicts.
Shop Ethical rating
Shop Ethical rates the environmental and social impact of the company (not the product) using independent sources. This rating is not included in our total score. N/A means there is no rating for that company.
Classical music score
Our testers assess the speaker to see how well it performs when playing classical music.
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Pop music score
Our tester assesses how well the speaker performs when playing pop music.
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Jazz music score
Our tester assesses how well the speaker performs when playing jazz music.
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Our tester assesses how well the speaker performs for speech, using a newscast.
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We test initial set-up and any physical controls on the speaker.
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A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- CHOICE Expert Rating
- Annual running cost
- Classical music score
- Jazz music score
- Pop music score
- Speech score
- Set-up score
- Everyday score
- App score
- Power consumption score
- Smart display score
- Battery time (hours)
- Good points
- Bad points
- Shop Ethical rating
- Wi-Fi 2.4GHz
- Wi-Fi 5GHz
- Personal assistant
- Apple AirPlay support
- Google Home support
- Google Assistant support
- Alexa support
- Siri support
- Auxiliary input
- Stereo pairing
- 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 (g)