Wireless Wonders: 7 Wireless Speakers Reviewed
Sonos may have established a long lead in its category, but competitors have now arrived—in droves. To get a sense of what the newcomers offer and how they stack up against Sonos, we rounded up a few. Our goals: Gauge the usability of each system’s app, assess the speaker’s sound quality, and check out differentiating features, such as auto EQ and an ability to pair speaker sets for stereo playback. Along with the proprietary ecosystems (Sonos, Bluesound, etc.), we wanted to cover the open platforms, including DTS Play-Fi and Qualcomm AllPlay.
To even the playing field, we tested the smallest, entry-level speaker in each manufacturer’s line and kept them below the $300 price point. The thinking is that most buyers will start out with a single, low-cost model and perhaps move on to pricier speakers that offer higher performance and, of course, deeper bass. Regardless of the speaker chosen, both the key platform features and the app used to control them are consistent across each manufacturer’s line.