2017 Top Picks Of the Year Wireless Speakers

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Wireless Speakers

Naim Audio Mu-so Qb Wireless Music System
(June) Naim’s Mu-so Qb wireless multiroom speaker, a compact, cube-like follow-up to the superb Mu-so tabletop system we tested in 2015, brings that system’s superb build and sound quality to a smaller form factor. $900, naimaudio.com

Soundcast VG7 Outdoor Wireless Speaker
(July/August) Soundcast continued a tradition of ruggedly built, audiophile-quality outdoor Bluetooth speakers in this 21-pound, $800 behemoth. gosoundcast.com

Riva WAND Festival and Arena Wireless Speakers
(December) Riva’s first multiroom speakers, the Festival and Arena, are versatile thanks to Google Chromecast, AirPlay, and Bluetooth on board, but it’s their remarkable sound quality (and the exceptional value of the Arena) that made them really stand out. Festival, $499; Arena, $249; rivaaudio.com

Kanto YU6 Desktop Speakers
(January 2018) The YU6 powered desktop pair offers Bluetooth wireless, but it’s really meant to be the basis of a terrific-sounding, compact music system—complete with its own phono stage and an optical input to accommodate a TV audio output. $480/pr, kantoaudio.com

Klipsch Three Wireless Speaker
(June) Klipsch’s retro-elegant tabletop speaker offers excellent sound quality and a versatile set of wired inputs in a package that’s also compliant with Play-Fi multiroom, Airplay Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth wireless. $400, klipsch.com

Audioengine HD3 Desktop Speakers
(July/August) Another in Audioengine’s long line of fine powered desktop systems, the HD3 was lauded by audio editor Mark Fleischmann for delivering full, rich sound in a tight space on a tight budget. $399/pr, audioengineusa.com

Sonos One Wireless Speaker (See "Value")

COMMENTS
Traveler's picture

I bought a Sony Bravia X900E 55" and a Roku Ultra box and am very satisfied, it perfectly fills the field of view at 8' and the sound is just fine. Was going to buy an matching player but Netflix doesn't seem to carry 4K disks so I'm sticking with my OPPO 105D.

brenro's picture

I've been using these guys.

German-Pete's picture

Sorry, but the combination of ELAC with Roon (Essentials) is not at all professional. Since November 2017 Mac-, IOS- and Android-Apps are buggy. Freeze or shutdown when selecting Settings/Storage or Services and according to the Roon forums I am not the only one. From German Elac Support: "Unfortunately, we have no control over the software / firmware provided by Roon….". That is the position of Roon (Mike Roon Labs): "First, I should note that Roon and Roon Essentials are different products, with support for Roon Essentials handled by ELAC." Haaha.

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