The Best Speakers To Buy Now | SLMan
Summer is synonymous with entertaining, and to pull off a great night you’ll need a reliable speaker. Whether you’re hosting a BBQ, movie night or dinner party, these are the devices to take note of...
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Best Stylish Speaker: BANG & OLUFSEN BEOSOUND A1 PORTABLE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER, £199.99

Sleek and compact, B&O’s Bluetooth speaker weighs a little over 500g and is only 13cm wide. A handy leather strap lets you hang it up out of the way, while durable, water-resistant aluminium casing protects it from any drops or spills. A full charge will give you up to 18 hours of listening time, while the stylish dome-style design ensures this speaker looks good too.

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Best All-Round Speaker: SONOS MOVE, £399

With a cool design and ample features, the Sonos Move is one of the best all-rounders out there. Combine devices around the house for an even fuller surround sound, then control the Move via the easy-to-use app or standard remote. Weatherproof and waterproof, it can also be used outside. Just make sure you’ve charged it up beforehand.

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Best Wallet-Friendly Speaker: KITSOUND DIGGIT 55, £29.99

This no-frills speaker lets you listen to music indoors and outdoors, with two smart modes that optimise the audio depending on your location. A single charge gives you 15 hours of battery life, while a pairing feature lets you double up with another device for stereo surround sound. The Diggit 55 also comes with a removable stake that lets you secure your speaker into the ground.

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Best Movie Night Speaker: SONOS BEAM, £399

Reliable, stylish and well priced, opt for the Sonos Beam if you’re looking to invest in a soundbar. Use it to immerse yourself in your favourite TV shows, movies, video games or podcasts as well as listen to music. With built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, it can help you check news, set alarms and surf the web too. A special Night Sound feature lets you enjoy late-night listening, while a speech enhancement mode ensures dialogue is always crystal clear.

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Best Wireless Speaker: BOSE PORTABLE WIRELESS MULTI-ROOM SPEAKER, £309

For a straightforward wireless speaker, opt for Bose’s multi-room model, which delivers 360º sound wherever you might be. It’s been cleverly designed to withstand drops and bumps, is water-resistant and features a rubber handle to ensure it’s easy to carry. A 12-hour battery life means you won’t be caught short of juice.

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Best Waterproof Speaker: ULTIMATE EARS BOOM 3 BLUETOOTH WATERPROOF PORTABLE SPEAKER, £129.99

Delivering surround sound in a neat waterproof and drop-proof design, the Boom 3 is an asset at any summer holiday or garden party. It boasts a 45m Bluetooth range, 15-hour battery life and the brand’s ‘magic’ button to help play, pause and skip songs easily. This speaker will also float in water and can be charged with either a USB cable or handy power dock.

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Best Boombox Style Speaker: JBL BOOMBOX 2, £399

A great addition to any party or BBQ, JBL’s boombox speaker features a built-in power bank that ensures up to 24 hours of playtime. There’s only one sound setting on this device, but an impressive bass and crystal-clear audio more than make up for that. The sturdy handle lets you transport it without fuss and you can use the PartyBoost feature to connect multiple JBL devices.

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Best Surround Sound Speaker: SONY HT-ST5000, £738.05 (was £1,500)

Those looking to invest in a surround sound system should consider Sony’s set. Comprising both a soundbar and subwoofer, it’s straightforward to use and delivers fantastic sound quality. Packed full of features and suitable for music and movie lovers alike, this is a very solid system that is well worth the money.

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Best Portable Speaker: TRIBIT STORMBOX MICRO, £41.99 (was £52.99)

This mini device connects to your phone via Bluetooth. Built-in XBass technology and an amplifier mean it delivers a powerful sound, while a fabric-covered exterior keeps it safe from water and dust. Even better, the Stormbox can be attached to your backpack or handlebars using the tear-resistant silicone strap.

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