Soundbars, speakers, subwoofers, oh my! Being confined to the indoors has left many of us going a little stir-crazy. While some people can handle quarantine like champs, others are all but aching for new ways to help pass the time. If you've run out of shows to binge on Netflix and are looking for ways to help make your quarantine a little more bearable, consider adding a new Sonos speaker (or two).
When it comes to soundbars and speakers, there are tons of options to choose from, so where should you start? Sure, some options will allow you to listen to your favorite music, podcasts, or radio shows from anywhere in the house, but some others are great for those who want to feel immersed in the experience, such as soundbars and subwoofer sets.
Whatever you’re looking for, one thing is sure: there’s a Sonos option for it.
BEST OVERALL SPEAKER
Few speakers sport as many features as the Sonos One. While the SL is significantly larger, the standard One is roughly the size of the Amazon Echo. In other words, it's pretty darn small. That said, this tiny speaker packs more than enough power to fill most average-sized rooms with wall-to-wall sound. And it features voice-activated integration, which means you can sync it to Alexa or your Google Assistant for hands-free access.
The One is a great standalone speaker, but you really get your money's worth when you pair two together. Plus, because it's Sonos's premiere speaker option, it's compatible with basically every other Sonos product.
Price: $199 for One; $179 for One SL101Music to your ears?
BEST FOR PARTIES
OK, so you're probably not planning any large gatherings anytime soon, but if you want to annoy the living daylights out of your roommates, parents, or pets, this is the speaker for you. The Five features enhanced high-fidelity speakers for clearer, more precise sounds. And this one was designed to be played with the volume maxed out, which means you won't lose any audio quality when pumping up the volume.
It features three base-enhanced woofers packed inside a sealed component that automatically reduces reverb and feedback.
Price: $499102Music to your ears?
BEST FOR STREAMING & GAMING
Being confined to the indoors probably means you have Netflix playing nonstop. Maybe you've even picked up a new game or two. Whether you're streaming, listening, or gaming, the Sonos Arc is an all-in-one soundbar that helps bring each and every sound to life.
Featuring Dolby Atmos, the Arc's audio is automatically fine-tuned to match the specific acoustics of your room. It also features hands-free voice activation and pairs perfectly with the One.
Price: $79981Music to your ears?
BEST BUDGET SOUNDBAR
The Beam's received high marks for basically being a budget version of the Arc. At roughly half the price, it's a great soundbar that's also much more compact (if that's your thing). Unlike other soundbars, this one's particularly easy to set up. In fact, because all the configurations are more or less automated (and optimized), all you need to do is plug it in.
Featuring voice-activated controls, you can plug it in and let Alexa or your Google Assistant take it from there. It also offers HDMI support, making it a great soundbar for TVs.
Price: $3972Music to your ears?