The Best Home Bluetooth Speaker

The Best Home Bluetooth Speaker

Our pick

Klipsch The One II

Klipsch The One II

Very good sound at a reasonable price

The One II is small and simple, it sounds better than its competitors, and its tasteful styling should please everyone.

Buying Options

$290* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $251.

With Klipsch’s The One II, you get good sound in a small, stylish package. In our blind listening tests, it produced clearer, more natural-sounding vocals than the other Bluetooth speakers we tested, and it delivered plenty of bass, too. The One II’s retro look is handsome and tasteful, so it suits practically any decor. Bluetooth pairing is simple, and the One II, with nothing but an on/off switch, a volume control, and an input selector, is one of the simplest audio systems you can buy. The One II is great for getting good sound in your home without the complexities that Wi-Fi speakers bring.

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Runner-up

Monoprice Soundstage3

Monoprice Soundstage3

Good sound, good features

The Soundstage3 delivers full sound with good bass output, and it adds useful features like tone controls and a digital audio input.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $202.

The Monoprice Soundstage3 was the least-expensive speaker we tested for our most recent update, yet it still emerged as one of the favorites in our blind listening tests. The Soundstage3 doesn’t sound quite as clear as Klipsch’s The One II, but its larger size helps it produce a somewhat fuller sound, with more bass, and you can easily adjust its tone using the bass and treble buttons on its remote control. The Soundstage3 also has an extra set of analog audio inputs and an optical digital audio input, which will be useful if you want to use it as a TV speaker. Its exposed speaker drivers and glossy finish give the Soundstage3 a more techy look than the Klipsch speaker, and it’s not quite as petite, but we liked the styling nonetheless.

Upgrade pick

Marshall Woburn II

Marshall Woburn II

For large spaces or loud parties

The Woburn II plays much louder and produces more bass than the smaller tabletop speakers we tested, but it costs a lot more.

Buying Options

$400 from Amazon

The Marshall Woburn II is the muscle car of Bluetooth speakers, with dual woofers that produce powerful bass and a sound that’s robust enough to get a dozen people dancing. It also has convenient, top-mounted volume, bass, and treble controls that make it easy to adjust the sound to your liking. The Woburn II is much pricier and about three times the size of Klipsch’s The One II, but if you want sound that’s powerful enough to fill an entire loft space, this is the Bluetooth speaker to get.

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Our pick

Klipsch The One II

Klipsch The One II

Very good sound at a reasonable price

The One II is small and simple, it sounds better than its competitors, and its tasteful styling should please everyone.

Buying Options

$290* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $251.

Runner-up

Monoprice Soundstage3

Monoprice Soundstage3

Good sound, good features

The Soundstage3 delivers full sound with good bass output, and it adds useful features like tone controls and a digital audio input.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $202.

Upgrade pick

Marshall Woburn II

Marshall Woburn II

For large spaces or loud parties

The Woburn II plays much louder and produces more bass than the smaller tabletop speakers we tested, but it costs a lot more.

Buying Options

$400 from Amazon

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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