Over the last two decades, the music industry has changed considerably. We’ve gone from buying cassette tapes and CDs, to purchasing songs on iTunes, to getting music for free from streaming services like Pandora and Spotify. Now, there are even affordable streaming subscription services from those companies as well as Apple, Tidal, and more.
As the way we get our music has changed, so has what we use to play it. Unless you’re a serious audiophile or a Baby Boomer, you probably don’t own a large stereo system with multiple speakers, a CD player, amplifier, etc. anymore. Now that so much music is available digitally, more small, Internet-connected speakers pop up on the market every year.
We’ve compiled a list of the best home speakers with that idea in mind. In the digital age, many of the best speakers come with Internet capabilities, as well as other bells and whistles. If you’re not a big music person or don’t care about sound quality, you can find a decent wireless speaker for pretty cheap. But if you love to jam out with the best hardware available, then it’s worth investing in a nice home speaker system.
Any of the speakers detailed below should get your head bobbing, no matter where you live. If you have a small apartment or don’t have a huge speaker budget, the Amazon Echo and Sonos Play 1 are terrific options. Want a stylish speaker that can fill any room? The Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin is a revelation. If you’re looking for a networked system of wireless speakers, look no further than Sonos or Bose’s lines. Or maybe you just want some really nice bookshelf speakers to put in an office. The AudioEngine HD3 and JBL Control X Wireless fit the bill.
No matter your preferences, there’s probably a speaker out there for you filled with great tech as well as sound—and more are on the way. Apple is set to come out with HomePod, an intelligent speaker that has voice interaction features like the Echo, In December of 2017. Facebook is even rumored to be coming out with a smart speaker. Needless to say, high-quality Internet speakers appear to be the present and future of at-home music listening. If you’re looking for a great speaker, give one of these a try.