Wi-Fi Speakers Are Better Than Bluetooth Ones — Here's Why

We'll help you find the best speakers that deliver a crystal clear unified sound.

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Wi-Fi-connected speakers are capable of delivering significantly better audio quality than Bluetooth offerings at much longer ranges. Most Bluetooth speakers can only stream your music wirelessly for 100 feet before disconnecting. Because they typically connect to your home network, Wi-Fi speakers can deliver seamless multiroom audio, coupled with easy controls from your smartphone or tablet throughout your entire home.

Each entry in this roundup offers a mobile app that allows you to switch between the streaming services it supports, as well as tweak the sound settings. You can add multiroom audio capability to your existing stereo system as well. Some of the market leaders like Sonos and Bose offer wireless receivers that you can connect to an existing system, too.

If you're willing to sacrifice audio quality to save some money, consider a multiroom setup using smart speakers like the Amazon Echo or Google Home speakers. These speakers can link up with one another and be controlled with a smartphone or tablet, just like all other Wi-Fi speakers mentioned in this guide.

1 Sonos PLAY Speakers
Sonos

from $149.00 (PLAY:1)

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Sonos' PLAY speakers are known for their no-nonsense design, easy setup, vast support for streaming services, and, most importantly, excellent sound quality.

The PLAY family by Sonos consists of several components. There are three speakers in varying sizes (the PLAY:1, PLAY:3, and PLAY:5), a TV sound bar that's widely considered to be among the best out there, and a dedicated subwoofer in case you need more bass. We also highly recommend the Sonos One smart speaker, which can be used in tandem with the other PLAY speakers.

Related: Our Full Hands-On Review of the Sonos One Smart Speaker

2 Bose SoundTouch Speakers

from $199.00 (SoundTouch 10)

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The SoundTouch series of wireless multiroom speakers by Bose consists of three distinct models: the SoundTouch 10, SoundTouch 20, and SoundTouch 30, with each being larger and offering a fuller and louder sound than the previous one. Bose's speakers provide an easy setup with one-touch access to your favorite streaming services, plus a handy smartphone app for enhanced controls.

Of course, as expected from a Bose product, the sound quality of each speaker is also excellent. In addition to Wi-Fi, the SoundTouch speakers also feature Bluetooth connectivity. They even have Amazon's voice-activated smart-assistant built right in. You can also consider adding the SoundTouch 300 sound bar to the mix, too!

3 Bluesound Wireless Multi-Room Smart Speakers
Bluesound
$299.00

The Bluesound lineup of multiroom speakers features a sleek design and Amazon Alexa support. All models deliver a top-notch sound experience, coupled with a mobile app for easy control of the supported streaming services. In addition to Wi-Fi, both speakers have Bluetooth connectivity as well.

The speakers come in white or black. The Pulse Flex is the most affordable option, while the Pulse 2 and Pulse Mini deliver a more fuller sound with a punchier bass.

4 Klipsch Heritage Wireless Speakers
Klipsch

from $299.00 (The One)

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The Klipsch Heritage Wireless multiroom speakers feature gorgeous retro design, superb craftsmanship, and great tactility. The speakers offers exceptional sound quality coupled with support for lossless audio formats, so they're a great option for audiophiles.
Klipsch sells two different-sized speakers, the "One" and "the Three," which can be paired together for a multiroom audio setup.

You can control music playback and set up your favorite streaming services via a smartphone app. The Heritage speakers come in walnut or ebony finishes.

5 Denon HEOS Speakers
Denon

from $199 (Denon HEOS 1)

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The Denon HEOS lineup of multiroom speakers is one of the largest ones in the industry. An important bit about the product lineup is its support for high-resolution audio content. Bluetooth connectivity, a mobile app, and support for all major streaming services are also on board. You have the choice of the HEOS 1, HEOS 3, HEOS 5, and HEOS 7 models.

Most HEOS speakers can be placed horizontally or vertically, so they're quite versatile to find a spot for. In addition to speakers in various sizes, the HEOS family features a sound bar and a standalone amplifier.

6 Marshall Wireless Multiroom Speakers

from $349.00 (Acton)

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Marshall's wireless multiroom room speaker setup includes three distinct models, with each one sporting the company's signature guitar-amp-inspired retro design. You also have the choice of the ActonStanmore and the Woburn. Key features of the speakers include easy setup via a mobile app and good sound quality, as well as the ability to tweak your sonic experience via incredibly cool rotating knobs.

The Marshall speakers support Google Chromecast, Spotify Connect, and Apple AirPlay. Bluetooth connectivity and a standard audio jack are also onboard each model.

7 Urbanears Wireless Multiroom Speakers

from $350.00 (Stammen)

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The Urbanears wireless multiroom speakers offer a wide array of colors to choose from, ranging from eye-grabbing Goldfish Orange all the way to a seriously subtle Concrete Gray that blends in with any decor.

Urbanears offers three different speaker sizes — the Lotsen, Stammen, and Baggen — each offering impressive sound quality and a rich selection of wireless connectivity options. A sleek smartphone app will help you set up and control the speakers, too.

8 Devialet Phantom Wi-Fi Speakers
Devialet

from $1,690.00

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If your search for a multiroom audio system has no budgetary restrictions, you need to have the Devialet Phantom lineup on top of your shopping list. Available in three iterations — white, silver, and gold — each model varies in power output and volume. The speakers feature a cool, decidedly futuristic design, coupled with truly mind-bending sound quality that's free of any distortion regardless of the volume level.

The Phantom speakers have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and they support all major streaming services. The price tag you see above is for one speaker, so creating a multiroom setup can quickly approach five-figure digits. However, the results are truly stunning.

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