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The Best WiFi Speakers

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Wireless technology for speakers is growing so fast it’s hard to keep up! Currently, most WiFi speakers are designed for in-home installation with very few designed to be fully portable. But WiFi speakers are evolving fast and it’s not long before all Bluetooth speakers will feature WiFi capability as standard. In this article, we review the best WiFi speakers with options for just about every size, budget, and application.

We’ve also included an FAQ section at the end of this article, compiled from common questions asked on the web. But first, let’s get into our top choices of the best wifi speaker for each application.

The Best WiFi Speakers 1
Sonos Five

A beautifully designed modern WiFi speaker with amazing advanced features, great audio quality, and various connectivity options. 

Sonos Five - Best WiFi Speaker

What is a WiFi speaker?

A WiFi speaker is a wireless speaker that can connect to your home WiFi network. Streaming over WiFi is far superior to Bluetooth in terms of audio quality and signal strength. With WiFi, as long as your device and WiFi speaker are on the same network, there is no issue with range or dropout. The audio quality is significantly better than Bluetooth as there are less compression and latency.

Connecting your WiFi speaker to your TV over your home network is also far better than any Bluetooth connection. There are no lip-sync issues and again, the sound quality is vastly superior.

Multiroom- what is it and how does it work?

As the name suggests, Multiroom empowers the user with the ability to stream music wirelessly to multiple rooms in one house – either different songs per room or one track played throughout the building. Multiroom can be used with streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, or your personal music library stored on your computer, cell-phone, or even a home stereo system.

Multiroom works by developing a sub-network between connected devices within your WiFi connection in your home, a Bluetooth connection is also available in some newer multiroom-compatible devices. When used in conjunction with Apple AirPlay 2, speaker combinations can be selected to work collaboratively with one another, and voice command technology takes this setup to the next level when used with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple’s Siri.

Understanding “Wireless” Speakers

Many people confuse the term “WiFi” with “wireless”, using them almost interchangeably to describe different things. When we talk about wireless speakers, this term can either refer to the fact that they are battery-powered (portable) or that they can connect wirelessly.

Bluetooth vs WiFi

This article deals with speakers that connect wirelessly, using WiFi. Most of the speakers we’ve featured aren’t designed to be portable and are therefore not battery powered. Bluetooth Speakers, on the other hand, are more wildly available in portable battery-powered options.

While Bluetooth Speakers may offer more portability, WiFi speakers offer better sound quality and better range. They also work with all of the same subscription apps like Spotify or Apple Music, radio services like Pandora or TuneIn, as well as your own music collection.

WiFi speakers are better suited for use within the home, while Bluetooth speakers are better used outside the home – on vacations or camping trips.

Bluetooth vs Wifi Infographic - Outeraudio

Smart Speakers

Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology is commonly used in conjunction with wireless products, enabling voice navigation and commands. In the WiFi speaker world, the most frequently used AI is known as Alexa. If this feature is important to you, look out for the words “Alexa compatible” when looking at a WiFi speaker.

Who is Alexa?

Developed by Amazon, the Alexa AI can be used to play music, movies, switch between apps, make calls or write texts, order products from Amazon and so much more. The technology was developed by Amazon and continues to grow and evolve every day.

Incorporating Alexa into your home essentially allows you to have a 24-hour online assistant who you can summon at any time to perform a task for you. Currently, Alexa can perform over 50,000 skills or tasks with more constantly added each day. Because an Alexa device is connected to the internet via your WiFi network, Amazon can regularly perform firmware updates that allow Alexa to constantly evolve and keep up to date.

What about Siri and Google Assistant?

Other AI technologies include Siri- an Apple-specific AI, used to perform virtually any task on one’s cell-phone, laptop, or other Apple device, and Google Assistant, which also offers many of the same features.

1. Sonos Five – Best WiFi Speaker

Sonos Five – Best WiFi Speaker
  • Inputs: WiFi, line-in
  • Weight: 14 lbs
  • Mounting Type: Table Top
  • Size: 14.3 x 6.0 x 7.9″

One of the most exciting WiFi speaker brands on the market at the moment is Sonos. I feel they are leading in many areas of the WiFi speaker market with a product for just about every room and application in the home. Their flagship stand-alone speaker is the Sonos Five which can be used as a single speaker or as Sonos multi-room and home theater installations. Let’s take a closer look at the Sonos Five and see what makes it one of the best WiFi speakers on the market.

Design and Features

The Sonos Five is a modern speaker with minimalist features. The speaker is tapered on the top and sides so that when you look at it front on, all you see is the front speaker grille. This adds to the minimal footprint the speaker takes up making it easy to blend in with the surrounding decor.

The Sonos Five features 3 x 4-inch woofers, 2 x left/right ¾-inch tweeters, and a center 1-inch tweeter. This speaker configuration gives the Sonos Five stereo imaging while providing a nice wide dispersion. Great for covering an entire living-space from a single source. The Sonos Five produces an impressive 50W RMS and 80W Peak which is more than enough power to fill medium to large living spaces.

