The speaker pairs to all Amazon Alexa devices which need to be purchased separately from the Klipsch speaker. With Yamaha for example, you not only have the option of pairing two WiFi speakers but also pairing any MusicCast product to another. There is also an Ethernet port for those who prefer a wired internet connection (check out our buyer’s guide at the end of this article for more info). The Sonos Play:5 is an excellent WiFi speaker. A decent home WiFi speaker delivers a much warmer, fuller sound with many products having the option of being paired with subwoofers or even being incorporated in a home theater surround sound system. The Bose Home Speaker 500 looks like the big brother to the Bose SoundLink Color II which was featured at number 6 in our best portable Bluetooth speakers article. Straight out the box, the WX-010 sounds a little flat, which I don’t think is necessarily a bad thing. The Marshall Stanmore II features Amazon Alexa built-in which is why the speaker features internal microphones. You know how nosy she can be! Both speaker brands have their specialties, and both are well known. Starting with the controls, you have three rotary knobs and three buttons located on top of the Marshall Stanmore II. The Home Speaker 500 has a comprehensive control panel on top of the speaker. It's a simple set up IIRC. The DiDa is close in quality to the Amazon Echo 2nd Gen, however, the DiDa comes in more than $30 cheaper. Bluetooth is limited in terms of sound quality, range, connection stability, and a host of other factors. WiFi speakers are for convenience and fun. In fact, the Home Speaker 500 shares a similar aesthetic with both the SoundLink and SoundTouch range from Bose but doesn’t share the same features and cannot pair with these speakers either. Another key reason is sound quality and multi-speaker integration. In fact, before spending more than $399 on such a product, I highly recommend checking out The Three. The WX-010 certainly delivers a premium, warm sound, on par with the Sonos One. It’s a nice punchy bass sound that’s sure to put a smile on your face. Klipsch, from the principles we covered, value engineering efficiency. The MEGABLAST delivers a nice punchy bass sound although this will sound a little loose and woolly when compared to the WiFi speakers on this list. First up is Klipsch. If you’re looking to take your WiFi speaker on the go, then the best we have found is the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST. The Klipsch Stream Family. At just over $100, the WX-010 offers excellent value for money. The most striking features are the Three’s wood veneer, copper switches, and knobs which give the speaker a retro look and feel. Audio controls include play/pause, volume up/down, track skip, input selection, and Bluetooth control. If you plan to stream music to the WX-010 you will need to download and connect the Yamaha MusicCast app. It's in the top 3 bestselling speaker systems and has many popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Paradigm Shift PW-600 or Sonos PLAY3. Some serious power for a speaker of this size. A deep, warm bass response that delivers excellent low-end definition. Another difference between the Sonos One and Play:1 is the onboard controls and inputs. The onboard controls, remote control or via the SoundTouch app. The presets can be activated using the buttons on the Home Speaker 500 or via the Bose Music app. We’ll find out why this is and, point out the other differences, during the course of this review. The first thing to note about the Hitachi W100 WiFi speaker is this little thing is loud! For the average consumer listening to music and podcasts, the Home Speaker 500 sounds just fine. The Play:1 features a 3-button control panel while the Sonos One features capacitive touch controls and an array of microphones for voice commands. It supports 80 streaming services and can be connected to an Amazon Echo or Dot, plus can be controlled with an app too. If you prefer Google Assistant over Alexa, you have the option of The Three with Google Assistant. There are six internal WiFi antennas on all sides of the Play:5 to ensure the speaker is always connected to your network. If you’re a musician, then the Marshall Stanmore II is an obvious choice. The control panel features several buttons which control multiple functions including play/pause, volume up & down, track skip, voice commands, WPS, and input selection. The 6-inch high speaker is designed to fit neatly in any room of the home for general background audio. The Three almost makes it to the top of the best speakers. There is also an Ethernet input if you prefer to connect your WiFi speaker to the internet using a cable connection (find out why you might want to do this in our buyer’s guide at the end of this article). When it comes to price, the Three and Play:5 are neck and neck at $499 apiece. Sonos Sub $ 399. The Fives from Klipsch look and sound fantastic, with far more connectivity options than your standard pair of bookshelf speakers. I can’t say for sure, but I would say a big influence has to be the growing popularity of smart speakers and Amazon’s Alexa. While we’re on the subject of linking speakers, the Play:5 can be used as a single-source, paired, or even incorporated into a multi-speaker sound system. While the DiDa does offer multi-speaker setup, this is limited to other Cowin DiDa speakers only. Controlling the Play:5 can be done via the onboard buttons or via the Sonos app. Home > Portable speaker comparison > Klipsch KMC 3 vs Sonos Sub. If you do want to add more Hitachi speakers, the W50, W100, and W200 models are all compatible with each other. The only drawback to the Google Assistant model is you only have a WiFi input and there is no remote control. There is a full-color LCD screen for displaying