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Best Wireless Speakers Under $300

In these last days of the holiday shopping season, you can scramble to buy gifts for family and friends. Or maybe you just want to reward yourself for working hard all year. Either way, you should take a look at this list with some of the best wireless speakers in our Ratings.

Feel free to ignore all those useless gimmicks—speakers that float in the light, or drifting on the water. What do you want really good sound, and according to our testers, these models have.

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Fluance Fi50

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The faux-wood finish and retro design may remind you of a station wagon from the 1970’s. But this $250 speaker is much more a creature of the 21st century. It delivers very good sound quality, it is very easy to use and features analog audio inputs, an LCD screen and a remote control, which is a nice extra.

And according to Fluance, if you have the unit a little time to break in, the behavior of the speakers is even better.

Sonos Play:1

This stylish, solid built $200 speaker delivers very good sound quality all on its own, but if you pair with another Play:1 in a stereo configuration, you will still get a better sound.

And if you want to, you can easily add more Sonos wireless speakers via Wi-fi to create a multi-room audio system suitable for playback of different selections in different rooms of your house. How about a little easy listening in the dining room and the rock ‘n’ roll in the family room? Beautiful.

Edifier R2000DB

They are not retro-looking or brightly colored, but these stylish designed Bluetooth speakers sell in a pair for $250. And together they deliver a very good sound quality, making them an excellent choice for the discerning listener, someone who really knows what the difference between a violin and a cello.

And the included remote control is useful when you don’t feel like crossing the room to adjust the speaker volume, bass or treble.

Sony SRS-X55

This basic black box may lack some pizzazz. But the Bluetooth compatible speaker it delivers a good sound quality, and the minimalist design makes the device easy to use.

We want the great touch controls, the convenient location of the source selector button (on the top of the unit), and the analog audio-inputs (such as a 3.5 mm line-in to play for non-Bluetooth devices). The whole portable package usually sells for $180.

Marshall Stockwell

Even if you are not a die-hard fan of the movie “Spinal Tap” or 1980’s heavy metal, you are sure to love the design of this $215 speaker. Yes, it looks like a guitar amplifier, but the simple, intuitive interface ensures that it is one of the few wireless speakers in our Ratings to earn an excellent score for ease of use.

The controls are clearly marked, and the thick black text on the brushed brass finish is easy on the eyes. The quality of the sound? That is also good. And the speaker has an analog audio input. So you can also use with non-Bluetooth devices.

Portable Speakers With Amazing Mini

This $200 speaker delivers good sound in a large number of ways. In contrast to most other portable models that only connect to a music source via Bluetooth, the Zipp Mini, you can make use of Wi-fi for a stronger signal. This means that, just as with the Sonos Play:1—you can build a wireless multiroom sound system, linking the speaker to the other Zipp ‘Mini’ (up to six).

The model also allows you to play Spotify music without the use of the app on your phone. It provides analog audio inputs for the connection of nonwireless devices. And if you have enough of the cover, more options are available. They come in green, red, gray, or black.

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