Another impressive feature of the Sonos Five is its ability to be positioned vertically or horizontally. Sure, many speakers can do this, however, Sonos takes this to another level. The Five has a built-in gyro which adjusts the internal processing to deliver either a mono signal when vertical or a stereo image when horizontal. The Five also features frequency tuning abilities, analyzing your acoustic environment, and tweaking the speaker’s response to best suit the room. 

The Sonos Five offers just two input options, WiFi and ⅛-inch AUX. You can also stream using Apple Airplay. For those who prefer a wired connection, there is also an Ethernet port on the rear. Thanks to six internal WiFi antennas, Sonos Five offers exceptional connectivity which means, as long as your internet connection is solid and the speaker is in range, you should never experience dropout or buffering delays.

The Five can be controlled using the onboard controls or the Sonos app. Onboard controls allow you to play/pause, adjust volume, and skip tracks. The buttons are touch-sensitive so you can tap or swipe on top of the speaker to access these functions. At the back of the Five is the Sonos Join button which enables you to connect to other Sonos speakers. 

The Sonos app allows you to connect your favorite streaming services, connect and manage multiple Sonos speakers, adjust audio settings, and more. It is important to note the Sonos Five is Alexa compatible which means you need an external Amazon Alexa device to use the voice assistant. To be clear, Alexa is not built-in to the Five. The Sonos Five is also Apple Airplay compatible.

What does the Sonos Five Sound Like?

In its size and price range, the Sonos Five is undoubtedly one of the best sounding WiFi speakers on the market at the moment. The speaker delivers a controlled yet deep bass sound which is never overpowering. The mid-range is upfront and clear while the highs are crisp and clean. For all genres of music and radio shows or podcasts, the Five performs well.

Sonos Five Conclusion

The Sonos Five is an excellent, modern WiFi speaker, however, at $500, might be a bit more than many people would want to spend. What I can say is the Five is well worth the price tag and worth saving up for. You get a great sounding WiFi speaker, advanced features, and the ability to connect to other Sonos speakers for multi-room or home theater setups. If you’re serious about sound quality and the latest in speaker technology, the Sonos Five should be near the top of your list of WiFi speaker considerations.

What’s in the Box?

  • Sonos Five WiFi Speaker
  • Power cable
  • Ethernet cable

2. Marshall Stanmore II Voice Wireless WiFi Speaker

Marshall Stanmore II Voice Wifi Speaker
  • Inputs: WiFi, AUX, RCA, Bluetooth
  • Weight: 10.47 lbs
  • Mounting Type: Table Top
  • Size: 13.7 x 7.6 x 7.2”

Marshall is most famous for their range of professional guitar amplifiers. If you’ve ever seen a live band, no matter the genre, it’s very likely the guitarists had a Marshall amp on stage. In recent years, Marshall has begun manufacturing Bluetooth and WiFi speakers modeled off their iconic range of guitar amplifiers. The aesthetic, features, materials and functionality is almost identical to the large Marshall guitar amps.

The Marshall Stanmore II Voice is the newly released update of the original Marshall Stanmore which was also a WiFi speaker. The upgraded Stanmore II Voice has made some improvements to keep up with the times. Most notably is the integration of Alexa. The Stanmore II Voice actually has Alexa built-in to the WiFi speaker eliminating the need for external Alexa devices.

Design and Features

Stanmore II Voice features two built-in class D amplifiers, one 50W for the low-frequency driver and a second 15W for the tweeters producing a combined 65W of sound. Truly impressive for a speaker of this size. The Stanmore II Voice has an excellent bass response with a deep, well defined low-end sound. Better than most speakers this size on the market today. The mid-range is exceptional, upfront and present with highs that have just the perfect amount of sizzle. The Stanmore II Voice is a really exciting speaker to listen to for all genres of music.

Marshall has been very generous when it comes to audio inputs. You have the option of RCA, ⅛-inch AUX, Bluetooth and WiFi. Inputs can easily be switched but pressing the source button on top of the Stanmore II Voice. A red light illuminates next to the input label so you can easily see which is selected. Other buttons on the Stanmore II Voice include a play/pause and voice button for accessing Alexa.

There are two microphones on top of the Stanmore II Voice to pick up voice commands. These microphones are exceptional at picking up your voice and can easily hear your commands from across the room with the Stanmore II Voice playing loud music. With the voice commands, you never have to touch your Stanmore II Voice as you instruct Alexa to change the music, adjust the tone or volume, buy concert tickets or shop on Amazon.

The Stanmore II Voice also comes with an app which allows you to control and calibrate your WiFi speaker to suit your exact requirements.

Marshall Stanmore II Voice Conclusion

The Stanmore II Voice is one of those speakers you never truly appreciate until you use it. If you’re a musician or even an audiophile of sorts, you’ll love the sound the Stanmore II Voice produces. It’s a relatively flat response while still managing to sound exciting. At $360 the Stanmore II Voice is not a speaker I would consider affordable but when you consider you have Alexa built-in, multiple inputs and exceptional build and sound quality, this WiFi speaker is definitely worth the money.

What’s in the Box?

