Libratone Zipp 2
The cylindrical shape of the Libratone Zipp 2 stacks a number of nice audio components on top of one another to create an enjoyable, portable selection. There are five colors to choose from, and its built-in rechargeable battery gives you 12 hours of playback.
- Pairs with up to 10 devices
- Weighs under three pounds
- App is frustrating to use
The GGMM M3 sets itself apart from the competition with its high density wooden cabinet and unibody Kevlar speakers that provide a listening experience with little to no unintended vibrations. It’s covered in handcrafted leather for an elegant appearance.
- Well-designed volume controls
- Good for indoor and outdoor use
- Wi-fi connection is spotty
The Sonos One can be used on its own or as part of a complete stereo system throughout your home by hooking into your Wi-Fi network. This model is wall-mountable, but can also stand on its own, so you can install it just about anywhere.
- Good audio quality
- Resistant to humidity
- Voice recognition is poor
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay M3
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay M3 is engineered to provide an immersive experience in a very compact design that’s perfect for most small or medium-sized rooms. An intuitive user app allows for the creation of customized music profiles to suit your mood.
- Polymer base for stability
- Two color options
- Lags too much for use with videos
In addition to connecting to a home network, the AxiomAir Portable is capable of broadcasting its own wireless hotspot, making it the ideal choice for streaming high-quality audio from a smartphone, tablet, or computer when you’re away from your house.
- Built-in rechargeable battery
- Hi-res digital-to-analog conversion
- Heavy at around 11 pounds
Naim Mu-So QB
The Naim Mu-So QB is designed to pair with additional units of its kind and allow you to stream the same music in up to five different rooms. Its driver array features two offset tweeters to spread its treble response throughout a given space.
- Puts out 300 watts
- Relatively small footprint
- Bluetooth connection can be finicky
Bose Home 500
One of the coolest things about the Bose Home 500 is its full-color display screen, which can show you the album artwork of the artist that’s currently playing. It also offers surprisingly good bass performance for something its size.
- Alexa is built in
- Eight-microphone array
- App has an equalizer
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage
Fans of the mid-century aesthetic, or really anyone without a lot of room in to spare for their sound system will appreciate the form factor of the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage . It’s long and slim, and can either live on a shelf or be mounted to the wall.
- Works well as a soundbar
- Attractive fabric grille
- Good dynamic range
Denon Home 250 Wireless
The Denon Home 250 Wireless provides a big sound without taking up a lot of space. It can wirelessly receive information from any receiver compatible with the HEOS system, and it can also accept voice commands thanks to its Alexa functionality.
- Capable of ethernet networking
- Supports high-resolution playback
- Available in black or white
MartinLogan Crescendo X
The MartinLogan Crescendo X can turn an ordinary tabletop into a powerful entertainment hub. The high-performance folded motion tweeters minimize distortion while elegantly blending low-frequency bass to ensure superior sound distribution.
- Fast response time
- Fine walnut finish
- Handy remote control