Yes, Christmas has passed, but there’s never a bad time to treat loved ones to a special gift. With audiophiles, there’s a lot to consider, but thankfully most of the world are casual music listeners. Still, that’s no reason to get a piece of junk system from Radioshack. We’ve checked out a bunch of speaker systems and listed five of the top set-ups below.


Yahama HS8 – $349

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Primarily an audio producer’s choice of speaker/monitor, these are a fantastic pair for a good price. Very flat response allows for a more realistic audio representation. Good for consumers with some money to spend, and even better for those who deal with audio on a daily basis.

Pioneer SPEBS73-LR – $499

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With a very sleek and appealing design, Dolby ATMOS capabilities, and fantastic sound quality, these bookshelf speakers are phenomenal for all listening purposes. Use them at your desk for gaming, productivity, or streaming video, or use them as your primary sound system in front of your family’s television set. These speakers are a pair that works for any need, though at a slightly higher price.

UE Boom 2 – Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker – $129

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One of the best and most innovative speakers of the year, the UE Boom packs a LOT of added benefits, aside from the already useful and advertised Bluetooth/Waterproof features: Up to 3 people can connect to the UE Boom 2 via UE’s app to share songs amongst each other, you can connect two speakers together for a louder and STEREO sound, and the speaker has a 100 foot range.

Bose Soundlink Bluetooth Speaker II – $129

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The cheapest on the list, this speaker is one of the best for portability and sound quality. A Bluetooth speaker that can fit in your hand and packs a sonic punch, this speaker is definitely not reinventing the wheel, but it is definitely making it a whole lot better.

Yamaha YAS – 203 – $350

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One of the more unique picks on this list, the Yamaha YAS – 203 is a phenomenal sound bar for home use. Set it up underneath your television set and be amazed at the dynamic feel this soundbar can produce. A phenomenal pick for consumers looking to up their sound system at home.