Best speakers for 2020: Bose, Sonos, Yamaha, Vizio and Elac

Whether you’re looking for a Bluetooth speaker, a soundbar or a full surround set for your home theater, these are the best speakers for the money.

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Speakers can take many forms — from a smart speaker with Amazon Alexa, to a personal Bluetooth speaker, to a full Dolby Atmos system — but no matter what, we all want the best performance for our money. In this best speakers list, we cover a multitude of different speakers — from $50 all the way up to $2,500, all of them the best speakers in their category, and including budget products such as the excellent Vizio SB3621n-E8 soundbar. Most of these systems are powered, but the list also includes passive loudspeakers like the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 — just add a great AV receiver. So without further ado, the following are the best speakers for 2020.

Read more: Best soundbar for 2020Best soundbar for the moneyVizio SB3621n-E8

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The Vizio SB3621n-E8 is the best budget soundbar we’ve ever heard, and it’s super easy to set up. It may not have cutting edge features — no voice assistant or HDMI here — but it does offer excellent value.  Read more.$133 AT WALMART


Best sounding smart speakerSonos One

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With great sound, a compact size and the option of either Google Assistant or Alexa, the Sonos One reaffirms its place as the best smart speaker for the money. Read our Sonos One review.$149 AT B&H PHOTO-VIDEO

Read more: Best universal remotes of 2020Best smart soundbarYamaha YAS-209

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The Yamaha YAS-209 is one of the most fully featured soundbars the company has ever offered — especially at the price. With Amazon Alexa, HDMI connectivity and a wireless subwoofer this soundbar isn’t wanting for anything. The sound quality is great too. Read our Yamaha YAS-209 review.$300 AT WALMART$300 AT CRUTCHFIELD$300 AT ABT ELECTRONICSBest bookshelf speakersElac Debut 2.0 B6.2

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If you’re looking to set up a dedicated hi-fi or home cinema setup on a budget, the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 bookshelf speakers are where I’d start. This set of speakers delivers a wide frequency range and great sound for music and more. Build quality, stereo sound and sonic performance this fine shouldn’t be as affordable as these bookshelf speakers.  Read our Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 review.$245 AT WALMART$245 AT BEST BUY$245 AT CRUTCHFIELDBest Bluetooth speakerBose SoundLink Revolve Plus

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There are plenty of cheaper Bluetooth speakers, but none of them sound as good as the Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus portable speaker. This Bose Soundlink speaker offers a richer sound than its smaller cousin, the Bose Soundlink Micro. In the world of Bluetooth Bose speakers, this model offers a portable, sturdy design, superb audio quality, and sonics which will reach every corner of your next cookout. Read our Bose SoundLink Revolve+ review.$299 AT WALMART$299 AT HP$300 AT CRUTCHFIELDBest budget Bluetooth speakerUltimate Ears Wonderboom

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While it’s since been replaced by the Wonderboom 2, you can still find the original on sale. It offers a compact build, waterproof casing and a bass-rich frequency response. And since it’s waterproof, you can even use these as shower speakers. Read CNET’s Wonderboom review.$57 AT WALMART$70 AT BEST BUYBest budget surround packagePioneer SP-PK52FS

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If you’re looking at a full surround set, it usually costs a lot for full-size surround sound speakers, but not so for the Pioneer SP-PK52FS. With proper floorstanding speakers at the front (which you can use as stereo speakers or theater speakers) and a dedicated subwoofer, the Pioneer system offers home theater power that the smaller systems just can’t match. Read CNET’s review.$490 AT AMAZON

Read more: Best Dolby Atmos soundbar of 2020Best high-end soundbarSennheiser Ambeo Soundbar

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If you want the most realistic Dolby Atmos surround sound from a single speaker, the Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar is the best there is. And for $2,500, it’d better be. Read CNET’s review of the Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar.

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