Best Speakers & Headphones for 2020

What do you need for your computer? Do you want a new widget for your smartphone, or a wotsit for your tablet? And what about your smartwatch, or other tech gear? We’re on a mission to track down what’s new for your favourite devices, this time we look at or should that be listen to the best speakers, headphones or other audio devices on the market.

Astell&Kern SP2000

URL: www.astellnkern.com
Price: £3,399, $3,499, 3.150€

Now here’s an aspirational audio player. The SP2000 is the current flagship portable player from the Astell&Kern, specialists in high-end audio. If you need a mobile player that gives audiophile reproduction – and you’re rich enough – this is for you.

5/5


Audeze LCD-GX

URL: www.audeze.com
Price: £849, $899, 899 €

The LCD-GX headphones combine Audeze’s patented Fluxor magnets and ultra-thin Uniforce diaphragms to deliver ‘astonishing sound quality and immersion’. They look like something out of Star Wars too, which is definitely a bonus.

3/5


Canton Smart Soundbar 10

URL: www.canton.de
Price: £899, $899, 899 €

Dolby Atmos, 4K compatible HDMI ports, integrated Chromecast, Spotify Connect; what more could you want for your home cinema setup? It gives your movies a real sonic punch, and music sounds impressive through the soundbar too.

4/5


Harman Kardon Citation ONE

URL: www.harmankardon.co.uk
Price: £179.99, $229.95, 199 €

This attractive Bluetooth speaker has Google Assistant and Google Chromecast built in. You can use them individually, or combine them with other Citation-series speakers to build a powerful 5.1 surround sound system. They sound great too.

4/5


iFi Aurora

URL: https://ifi-audio.com
Price: £1299, $1299, 1499 €

It’s odd, it’s art and it’s awesome. This all-in-one music system is clad in bamboo, and inspired by Japanese architecture. Its in-built AI configures the sound to fit the room its in, and you can link several Auroras via Wi-Fi to create a multi-room system.

3/5


Victrola Plaza

URL: https://victrola.com
Price: £199.99, $149.99, 229,90 €

With its speedo-like dial, it looks like it belongs in the dashboard of a vintage car, but Victrola Plaza is actually a four-in-one Bluetooth audio player. It combines a three-speed turntable, FM radio, Bluetooth streaming and auxiliary input. It’s available in black or blue, and they both look great.

5/5


AeroBull HD1

URL: https://musiclife.paris
Price: from £1,499, $1,899, 1,750 €

What should a set of speakers look like? Stylish? Imposing? Elegant? A sitting bulldog wearing sunglasses? Bizarrely, that’s what the folk at Jarre have come up with. Their curious audio player boasts Bluetooth and aux input, and high-definition sound.

3/5


BRAVEN BRV-MINI

URL: www.zagg.com/braven
Price: £34.99, $39.99, 39,99 €

If you’re planning a pool party, this is the ideal mini Bluetooth speaker. It floats. It also gives 12 hours of life on a single charge, has an integrated lanyard and comes in a range of exciting colours. It can make a splash anywhere!

5/5


Apple HomePod

URL: www.apple.com
Price: £279, $299, 329 €

Imagine a speaker with integrated Siri, which could stream Apple Music tunes without having to go through your iPhone. HomePod is just such a speaker, and it has a great sound and gorgeous looks too.

5/5


JBuds Air Executive True Wireless Earbuds

URL: www.jlabaudio.com
Price: £69.99, $69, 78 €

True wireless earbuds don’t have to cost a fortune. The JBuds Air Executive gives 30 hours of playback, has regular and bass-boosted settings and pass-through audio for when you need to hear what’s going on around you. They’re great for music on the move.

4/5


Kitsound Immerse 75 ANC Wireless Headphones

URL: www.kitsound.co.uk
Price: £79.99, 99 € (US price TBC)

Sometimes there’s just too much background noise to really sink into your music. With the Immerse 75 ANC Wireless Headphones’ active noise cancellation feature, blocking this out is just a button away.

3/5


Audiolab M-DAC nano

URL: http://www.audiolab.co.uk
Price: £149, $199, 199 €

If you want to improve your computer or mobile device’s sound, try this multi-function portable headphone amplifier and DAC combination. Connect it to your device with Bluetooth and plug in a pair of cabled earphones for an impressive sonic boost.

4/5

 

Russ Ware

Russ has been testing, reviewing and writing guides for tech since the heady days of Windows 95 and the Sega Saturn. A self-confessed (and proud) geek about all things tech, if it has LED's, a screen, beeps or has source code, Russ will want to master it (and very likely take it apart to see how it works...)

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