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Best wireless speakers 2021: wonderful wi-fi speakers for the home

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Best wireless speakers Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best wireless speakers you can buy in 2021.

The category of wireless speakers evolves and multiplies at a rate similar to new titles on Netflix. When it comes to driver-housing sonic boxes (cylinders, oblongs, spheres, wedges, jewels and teardrops) if you just want something for blasting out tunes in the kitchen, there are now some splendid options out there for little money.

But if you need a wi-fi speaker for home with a bit more versatility and have a slightly more malleable budget, you can get a whole host of features plus better sound and multi-room capabilities for marginally (or substantially) more outlay. 

Increasingly, wireless speakers also boast smart skills if you want them, with voice assistants such as Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant baked in for good measure. That means they'll be at your beck and call when it comes to shopping, weather forecasts or taking charge of smart home appliances including your lights and thermostat. 

Whatever your needs, we have a great recommendation for you. Want to read more about your favourite in this list? There's a full What Hi-Fi? review attached to each product. 

Want a smaller, cheaper wireless speaker you can sling in a bag and take to the park? Check out our best Bluetooth speakers recommendations.

Dali Katch G2

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1. Dali Katch G2

The Dali Katch G2 is simply the best sound-per-pound Bluetooth speaker on the market right now, both comfortable in your home and on the road.

Specifications
Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 13.8 × 26.9 × 4.7cm
Power: : 2 x 25W
Features: Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX, apt X HD, USB-out for device charging, battery life of 30 hours
Connections: 3.5mm aux, dedicated mains charging port and adapter with UK, EU and US adapter plugs
Reasons to buy
+Excellent clarity+Impressive bass weight+Classy build and finish
Reasons to avoid
-No daisy-chaining for multiple Katch G2s

Although portable enough to be your travel speaker (and boasting a 30-hour battery) the Katch G2's dedicated mains charging port and adapter with UK, EU and US adapter plugs makes it an easy fit for your lounge too – and once there, it'll sound as detailed, clear and expansive as this money can buy. 

There's actually no wi-fi onboard, so scroll on if that's what you chiefly need, but as a What Hi-Fi? 2021 Award-winner that's just as comfortable in your home as it is on the road, we feel duty bound to include it. 

This is a speaker that not only fills a room despite being the width of a paperback, it oozes class both visually and sonically. 

Read the full review: Dali Katch G2 

Audio Pro Addon C10 MkII

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2. Audio Pro Addon C10 MkII

Audio Pro adds Google Cast and AirPlay 2 to a winning recipe

Specifications
Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 16.6 x 32 x 18cm
Power: 2x20W + 40W Digital class D
Features: wi-fi, multi-room, Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay 2
Connections: RCA, sub out
Reasons to buy
+Levelled-up streaming support+Greater clarity+Cleaner and tighter bass
Reasons to avoid
-Lacks the fun of the original

The 2021 update (sensibly titled MkII) to the three-time Award-winning Audio Pro C10 (also listed, below) adds AirPlay 2 and Google Cast to complete a multi-room home run and gain a 2021 What Hi-Fi? Award for the best home wireless speaker at £250 - £500.

When we tested its older sibling, we pitted it against models almost double its price and found it bettered them. We’re happy to report that it's still the case today – if £500 ($500) is your maximum budget, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a speaker that comes close to the Audio Pro C10 MkII. 

We miss the leather handle and fun, slightly rock'n'roll aesthetic and sonic presentation of the original, but we can't argue with three options for multi-room streaming (AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast and Audio Pro's own slick and functional app) or the levelled-up grippy bass and improved hi-fidelity performance. 

Read the full review: Audio Pro Addon C10 MkII 

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3. Apple HomePod Mini

Apple’s new Siri-powered smart speaker is small but mighty

Specifications
Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 8.4 x 9.8 x 9.8
Power: 20W
Features: Bluetooth 5.0, Siri, Apple Music, AirPlay 2, music over wi-fi
Connections: None
Reasons to buy
+Sophisticated, engaging sound+Substantial smart skills+Impressive music discovery
Reasons to avoid
-Limited third-party service support-Lacks a full control app

The HomePod Mini really is bijou. At just 8.4cm tall and 9.8cm wide, it’s quite a bit smaller than the similarly spherical new Amazon Echo. In fact, it’s even dwarfed by the new Echo Dot. Get its swirling orb of coloured light up and running (when Siri is listening or processing) though, and you realise you've got a classy performer on your hands. 

