Traditional speakers are on the heels of fully active systems, moreover, equipped with digital-to-analog conversion and a wireless streamer. If the High End segment , for obvious reasons, is still holding on, then in the sector of desktop small acoustic systems, such solutions have long overtaken the traditional versions of loudspeakers in popularity. In this ranking, we look at eight of the latest speakers of this kind.
8. SVS Prime Wireless
Pros – powerful per-channel amplification, large-scale sound
Cons – bass is not perfect
Suitable for – those who want to buy a high-quality active wireless speaker
The new SVS Prime Wireless speakers also support the DTS Play-Fi wireless multi-room standard for control from anywhere in your home, six preset access via Wi-Fi to your favorite playlists or embedded streaming services, as well as voice control (Amazon Alexa). Each driver (aluminum tweeter and polypropylene diaphragm woofer with ventilated coil) is powered by its own 50-watt class D amplifier, and the subwoofer connection option allows you to expand the system’s capabilities by supplementing it with a proprietary bass module, in which SVS excels in developing.
7. Sonos Era 300
Pros – accurate performance, support for Dolby Atmos Music
Cons – no support for Chromecast or Google Assistant
Suitable for: Connoisseurs of the Sonos ecosystem
The latest development from Sonos, the Era 300 speaker is stunning in its sound – no one in this price group expected such quality. In addition to the sonic talents (a design of six independent amplifiers serving four tweeters and two woofers), there is also support for Wi-Fi 6, Dolby Atmos Music, Spatial audio, Bluetooth 5.0, AirPlay 2, and even a wired Ethernet connection! Unless the Chromecast is forgotten, the rest is a real Swiss knife for sound.
6. Denon Home 350
Pros: Balanced and pleasant sound
Cons – sometimes lacks fundamentality
Suitable for Hi-Fi fans
This low-profile speaker flaunts pure natural sound – no wonder the evolution of the HEOS family (now enhanced with voice control and AirPlay 2 support) has a star in the sky for its talents. “Under the hood” – two tweeters, two midrange drivers and a couple more woofers – the latter with a diameter of as much as 165 mm, how do you like that? The DSP processor, and built-in clients for Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music HD, Tidal, TuneIn, Deezer, as well as Hi-Res support are not forgotten.
5. Yamaha MusicCast 50 WX-051
Pros – well-coordinated and natural presentation
Cons – Bluetooth only in version 4.2
Suitable for – those who want to buy a stylish and ultra-modern loudspeaker
MusicCast branded multi-room, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant voice control, TV connection option, Hi-Res and “million” wired streaming clients – everything is fine here. The Yamaha MusicCast 50 WX-051 uses a 2 x 100mm and 2 x 30mm speaker set and achieves a power output of 2 x 35W – the sound is smooth, refined and delicate.
4. Technics OTTAVA S SC-C50
$ 797.99 _
Pros – outstanding resolution, tons of features
Cons – high price
Suitable for: fans of the brand
The updated Technics OTTAVA S SC-C50 is designed in a luxurious aluminum case, on the top panel of which there is a small OLED screen. The column has seven speakers – three midrange drivers with a diameter of 65 mm, three tweeters with 16 mm domes and one bass speaker 120 mm. The total power of the built-in amplifiers is 100 watts. The model supports the Google Chromecast platform, as well as built-in music services Spotify, Tidal, Deezer and Internet radio. The Technics OTTAVA S SC-C50 works seamlessly even with a DSD stream, demonstrating an outstanding sound in terms of resolution for this price group.
3. Bluesound PULSE 2i
Pros – reference ecosystem
Cons – as usual – price
Suitable for – those who want to get “the best streaming in the world”
The flagship speaker from Bluesound is, of course, the excellent BluOS ecosystem with the widest streaming capabilities (there is even support for the MQA format!) And voice control of Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri. Fundamental sonic talents are provided by a pair of 133mm woofers and two inch tweeters, served by 65W and 10W discrete amplification (150W total power).
2. Teenage engineering OD-11
Pros – chic design, lots of finishes, decent sound
Cons – Bluetooth only in version 4.0
Suitable for – fans of everything new
These multi-colored “cubes” sound great – structurally, we have a rethinking of the famous Swedish speaker in 1974. Complemented by 100-watt amplification and all sorts of streaming options, teenage engineering OD-11 literally broke into this segment of the market – large cases in which a tweeter and a 6.5 ”woofer are mounted work wonders and guarantee a frequency response from 28 to 20,000 Hz, which was not so long ago unthinkable for the designated sector.
1.Triangle AIO twin
$1,153 ( per pair )
Pros – two speakers for the price of one top, plus great sound
Cons – none
Suitable for – lovers of good sound and French charm
Unlike all of the above samples, Triangle AIO twin are served in pairs, so for the money you get a full stereo. The speakers flaunt built-in Deezer, Spotify, Qobuz, Tidal clients, 2 x 50 W amplification in class D, can work via UPnP and even have a built-in MM phono stage. The sound here is rich, textured and very accurate, seasoned with gloss and beauty; It’s hard not to fall in love with this show.