Goosebump-inducing bass and notes that dance across the room highlight the difference between a good wireless speaker and the best high-end wireless speakers.
The ultimate accessory for any self-respecting audiophile, these portable systems have the ability to upgrade any kind of performance from one that you’ll sing along to, to one that’ll stun you into silence.
With an ever-growing range of styles and features, it’s harder than ever to pick the perfect premium wireless speaker that combines everything you need. Rich and sparkling tones are found across the board when it comes to our 2020 shortlist of the best wireless speakers, no matter whether they’re paired with a lightweight and durable option that’s a picnic essential or a multi-room system fit for even the loudest parties.
There’s no need to compromise on quality thanks to a huge range of beat-thumping luxury speakers with the ability to make music sound unlike anything you’ve heard before. Along with stylish designs and out-of-this-world performance, many high-end wireless speakers also come complete with extra features like shock-proof technology and voice assistance.
Not sure where to start? We’ve broken down our review with everything you need to know when it comes to investing in your next wireless speaker, from the perfect home theatre set up right through to the sophisticated and minimalist designs.
The 11 best wireless speakers of 2020
|1||Master & Dynamic MA770||Overall best|
|2||Devialet Gold Phantom||Best high-end|
|3||Sonos Five||Best value|
|4||Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 2||Best multi-room|
|5||JBL Charge 3||Best portable|
|6||Amazon Echo 3rd Gen||Best voice assistant|
|7||Sonos Move||Best for outdoor|
|8||Samsung SWA-8500S||Best for TV|
|9||Naim Mu-so Qb v2||Best design|
|10||Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2||Best budget|
|11||Martin Logan Crescendo X||Most luxurious|
Check below our listing to see exactly what to look for when shopping for wireless speakers and tips on how to find the speakers that are best for your needs.
Master & Dynamic MA770: Overall best wireless speaker
Crisp and clear, the Master & Dynamic MA770 has an almost magical ability to make your favourite tracks sound like they’re being performed live in front of you. This ultra-premium wireless speaker fuses rich detail with a flawless design to create a speaker so good it practically redefines the listening experience.
With sculptural angles and curves, thanks to architect David Adjaye’s role in its creation, you wouldn’t anticipate this speaker is made from actual concrete. But that, combined with its efficient dual 4″ woven long throw woofers, promises an incomparable sound quality that’ll resonate through the room.
It’s a dramatic looking piece of technology, confidently performing with a deep and expansive bass and a detailed frequency range. At 16kg, it’s not a speaker you’ll want to move around often, so place it front and centre and wait for the audacious, angular design to envelope you with its sound.
Dimensions: 41 x 51 x 25cm (16 x 20 x 10inch) Weight: 16kg / 35lbs Wireless connectivity: WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 with LE Amplification power: 100W
Devialet Gold Phantom: Best high-end wireless speaker
Exceptional sound quality means that Devialet Gold Phantom has the ability to make songs you’ve heard 1000 times before sound brand new. This is a luxury speaker that takes the idea of a standard musical device and throws it into space, with a deep, unbelievable bass and a design so sleek it rightfully deserves its own place of pride in the house.
The sheer amount of power inside of this speaker – a huge 4500w – makes its peak volume performance rival a modest aircraft. The Devialet Gold Phantom isn’t playing around. Raw and intense, it’s a speaker built for audiophiles through and through, with a striking exterior and unbelievably clever technology.
Vibration and power flow through the room at the touch of a button, promising to make even the songs you’d usually skip sound good enough to play on repeat. Devialet surpassed itself with the Gold Phantom, pushing past the limits of what a traditional speaker sets out to do with the arrival of ultra-sharp trebles, immense bass and no distractions whatsoever.
Dimensions: 26 x 25cm (10 x 9.5 inch) Weight: 11.4kg / 25lbs Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi Dual-band and Bluetooth A2D and AVRCP profiles Amplification power: 4500W
Alternative: Devialet shines above most when it comes to wireless speakers and the Phantom Reactor 900 is another brilliant option. With 900W and a compact design, it’s another top choice for a high-end wireless speaker.
