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If you're looking for "sound" advice on sound, you've come to the right place! This guide features a dozen of our favorite models at every price point, divided into four categories: home office, on-the-go, gaming, and home theater. For anyone who wants the best overall listening experience and has sufficient space, we'd suggest a nice set of speakers. For those who want to work and play without disturbing or being disturbed by others, headphones make the most sense. And of course, with music available from so many devices today, a set of wireless speakers or headphones is a necessity!

For Fall 2019, our Speaker and Headset Buyer's Guide has a huge number of new offerings, as the portable speaker and wireless headset categories have simply exploded over the past year. There are "truly wireless" earbuds for use on the go and at the gym, there are gaming headsets hitting the market at a furious pace, and of course there are a huge number of noise-canceling models (we list our favorite, of course!). The biggest trend we're seeing is a move by audiophile companies breaking into the gaming scene, and our favorite headset in that space is the awesome Audio-Technica G1WL shown above.

By the way, we need to make something clear: in general, while a wired audio device will be superior to a wireless one at the same price, the comfort and convenience of wireless tech makes it a feature worth paying good money for, and with the massive improvements in wireless audio fidelity we've witnessed over the past few years, we have no hesitation recommending wireless gear to everyone!

In the end, no matter how you want to listen to your music, games, and videos, we're going to help you find the right setup for your needs!

Speakers/Headsets - Fall2019

Home/Small Office

    Bluetooth PC Speakers:

    Logitech Z207 Multi Device Speakers

    Just about everyone listens to something on their PCs, whether it's music, You Tube videos, TV, or movies. Because desktop PCs, unlike laptops, rarely have internal speakers, your best bet is to buy a great set of speakers that will sound and look great without taking up much space. The goal is to keep it basic and inexpensive here, and that's what Logitech does with its stylish and cost-effective Z207 kit. But the Z207 has a special trick up its sleeve - it has built-in Bluetooth so you can also stream music to it wirelessly, and it will even auto-switch sources when you stop the music on one source and start it on another!

    The Guru's Tip:

    These are also available in a super-stylish white finish!

On-the-Go

    The Battery-Powered Bluetooth Speaker:

    Tribit XSound Go Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    If you'd like to take a dance party everywhere you go, a battery-powered Bluetooth speaker is the answer! Yes, there are a lot of overpriced big-name speakers out there, but in our experience, they just aren't worth the price. This bargain-priced model from Tribit is an excellent choice! Learn more about this awesome speaker in our full hands-on review!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Want even more boom to your tracks? Then go for Tribit's StormBox, which like its little brother comes at an amazing price!

    Bargain Bluetooth Headset:

    Tribit XFree Tune

    We've had a lot of requests to recommend a low-cost Bluetooth wireless headset, and honestly, it took us a while to find one we really liked. Sure, there are plenty of expensive Bluetooth headsets out there, but most of them are sold at huge margins and really don't have the sound quality to back up their high prices. That's what makes Tribit's XFree Tune headset so disruptive to the market: Tribit is selling it at a great price! The Xfree Tune offers good audio quality, a built-in microphone, a solid Bluetooth connection, and excellent battery life (around 18 hours on a charge). Plus it's comfortable and folds up for portability. Simply put, you won't find a better headset anywhere near this price!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Get all the details on this great headset in our hands-on review!

    The Audiophile's Headphones:

    Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

    Want only the very best fidelity for your high-quality audio tracks? Then look no further than the M50x from Audio-Technica. It's an absolute bargain in its price range, because Audio-Technica throws all its engineering weight into the sound. No noise cancelling technology, fancy colors, or high-gloss marketing to drive up the price. Just smart, elegant design, and awesome sound. And a new low price - these started at $170!

    The Guru's Tip:

    The M50x comes with three detachable cables for use with all your devices! Just note these are headphones, not a headset, so the M50x has no microphone.

    The Best Truly Wireless Earbuds:

    Cleer Ally Wireless Earbuds

    Sometimes Apples really does create new markets, and its AirPods started a revolution by creating the "truly wireless" category of earbuds. But while they are stylish, they aren't particularly good. If you want serious audio and great battery life, go for the new Ally from Cleer. Featuring touch controls, auto-shutoff when removed from your ear, and up to 10 hours of playback (plus another 20 when stored in their battery cradle), this is the real deal.

    The Guru's Tip:

    These also come in a super-stylish red version!

    Noise-Canceling Headphones:

    Cleer FLOW Bluetooth

    For the longest time, to get a true pair of noise-cancelling headphones, you had to go with a wired model. Now you have several options and the very best comes from a name you migth not have heard of, but you ought to get to know: Cleer. Founded in 2012, Cleer has been taking on and beating the big names for a while, and its first Bluetooth noise-canceling set is an easy win in a category filled with bland, yestertech products that somehow left audio fidelity on the cutting room floor. The FLOW is top-notch all around.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Read our full review and video demo here!

