Top Wireless Speakers Compared

Choosing the Right Wireless Speaker

Multiroom wireless speaker system are for people who want to be able to play music all over their house and easily control it from their phone, tablet, or computer. They let you play different tracks on each speaker, or group them together to play the same tracks.

They support both local media libraries and streaming services, allowing you to access music from almost any source. They make it easy to expand your system by just adding another speaker or zone.

We looked for audio systems that could be set up in multiple rooms, either as speakers or as sources for an existing audio system. We wanted systems that could play back local music and stream music from online sources.




Each speaker, or zone, needed to be able to play from a different source or be grouped with other speakers playing the same source. And we looked for systems that would give you complete control from your smartphone or tablet and not need to physically access the speaker.

The ideal multiroom wireless speaker would also offer a large variety of products at a wide range of prices. A $1,000 speaker might be okay for some, but a $100 option will appeal to a wider range of people. Or if you stream all your music and the audio system can’t play back music from your favorite service, it isn’t the correct choice for you.

Testing and Results

We researched plenty of models available to all consumers, as well as attended audio trade shows where we were able to demo the speakers. We setup the speakers all around the house and office, to make sure there was no issues with the speakers range. We listened to main streaming services (i.e. Spotify, Pandora, Amazon) and local files.

Finally, we then picked the models that we felt had the most benefit for your ears.

Sonos Play:5 Ultimate Wireless Smart Speaker

sonos play 5Sonos units are still king when it comes to a synergy between software and hardware. Their apps are easy to use, and the new Play:5 is the company’s best speaker yet. It’s expensive, but if you want set-and-forget sound, this is probably your best bet.

The Sonos PLAY:5 gets a radical makeover that adds $100 to the price but combines an amazing user experience with stunning audio performance.




Bose SoundTouch 10 Wireless Music System

The Bose SoundTouch 10 is a very compact Wi-Fi speaker that plays much bigger than its size would indicate, and it offers convenience features like Bluetooth and shortcut buttons. However, unlike Sonos, you currently can’t link two speakers and turn them into a true stereo pair, designating one speaker as left, the other as right.

The affordable Bose SoundTouch 10 Wireless Music System is an impressive sounding compact wireless speaker that also offers Bluetooth connectivity.

Amazon Echo Wireless Speaker

Amazon’s Echo voice-activated smart home speaker is very futuristic, but it’s also practical and accessible. More than a year after its debut, the Echo is smarter than ever, and one of the best connected home products money can currently buy.

The Amazon Echo is more than just an amazing sounding speaker with Siri-like smarts — it’s the connected home experience you didn’t know you wanted.

Sonos PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Smart Speaker

The Sonos Play:1 system is the best multiroom wireless speaker system. It supports the most services, and has a wide selection of great-sounding speakers, great search features, and a well-organized app that runs on almost all major platforms.

The Sonos Play:1 sounds great on its own and is an affordable entry point to the Sonos system. A pair in stereo mode sounds even better.

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They support both local media libraries and streaming services, allowing you to access music from almost any source. They make it easy to expand your system by just adding another speaker or zone.




We looked for audio systems that could be set up in multiple rooms, either as speakers or as sources for an existing audio system. We wanted systems that could play back local music and stream music from online sources.

Each speaker, or zone, needed to be able to play from a different source or be grouped with other speakers playing the same source. And we looked for systems that would give you complete control from your smartphone or tablet and not need to physically access the speaker.

The ideal multiroom wireless speaker would also offer a large variety of products at a wide range of prices. A $1,000 speaker might be okay for some, but a $100 option will appeal to a wider range of people. Or if you stream all your music and the audio system can’t play back music from your favorite service, it isn’t the correct choice for you.

Choosing the Right Wireless Speaker

Multiroom wireless speaker system are for people who want to be able to play music all over their house and easily control it from their phone, tablet, or computer. They let you play different tracks on each speaker, or group them together to play the same tracks.



Sonos Play:5 Ultimate Wireless Smart Speaker

sonos play 5Sonos units are still king when it comes to a synergy between software and hardware. Their apps are easy to use, and the new Play:5 is the company’s best speaker yet. It’s expensive, but if you want set-and-forget sound, this is probably your best bet.

The Sonos PLAY:5 gets a radical makeover that adds $100 to the price but combines an amazing user experience with stunning audio performance.




Bose SoundTouch 10 Wireless Music System

The Bose SoundTouch 10 is a very compact Wi-Fi speaker that plays much bigger than its size would indicate, and it offers convenience features like Bluetooth and shortcut buttons. However, unlike Sonos, you currently can’t link two speakers and turn them into a true stereo pair, designating one speaker as left, the other as right.

The affordable Bose SoundTouch 10 Wireless Music System is an impressive sounding compact wireless speaker that also offers Bluetooth connectivity.

Amazon Echo Wireless Speaker

Amazon’s Echo voice-activated smart home speaker is very futuristic, but it’s also practical and accessible. More than a year after its debut, the Echo is smarter than ever, and one of the best connected home products money can currently buy.

The Amazon Echo is more than just an amazing sounding speaker with Siri-like smarts — it’s the connected home experience you didn’t know you wanted.

Sonos PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Smart Speaker

The Sonos Play:1 system is the best multiroom wireless speaker system. It supports the most services, and has a wide selection of great-sounding speakers, great search features, and a well-organized app that runs on almost all major platforms.

The Sonos Play:1 sounds great on its own and is an affordable entry point to the Sonos system. A pair in stereo mode sounds even better.

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