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Speaker Buying Guide: How to choose the right speakers and get the best sound

Speakers are truly a dime a dozen these days. From every big tech manufacturer under the sun dipping its toes into the audio marketplace to super-boutique Kickstarter endeavours to whatever this is, there are thousands of speakers to choose from, and plenty more on the way. But considering the proliferation of at-home, on-ear, vehicular, and portable audio products, you may be asking yourself: Which speaker companies are truly the best?

We asked ourselves that question too, and after many long hours of research and testing, plus years of experience in the world of A/V consumer tech, we’ve come up with this list of the best speaker brands on the market right now. For each name, we’ve provided a brief history, some notable products, and accolades, along with what we consider to be the best singular speaker (or pair of speakers) from each company.

Bose

JBL

Harman Kardon

Bowers & Wilkins

Klipsch

KEF

Definitive Technology

Focal

Quested

Dynaudio

Sony

Yamaha

QSC

Pioneer

Bang & Olufsen

Dolby

Sonos

Klipsch

Sennheiser

Polk Audio

JL Audio

Infinity

Martin Logan

Paradigm

Marshall

McIntosh Laboratory

Samsung

Cerwin Vega

Boston Acoustics

LG