The Best Bookshelf Speakers Under $300: RTi A1 By Polk

Polk Audio RTI A1 Bookshelf Speakers

These RTi A1 speakers from Polk Audio are perhaps the best bookshelf speakers that can be purchased for under $300. They have an excellent sound that rivals speakers costing many times more. Robert J. Reina from Stereophile Magazine had this to say about the speakers: I enjoyed every minute I spent with the RTi A1. The speaker's greatest strengths -- the natural and detailed midrange, the excellent bass extension -- are unheard of at this size and price, and its minor deviations from neutrality … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Home Theater Speakers Of 2011

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Energy Take Classic 5.1 ($400) Top Review Sources: CNET: 4.5/5.0 “Editors’ Choice” Amazon: 5.0/5.0 (125+ reviews) G4TV: 5.0/5.0 “This is one of the best home theatres we've ever reviewed, and the low price is just a bonus” Energy Speaker Systems’ Take Classic 5.1 manages to distinguish itself in the crowded field of affordable 5.1 speaker systems. It’s difficult to find any serious consumer or expert criticism of the Take Classic, which is repeatedly praised for its … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Bluetooth Speakers Of 2011

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Bluetooth technology allows you to wirelessly connect your digital music player, mobile phone, laptop, or tablet to external speakers, giving a big boost to the sound quality and volume of your device. Bluetooth speakers will also work with desktop computers and some home A/V equipment, but they are primarily designed with portability in mind. Some will fit in your pocket and have batteries that last all day. Once you complete a simple pairing process, any of our recommended Bluetooth … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Portable iPod Speakers Of 2011

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Logitech S715i Rechargeable Speaker for iPod and iPhone The Logitech S715i is a portable speaker system that incorporates a rechargeable lithium-ion battery into its design. It's approved by Apple, and will run for about eight hours on a charge. CNET rates the Logitech S715i as "Excellent" and awards this product their Editor's Choice, saying "The Logitech S715i portable speaker for iPhone and iPod uses eight drivers to deliver audio performance that is far beyond its price range." … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Computer Speakers Of 2011

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After surveying reviews at PCMag, CNET, CrunchGear and Amazon, we've created this list of top rated computer speakers:   Harman Kardon Soundsticks III Computer Speakers   The Harman Kardon Soundsticks received editor's choice on both PCMag and CNET for excellent sound performance and unique, aesthetic design. The frequency response range of 44Hz to 20KHz offers crisp definition for all forums: music, movies, and gaming. Power switch built in to the volume control on the subwoofer … [Read more...]

Best Omnidirectional Outdoor Speakers

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A recent Reactual post profiled four of the top directional outdoor speakers, which are an excellent choice for a defined area like a small deck or patio. But if you have a large yard or an open outdoor space like a pool, managing volume levels and sound coverage from a pair of directional speakers is tough. Enter the “omnidirectional” speaker, which broadcasts uniform sound evenly around the source. Here are four of the best choices available to provide full sound coverage in these types of … [Read more...]