Wireless Speaker Reviews

The DXOMARK Speaker test protocol is designed to score the consumer experience by evaluating relevant audio quality attributes across a range of representative use cases, such as Relaxing, Party, Bedtime or Movies.

Speakers are divided into the following price categories: Essential (<200€), Advanced (200€ to 499€), and the upcoming Premium (above 499€). Segmentation is based on manufacturers’ suggested retail price at the time of release in Europe. For speakers from other regions, local retail prices at release are converted into euros for a consistent comparison.

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Yamaha MusicCast 50 Speaker review: Loud and clear

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Unveiled in the summer of 2015, Yamaha’s MusicCast series was one of the most prolific of all wireless multiroom ecosystems, with no fewer than 23 compatible audio devices — including traditional speakers, sound bars, subwoofers, ...

Google Nest Audio Speaker review: Focusing on the sound

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The Google Nest Audio is the Mountain View, California-based company’s latest follow-up to its first smart speaker, Google Home, which was released four years ago. With a completely different design, the Google Nest Audio’s name ...

Speaker evaluation joins DXOMARK’s testing suite

DXOMARK is proud to announce today the expansion of its sound-quality testing to speakers, in particular wireless speakers, with its newest protocol — DXOMARK Speaker. It is the audio team’s first foray into a new ...

The DXOMARK Speaker protocol

Wireless speakers are an immensely popular product allowing you to connect to and control output from smartphones, computers, TVs and other devices without requiring cables. Instead they use Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or proprietary protocols to transmit ...

Introducing DXOMARK’s new testing playlist, and the music(ians) behind it

If audio reviews are your jam, you’ve probably come across at some point during your internet surfing the famous “testing playlist” that many reviewers use to listen for specific audio cues. This particular set of songs helps to highlight ...

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Harman Kardon Citation 200 Speaker review: Good for relaxing and for partying

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Unveiled two years ago, Harman Kardon’s Citation series featured wireless smart speakers only,  ranging from compact devices to floorstanding column speakers. In September 2020, the series welcomed its first portable device, the Citation 200. In ...

Amazon Echo Studio Speaker review: Good value party speaker

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The Amazon Echo Studio is the top-end model in the retail and tech giant’s line of Echo smart speakers. It comes with a total of five speakers and automatically analyzes the acoustics of your room ...

Google Home Max Speaker review: Powerful and well balanced

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One year after the launch of the Google Home, the Mountain View, California giant unveiled a Max version of its first smart speaker. Unlike the Nest Mini, designed mainly for asking questions of the assistant ...

Apple HomePod Speaker review: True 360° sound

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Released in early 2018, the HomePod is Apple’s answer to the wave of popularity generated by the Amazon Echo four years earlier. True to its tradition, Apple’s long-expected speaker enjoys a classy yet minimalist design, ...

Huawei Sound X Speaker review: Compact yet powerful

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Chinese technological powerhouse Huawei, which has become a worldwide leading smartphone brand, is now making a bold move into the speaker market. In July, it released its first wireless speaker, the Huawei Sound X. The ...

Bose Home Speaker 500 Speaker review: Natural midrange, great dynamics

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Although the Bose Home Speaker 500 is Bose’s very first smart speaker, it is definitely not its first speaker. Unlike Apple, Google, or Amazon speakers, the Home Speaker 500 benefits from the U.S-based company’s decades ...

Sonos One Speaker review: Good value for money

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In late 2017, the multi-room wireless pioneering company unveiled its debut smart speaker, the Sonos One. At that time, the modernized version of the Play:1 was the first smart speaker to welcome both Amazon’s and ...

TMall Genie X5 Speaker review: Inexpensive, but average

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The TMall Genie X5, produced by the Chinese corporate giant Alibaba, was introduced in May 2020 as a larger, more sophisticated upgrade to the much smaller X1, with a variety of features that aim to ...

Yandex Station Speaker review: Loud but not refined

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The Yandex Station is the Russian search giant’s 2018 entry in the wireless speaker market. To operate it, you need a Yandex subscription for movie and music streaming and other services, and fluency in Russian. ...

Xiaomi Mi Smart Speaker HD Speaker review: Impressive for the price

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The Xiaomi Mi Smart Speaker HD is the brand’s 2018 entry in the wireless speaker market, meant to go woofer-to-woofer against other big-brand competitors, though it has been primarily aimed toward Chinese-speaking consumers. A minimalist ...

Xiaomi Mi Smart Speaker Battery Edition Speaker review: Good performance, low price

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The Xiaomi Mi Smart Speaker Battery Edition, released officially on November 1st, is a small, low-cost entry in the wireless speaker market in China. It has one 2.5-inch 12W speaker and a streaming light display ...

Baidu Xiaodu Smart Speaker Ultimate Edition Speaker review: Struggles at playback

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After having launched the highly intriguing Raven H smart speaker in 2017 and reportedly selling a disappointing number of units, Baidu went to the other extreme. In June 2018, the Chinese company released the Xiaodu, ...

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