2016 Top Picks Of the Year Multiroom/Wireless Speakers


Multiroom/Wireless Speakers

B&W Zeppelin Wireless Speaker
(April print) This update of what was arguably the very first high- performance iPod dock disposed of the dock, replacing it with AirPlay and Bluetooth wireless, while improving performance with a redesigned low-resonance cabinet and new drivers. $699, bowers-wilkins.com

Oppo Sonica Wireless Speaker
(December print) Oppo’s first wireless speaker offers Wi-Fi streaming of hi-res audio files up to 192-kHz/24-bit (along with Bluetooth) and remarkably full sound for its size. $299, oppodigital.com

Monster Blaster Boom Box Wireless Speaker
(July/August print) Audiophile fodder it ain’t, but we’ve never seen or heard an outdoor speaker that better fulfilled its promise or its name as well as this 16.8-pound Monster. $400, monsterproducts.com

Bluesound Pulse Flex Multiroom Speaker
(June print) This compact little Paul Barton–designed multiroom speaker brought entry into the Bluesound hi-res ecosystem down to a new low price point. $299, bluesound.com

Audioengine HD6 Wireless Speaker System
(May print) Audioengine’s largest powered monitor is too big to fit on most desktops, but it’s a versatile wired or Bluetooth speaker system with the company’s signature laid-back voicing and beautiful finish options. $749/pair, audioengineusa.com

Como Audio Solo & Duetto Multiroom Desktop Speakers
(soundandvision.com) Industry veteran Tom DiVesto (Advent, Tivoli) returned in 2016 to offer these excellent-sounding wireless (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth) table radios that offer multiroom, clock radio, and internet radio functionality, all controlled by a simple app. Solo, $299; Duetto, $399; comoaudio.com

Louis Gombos's picture

Where is GoldenEar among your Top Picks for speakers? This omission casts doubt on your choices in general.