It goes loud, too. From the moment we start playing music, it’s clear that the HomePod Mini comfortably outperforms its size and price, quite frankly embarrassing its direct competition with the sophistication and maturity of its sound.

Siri is your voice assistant, and after a short period of learning it'll respond to the phrase “Hey Siri, play something I'll like” not by streaming your most played track of the last few weeks, but by playing something that you may have never listened to before but is a good fit for what you often do listen to. It’s a really powerful way to discover new music, and Alexa is nowhere near as good at it. 

Apple's HomePod Mini: every inch the What Hi-Fi? 2021 Award-winner.

Read the full review: Apple HomePod Mini

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4. Naim Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation

Just a few tweaks make for a superb second version

Specifications
Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 21 x 22 x 21
Power: : 300W
Features: Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Roon Ready, Hi-res up to 24-bit/384kHz, remote control
Connections: 3.5mm aux, USB, optical S/PDIF, Ethernet
Reasons to buy
+Open, detailed and expressive+Loads of streaming options+Multi-room ready
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing at this price

At What Hi-Fi?, we know full well the value of revisions. Yet still, it was quite the surprise when first we heard about one made by Naim, with its second generation of the Mu-so Qb wireless speaker. The previous iteration was great, earning five stars when it was first reviewed. This version, however, is is truly phenomenal. 

You can now choose between an Olive, Terracotta or Peacock grille alongside the standard black, but the best tweaks Naim has made go far deeper. Remove whatever colour grille you've gone for and you'll be rewarded with upgraded and optimised midrange and bass drive units, all powered by a total of 300W of amplification. 

Belying its box-like dimensions with a punchy bass alongside sparkling and rich tones across frequencies, the Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation scooped up a 2020 What Hi-Fi? Award last year for the best home wireless speaker over £500 ($500) – for the second year running.

Read the full review: Naim Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation 

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5. Linn Series 3

The best-sounding wireless speaker we’ve heard

Specifications
Dimensions: HxWxD (cm):25 x 29.6 x 20.6
Power: : 2x100W
Features: Wireless integrated Linn DSM player, Exakt digital crossover
Connections: Ethernet, USB, HDMI ARC
Reasons to buy
+Wonderfully articulate+Luxury design+HDMI ARC for TV connection
Reasons to avoid
-No analogue inputs-No Tidal Masters support

Let's address the elephant in the room: the Series 3 is the most expensive wireless speaker we have tested. It’s over three times the price of the B&W Formation Wedge (listed below) and its looks are just as divisive. Can such an outlay be justified? Well, yes. And Linn’s proprietary Exakt technology helps. Linn Exakt aims to reduce phase errors by intentionally delaying higher frequencies so they arrive at your ear at the same time as lower frequencies. It also keeps the music signal’s data in the digital domain for as long as possible to avoid any degradation caused by signal processing.

 We’ve heard Exakt do its thing in many a Linn product before, and here again it contributes to an absorbing performance. What’s immediately striking is the stunning midrange clarity. The Series 3 is a sharp performer, and we don’t just mean tonally.

The Linn’s low-end agility ensures the accompanying bassline bobs along with bounce and interest. Where there’s quality there’s quantity, too. Whatever we throw at it, the Series 3 appears at ease – partly down to its balance and clarity but also the seamless integration of its drivers. Its insight sets it apart from its more affordable competitors, too. 

