SLIDESHOW: Our Favorite Wireless Speakers
Vanatoo Transparent One
The Vanatoo Transparent one, made right here in the Pacific Northwest combines a built in DAC, pair of amplifiers in each speaker and offers solid enough bass response, that if you are using them in a small space you may not even need a subwoofer. For $499 a pair, they are one of the best values in compact, powered speakers.
Dynaudio XEO 4
If the Vanatoo is a Volkswagen GTi, the Dynaudio XEO 4s are an Audi RS4. Using the same technology featured in Dynaudio’s flagship Evidence Platinum ($82,000/pair) speakers, the XEO4s bring more power, refinement and connectivity to the game. Their XEOLink allows multiple inputs, and distribution across the whole house on one of three channels along with remote control. Available in basic black and white, they fit anywhere, thanks to multiple placement (out in room, corner or wall) options via DSP correction. Their perfection and performance comes at $2,400/pair. Read the review page for a full review now!
Another great Danish import, the Dali Kubik Free and Kubik Xtra take up precious little space while adding a splash of high def sound and color to your room. You could opt for the standard red, black or white, but with orange, purple, and bright green, why would you? The key to this 100 watt per channel package is the quality of the internal DAC and the wide range of inputs it offers. And at $1,499 per pair, they fall right in the middle of the Dynaudio and Vanatoo speakers in terms of price point.
Focal XS Book
While the least expensive of our lineup, the Focal XS Book Wireless speakers pack a mighty punch. Like Dynaudio and Dali, this French company’s strength is in their depth of engineering. Part of the lower price, is that these offer connectivity via Bluetooth, making them a perfect match for tablets and smartphones where high quality sound in a small space is a must. However, the XS Book Wireless speakers do not offer an internal DAC. We have used these as desktop monitors over at TONEAudio for some time and they are perfect in this spot, whether to mix down an audio or video soundtrack, or merely listen to your music library.
AudioEngine practically started the small, powered speaker category years ago and they continue to produce some of the best sound and value available. Their $469/pair A5+ speakers you see here in bamboo are lovely, and benefit from nearly a decade of refinement. To make them completely wireless, you will need their $149 W3 wireless audio adaptor, but whether you hardwire your input device or stream wirelessly, these speakers really rock the house, and will surprise you a just how much juice they have. Those more thrifty can choose black or white for $399.