  • Marshall Stanmore II Voice WiFi Speaker
  • Power cable

3. Sonos One (Gen 2) WiFi Smart Speakers

Sonos One (Gen 2) WiFi Smart Speakers
  • Inputs: WiFi, line-in
  • Weight: 4 lbs
  • Mounting: Table Top or Wall
  • Size: 4.7 x 6.4 x 4.7″

At just 6.4 inches high and 4.7 inches wide, the Sonos One is compact enough to fit on most tables and shelves throughout the home. The speaker features a low-end driver with a single tweeter which produces enough power to fill most small living spaces with ease. If you’re planning to use the Sonos One in the kitchen, study, or bedroom, you’ll find the size and power of the speaker are just right for these spaces.

Design and Features

The Sonos One features an onboard capacitive touch control panel that allows you to play/pause, skip tracks, adjust volume, and mute/unmute the microphones. There are several microphones mounted on all angles of the Sonos One to ensure your voice commands are always heard by Alexa. If you wish to turn Alexa off, you can mute the microphones for 100% privacy. On the back of the speaker, there is a Sonos Join button for a multi-speaker setup.

Sonos have decided to keep things simple with the Sonos One by only allowing for a WiFi input. There is also the option of Apple Airplay 2 for those with iOS devices.

The Sonos One can be connected to multiple Sonos speakers in either a multi-room or home theater setup. The speakers make excellent rear surrounds, however, if this is your only reason for purchasing the Sonos One, you might want to consider the cheaper Play:1 speaker instead. The Play:1 doesn’t come with Alexa built-in so this is one major advantage the Sonos One has over the Play:1.

What Does the Sonos One Sound Like?

I think anyone who is familiar with the sound of a decent compact speaker will be pleasantly surprised by the Sonos One. For its size, the bass response is impressive. Granted, it doesn’t reach the sub-bass range but the speaker is warm and punchy. Mids and highs deliver excellent clarity, especially for dialogue-heavy audio. While the Sonos One can fill most small to medium living spaces, it’s best for close proximity listening so, in the kitchen, bedside table, or on the desk in the office.

The Sonos One is essentially a baby version of the Sonos Five except that the Sonos One features Amazon Alexa built-in. This is really convenient if you’re looking for a compact WiFi speaker to use in smaller rooms of your home without the necessity for additional devices.

Sonos One Conclusion

If you’re looking for the best compact WiFi speaker, then the Sonos One is definitely the way to go. Even though this speaker is small it packs a serious punch that will truly impress. At just under $380 for a pair, you get two premium WiFi speakers that can be used on their own or in a multi-speaker setup.

What’s in the Box?

  • 2 x Sonos One WiFi speakers
  • 2 x Power cables

4. Bose SoundTouch 10 WiFi Speaker

Bose SoundTouch 10 Wifi Speaker
  • Inputs: WiFi, AUX, Bluetooth
  • Weight: 2.89 lbs
  • Mounting: Table Top
  • Size: 8.3 x 5.5 x 3.4″

When looking at pictures, you might be inclined to think the Bose SoundTouch 10 is a large WiFi speaker. It’s not. The SoundTouch 10 is ultra-compact and lightweight weighing in at a mere 2.89 lbs! While the SoundTouch 10 is small in size, it’s certainly not small in sound. This WiFi speaker packs a serious punch with some awesome features to match.

Design and Features

The SoundTouch 10 is designed small so it’s semi-portable to easily take from room to room in the house. I say semi-portable as the SoundTouch 10 doesn’t have a built-in battery so needs a power source. You have the option of ⅛-inch AUX, Bluetooth and WiFi for audio inputs which means there are very few devices that won’t connect to the SoundTouch 10.

You will need the SoundTouch app to connect your SoundTouch 10 to your mobile device over WiFi. This does require a sign up to the SoundTouch app but the features and benefits are well worth it. The biggest benefit, of course, is that you are not limited by the range of your Bluetooth or AUX cable and can move freely around the house with your device without any dropout or disconnection.

Through the SoundTouch app, you can play audio from your favorite streaming services and even set up a playlist, save your favorite podcast or streaming service as a preset for quick access. The SoundTouch 10 allows you to save up to 6 presets which can be accessed via the SoundTouch app or on top of the SoundTouch 10 control panel which has a separate button for each of the 6 presets.

The control panel on the SoundTouch 10 also includes a power button, Bluetooth pairing/input selection, and volume control. The WiFi speaker also comes with a remote so you can control the SoundTouch 10 at a distance without needing to access the app. On the remote, you also have the thumbs up and thumbs down buttons for use with streaming services.

How does the Bose SoundTouch 10 sound?

Bose doesn’t specify the power output of the SoundTouch 10, but I can confirm this speaker kicks! Even at just 60% volume, you’ll easily fill a small to a medium-sized room. The SoundTouch 10 produces a decent amount of bass with a nice punchy low-end sound. Mids and highs are clear with both music and vocals coming through brilliantly clear.