Read the full review: Linn Series 3 

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6. Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge

This wireless speaker beats the competition by some distance

Specifications
Dimensions: HxWxD (cm):25.4 x 28 x 26
Power: : 4x40W + 80W
Features: proprietary mesh-system wi-fi, multi-room, Bluetooth v4.1 aptX HD, Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay2, Roon ready
Connections: Ethernet, USB
Reasons to buy
+Detailed, balanced sound+Multi-room integration+Quality build
Reasons to avoid
-Limited B&W app-Expensive

Yes, it's pretty expensive for a one-box proposition, but the B&W Formation Wedge offers the kind of detailed, balanced, cohesive sound that cannot be ignored – making it a class-leader in its category. Offering 24-bit/96 kHz hi-res audio playback and B&W's proprietary mesh system for a basically-imperceptible microsecond between speakers when used with other Formation products (like the Formation Duo, below) the Wedge leaves the competition for dust. 

Its looks can be divisive and you'll need to consider investing in a Roon subscription to get it at its glorious best, but even if you forgo Roon entirely, it's an excellent standalone performer. 

Read the full review: Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge

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7. Audio Pro Addon C3

A talented multi-room speaker with excellent sound quality

Specifications
Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 11.5 x 21.5 x 13.5
Power: 2x5W + 15W Digital class D
Features: wi-fi, multi-room, Bluetooth V4.0, Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay
Connections: Ethernet, 3.5 mm stereo
Reasons to buy
+Impressive timing+Solid build+Tight, textured bass
Reasons to avoid
-App could be slicker

This is basically the wi-fi-enabled, multi-room version of Audio Pro's Addon T3. It has the same minimalist looks that the Scandinavian company is known for, complete with textured surfaces and embossed leather carry handle, but the wireless tech adds a whole new dimension to your listening. It's just a shame that controlling it using the smartphone app isn't a bit better thought through. Still, this is a belter of a speaker, make no mistake, and a fine addition to any home set-up. A What Hi-Fi? 2021 Awards winner.

Read the full review: Audio Pro Addon C3

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For a great, affordable, durable home smart speaker, you’ll be hard-pushed to find a product that can match JBL’s Link Portable

Specifications
Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 17 x 8.8 x 8.8
Power: 20W
Features: waterproof, Bluetooth v4.2, Google Assistant built-in, Chromecast, AirPlay 2, music over wi-fi
Connections: 3.5 mm stereo
Reasons to buy
+Expansive sound+Packed with features+Premium design
Reasons to avoid
-No JBL Connect support-Fussy over placement

The JBL Link Portable's neat connectivity features bring a plethora of streaming options to the table – features rarely seen at this end of the market, including AirPlay 2, Chromecast and hi-res support. You also get hands-free voice assistance, a charger cradle and wireless streaming via wi-fi or Bluetooth.

The Link Portable looks and feels like a premium product. For a speaker of this size, it has oodles of detail and an expansive mix with everything present, including bass. While there's no PartyBoost or Connect+ support for daisy-chaining other JBL speakers, the Link Portable makes JBL a serious contender in the category of affordable wireless speakers.

Read the full review: JBL Link Portable

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9. Dynaudio Music 5

A superb sonic performance from a distinctive speaker

Specifications
Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 20 x 66 x 18.5
Power: 250W
Features: 2x 25mm tweeters, 2x 8cm midrange, 13cm woofer, multi-room options, NoiseAdapt, RoomAdapt
Connections: mains power, analogue audio jack, Toslink optical digital audio
Reasons to buy
+Expansive, weighty and accurate+Great for larger rooms+Top-notch build
Reasons to avoid
-No AirPlay 2-No Spotify Connect

The Dynaudio Music 5 is the second-largest one-box speaker in the company’s inaugural, four-strong Music series. Love or loathe the way it looks, (think huge, Indiana Jones-style ruby or the objects in the abstract chamber in Pixar’s Inside Out) we can’t help but be won over by how the Dynaudio Music 5 sounds. 

The Dynaudio Music 5 is a powerful proposition, but one that still displays the sonic nous to keeps things refined. While the Award-winning Naim (above) just edges it for both subtlety and a slightly livelier sound, there isn't much in it – and the Dynaudio Music 5 boasts superiority in other ways. In a larger room, it boasts better weight, scale and authority. It also offers something smooth, detail-rich, refined and resoundingly listenable – a sonic performance that will suit many tastes. 