Phantom Reactor 900
Sonos Five: Best value wireless speaker
Sound performance and style go hand in hand with the Sonos Five, with a new speaker that shines wherever it’s placed. Vividly clear with a fantastic, warm sound, it’s a speaker that’ll fill the room and silence it at the same time.
Melodic beats benefit from the Sonos Five‘s six custom-designed drivers inside and even the heaviest of drum beats sound crystal clear, beat by beat. Three high-excursion woofers provide unparalleled deep bass with architecture that eliminates reverb. There’s also no need to worry about echo, with Sonos’ Trueplay software that automatically tunes the speaker to the unique acoustics of the room.
Place it horizontally and the speaker will automatically separate left and right channels. Or, step up the game with an additional Sonos Five for an unbeatable pairing. For those who really aren’t messing around with their sound systems, a dedicated subwoofer can be added for extra bass.
Dimensions: 37 x 20 cm (14.5 x 8 inch) Weight: 5.8kg / 13lbs Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi Amplification power: 120W
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 2: Best multi-room audio speakers
Deceptively small, the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 2 is anything but when it comes to its deeply satisfying musical performance. Promising 360 degrees of sound, this wireless speaker is intriguing to look at with its extruded aluminum (also available in gold) and sculptured edges.
But you’ll be too busy focusing on the sound to spend too much attention on its unique design. The BeoSound 2 is engineered to be placed anywhere in a room and still sound incredible when playing everything from chilled acoustic tracks to beat-pounding electronics. It’s the upgrade necessary for sound lovers: simple to set up, allowing you to be enveloped in sound in a matter of minutes.
A proximity sensor detects which direction you’re approaching from and aligns the controls accordingly. Its immersive audio, set to perform effortlessly throughout the house, is the ultimate option for a powerful sound system that’s best enjoyed through one room to another.
Dimensions: 20 x 43 cm (7.8 x 17 inch) Weight: 6.3kg / 14lbs Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi/WLAN 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz) and Bluetooth 4.1 Amplification power: 102W
Alternative: The Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 2 comes with a premium price tag. However, the older version — the sleek and silver BeoSound 1, is another excellent choice for $500 less.
BANG & OLUFSEN
JBL Charge 3: Best portable wireless speaker
The JBL Charge 3 is made for carrying around — think of it as the ideal speaker for playing your life’s soundtrack. Along with suncream, snacks and sunglasses, it’s the companion you’ll take with you to the beach, on a picnic and for a casual stroll. You’ll set it up in the kitchen when cooking dinner and carry it through to the bathroom for a shower sing-a-long. Once you’ve got used to pairing your day’s activities with a blast of sound, you’ll feel lost without it.
Not only is the Charge 3 a light and portable speaker; it’s also a durable one. Made to last, its top-performing, punchy sound is complemented by a special protective fabric and can survive 30 minutes in water, if you happen to go for a paddle. The Charge 3’s speciality is full, deep bass with dual external passive radiators that vibrate with particularly strong beats.
For its price, its sound quality is mesmerising and powerful, with an energetic nature that acts as the cherry on top. Its excellent battery life makes it the optimum choice for pulsing tunes without worrying about a charger.
Dimensions: 23 x 9 cm (9 x 3.50 inch) Weight: 800g / 1.8lbs Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1 Amplification power: 20W
Amazon Echo 3rd Gen: Best voice assistant speaker
Amazon’s Echo 3rd Gen is an upgrade on its predecessor in every way possible. Its audio hardware offers strong, consistent sound, while its main focus, Alexa’s smart assistant powers, shines through whenever the speaker is put into action.
Small but mighty and full to the brim with intelligent features, the Echo 3rd Gen is balanced and detailed with a speaker system that’s top of the class. Its multi-purpose nature, combined with its varying colour ways, makes this speaker one for the busy household that doesn’t want to compromise on sound.
When you’re not busy chatting to Alexa, pay attention to the clarity of the music. Controlled by a brief command, it delivers sound that dances around the room with smoothness and expression. It’s powerful and well-balanced, particularly for its size, and its 3-inch woofer, Dolby Audio and 360-degree sound make for an impressive listening experience.