Bose SoundTouch 10 Conclusion

The Bose SoundTouch 10 is essentially a portable speaker for the home. The WiFi speaker is surprisingly powerful with incredibly good sound quality. The SoundTouch 10 has everything you need from a WiFi speaker including being compatible with Alexa. The compact size of SoundTouch 10 means the WiFi speaker can be moved around easily and placed on just about every surface in the house. For just under $170, the SoundTouch 10 offers excellent value for the money.

What’s in the Box?

  • Bose SoundTouch 10 WiFi Speaker
  • Power cable
  • USB A to micro USB for computer connections
  • Remote control

5. Klipsch Heritage Wireless Three WiFi Speaker

Klipsch Heritage Wireless Three WiFi Speaker
  • Inputs: WiFi, AUX, RCA, USB, BT
  • Weight: 10.32 lbs
  • Mounting: Table Top
  • Size: 13.7 x 7.0 x 8.0”

Klipsch is arguably the industry leader when it comes to mass-produced consumer audio products. Their products are made using premium parts with excellent attention to detail and some of the best sounding speakers on the market. The Klipsch The Three features vintage aesthetics, simple controls, and inputs for every device including a turntable.

Design and Features

The control panel on the Heritage Wireless Three is neatly laid out with a vintage aesthetic and feel. There is a dip switch for turning the WiFi speaker on and off, a rotary knob for switching between the five inputs and pairing Bluetooth and, lastly, a master rotary volume dial.

With the remote, you can play/pause, track skip, adjust volume, switch inputs, mute, power off and even turn the LED lights on and off (useful for when you want to go to bed at night without the LEDs illuminated).

Additionally, you can download the Klipsch Heritage App to stream your favorite services over WiFi to The Three.

The Heritage Wireless Three has an input for just about every device. Aside from wireless inputs like WiFi and Bluetooth, you also have ⅛-inch AUX, USB (type B), and a switchable line/phono RCA input. The phono input is obviously an exciting feature for those who are into vinyl. It’s very rare speakers have an RCA input these days, let alone a phono. Klipsch phono preamps are exceptional and the quality of the phono-pre on The Three is excellent. Alternatively, if you prefer using your own phono preamp, you can switch the RCA to line level.

How does the Klipsch Three II sound?

The Three features a 5¼” low-frequency driver coupled with two 5¼” bass radiators and two 2¼” tweeters. The combined system produces 60W RMS with an 80W Peak power out. When you consider the compact size of The Three, this amount of power is just mind-blowing. The 5¼” low-frequency driver produces an impressive amount of bass which is tight and chunky with a solid punchy definition. The mid-range and highs are upfront and present with the tweeters producing an exciting sizzle on the high end. Overall the Heritage Wireless Three is excellent for both music and vocal audio playback.

Klipsch Heritage Wireless Three WiFi Speaker Conclusion

The vintage style is extremely popular at the moment and Klipsch has done a great job with The Three and the whole Heritage Wireless range. The Heritage Wireless Three not only looks great but sounds incredible too. The ability to connect every device including your turntable is what truly sets the Heritage Wireless Three apart from other WiFi speakers on the market. At a little under $500, the Heritage Wireless Three is pricey but the quality and features surpass most WiFi speakers on the market.

What’s in the Box?

  • Klipsch Heritage Wireless Three
  • Power cable
  • Remote control
  • ⅛-inch AUX cable
  • USB A – B (for connecting to a PC)

6. Denon Home 250 Wireless Speaker

Denon Home 250 Wireless Speaker
  • Inputs: WiFi, USB, AUX, Bluetooth
  • Weight: 13.8 lbs
  • Mounting: Table Top
  • Size: 4.72 x 11.61 x 8.5”

The Home Series speakers from Denon promise to fill any room with superior quality wireless sound. The 350 model we’ll be looking at here is powerful and provides an easy-to-use wireless listening experience. 

Design and Features

Delivering top-class audio quality, the Denon Home 350 is constructed of cutting-edge acoustic hardware, professionally-tuned DSP, and exceptional drivers. The Home 350 can be used with the latest voice assistant technologies including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri. Commands include music stop/start, volume up/down, skip track, and more. To add to this, the Home 350 speaker has been fitted with onboard microphones for new voice-command features to be added via a firmware update. Aside from voice commands, the 350 has a series of 6 buttons to navigate through your music or perform basic tasks.

How does the Denon Home 350 sound?

A series of 6 Class-D power amplifier work together to power a range of woofers, mid-range drivers, and tweeters to deliver top-quality sound in any acoustic environment. The Denon Home 350 features 2 x 6.5” woofers, 2 x 2” midrange speakers, and 2 x 3.25” tweeters. This speaker configuration promises to provide a well-rounded listening experience. Up to three radio stations can be stored on the device for easy toggling and to minimize search-time when finding your favorite stations. To further expand on the Denon Home 350 speaker’s impeccable sound quality, two Home 350’s can be paired using the HEOS application (available via Amazon) creating a stereo pair of speakers. 

Denon Home 350 Conclusion

The Denon Home 350 is an all-round well-performing wireless speaker with incredible sound reproduction qualities, professional-looking design, and user-friendly interface on a portable and compact speaker. Definitely a great purchase for those willing to spend the money on quality. 

