Speakers can take many forms — from a smart speaker with Amazon Alexa, to a personal Bluetooth speaker, to a full Dolby Atmos system — but no matter what, we all want the best performance for our money. In this best speakers list, we cover a multitude of different speakers — from $50 all the way up to $2,500, all of them the best speakers in their category, and including budget products such as the excellent Vizio SB3621n-E8 soundbar. Most of these systems are powered, but the list also includes passive loudspeakers like the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 — just add a great AV receiver. So without further ado, the following are the best speakers for 2020.
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Best soundbar for the money
The Vizio SB3621n-E8 is the best budget soundbar we've ever heard, and it's super easy to set up. It may not have cutting edge features — no voice assistant or HDMI here — but it does offer excellent value. Read more.
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Best sounding smart speaker
With great sound, a compact size and the option of either Google Assistant or Alexa, the Sonos One reaffirms its place as the best smart speaker for the money. Read our Sonos One review.
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Best smart soundbar
The Yamaha YAS-209 is one of the most fully featured soundbars the company has ever offered — especially at the price. With Amazon Alexa, HDMI connectivity and a wireless subwoofer this soundbar isn't wanting for anything. The sound quality is great too. Read our Yamaha YAS-209 review.
Best bookshelf speakers
Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2
If you're looking to set up a dedicated hi-fi or home cinema setup on a budget, the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 bookshelf speakers are where I'd start. This set of speakers delivers a wide frequency range and great sound for music and more. Build quality, stereo sound and sonic performance this fine shouldn't be as affordable as these bookshelf speakers. Read our Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 review.
Best Bluetooth speaker
Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus
There are plenty of cheaper Bluetooth speakers, but none of them sound as good as the Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus portable speaker. This Bose Soundlink speaker offers a richer sound than its smaller cousin, the Bose Soundlink Micro. In the world of Bluetooth Bose speakers, this model offers a portable, sturdy design, superb audio quality, and sonics which will reach every corner of your next cookout. Read our Bose SoundLink Revolve+ review.
Best budget Bluetooth speaker
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom
While it's since been replaced by the Wonderboom 2, you can still find the original on sale. It offers a compact build, waterproof casing and a bass-rich frequency response. And since it's waterproof, you can even use these as shower speakers. Read CNET's Wonderboom review.
Best budget surround package
If you're looking at a full surround set, it usually costs a lot for full-size surround sound speakers, but not so for the Pioneer SP-PK52FS. With proper floorstanding speakers at the front (which you can use as stereo speakers or theater speakers) and a dedicated subwoofer, the Pioneer system offers home theater power that the smaller systems just can't match. Read CNET's review.
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Best high-end soundbar
Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
If you want the most realistic Dolby Atmos surround sound from a single speaker, the Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar is the best there is. And for $2,500, it'd better be. Read CNET's review of the Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar.
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