album art and the speaker allows you to program 6 presets which can be accessed on the speaker’s touch-sensitive control panel. On top of the SoundTouch 10 is a set of controls. Before we get started on the Sonos One, it’s important we point out the difference between the Sonos One and the Sonos Play:1. Like all Sonos speakers, the Sub and Play:5 pair wirelessly. There is no remote control for the Home Speaker 500. The thing I like about Sonos is you don't have to get another remote and receiver. The two full-range drivers for mids and highs perform exceptionally well. The biggest advantage over the competition is the Sonos One is warmer and fuller sounding. The Home Speaker 500 is a large pill-shaped speaker with a speaker on the bottom, full-color LCD display in the middle on the front and control panel at the top. From there, you can custom-tune the speakers using a feature called Trueplay, which is also easy. The Sonos Play:5 is an excellent WiFi speaker. You also have the option of black or white. Bluetooth speakers are so last season. The microphone mute is also located on top of the speaker. On the rear of the Sonos One is a Join button for linking additional Sonos speakers. The speaker produces 360° sound which is great if you want to place the speaker in the center of the room or near the BBQ so everyone can hear the music. The speaker is really loud too and will easily full most living spaces. When it comes to sound quality, the MEGABLAST is in a different league to a typical home WiFi speaker. Buttons include power on/off, input selection, and volume up/down. There are a lot of newer speaker systems on the market. The highs offer a nice sizzle to add to the fun sound this speaker produces. While it’s more than sufficient for most rooms, it can’t compete in terms of sheer audio power with speakers like the Sonos Move or Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST, both of which are less expensive. The highs deliver a good amount of sizzle and clarity. To date, going through reviews and comments online, I have yet to see anyone complain about WiFi connectivity with any Sonos products (which are within range of the WiFi network obviously!). Show newer Speaker Systems. It’s definitely a fun sound that will suit most genres of music. Mid-range is present albeit a little muddy when compared to the other WiFi speakers on this list. There are a couple of ways to control the W100. While traveling the world, Matt shares his knowledge and expertise with us! First impressions, simple and functional. Although the W100 is not compatible with Alexa, you can create a multi-room speaker setup with the W50, W100, and W200 Hitachi WiFi speakers. Both speakers also connect to the same Sonos app which allows you to connect your preferred streaming services, adjust audio settings, and connect to additional Sonos speakers. More information and updates can be found on the Marshall website. The MEGABLAST is meant to be a fun, outdoor WiFi speaker and, for that, this speaker is top of its class. This is a really compact speaker so don’t expect a big low-end response. 00. The Cowin DiDa is another portable WiFi speaker option and the cheapest WiFi speaker we have for our best WiFi speakers of 2020. If you’re already own other Sonos speakers and you’re looking to add a speaker to one of your smaller rooms, then the Sonos One is the obvious choice. If you’re looking for a WiFi speaker around the $100 price point, then the W100 or even the W50 are great options. Companies like Sonos, Yamaha, and Bose are leading the way when it comes to multi-speaker/multi-room setups. Klipsch The Three is $50.99 more expensive than an average speaker system ($249). The speaker delivers 12W of power output which is enough to fill most small to medium living spaces. All the speakers are positioned on one side which means you have to be in front of the Play:5 for optimum listening. Musicians and music fans will most likely be familiar with Marshall guitar amps. People want to be able to use Alexa for the speed and convenience a virtual assistant brings. Even at low levels, you still get a nice warm punchy low-end which not many speakers manage to get right. If you’re an Apple user, you’ll be pleased to know you have Airplay as an option for playing music too. I can get the Sonos Amp and two R-51M’s for the same price. A: At the moment, WiFi is a better wireless speaker option. During testing, we found that its maximum volume wasn’t huge. There are 3 x 4-inch woofers, 2 x ¾-inch tweeters for left and right and a 1-inch tweeter for the center delivering 50W RMS or 80W peak. Although the SoundTouch 10 is compact, this speaker delivers some serious sound. The Sonos One and Sonos Play:5 were both featured in this article and both are great on their own or in a multi-room system. If you want stereo sound, you have to pair a Sonos One to another Sonos One and the same with the Play:1. You can also add additional speakers through the app with a few more screen taps. If you’re a fan of the vintage look, then you’ll also love the design features of this awesome WiFi speaker. When compared to the Apple HomePod or Amazon Echo Plus, the Sonos One definitely comes out the winner. Having said that, the Sonos One is just under $360 while the SoundTouch 10 retails for under $160. Through the Sonos app, you can also connect your favorite streaming services, perform the same functions as the onboard controls, and adjust audio settings and features. So, what does a 60-odd dollar WiFi speaker sound like? Using the app you can play audio from your favorite streaming services and adjust EQ settings. The mid-range is good but not as present as the Sonos One. Especially at home where there is a solid WiFi connection. His work as a sound engineer includes both live production and venue