There are other, smaller models available in the Home series (150 & 250) that provide similar quality features and audio streaming at a cheaper price point. 

The vintage style is extremely popular at the moment and Klipsch has done a great job with The Three and the whole Heritage Wireless range. The Heritage Wireless Three not only looks great but sounds incredible too. The ability to connect every device including your turntable is what truly sets the Heritage Wireless Three apart from other WiFi speakers on the market. At a little under $500, the Heritage Wireless Three is pricey but the quality and features surpass most WiFi speakers on the market.

What’s in the Box?

  • Denon Home 350 Wireless Speaker 
  • AC Power Cable

7. Bose Home Speaker 500 WiFi Speaker

Bose Home Speaker 500 Wifi Speaker
  • Inputs: WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Weight: 4.65 lbs
  • Mounting: Table Top or Wall
  • Size: 8.0 x 6.7 x 4.3”

If you’re a Bose fan you’ll likely appreciate the Bose Home Speaker 500. The Home Speaker 500 shares similar design features to the new generation of SoundTouch speakers, however, sadly can’t pair with any of the SoundTouch or SoundLink range.

Design and Features

One thing that’s truly unique about the Home Speaker 500 is its LCD display. While it’s not the biggest display, it is full color and displays album art and track information of the song playing. This obviously allows you to see what’s playing without having to look at your phone. While it is unique, the real question is “does it make the Home Speaker 500 more valuable?”.

The Home Speaker 500 allows for three audio inputs WiFi, Bluetooth, and ⅛-inch AUX. The device can be controlled using the onboard controls or via the Bose Music app. Starting with the onboard controls, you can play/pause, adjust volume, skip tracks, change inputs, pair Bluetooth devices, and switch between six audio presets.

With the app, you can connect streaming services, adjust audio settings, and program the six audio presets which can be activated on the speaker or via the app. Setting up presets is really easy and you have the option of assigning a track, artist, album, playlist, or internet radio station to each button. You can also change these at any time.

Alexa fans will be pleased to know the Home Speaker 500 features Alexa built-in. No need for an external device. There are multiple microphones mounted on all sides of the Home Speaker 500 to ensure voice commands are heard no matter where you are in the room. You can also mute Alexa for 100% privacy.

How does the Bose Home Speaker 500 sound?

As with most Bose products, there is definitely some bass enhancement on the Home Speaker 500. The speaker delivers a nice punchy bass sound which is going to be appreciated by urban and dance music fans. As is always the case with bass-boosted speakers, the Home Speaker 500 doesn’t produce a perfectly clear mid-range response which might be a sticking point for audiophiles, however, it’s most than adequate for the average consumer. Highs are crisp and clear adding to the fun sound profile of the Home Speaker 500.

Bose Home Speaker 500 Conclusion

As far as compact WiFi speakers go, the Home Speaker 500 does not disappoint. This speaker easily gives the Sonos One a run for its money, however, I find the latter delivers slightly better sound quality and features. Where the Home Speaker 500 does beat the Sonos One is the bass response and loudness, so, if you like your bass, you might want to consider the Bose instead. At just under $400, the Home Speaker 500 is priced on the high-end of the spectrum but the quality you get is well worth it.

What’s in the Box?

  • Bose Home Speaker 500 WiFi Speaker
  • AC cord

8. Audio Pro Addon C10

Audio Pro Addon C10
  • Inputs: WiFi, Ethernet, BT, RCA, 3.5mm
  • Weight: 8.7 lbs
  • Mounting: Table Top
  • Size: 6.5 x 12.5 x 7.0”

Audio Pro’s Addon C10 Multi-Room Speaker is a high-performance, user-friendly, and professionally designed speaker available at a great price considering its features.

Design and Features

The Addon C10 can be easily configured using the free app, connected through your home WiFi network. Additional speakers can be added to this setup if you wish. The Addon C10 can be paired with the most popular streaming services including Spotify, Amazon, Tidal, Deezer, IHeartRadio, and more. A nifty feature of this device is the ability to add up to four personalized presets for easy access to your favorite playlists and radio stations. 

How does the Audio Pro Addon C10 sound?

The Audio Pro Addon C10 promises highly detailed sound reproduction that will impress even the fussiest of listeners. A pair of C10’s can be linked to form a stereo pair of speakers, creating a HiFi-like listening experience. An impressive frequency range of 45Hz-22KHz can replicate warm low-end to highly-detailed high frequencies accurately and a built-in crossover operates at 2.5KHz. Overall, I am impressed with the sound quality of these speakers. 

Audio Pro Addon C10 Conclusion

Audio Pro’s Addon C10 multi-room system is user-friendly, reliable, durable, and does its job at reproducing high-quality sound while adding minimal coloration to the music. A highly recommendable purchase. 

What’s in the Box?