Depending on your room size and requirements, the Dynaudio Music 5 brings a meatier – and more easily adaptable – performance to the table.

Read the full review: Dynaudio Music 5

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10. Audio Pro Addon C10

Another class-leader from a company on a roll

Specifications
Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 11.5 x 21.5 x 13.5
Power: 2x5W + 15W Digital class D
Features: wi-fi, multi-room, Bluetooth V4.0, Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay
Connections: 3.5 mm stereo
Reasons to buy
+Rich, powerful performance+Expert sense of timing+Multi-room functionality
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing at this price

Audio Pro consistently makes some of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market and the Addon C10 is another impressive Award-winning model. Connectivity is among the most thorough you can expect at the money, with wi-fi, Bluetooth and AirPlay, plus aux and RCA inputs. It has all the major music streaming services, including Spotify, Tidal and Qobuz. The Addon C10 sounds big and bold, but is equally able to capture the subtler, more nuanced tracks as it is firing out big bassy numbers. Although it has recently been superseded by the C10 MkII (above) it's still last year's 2020 What Hi-Fi? Award winner, a title it also stormed away with in 2019.

Read the full review: Audio Pro Addon C10

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11. Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo

Wonderfully accomplished, sophisticated wireless speakers

Specifications
Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 39.5 x 19.7 x 30.5
Power: 2x 125W per unit
Features: Bluetooth aptX HD, wi-fi, multi-room, Spotify Connect, Apple Airplay 2
Connections: USB, Ethernet
Reasons to buy
+Excellent multi-room features+Snappy timing+Tight, authoritative bass+Transparent performance
Reasons to avoid
-No fully featured app

They're not cheap and the aesthetic won't appeal to everyone, but if you want a wireless pair of standmounts that nothing comes close to right now in terms of sound, you've just found them. The Duos are deadly precise speakers with excellent clarity and a performance that makes you want to dig out tune after tune just to hear what they can do. 

The multi-room feature set, while not perfect (we'd prefer a single app to handle every function), is more than made up for by the superb audio performance. 

Read the full review: Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo 

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12. Naim Mu-so 2

A super-sounding and feature-packed premium wireless speaker.

Specifications
Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 12.2 x 62.8 x 26.4
Power: 450W
Features: Bluetooth V4.0, multi-room, wi-fi, UPnP, Spotify, AirPlay 2, Chromecast, Tidal
Connections: 3.5mm stereo, optical, Ethernet, HDMI ARC
Reasons to buy
+Sensational detail and dynamics+Convincing bass+Loads of wireless and streaming features
Reasons to avoid
-That price tag

The Naim Mu-so-2's extensive feature set includes all manner of wireless streaming technologies such as AirPlay 2 and Chromecast. Tidal and Spotify are also supported, as is high-res audio to the tune of 24-bit/88kHz. It's not just about streaming, though, with a HDMI ARC input allowing you to hook up a TV and boost its sound at the same time.

The Naim looks like a premium wireless speaker and it sounds like one too, with a rich, confident sound, packed full of detail and delivered with immense rhythmic drive. Bass is plentiful and of a high quality. 

If your budget allows, you'll be suitably impressed.

Read the full review: Naim Mu-so 2

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13. Sonos One

Sonos sound quality meets Alexa voice control smarts

Specifications
Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 16.1 x 12 x 12
Power: 2x Digital class D
Features: wi-fi, Alexa voice assistant, AirPlay 2, multi-room, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, SoundCloud, Deezer, Tidal
Connections: Ethernet
Reasons to buy
+Stylish and unobtrusive+Solid, sophisticated sound+Alexa well integrated
Reasons to avoid
-No hi-res audio

The second-generation Sonos One is really a Sonos Play:1 in new clothing, but that's no bad thing. It now boasts Amazon's Alexa smart assistant for voice controls, and it's all the better for it. In fact, with its room-filling sound, it stands apart from the glut of smart speakers that are smart first and speakers second. Throw in Apple's AirPlay 2 tech and the fact that the One fits seamlessly into a multi-room set-up, and you've got a winner on your hands.

Read the full review: Sonos One

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14. KEF LSX

This system might be small, but it has a big sound and lots of features...

