Wireless audio for the home has been around for a long time, but in the past few years we've seen a big spike in stereo systems and products using Wi-Fi streaming as an alternative to Bluetooth. One of the biggest selling features is the ability to control music in a multiroom environment, but even better, many Wi-Fi speakers also offer voice control via Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple's Siri. With so many options out there, where should you start?
Right here, in fact. We've outlined our favorite Wi-Fi speakers, and we've included a short buying guide at the bottom of the page if you have additional questions.
Read more: Best Sonos speakers from 0 and up
At 0, and with both Alexa and Google Assistant as well as excellent sound quality, the Sonos One is the smart speaker to get. Pair it with another Sonos One and you have a flexible, high-quality stereo system for the same price as the Google Home Max. Read our Sonos One review.
If you want a wireless model that's portable and water resistant, the HEOS 1 is the Wi-Fi speaker we'd recommend. The Denon sounds good and offers more flexibility than any other speaker, especially at its new price of 9 (down from 9). While we're still not sold on the HEOS app, the speaker can be voice controlled by Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. Read our Denon HEOS 1 review.
Now off its original 0 price tag, the Apple HomePod is a lot more competitive with other Wi-Fi and multiroom speakers. It's one of the best-sounding all-in-one wireless speakers with plenty of spaciousness and deep bass. Read our Apple HomePod review.
Featuring a compact bar and excellent sound, the Polk MagniFi offers almost everything you need in a streaming TV speaker, including Chromecast built-in. We picked the MagniFi over the Polk Command Bar because it offers a more robust multiroom system, but if you want Alexa built-in, the Command Bar is an excellent alternative. Read our Polk MagniFi Mini review.
In the next section you'll find a list of our favorite current devices and hardware. Before you take the leap, however, keep a few key points in mind:
(*To clarify, Google offers numerous different, though compatible, Chromecast products -- one is the Chromecast streaming protocol and the second is the physical Google Chromecast video dongle. In addition, there is also the "Chromecast built-in" music streaming standard and the discontinued Chromecast Audio dongle.)
Wi-Fi delivers the same basic convenience as Bluetooth: using your phone to play music over an external speaker or sound system. Just like Bluetooth, it can work with a subscription app like such as Spotify (via Spotify Connect) or Apple Music, a radio service like Pandora or TuneIn, or your own music collection. Here are the best reasons to get a streaming speaker:
When you buy a Wi-Fi speaker, you're also investing in an ecosystem -- a family of products and apps that work together, but usually don't work with other ecosystems.
If you want to play a song in "house party mode," for example, where it blasts from multiple speakers throughout the house simultaneously, all of those speakers have to share the same ecosystem. For Sonos and other proprietary systems, all of those speakers will have to be Sonos (or connected to a Sonos device). For Chromecast, all of the speakers regardless of brand, will need to be Chromecast-compatible. And so on.
With that in mind, here's a look at the major ecosystems out there today. These are the top three Wi-Fi systems:
Now that the Chromecast Audio has been discontinued, the Chromecast HDMI-only dongle will let you stream audio to it
There are a number of other systems, some open and some specific to the single manufacturer. These include:
There are plenty of systems that have largely been abandoned or replaced, whether it's in favor of a newer version or competition from more popular protocols. These include All-Play, LG MusicFlow and Samsung SmartThings (formerly Multi-Room).
Lastly, we have Amazon's Multi Room Music. The speaker market has been upended by Amazon's family of Echo speakers that combine wireless audio with voice control and home automation. It's early days for MRM, but the only non-Amazon product that supports it is the Polk Command Bar.B:
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