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Audioengine A5+ wireless speakers review

As with any wireless take on a great set of speakers, the Bluetooth-connected variant of Audioengine’s iconic A5+ had us very excited when they arrived. Are they the perfect option for jackless phone owners and… See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Sonos Beam Review

  • Great sound
  • Elegant, simple design
  • Reasonably priced
  • TV voice control with Alexa on-board
  • AirPlay 2, Google Assistant coming
  • Still no HDMI pass-through
  • No Dolby Atmos support
Our Score 8

Samsung HW-NW700 Review

  • Sleek, ultra-thin profile
  • Good midrange detail
  • Impressive bass
  • Simple, intuitive design
  • No HDMI inputs or ARC support
  • Wide body, mount-only design
  • Limited Dolby and DTS processing
Our Score 6

Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos Review

  • Thrilling Dolby Atmos experience
  • Excellent matching of all components
  • Wireless, hassle-free surround sound
  • Rich and powerful bass
  • Thin enough to rest beneath your TV
  • Midrange can be flat and boxy
  • No DTS surround sound decoding
  • Wireless satellite speakers emit white noise
Our Score 8

Focal Dome Flax 5.1 Review

  • Smooth, lyrical treble
  • Rich and detailed dialogue
  • Concise and stylish design
  • Powerful, musical bass
  • Fits virtually anywhere
  • Much pricier than traditional speakers
  • Some physical limitations due to size
  • Speaker-angle set-up is awkward
Our Score 8

Apple HomePod Review

  • Excellent, nuanced sound
  • Great design
  • Easy HomeKit setup and control
  • Streaming support via AirPlay
  • No built-in support for Spotify, Pandora, or other…
  • Requires iOS device running iOS 11.2.5 to set up
  • No Bluetooth or Aux jack for non-iOS devices
Our Score 6

Solis SO-6000 Review

  • Unique, mid-century aesthetic
  • Chromecast Audio built-in
  • Can be grouped with other speakers for multiroom…
  • Bass induces distortion
  • Poor build quality
  • More expensive than sibling speaker with same…
  • Switching between modes is difficult
  • Short power cable and no rechargeable battery
Our Score 4

SBode M400 Review

  • Balanced sound signature
  • True Wireless Stereo mode pairs up two speakers
  • SD/TF card slot
  • IPX6 resistance rating
  • Extremely weak bass response
  • Derivative design
  • No readout for FM radio
Our Score 6

Audioengine A5+ Wireless Speakers Review

  • Superb treble definition
  • Punchy bass
  • Wide stereo image
  • Excellent wireless performance
  • No input switch between Bluetooth and RCA
Our Score 9