Specifications
Hi-res support: 24-bit/192kHz
Streaming services: Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, Tidal
Bluetooth: 4.2 with aptX
Inputs: Optical, 3.5mm, ethernet
Finishes: 5
Dimensions: 24 x 15 x 18cm (each)
Weight: 3.5kg (each)
Reasons to buy
+Brilliant insight+Lots of connections+Colourful
Reasons to avoid
-Some issues with the app

This is actually an all-in-one system, comprising a network streamer, Bluetooth receiver and amplifier, all built into a pair of stereo speakers. The speakers talk to each other wirelessly, so there's no need for a joining ethernet cable, and they come in a range of bright but stylish colours. But you will need to plug them into the mains.

You have plenty of choices when it comes to sources: streaming comes either over DLNA or from Tidal (both from within the KEF Stream app), while Spotify Connect, Roon compatibility and Apple AirPlay 2 are also part of the package. And the sound? As beautifully expressive, tonally even and rhythmically astute as you would expect given their lineage. 

Read the full review: KEF LSX

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15. Sonos One SL

Specifications
Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 16.1 x 12 x 12
Power: 2x Digital class D
Features: wi-fi, AirPlay 2, multi-room, stereo pairs with Sonos One, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, Tidal
Connections: Ethernet
Reasons to buy
+Works in stereo with Sonos One+Open, clean sound+Solid and agile bass
Reasons to avoid
-No Bluetooth support

A Sonos One without voice control is still a great wireless speaker, whether stereo paired, added to a home theatre set-up or used solo. For the uninitiated, this is a product that looks identical to Sonos' latest five-star smart speaker, the Sonos One (above), but without the smart aspects – ie. those little microphone dots around the top and the built-in voice assistant.

How is it better than its older brother, the wireless-but-not-voice-activated Sonos Play:1? You’ve guessed it: you can now pair a One and One SL in stereo, a set-up that looks and sounds good for the money. For those who either already own a Sonos One or want to buy into Sonos but don't care about speaking to their speakers, this should be on your radar. 

Read the full review: Sonos One SL

KEF LS50 Wireless II

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16. KEF LS50 Wireless II

KEF’s revisions have paid off; these sequels are among the most thrilling speaker systems we’ve heard

Specifications
Hi-res support: 24-bit/384kHz
Streaming services: Spotify Connect, Tidal, Google Chromecast, Qobuz, Deezer, Roon ready
Bluetooth: 4.2 with aptX
Inputs: USB, TOSLINK optical, RCA, ethernet, HDMI eARC
Finishes: 4
Dimensions: 30.5 x 20 x 31.1cm (each)
Weight: 10kg (each)
Reasons to buy
+Big performance leap+Clean, punchy sound+All-encompassing connectivity
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing at this price

An innovative and entertaining sequel (you'll find the originals below) that became a What Hi-Fi? Award winner in 2020 and retained it for 2021. With this update, KEF brought hi-res streaming support all the way up to 24-bit/384kHz. DSD256 music files are now on the menu too, as well as MQA decoding for the playback of compatible downloaded files and hi-res Tidal Masters.

Tidal is one of many streaming services directly accessible from the new KEF Connect app – you have Amazon MusicQobuzDeezer and Spotify, as well as internet radio and UPnP servers, at your fingertips too. 

Their Uni-Q driver array, beautiful Carbon Black, Titanium Grey, Mineral White and Crimson Red Special Edition finishes, and curved front panel all combine to create a thorough head turner – and really, they ought to be. As a new product following in the footsteps of such a huge success, the KEF LS50 Wireless IIs arrive with a world of expectation on their shoulders – but they well and truly live up to those expectations. Make no mistake, this is a sequel of rare quality.

