When it comes to home entertainment, your setup is nothing without the best audio speakers—which add a new dimension to your music, movies, YouTube videos, video games, and nearly any other home media you can imagine.
It can be difficult to sift through the never-ending pile of products and find the perfect fit for your needs. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else, this technology review of the best audio speakers can help you navigate the top picks.
Amplify Your Home System with a Sound Bar
If you’re looking to revamp your existing sound system or give a gift that can be appreciated for years to come, sound bars are an excellent starting point. They’re a true jack-of-all-trades in terms of sound utility; as this technology review from Klipsch explains, these devices excel at bringing both audio clarity and big, booming sound (when needed), especially when paired with a pack-in subwoofer.
On the higher end of the sound bar spectrum, Samsung’s HW-K950 is one of the best audio speakers around, packing in a wireless subwoofer and 4K pass-through. When connecting to your TV, the simple HDMI connection offers top-tier sound without sacrificing picture quality. It also boasts Dolby’s Atmos technology, which can create an awesome surround-sound experience through a single speaker.
You don’t have to go premium to get an excellent sound bar for your home, either. Vizio’s S3821W-C0 38-inch 2.1 Home Theater Sound Bar is a significant upgrade for a home without one. Like the HW-K950, it also features a wireless subwoofer.
Speakers for Your Computer
When looking for a great pair of computer speakers, try Logitech. Long beloved for their customer service and bang-for-the-buck pricing philosophy, the company’s Z506 Speaker System is an excellent choice for quality sound and lasting durability.
If you’ve got a little AV knowledge, you can’t go wrong with Klipsch. Their R-14M Reference Bookshelf Monitor Speakers pack incredible aural fidelity into a small package. They’re also versatile enough to perform well in any spot in your surround-system setup.
Best Audio Speakers for Your Phone
Don’t forget portable sound. If you have a phone, tablet, or even a laptop, a speaker you can carry and connect at a moment’s notice is both a smart idea for personal use and a great gift for the audiophile in your life.
Enter the massive field of Bluetooth-enabled, phone-friendly speakers. Bose’s feature-packed SoundLink RevolvePlus Black Bluetooth Speaker has been the undisputed king of this realm for some time. It connects effortlessly to a variety of devices, provides excellent sound in a 360-degree radius, and features a sturdy, water-resistant design. Throw in Bose’s patented (and amazing) sound quality, and you have a device that matches your impressive music library.
With that said, don’t count out headphones. Though technically outside the speakers category, they’re still a near-perfect solution for listening to music on the go, as proven by V-MODA’s superb Crossfade LP Over-Ear Metal Headphones. If sound quality is a top priority for you or your giftee, V-MODA should be your first and last stop. Try them and see if you don’t agree.
You can be proud to use any of these speakers in your home or—with the holidays drawing ever closer—give as a top-shelf gift.