installations. If you’re looking for the best WiFi speaker with Alexa built-in, then it has to be the Bose Home Speaker 500. For background music, the speaker works just great. In the horizontal position, the Play:5 becomes a stereo, single-source speaker. Although it doesn't have a sub like the Bar 48, the Playbar has better stereo performance and a more neutral sound profile. The speaker can also be controlled via the Cowin app which allows you to connect streaming services, adjust speaker settings, and connect multiple Cowin DiDa speakers. The price puts it in roughly the same bracket as some pretty … One thing Bose has got right with the Home Speaker 500 is dynamics. The highs are nice and crisp while still keeping within the overall warm profile of the WX-010. Still, WiFi streaming is simply more superior in many ways. Where the Sonos One and Play:1 are identical, is size. This is a compact speaker that is suitable for small to medium-sized rooms. Be sure to check out our buyers guide at the end of this article for tips and further recommendations. The MEGABLAST offers a great alternative to regular WiFi speakers and is targeted at a younger, more active market who like to make a noise on the go. In the end, I was torn between this and a Sonos product, either the "Sonos Play 3" (which does not sound as good as this) or the "Sonos Play 5" which is larger and has a bit more volume (and a bit more bass output). The sound is controlled with zero break up or distortion. This creates a bigger audio ecosystem giving you more choice and creativity in designing the ultimate home audio system. Show newer Speaker Systems. The Klipsch Three II does have its shortcomings, however. The sound quality is great and it’ll look badass next to your large Marshall guitar amp. There is also a Bluetooth only version of the Marshall Stanmore II available. Given the cheap price, you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised. The speaker can also be paired with a second SoundTouch 10 in either mono or stereo or, connected to a Bose SoundTouch WiFi speaker system. The W100 features three input options including ⅛-inch AUX, WiFi, and Bluetooth. For pop, rock and even urban genres, the Three is especially fun on the low-end. The MEGABLAST shares similar design features to the JBL Charge or other Ultimate Ears speakers. Below this level and the W100 performs just fine. The speaker boasts some impressive connectivity range with 330ft for WiFi and 150ft for Bluetooth. But will the both of them be outflanked by another contender, in the form the Klipsch’s new ‘Stream‘ range of wireless speakers? The second major difference is cost. The balance between frequencies is there, it’s just not going to compete with the likes of Yamaha, Sonos, or even Hitachi. It also has virtual surround sound, and option to add Play 1 later on. If you’re looking for the best in wireless audio connectivity, then WiFi speakers are where it’s at. A big plus for Bluetooth fans is the SoundTouch 10 provides both Bluetooth and WiFi wireless connectivity. We can’t find any reason why you wouldn’t want to purchase the Play:5 which is why it’s made it to the top of our list of the best WiFi speakers. If our list for the best WiFi speakers was based on looks alone, the Klipsch Heritage Wireless Three would definitely claim the top spot. Combined, the drivers deliver 60W RMS with an 80W peak which is more than enough to fill most living spaces with ease. Either using the onboard controls or via the Marshall Voice app. This is great if you want to use the WX-010 for rear surrounds in a home theater system or to mount the speaker neatly out of the way. The W100 is the middle of three in the Hitachi WiFi speaker range which also includes the W50 and W200. Given the choice, I would use WiFi over Bluetooth every time. As for the wireless speaker, the Klipsch RW-1 is competing almost directly against the Sonos Play 3 ($499 vs $449 respectively). You can use the onboard controls or the Hitachi Hi app. The WX-010 is also compatible with Amazon Alexa devices which can also be controlled through the MusicCast app. While it’s by no means an audiophile speaker, the DiDa does provide a pleasant sound. Bought two Fives for 720$. 47 points. The W100 delivers a stereotypical compact speaker bass response which is a little punchy but not very big. Unfortunately, Alexa is not built-in so you will need to pair the Play:5 to an Echo or other Amazon Alexa device. Don’t be fooled by its size. The W100 is also a great choice for home studies and small apartments where you’re not looking for background music rather than big room-filling sound. Klipsch The Three ... suggested Marshall Kilburn Marshall Stanmore Marshall Acton Audioengine B2 Sonos PLAY:5 Sonos Move Audio Pro Addon C10 Denver BTL-30 Denon Cocoon Stream DSD-501 Philips Fidelio DS8550. 2. control panel placed on a device Klipsch Reference RW-1 The mid-range is a little muddy, but this is normal for portable Bluetooth speakers. So, if the WX-010 is so great, why would we list the Hitachi W100, which is the same price, be higher on this list? Highs are nice and crisp adding a sparkle to the sound which, again, makes the Play:5 a fun speaker to listen to. The only downside for some people is the $500 price tag. Why is Klipsch KMC 3 better than Sonos Sub? So to see if setting up the competing premium speakers could compare to this breezy experience, we simply set up each pair and took note of the moments when we wanted to th… Full disclosure - I first bought a Klipsch The Three. 54.14% less body volume If you are more particular about your audio quality, then you might prefer the sound profile of either the Sonos or Klipsch. Reviews from real customers who bought the product on Amazon, Sonos 5.1 Surround Set - Home Theater System with Playbar, Sub and 2 Sonos Ones.