Read the full review: KEF LS50 Wireless II

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17. Audio Pro Addon T3

Another compelling wireless speaker from Audio Pro

Specifications
Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 11.5 x 21.5 x 13.5
Power: 2x 5W + 15W Digital class D
Features: Bluetooth V4.0
Connections: 3.5mm stereo, USB
Reasons to buy
+Good balance+Expressive and dynamic+Faultless build
Reasons to avoid
-Size won't suit everyone

This is one of the less portable speakers in this list, but it can still be carted around thanks to the carry handle. It's robust rather than heavy, and boasts a battery life of up to 30 hours at half volume or 12 at full blast. The bass, made feasible by that larger chassis, doesn’t ruin the balance, instead it does just what it should, offering extra stability. And that is where the upgrade on something such as the Roll 2 is justified – the noticeable leap in audio quality will have you enjoying music much more readily than on a smaller speaker.

Read the full review: Audio Pro Addon T3

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18. Audio Pro A10

It's a new design for Audio Pro, but the same winning performance

Specifications
Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 19.3 x 14 x 14
Power: 52W Digital class D
Features: Bluetooth V4.0, multi-room, wi-fi, Spotify, AirPlay 2
Connections: 3.5mm stereo
Reasons to buy
+Wide dispersion of sound+Excellent timing and dynamics+Versatile positioning
Reasons to avoid
-Lacks midrange body

Audio Pro has switched up the design for the A10, stepping away from the more industrial-looking Addon range. But you'll be pleased to hear it has the same winning sound quality – it's versatile, dynamic and has an impeccable sense of timing. 

The cylindrical design disperses sound throughout the room, too. It might not be quite up there with the very best Audio Pro has produced, but the A10 is still a viable option, especially considering its nominal price.

Read the full review: Audio Pro A10

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19. Ruark MR1 Mk2

A very appealing set of desktop speakers.

Specifications
Hi-res support: 24-bit/192kHz
Streaming services: N/A
Bluetooth: 4.2 with aptX
Inputs: Digital optical TOSLINK, line-in
Finishes: 2
Dimensions: 17 x 13 x 13cm (each)
Weight: 1.7kg (each)
Reasons to buy
+Musical sound+Compact design+Lean skillset
Reasons to avoid
-Lacks a USB input

With their retro wood-and-grey styling, these speakers will look at home on almost any surface, be it an office desk or a kitchen work surface. But they're not just lookers – for our money they're the desktop speakers that come closest to sounding like a proper hi-fi set-up. 

The soundstage is gloriously spacious, giving each instrument enough room to breathe, and the sound is bathed in rich detail and fluid dynamics. Their timing is also a highlight. Put them in any room, and they'll immediately add character along with some brilliant sonics.

Read the full review: Ruark MR1 Mk2

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20. Audio Pro Drumfire

Audio Pro's flagship multi-room speaker is an absolute delight

Specifications
Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 15.5 x 36.5 x 19
Power: 300W Digital class D
Features: Bluetooth V4.0, multi-room, wi-fi, Spotify, AirPlay 2
Connections: 3.5mm stereo
Reasons to buy
+Nice and loud+Good impression of space+Great build quality
Reasons to avoid
-App needs work

Although we’re prepared to give it some good-natured ribbing for an aesthetic that abandons the dashing handsomeness of other Audio Pro speakers, the Drumfire is put together very well. The big bottom portion of the Drumfire houses a 20cm subwoofer powered by a 200W Class D amplifier to pump bass into the room. And you can hear it. 

If you want a seriously powerful, seriously impressive sound – look no further. You get plenty of volume and weight but don't be thinking this speaker can't also do subtle; it's a highly-accomplished wireless speaker, whatever you throw at it. Add in multi-room connectivity and the option to extend the Audio Pro family and you have an enticing, excellent high-end speaker.

Read the full review: Audio Pro Drumfire

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21. KEF LS50 Wireless

Top performance in a smart, compact package.

Specifications
Hi-res support: 24-bit/192kHz
Streaming services: Spotify Connect, Tidal
Bluetooth: 4.0 with aptX
Inputs: USB, TOSLINK optical, RCA, ethernet
Finishes: 3
Dimensions: 30 x 20 x 31cm (each)
Weight: 10kg (each)
Reasons to buy
+Great clarity+Impressive bass and dynamics+Brilliant build quality
Reasons to avoid
-Could be more usable

The LS50 Wireless speakers aren't completely wireless – both master and slave speaker need to be plugged into the mains, and there's a cable connecting them. But still, it's a lot neater than a full hi-fi set-up with lots of separate boxes. 

