Best Speakers for Home

When you just want to sit back, relax and enjoy some TV, you need decent quality sound. The issue is, most people get used to the small speakers incorporated into their Television sets. Even though in reality, it sounds awful. To hear even spoken words, volume has to be up to the max! Distorted, tinny and cringe worthy to an audio buff like me, and also damaging to the ears.

So what are the best speakers for home? There’s a few routes you can go down. The most obvious would be a soundbar for ease of use and setup with an additional bass bin. By now you will have realised, its miles better than the default audio you get with your TV. Moreover, if you listen to music more often, there’s plenty of bookshelf speakers which produce hi-fidelity audio at reasonable price. These can be coupled with more speakers to achieve 5.1 surround sound, or if you’re forking out more cash, 7.1 Surround. As a result, you will be immersed in sound, just like your local cinema.

If this is out of your budget and you’re in a noisy environment check out the Best Bose Earphones. Keep clicking through to find what suits you when on the move or for watching films on your laptop! You could also opt in for portable bluetooth speakers instead.

It's really hard to go wrong with the MT-60D system.Read full review
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Negatives
Somewhat expensive
Positives
Sleek, modern design
Top of the line sound
DSP processing in the already legendary PV1 subwoofer
Stands hide cables
Easy to add on more satellites
Q Acoustics has done it again by making the best speakers that one can have at a sub £300 mark. Read full review
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Negatives
2010i and 2020i seem to be redundant products
Positives
Very clear mids
Punchy bass
Near to none distortion
Balanced sound stage
Precise reproduction of instrumental audio
Premium cabinet made from high quality material
Improved driver cone material
Decoupled tweeter to eliminate distortion
Low on space or cash? The Bose Solo 15 is a great option.Read full review
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Negatives
Lack of EQ
Not as good sounding as a real home theatre system
Positives
Compact
Inexpensive
Great sound
Easy to use and setup
Good investment for an existing system.Read full review
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Negatives
Need a subwoofer to cover the low end
Highs can be shrill at high volume
Mid-range resonance at high volume
Sound better with DSP correction
Positives
Good extension to an existing system
Solid construction
Excellent imaging
Stiff woofer resists distortion at high volume
Bose SoundTouch 520 speaker system pack
The Bose SoundTouch 520 is a great home theatre system that also has the option of being a music system, although it doesn't quite excel at the second task.Read full review
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Negatives
Doesn’t excel as a music system
SoundTouch app requires active internet connection
Positives
Good home theatre solution
Doubles as a music system
Easy to set-up
Links with other SoundTouch speakers
Some of the best speakers at the price point and suitable for music or film.Read full review
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Negatives
Rear-facing bass reflex ports means the speakers must be situated close to a wall
For £100 more, you can get the award-winning Q Acoustics 3020i
Only available in black or walnut
Positives
Quality for the price
Great response throughout the frequency range
Compact and easy to place
Rear-facing bass reflex ports
Bose Soundtouch 120 Cinema System
The SoundTouch 120 is a cosmetic upgrade to the CineMate 120 system that adds wireless support. The SoundTouch 120 is a good option if you are planning to buy you first home cinema system.Read full review
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Negatives
Cosmetic upgrade to the CineMate 120 system
Lacks high-end features such as PhaseGuide sound radiators.
Positives
Mid-range home cinema system.
Integrated WiFi and Bluetooth support.
ADAPTIQ sound calibration.
Sonos Play:5 Smart Speaker
The Play:5 is a good sounding speaker and is worth a buy for its bass performance and the Sonos ecosystem. Read full review
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Negatives
The power port and all additional ports are present at the rear of the speaker and are difficult to access if the speaker is wall-mounted.
No headphone jack port.
Software for the Android OS lags behind the software for the iOS version.
Positives
Best sounding Sonos speaker.
Deep and rich bass performance.
Trueplay software facilitates good audio quality irrespective of speaker location.
Sonos software provides the ability to link all Sonos devices into a home network.
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Apart from the sub woofer, the entire Q 3000 series 5.1 channel cinema pack is a great value for money that will last years to come. Read full review
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Negatives
Sub woofer (Q 3070S) is not that great
Positives
Amazing build quality of the speakers
Will last for years to come
Butyl rubber suspension to decouple vibrations
Superb reproduction of sound
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Bose SoundTouch 130 Soundbar Wallmounted
The Bose SoundTouch 130 is a great combination of sleek design and latest technology that go hand in hand to fit appropriately anywhere in your room and deliver top notch listening experience.Read full review
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Negatives
The lows from the Acoustimass are underpowered
Expensive
Plastic body
Positives
Balanced and crisp audio
Loud enough to make a medium sized room lively
ADATiQ calibration makes it sound even better
Online radio streaming over WiFi
Next to none cabling
Can be mounted in any orientation
4K video pass through
It's a solid and powerful soundbar, but it doesn't quite offer enough for it's price. Read full review
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Negatives
No HDMI
Highs are too bright at loud volumes
3D Mode is lackluster
The Remote doesn’t have many functions
Positives
Easy Setup
Can be wall mounted
Wireless
Powerful
The Bose Solo 5 is a no nonsense, simple and straight forward device that brings new life to any TV having a bad sound system.Read full review
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Negatives
No HDMI audio input option
Does not work optimally at low bit rate audio stream
Lacks bass
Remote it too large
Low value for money
Positives
Solid build quality
Loud and clear
Dialogue mode that actually makes life better
Compact form factor
Simplistic design
Easy to operate
Wireless option available
Bose SoundTouch 10 models
Bose SoundTouch 10 comes with an appealing design, loads of connectivity options including WiFi, an amazing app, rich and balanced sound, ability to sync multiple speakers together while all this comes at a cost of $199.Read full review
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Negatives
Account creation can be annoying
No equalizer
Volume is not high enough
No AirPlay
Distortion at high volume
Not portable
Too expensive
Positives
Solid physical design
Lots of connectivity options
Direct internet streaming
Well-designed app
Balanced sound
Synchronization across multiple SoundTouch speakers
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