  • Audio Pro Addon C10
  • Remote control

9. Amazon Echo Studio

Amazon Echo Studio
  • Inputs: WiFi, BT, Mini-Toslink
  • Weight: 7.7 lbs
  • Mounting: Table Top
  • Size: 8.1 x 6.9 x 6.9″

Possibly the most popular WiFi speaker range is the Echo series by Amazon, designed to work with the Alexa AI. The Echo Studio is the largest and more powerful in the Echo speaker range, measuring in at a diameter of 6.9” and a height of 8.1”. The Studio is the latest model in the Amazon Echo range, and includes a total of four onboard microphones, an improved speaker, aesthetic design improvements and a trendy fabric finish around the outside of the speaker.

Design and Features

Currently, Alexa has more than 50,000 “skills” which are essentially commands that Alexa is capable of carrying out for you. These include playing a certain track, opening an app, sending a text message or even shopping online. The great thing is Amazon is continually working to improve and update the technology with firmware updates so Alexa will learn and grow without you needing to purchase a new Echo device.

How does the Echo Studio sound?

If you’ve heard any of the previous versions of the Echo Series (mainly Echo Flex and Echo Dot) you’ll know there isn’t much of a speaker to speak of. In fact, you get better sound from your mobile phone. The Echo and Echo Plus speakers are significantly improved resembling audio quality reminiscent of a portable Bluetooth speaker., and the Echo Studio takes this quality to the nest level.

The speaker configuration consisting of a 1” tweeter, 3 x 2” mid-range speakers and a 5.25” woofer delivers nice low-end punch with vast improvements to the intelligibility of the speaker making it easier to hear audio and chat to Alexa from across the room. Dolby Atmos sound technology provides an incredible dynamic range and delicate clarity for a small speaker.

Aside from connecting to WiFi, the Echo Studio can also connect via Bluetooth, 3.5mm Aux cable, or mini-optical line in. 

The best thing about the Echo speaker range is its ability to connect to other WiFi speakers. This allows you to have a fully integrated Alexa system allowing you to perform voice commands for your entire WiFi speaker system.

Amazon Echo Range

If the Echo Studio seems too powerful or expensive for you, there are other options available in the Echo family:

Echo Flex

At just under $25, the Echo Flex is a tiny 0.6” driver and can only operate through a 3.5mm Aux connection. As mentioned earlier, this is basically an external phone speaker, so if you’re looking for loud sound and great sound quality, consider spending a few extra bucks on one of the more advanced Echo speakers.

Echo Dot

Sitting at barely under $50, the Echo Dot features a 1.6” speaker, Alexa capabilities, and line-in connectivity via a 3.5mm Aux cable. 

Echo/Echo Plus

Similar to the Echo Dot, however, this features two speakers: a 0.8” tweeter and 3” woofer for better sound replication and bass response. The 3.5mm connector can also operate in either direction, allowing you to add an ‘extension’ speaker to the signal chain for louder sound. 

Amazon Echo Studio Conclusion

Amazon’s Echo Studio is a great wireless speaker with many capabilities for the price. A compact speaker that is the ultimate upgrade to the already-existing range of speakers. 

What’s in the Box?

  • Amazon Echo Studio 
  • Power Cable

10. KEF LSX Wireless Music System

KEF LSX Wireless Music System
  • Inputs: WiFi, Aux, BT, Toslink
  • Weight: 7.9 lbs
  • Mounting: Table Top or Floorstanding
  • Size: 9.5 x 6.1 x 7.1″

The LSX Wireless Music System from KEF is an upgrade of their existing LS50 speaker system. Crystal-clear audio quality is promised here over a wide listening plane, various connectivity options, and professional aesthetic. 

Design and Features

Compatible with all popular music streaming services and including a wide variety of connection options, virtually any device/source can be paired with this speaker duo with ease. These connections include Apple AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, Spotify/Tidal, and optical cable. Another handy feature is the two speaker’s ability to connect to each other wirelessly, keeping visual clutter to a minimum.

How does the KEF LSX Wireless Music System sound?

Through the use of advanced digital signal processing technology, warm and full-bodied sound can be expected here with reduced distortion at high volumes. If you find the bass response simply isn’t cutting it, you can connect the LSX speakers to an external subwoofer. This speaker pair also features a contoured baffle, which eliminates cabinet resonance and coloration of the sound, ultimately providing a more transparent listening experience.  

KEF LSX Wireless Music System Conclusion

A great speaker pair of audiophile-grade quality, I guarantee most listeners will be more than satisfied with the quality of sound reproduction by the KEF LSX speakers. The audio quality, paired with user-friendliness, eye-catching professional design, and ease of connection through several options earns the LSX wireless music system legendary status. 

What’s in the Box?

  • KEF LSX Wireless Music System 
  • Remote Control 
  • Cat6 Ethernet Cable
  • AC Power Cable x 2

11. Naim Mu-so Qb Multi-Room Wireless Music System

Naim Mu-so Qb Multi-Room Wireless Music System
  • Inputs: WiFi, BT, USB, Aux
  • Weight: 12.35 lbs
  • Mounting: Table Top
  • Size: 8.58 x 8.35 x 8.27″

Naim’s Mu-so Qb is an award-winning Multi-Room Wireless Music System that offers high power, excellent sound quality, and various connectivity options on a modern design. 