And the sound is very impressive indeed – there's a ton of detail to get your teeth into, and it's all delivered in an organised and stable manner. It's a refined listen, too, able to handle dynamic shifts without breaking a sweat, with a soundstage that opens up like a vista in front of you. A brilliant buy.

Read the full review: KEF LS50 Wireless

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22. Sonos Roam

Sonos' multi-room tech packed into a portable wireless speaker.

Specifications
Connectivity: Bluetooth, wi-fi, AirPlay 2
Power: Battery
Inputs: USB-C
Battery life: 10hrs
Dimensions (hwd): 16.8 x 6.2 x 6cm
Weight: 430g
Reasons to buy
+Full-bodied sound+Lots of features+Portable
Reasons to avoid
-Clarity not exceptional-Average timing and dynamics

The Sonos One (featured towards the top of this list) delivers superior audio, but it's not portable. If that's one of your dealbreakers, consider the battery-powered Sonos Roam.

The multi-room titan's first travel-friendly speaker (the 2019 Sonos Move is technically portable but weighs a hefty 3kg to the Roam's 430g) isn't short on connectivity or features. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is joined by support for AirPlay 2 and voice controls. Headed to the beach or the pool? The IP67 rating means the Roam is both water and dust resistant. The built-in battery offers a pretty decent 10 hours playback and support for Qi wireless charging.

When it comes to sound, the Roam makes an impact with a bold presentation and superb mids. It's let down a bit by timing and dynamics, but given the portability and feature set, plenty of users will make allowances. A welcome addition to the Sonos family.

Read the full review: Sonos Roam

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23. Dynaudio XEO 10

They're certainly pricey, but they're versatile and sound fantastic.

Specifications
Hi-res support: 24-bit/96kHz
Streaming services: N/A
Bluetooth: 4.0 with aptX
Inputs: RCA, 3.5mm, optical digital
Finishes: 2
Dimensions: 26 x 17 x 15cm (each)
Weight: 4kg (each)
Reasons to buy
+Detailed, agile sonics+Spacious soundstage+Plenty of features
Reasons to avoid
-Don't feel premium-Bluetooth issues-Pricey

With Bluetooth, a 3.5mm headphone jack, compatibility with TVs, and an optical input that supports 24-bit/96kHZ files, you're not short of choice when it comes to sources you can add. You're also spoiled when it comes to placement – the Xeo 10s have a switch that optimises their performance depending on where you put them, be it close to a wall, in a corner or out in open space. 

For speakers so small, they have an impressively panoramic soundstage, and they stay sounding clean even at high volumes. The low-end also packs plenty of weight, while the timing remains spot-on whatever you throw at them. Compact, versatile, great sounding... these speakers have it all.

Read the full review: Dynaudio Xeo 10

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24. Dali Callisto 6 C

Premium sound meets wireless convenience.

Specifications
Hi-res support: 24-bit/96kHz
Streaming services: Tidal, Qobuz, Deezer (all with Sound Hub)
Bluetooth: 4.0 with aptX (with Sound Hub)
Inputs: RCA, 3.5mm, optical, coax (with Sound Hub)
Finishes: 2
Dimensions: 100 x 20 x 35cm (each)
Weight: 23kg (each)
Reasons to buy
+Neat+Bursting with features+Great dynamics and insight
Reasons to avoid
-Module at odds with speakers 

DSP and analogue combine to great effect in these wireless wonders, and there are some nice design flourishes to show off (such as the ability to change volume by running your finger along the front edge of the top panel). To get the most from them, you'll need Dali's Sound Hub, which is basically a wireless preamp that adds Tidal, Qobuz and Deezer music streaming, plus Bluetooth. 

It won't leave you disappointed – the sound is dripping with drive and energy, while the bass has plenty of precision, agility and texture. The imaging is also handled with aplomb, making for an expansive soundstage. Worth every penny.

Read the full review: Dali Callisto 6 C

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