Dimensions: 14.8 x 10 cm (5.8 x 3.9 inch) Weight: 800g / 1.8lbs Wireless connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 and 5 GHz) and Bluetooth A2DP Amplification power: 15W
Sonos Move: Best wireless speaker for outdoor
Sonos didn’t hesitate when it came to stepping up the durability for the brand’s first outdoor-specific portable charger. It features all of the benefits of a portable speaker but none of the downsides.
For a start, the Sonos Move doesn’t sound like it’s playing music from a portable speaker. It’s feature-rich with smart connectivity and promises a sound quality that won’t falter no matter whether you’re partying in the Arabian deserts or the coldest of snowstorms. The Sonos Move has an IP56 weatherproof build and claims to be shockproof, too.
Its light emphasis on the bass makes this speaker the ideal choice for outdoor usage and even its midrange driver promises to stay consistently strong. There’s no drop off in vocal clarity and it carries off a huge range of genres seamlessly. With a battery life of 10 hours and a recharging time of only 2.5 hours, it’s a first choice for outdoors.
Dimensions: 12.7 x 16 cm (5 x 6.3 inch) Weight: 3kg / 6.6lbs Wireless connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 Amplification power: Undisclosed by Sonos
Samsung SWA-8500S: Best wireless speaker for your TV
You can buy the most impressive visual set up on the market but nothing elevates a movie experience like a brilliant speaker system. Samsung’s SWA-8500S delivers from every direction, heightening the action of your favourite games, movies, and shows until it feels like you’re watching it live in front of you.
This immersive set up is clutter free and easy to assemble, promising power and depth in a matter of minutes. The well-balanced sound profile is the perfect addition to your home theatre experience, making you laugh all the louder in front of your favourite rom-com or holding onto the sofa a little tighter during the jumpy moments of a thriller.
A quick flick of the remote boosts the back speakers for more music, peripheral sound or a focus on the dialogue. Its accurate, lifelike sound acts as the missing piece in the puzzle and, its unbeatable quality means any other combined visual-audio set up almost pales in comparison.
Dimensions: 5 x 13 cm (2 x 5.2 inch) Weight: 700g / 1.54lbs Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi Amplification power: 54W
Naim Mu-so Qb v2: Best design speaker
A sleek black box, the Naim Mu-so Qb v2 promises style and substance paired with huge sound and great connectivity. It’s a truly phenomenal piece of technology with its modern and minimalist design, illuminated acrylic base and characteristic rippling audio.
Its sound is balanced, crisp and clear with an ability to seemingly accentuate every feature of music from the bass to the warmth. The Naim Mu-so Qb v2 is also impeccably made, premium and functional while maintaining an accessible price. It’s everything impressive rolled into a good speaker with more than a little extra on top.
For such a small speaker, it’s almost startling to hear the Naim Mu-so Qbv2 put into action for the first time. Its quality and craftsmanship is backed up by cutting-edge technology making this speaker one that performs on the outside and the inside.
Dimensions: 21.5 x 21 cm (8.5 x 8.35 inch) Weight: 816g / 12.45lbs Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth aptX Amplification power: 300W
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2: Best budget wireless speaker
Water-resistant and with an impressive 13-hour playback time, the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 crams a lot of power into a brilliantly low cost Bluetooth speaker for less than $100. It’s one of the best-performing inexpensive wireless speakers, with a rich sound that highlights the highs and the lows of every track.
Its strong bass performance and 100-foot wireless range makes it an ideal companion for parties and picnics while its acoustic precision drivers promise an impressive clarity. It plays music without any distortion — an unusual quality for a wireless speaker at this price point — meaning there’ll be no complaints from even the most audio-conscious friends.
Pair it with almost any device in a matter of seconds before turning up the volume and blasting your favourite songs. It’s a wireless speaker that performs to a far superior level than what its price point suggests, making it a great staple for any occasion.
Dimensions: 13 x 6.6 cm (5.25 x 2.6 inch) Weight: 255g / 0.9lbs Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2 Amplification power: 10W
With a crisp and bass-heavy sound and 14 hours of battery life, the OontZ Angle 3 3rd Gen is another excellent choice for a budget-friendly wireless speaker. At less than $30, it stands out from the pack with multi-directional sound, impeccable quality and durability for even the most spontaneous adventures.