Design and Features

The compact design of the Mu-so Qb system makes it easily transportable and its modern style allows it to fit in any environment. Connecting to your home WiFi network, the Mu-so Qb can stream audio from a variety of platforms and sources including Apple AirPlay, Spotify, Tidal, and internet radio. Multi-Room capabilities allow this speaker to connect to others in up to 5 different rooms around your house. 

How does the Naim Mu-so Qb sound?

This wireless speaker system includes two microfiber dome tweeters, two midrange drivers, and a 100W custom design woofer to provide audiophile-class sound. The Mu-so Qb system is capable of handling up to 300W output power, allowing you to play any music loud and clear. Rich, crystal-clear, and powerful sound is promised here and will not disappoint anybody between the average background listener, to house party hosts, and audio geeks.  

Naim Mu-so Qb Conclusion

A great multi-room setup at a reasonable price that provides impeccable sound reproduction qualities, slick design in a compact speaker, versatile connections, and sturdy construction. The Naim Mu-so Qb Wireless Music System will definitely impress music lovers of all levels. 

What’s in the Box?

  • Naim Mu-so Qb Wireless Music System 
  • Dual-tone grey and black speaker grille
  • Reset pin-hole tool
  • Power Cable

Honorable Mentions

Want something portable/ battery-powered?

Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST WiFi Speaker

Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST Wifi Speaker
  • Inputs: WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Weight: 3.8 lbs
  • Mounting: Table Top
  • Size: 3.5 x 3.5 x 9.4″

If you’re looking to take your WiFi speaker on an adventure, there’s no better option than the Ultimate Ears (UE) MEGABLAST. The MEGABLAST offers all the conveniences of a portable Bluetooth speaker but with the sophistication of a WiFi speaker. Not only is the MEGABLAST portable, but protects against the elements too.

Design and Features

The MEGABLAST features an IP67 waterproof rating which protects the speaker up to a depth of 1m for 30 minutes of submersion. In addition, the MEGABLAST is also protected against mud and sediment and will continue to operate even when buried. The MEGABLAST is covered in a rubberized exterior that protects against drops and knocks. UE go to great lengths to make their portable speakers “everything proof” and the MEGABLAST is no different. This speaker will survive most of what the outdoors has to through at it.

The MEGABLAST features a 16-hour built-in battery which is more than enough for most outdoor adventures. The great thing about a battery operated WiFi speaker is you can move it around the house without having to worry about plugging and unplugging the speaker. With its IP67 rating, you can also take the MEGABLAST into the bathroom or shower. Something you just can’t do with most WiFi speakers.

Another thing the MEGABLAST has over many WiFi speakers is 360° sound. The speaker features 2 x 2-inch full-range drivers with 2 x 1-inch tweeters mounted opposite each other. This coverage is especially useful for BBQs or around the pool. In addition to the four active drivers, there are also two passive bass radiators for an improved low-end response.

The MEGABLAST offers WiFi and Bluetooth for audio inputs. The speaker also features Amazon Alexa built-in which adds to the incredible value the MEGABLAST offers. Unfortunately, the doesn’t have full Alexa capability. Features missing include Alexa voice or video calling, Drop-in, notifications and messaging

On the speaker itself, there are just three controls for volume up/down and muting the internal microphones which operate Alexa.

For full functionality, you’ll need to connect the speaker to the MEGABLAST app which enables you to pair additional MEGABLAST speakers, connect streaming services and adjust audio settings.

How does the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST sound?

It’s important to note that the MEGABLAST can’t really be compared to other WiFi speakers. In essence, the MEGABLAST is a portable Bluetooth speaker with WiFi capability. At least that’s how I would describe it. The MEGABLAST delivers a fun punchy bass sound which is boosted but the bass radiators. This is a little woolly when compared to WiFi speakers but on par with a premium Bluetooth speaker bass response.

The mid-range and highs are clean and clear but not at the quality of a home WiFi speaker. With that said, the MEGABLAST is fun to listen to and will certainly make a great party speaker. Urban and dance music fans will be especially happy with the MEGABLAST sound.

Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST Conclusion

If you’re looking for the best sounding WiFi speaker, you’re not going to get it from the MEGABLAST. This speaker performs in other areas such as portability and convenience which is where other WiFi speakers are significantly limited. The MEGABLAST is also a great speaker to use as a multi-purpose WiFi speaker on your home network, in the shower, outside, in the kitchen or just moving around the house as you go about your day. The MEGABLAST is available in several color options and comes in at a little over $200.

What’s in the Box?

  • Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST WiFi/Bluetooth Speaker
  • Power cable
  • D-ring (for attaching a strap to the speaker)

Not for the average consumer, but worth mentioning

Devialet Phantom Reactor 600

Devialet Phantom Reactor 600
  • Inputs: WiFi, BT, Optical, AUX
  • Weight: 9.5 lbs
  • Mounting: Table Top
  • Size: 8.6 x 6.2 x 6.6″

Impressively high-quality sound, powerful drivers, easy connections, and a futuristic design all come together to bring you the Devialet Phantom Reactor 600. 

