The Ikea Symfonisk Bookshelf offers an excellent, affordable introduction to multiroom music and is at its best when used as rears for a Sonos sound bar.
The cameraless, petite Google Nest Hub will blend into any room in your home. It's affordable, and quite useful as a digital assistant (especially in the kitchen), a photo frame and a smart-home control panel.
The Vizio SB3621n-E8 is the best sound bar under $300 we have ever heard. If you want better TV sound, it's the new budget benchmark.
The Amazon Echo Show 5 isn't quite as good as the Google Nest Hub, but it's a solid smart display that's particularly compelling as a smart alarm clock.
The Ikea Symfonisk is an excellent-sounding Sonos-compatible Wi-Fi speaker dressed up as a beautiful lamp.
The excellent Vizio SB36512-F6 brings Dolby Atmos effects to a compact sound bar with rear speakers and a sub -- all for a very affordable price.
Bose's expensive SoundLink Plus is arguably the best-sounding Bluetooth speaker for its size.
For its size, the affordable and durable UE Wonderboom is one of the fullest sounding mini Bluetooth speakers you can buy.
With excellent sound and the choice of Alexa or Google Assistant, the Sonos One reaffirms its place as the best smart speaker for the money.
The Yamaha YAS-207 is an excellent sound bar package which offers sound quality which soars above others' at the price.
Apple's HomePod doesn't match the features offered on Alexa and Google Assistant speakers. But if you’re an iPhone user who prizes sound quality above all, you should seriously consider this speaker.
The Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 is one of the best speakers at this price, with great sound and excellent build quality.
Although some cheaper options sound better, Sonos Beam is a feature-packed, voice-operated sound bar with unmatched flexibility.
A nice upgrade over its predecessor, the Flip 4 is one of the best speakers in its size and price class.
The well-built and travel-friendly Bose SoundLink Micro is arguably the best sounding speaker in its tiny size class.
The Vizio SB362An-F6 offers astoundingly good value, with excellent sound quality and a high degree of flexibility for a budget sound bar.
If you want the most realistic surround sound from a single speaker, the Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar is the best there is.
Alexa is still the most compelling voice control platform, and the new and improved Echo should only boost her momentum. It's well worth $100.