Angle 3 (3rd Gen)
Martin Logan Crescendo X: Most luxurious wireless speaker
The Martin Logan Crescendo X is, undoubtedly, one of the ultimate table-top speaker systems that money can buy. It offers a lot for its price tag, including plenty of connection methods and a beautifully high definition sound. Available in a piano black or walnut finish, the Crescendo X‘s sound is just as dramatic as its name suggests.
For top volume sounds, it offers two bass functions: Normal and Bass+. Both bold looking and sounding, it bursts out clean, untouched notes from whatever genre of music you queue up next. This wireless speaker is seriously fun to listen to, with a stylish and elegant look that sits joyfully wherever it’s placed.
It’s versatile and strong, unafraid of hitting the high notes or deep lows without any distortion or lessening quality. Everything about it exudes luxury. Clear resolution and crisp, balanced sound more than justify the price of this wireless speaker.
Dimensions: 17.5 x 66 cm (6.9 x 25.9 inch) Weight: 4kg / 9lbs Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0 (supports AAC, aptX®, MP3, SBC) Amplification power: 140W
Wireless speakers buyer’s guide
What’s the difference between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speakers?
Bluetooth speakers are more common but wifi speakers offer a better sound experience, as they don’t compress the audio during the connection and playback process. Most high-end speakers offer both connection options. Wifi speakers have the ability to connect to your home network and can run on AC power, while Bluetooth speakers are typically more portable and connect directly to a device like a smartphone or computer.
They’re also usually battery-powered. Wifi connection lets you sync multiple speakers at once, making it ideal for multi-room access but keep in mind you’re limited to bandwidth limitations, which can affect the quality of audio streaming.
We found in our tests and reviews that Bluetooth connection is generally easier to set up than wifi-powered speakers and its technology works with a huge range of different devices. However, its range is limited (to around 33 feet/10 metres generally) and it can only connect from one device to one speaker at a time.
The features to look for
The ability to play music throughout a series of rooms is currently a big thing in the world of wireless speakers. The best wireless speakers, including those from our list, offer the ability to play different songs in different rooms at the same time.
Keep in mind where you’ll be using your wireless speaker the most. If you travel often or prefer to use it for outdoor activities or barbeques, a Bluetooth controlled speaker might be more appropriate than a wifi connection.
This is especially important if you’re looking for a portable speaker. We’ve only featured speakers made of premium quality components that can withstand high volume and a thumping beat.
No one’s satisfied with below-average audio quality but if you consider yourself a true audiophile then only the best quality will do. Look for wifi-controlled speakers with a good midrange clarity and, where possible, a multi-part setup for surround sound.
It might not be a brand new feature but there’s still something mildly thrilling about changing the song just by raising your voice slightly. Some speakers, like the Amazon Echo, offer voice control; unlocking new possibilities for audio enthusiasts who can change the track without lifting a remote.
Frequently asked questions about wireless speakers
The best overall wireless speaker to buy is the Master & Dynamic MA770, an ultra-premium wireless speaker with sculptural angles and curves that promises an incomparable sound quality that’ll resonate through the room.
The top 10 best speaker brands are: Master & Dynamic, Bang & Olufsen, Martin Logan, Devialet, Sonos, Samsung, JBL, Ultimate Ears, Naim, and OontZ.
Sonos is one of the best wireless speaker brands alongside Master & Dynamic, Martin Logan and Bang & Olufsen. Our breakdown of the 11 best wireless speakers will help you to choose a premium option for your requirements.
The best wireless Bluetooth speaker is the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 with an impressive 13-hour battery life and a 30-metre/100-foot Bluetooth range. It’s easily portable and promises clear, undiluted sound with an extraordinary bass.
The Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 2 is the speaker with the best sound quality for those looking for multi-room sound. Its design promises 360 degrees of music and it’s engineered to be placed anywhere in a room and still perform effortlessly. However, rest assured that our strict shortlisting process means every speaker on our list promises high-fidelity sound.
The best portable Bluetooth speaker is the JBL Charge 3. This wireless speaker is both top-performing and durable with a punchy sound and an excellent battery life.