Design and Features

Incredibly compact, the Phantom Reactor 600 can fit almost anywhere and is conveniently portable yet loud and powerful. An onboard power amp packing 600W of juice will provide you with up to 95dB of volume from the Phantom Reactor. Absolutely no distortion or hum is present here even at high volumes, allowing for a clearer overall sound. Several connectivity options are available here including 3.5mm Aux Cable, Optical Cable, Bluetooth, and streaming service wireless connections such as Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay, and UPnP. 

How does the Devialet Phantom Reactor 600 sound?

Consisting of 1 aluminum full-range driver and 2 x aluminum bass drivers that replicate frequencies between 18Hz and 21KHz, excellent sound quality can be expected here. This compact speaker is capable of reproducing everything between ultra-low-end and crisp high frequencies. Several devices can be paired to the Phantom Reactor at once, and two Phantom’s can also be linked to form a stereo pair. 

Devialet Phantom Reactor 600 Conclusion

An amazing compact wireless speaker with many capabilities and excellent sound quality. While on the more expensive end of the spectrum, this product delivers its money’s worth in design, features, and audio quality.

What’s in the Box?

  • Devialet Phantom Reactor 600
  • Power Cable

Features to Consider When Buying a WiFi Speaker System

With the WiFi speaker market booming, you’ll find an abundance of speakers each offering their own set of features. Which one is the best? The one that suits your needs. Let’s take a look at some of the most important features to look at when trying to pick the best WiFi speaker.

01

Multiroom

One of the biggest selling points of WiFi speakers is their multi-room capability. Not only does having a speaker in every room give you the benefit of having sound in each room (duh!) but multi-room speakers can also sync up to play the same sound in every room simultaneously. Your dinner parties just went next-level!

It’s important to remember that when you invest in WiFi speakers, you’re investing in an entire ecosystem within your home. Some WiFi speakers can work with other brands of WiFi speakers, while others don’t. Remember this when purchasing your first WiFi speaker, as you might be locking yourself into that brand for all of your future WiFi speakers.

02

Smart Speakers

A category within itself, smart speakers have become a staple within every home. Here’s the thing – all smart speakers are WiFi speakers but not all WiFi speakers are smart speakers. Say what? Some speakers have an AI built into them, like the Amazon Echo Studio. While others, like the Bose SoundTouch 10 are Alexa-compatible. This means that they can work as smart speakers when paired with an Echo dot (or any other similar AI device).

03

Portability

As we mentioned at the start of this guide, most WiFi speakers are designed for stationary use within the home. When we talk about portability, there’s can I move it from the coffee table to the console?” portable, and then there’s “can I take it on a camping trip to the alps” portable.

Understand that prioritizing portability usually means sacrificing sound quality, though. Why? It’s quite simple – the more portable a speaker is, the smaller it is. A smaller speaker means smaller drivers and this often means a reduction in sound quality.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I need one speaker or multiple speakers?

If you’re looking at installing a multi-room setup or a stereo or surround sound speaker system. Yes, multiple speakers will be required. For a multi-room system, the number of speakers depends on the number of rooms you wish to audio-enable. For a stereo pair, simply connect two speakers and situate them in a left/right configuration to achieve this. A surround sound system can be set up using WiFi/Bluetooth speakers, provided they are capable of surround sound signal routing and splitting of channel information. A surround sound speaker setup for 5.1 surround is as follows: Left, Centre, Right, Left Rear, Right Rear, LFE (subwoofer)

How powerful do my WiFi speakers need to be?

The size of your wireless speakers depends greatly on how loud you intend on streaming music/media. Larger speakers generally provide greater output volume and require more AC power. The size of your room will also dictate the size (and power) of the speaker you’ll need.

Do WiFi speakers require power?

Yes, WiFI speakers usually require a nearby outlet to feed them AC power. Bluetooth speakers are often battery-powered. So, consider this depending on your intentions with your new wireless speaker.

Does my WiFi speaker have to have Alexa built-in to work?

The short answer is no. Some WiFi speakers have Alexa built-in making it convenient by cutting down on the number of devices you need and the money you’d have to spend. Most WiFi speakers don’t have Alexa built-in and are instead designed to be compatible with Amazon’s Echo range which can then talk to you through your WiFi speaker.

If my WiFi speaker also has Bluetooth, which should I use to stream music?

As mentioned at the start of this article, WiFi is far superior to Bluetooth. I would recommend using WiFi for all streaming services. In some cases, WiFi speaker systems require the use of their own app to stream music services. If you don’t want to use the manufacturer’s app, then you’ll have to stream from your phone via Bluetooth. The big disadvantage of Bluetooth is its inferior audio quality and restricted wireless range.

Can I have multiple Amazon Echo speakers connected at the same time?

Yes, you can. This is a new feature as you were unable to have multiple Echo Studio, Echo Dots or Echo Plus Speakers linked together previously. Now you can have many, one for each room if you choose. To add additional Echo devices simply open the Alexa App, click the “+” icon, and follow the instructions to add the new device.

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Sonos Five

A beautifully designed modern WiFi speaker with amazing advanced features, great audio quality, and various connectivity options. 

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