Monday, October 16, 2017

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Price: $799 to $1616.25

Website: www.axiomaudio.com

Vince said: If you’re looking for a small yet powerful music system for streaming tunes, look no further than the AxiomAir N3 -- you won’t be disappointed.

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The gist: Potent portable goes anywhere you want music.

Price: $1895

Website: www.bang-olufsen.com

Al said: Bang & Olufsen’s BeoSound 2 is a prime example of a speaker designed to satisfy both lifestyle and audiophile expectations. It’s beautiful-looking, it’s compact enough not to dominate a living space, and it incorporates forward-looking technology that delivers benefits in both ergonomics and sound quality.

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The gist: Style meets substance in B&O’s BeoSound 2.

Price: $1495

Website: www.bryston.com

Al said: Bryston’s BryFi BW-1 all-in-one speaker really does approach the sound quality of a system of separates -- except for stereo separation and imaging, I felt there was nothing compromised about its sound.

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The gist: All-in-one with real speakers inside.

Price: $100

Website: www.gprojectgear.com

Rad said: G-Project may have designed the G-Boom to be a modern version of the boom box, but it turned out to be quite good at reproducing classical music -- a pleasant surprise.

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The gist: Plays-loud, go-anywhere portable.

Price: $249.99

Website: www.gracedigital.com

Rad said: It does everything it’s engineered to do, it’s beautifully designed and solidly built, and a full charge of its battery will last a long time -- for the length of the party or a whole day at the beach.

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The gist: Your play-it-loud outdoor party speaker.

Price: $149.95

Website: www.jbl.com

Rad said: The JBL Charge 3 is one of the most capable Bluetooth speakers I’ve heard in terms of its ability to play loud -- what it lacks in finesse, it makes up in volume.

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The gist: The waterproof feature only adds to the punchy sound quality.

Price: $89.95

Website: www.jbl.com

Rad said: There are lots of small Bluetooth speakers out there, but the JBL Flip 4 is one of the best.

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The gist: Expectedly bass-shy but otherwise good to go.

Price: $1000 each

Website: www.mcintoshlabs.com

Al said: I enjoyed the RS100s’ muscular bass, and their ability to cast a big aural image with rock and electronic tracks, but was less thrilled with their sound when I streamed more delicate, nuanced acoustic jazz and classical music.

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The gist: McIntosh for the masses.

Price: $999

Website: www.naimaudio.com

Al said: At $999, the Mu-so Qb isn’t cheap, but its combination of good looks, solid features, and sound and build quality make it a winning all-in-one for someone wanting to fill a small space with big sound.

Reviewers' Choice

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The gist: It may be small, but all those drivers indicate a real hi-fi component.

Price: $499

Website: www.rivaaudio.com

Al said: The Festival’s overall sound quality was impressive, characterized by warm mids, detailed highs, and punchy yet controlled bass.

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The gist: You'd expect to pay more for a speaker of this quality.

Award: Reviewers' Choice

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