Wireless Speakers Review

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Why Buy Wireless Speakers?

Let’s be honest: wires are annoying. They get in the way, are a pain to deal with and detract from the modern feel of your tech. Wireless speakers are an excellent addition to any home, patio, living room or wherever else you enjoy listening to your favorite tunes.

Wireless speakers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but the one attribute they all share is a transmitter that sends a wireless signal to your playback device. This could be your mobile phone, laptop, PC or MP3 player. When considering wireless speakers, look for those that have an auxiliary audio input jack. This input allows you to connect the speakers to any device that allows you to plug in a set of headphones. Wireless speakers may also come with an iPod cradle, allowing you to plug your iPod or iPhone directly into the device. Wireless speakers rely on a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi network connection to function. You don’t need to have a transmitter on your media device; the wireless speaker transmitter is able to communicate with a wide range of devices via either connection type. Wireless speakers can have a range of anywhere from 30 to 150 feet. A higher range allows you to keep your media device farther away from the wireless speaker.

In our research, we found the KorusSound V600, the Rocketfish Wireless Speakers, and the Schooners II to be the best wireless speakers available. For more information on these products, check out our learning center articles on wireless speakers.

Wireless Speakers: What to Look For

We've rated and ranked the best wireless speakers on the market. We weighted our results on the following categories:

Features
When shopping for wireless speakers, one of the main things to consider is their range. This specification indicates how far away you can place the speakers from the wireless transmitter and still receive uninterrupted, high-quality audio. Other considerations in this category include remote controls, which give you even more freedom to control your media device. Also, consider whether the speakers are powered by batteries or a wired AC power supply. Either is acceptable, but battery-powered devices are truly wireless. Pay attention to the available battery life on the speakers as well.

Performance
The performance category includes all the technical stuff that true audiophiles pour over in detail. Frequency response indicates the amplitude spectrum on which the wireless speakers operate. Impedance gives you an idea of how much alternating or direct current the wireless speaker is capable of withstanding. Output power indicates how much total power the wireless speaker creates in watts. Good performance specs indicate quality speakers that produce energetic sound for years to come.

Connectivity
All of the wireless goodness in the world will do you no favors if you can't connect your media player to your speakers. To that end, the best wireless speakers include an aux jack that essentially performs the same function as a headphone jack.. Some of the wireless speakers on our comparison chart also include an iPod cradle. This allows you to charge your iOS device and play your tunes at the same time.

Help & Support
Manufacturers back the best wireless speakers with at least a one-year warranty. Therefore, if something goes wrong, you have recourse. The manufacturers should also offer various avenues for obtaining support, both online and off. A strong presence on Facebook or Twitter is also a good sign, as it means the manufacturer cares about connecting with the consumer.

At the end of the day, you just want to hook up your music and media to your speakers without worrying about annoying wires and cables. You just want to get in the cable-free groove, and wireless speakers help you do that.

 
 
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10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
Korus V600 Rocketfish Wireless Speaker Schooners II Acoustic Research Wireless Speaker Sony Bluetooth Wireless Speaker OontZ Angle Mutant Media Block Audio Unlimited Premium Logitech Wireless Speaker Grace Digital EcoXGear
Korus V600 Rocketfish Wireless  Speaker Schooners II Acoustic Research Wireless Speaker Sony Bluetooth Wireless Speaker OontZ Angle Mutant Media Block Audio Unlimited Premium Logitech Wireless Speaker Grace Digital EcoXGear
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Lowest Price
Visit Korus V600
$395.99
Visit Rocketfish Wireless  Speaker Indoor/Outdoor RF-RBWS02
$249.99
Visit Schooners II GDI-AQSHR200
$129.99
Visit Acoustic Research Wireless Speaker
$79.99
Visit Sony Bluetooth Wireless Speaker SRSBTX300
$128.00
Visit OontZ Angle
$39.99
Visit Mutant Media Block WPBULLETW
$97.24
Visit Audio Unlimited Premium SPK-VELO-003
$92.57
Visit Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515
$75.00
Visit Grace Digital EcoXGear
$92.90
Ratings
9.07
8.98
8.92
8.65
8.05
7.95
7.90
7.75
7.25
7.15
10
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8
7
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1
9.13
10.00
6.88
10.00
9.38
9.13
7.50
10.00
8.75
8.50
9.38
10.00
9.38
7.50
8.75
10.00
7.50
8.75
7.50
8.75
8.13
8.13
7.50
7.50
8.75
8.13
7.50
5.00
8.75
6.25
8.75
7.50
7.50
7.50
6.25
7.50
9.38
6.25
5.00
6.88
 
Features
Number of Speakers 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1
Power Supply Dual Dual Battery Battery Dual Battery (USB) Battery Battery Wired Dual
Battery Life 90 6 7 10 8 10 Not Specified 5 6 10
Connection Type SKAA Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Bluetooth Bluetooth Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Bluetooth Bluetooth
Number of Devices 1 1 1 1 2 1 Not Specified 1 3 1
Transmission Range (ft.) 200** 164 150 150 30 30 164 150 50 30
Remote control Mobile App
  
 
  Mobile App
Audio Amplifier
Weather Resistant  
     
Weatherproof   
   
 
Performance
Frequency Response 80Hz - 20kHz 60Hz - 25kHz 80Hz - 12KHz 80Hz - 12KHz 100Hz - 20kHz 60Hz - 20kHz 50Hz - 12kHz Not Specified Not Specified 135Hz - 17kHz
Sound Quality Rating 10 9 8 8 9 8 7 8 5 7
Nominal Impedance (ohms) 8 4 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 Not Specified
Output Power (watts) 100 22 3 5 Not Specified 10 5 20 3 6
Connectivity
Auxiliary Input
Home Theater Ready
 
 
  
RCA Adapter  
        
iPod Cradle   
  
  
Dimensions
Height (inches) 7 9 8 14 6 2.7 11.35 5.1 5.4 4
Width (inches) 9 16 4.75 9.5 6 5.3 7.5 10.4 3.3 9
Depth (inches) 17 9 4.75 9.5 5 3 7.5 5.1 3.3 2.8
Weight (pounds) 11 1/2 7.5 4.5 1.6 0.6 11 8.5 2.52 1.6
Help & Support
Warranty 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year Available 2 Year 1 Year
Email Support
Telephone Support
  
   
FAQs
 
Online Manual
  
Facebook or Twitter
**Outdoor range. Indoor range is up to 66 feet.