Gaming

    The High-End 2.1 Speaker Set:

    Logitech Z623

    If you're interested in unadulterated stereo sound with a huge helping of bass, then you want a high-quality 2.1 speaker set. There used to be a whole array of models to choose from, and one of the last holdouts happens to be one of the very best, from the PC enthusiasts at Logitech. This awesome 200-watt THX-certified set will really pump out some great audio. It even features a mini-plug jack to connect mobile devices! If you have the space for the big subwoofer, we'd highly recommend this over a standard stereo speaker set, especially for gaming and movies.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that a lot of speaker sets have subwoofers that look big, but don't deliver the bass. That's because a big box does nothing if you don't have the watts to back it up!

    The Bargain Gaming Headset:

    HyperX Cloud Stinger

    Looking for a moderately-priced headset to use for gaming, your smartphone, or chat? Then check out the Cloud Stinger from HyperX. Simply put, you cannot get a better headset at this price, period! No, it doesn't have flashing lights, and no, it doesn't come with a fancy USB converter or control box, but with its simple analog headphone and mic jacks, along with high-end sound that comes courtesy of big 50mm drivers, the Stinger gets the job done in spectacular fashion without making things complicated!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Read our full review right here!

    The Premium Gaming Headset:

    HyperX Cloud Alpha

    Want the best wired gaming headset on the market? Then go for the new Cloud Alpha from HyperX. Building on the tremendous success of its predecessors the Cloud and Cloud II, the Cloud Alpha raises the bar without raising the price. Sticking to the aesthetic design that's become a staple of eSports events worldwide, the latest Cloud changes just about everything else. On the audio end, it features dual-chamber drivers to separate bass from the mid-range and highs, producing clearer, more accurate sound, along with a new in-line remote. On the comfort end, it boasts a slick new expanding headband that can fit just about anyone, with far greater range than the previous Cloud models, along with softer, more comfortable earcups. And thanks to its standard 3.5mm connector, it will work with just about any device, be it PC, console, or phone.

    The Guru's Tip:

    You can learn more about the cutting-edge Cloud Alpha in our YouTube interview with HyperX's senior technology manager!

    The Premium Wireless PC Headset:

    Logitech G935 Wireless 7.1 Headset

    If you demand nothing but the very best from your gaming headset, then you owe it to yourself to try the G935 from Logitech. Stepping up in a big way versus its predecessor the G933, the G935 features massive 50mm drivers, specially tuned to ensure that the abundant bass doesn't get in the way of a crisp overall presentation. And with the latest DTS surround technologies baked into the drivers, you can get unbelieveable 7.1 virtual surround simply by toggling a switch in the Logitech G Hub software, which also provides extensive audio tuning options. Other awesome features: a slick flip-to-mute microphone that also provides great voice fidelity, plus the best looking RGB effects on any headset today.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The G935 truly offers the total package - great sound, great comfort, great features, and great looks. There's simply no other wireless headset to consider anywhere near this pricepoint. Find out why in our full review!

    The Ultimate Gaming Headset:

    Audio-Technica ATH-G1WL

    It was only a matter of time before the premium headphone manufacturers got into the gaming scene, and Audio-Technica is going for the win with its new G1WL kit. It's obvious what distinguishes these from the "gamer" headsets: this is a quality piece of kit that looks as good as it sounds! With 7.1 wireless audio, an ultra-lightweight metal headband, super-comfortable earcups, and that proven Audio-Technica sound, this is the ultimate gaming headset for the audiophile crowd!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Being an audio-technica product, this headset also has a killer mic, an area that the gamer brands often mess up on their headsets.

Home Theater

    AV Soundbar:

    Samsung HW-R550 Sound Bar

    If you'd like to set up an all-purpose AV sound system, look no further than the new HW-R550 from Samsung. This stylish, mid-priced speaker set from will enhance any movie or TV show, as well as video games, and can be set up with just one cable, thanks to its HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) input. You'll even be able to control volume and turn it on and off with newer 4K TVs. And given its built-in Bluetooth functionality, this soundbar is also perfect for listening to music via your laptop, phone, tablet, or an Amazon Echo Dot!

    The Guru's Tip:

    You can even add full surround sound effects to your system by adding the optional Samsung 8500S wireless rear surround speakers, which connect using their own base station unit (meaning you only need one power connection).

  1. Bluetooth PC Speakers Logitech Z207 Multi Device Speakers ($35.00)
  2. The Battery-Powered Bluetooth Speaker Tribit XSound Go Portable Bluetooth Speaker ($28.00)
  3. Bargain Bluetooth Headset Tribit XFree Tune ($50.00)
  4. The Audiophile's Headphones Audio-Technica ATH-M50x ($129.00)
  5. The Best Truly Wireless Earbuds Cleer Ally Wireless Earbuds ($150.00)
  6. Noise-Canceling Headphones Cleer FLOW Bluetooth ($250.00)
  7. The High-End 2.1 Speaker Set Logitech Z623 ($95.00)
  8. The Bargain Gaming Headset HyperX Cloud Stinger ($44.00)
  9. The Premium Gaming Headset HyperX Cloud Alpha ($100.00)
  10. The Premium Wireless PC Headset Logitech G935 Wireless 7.1 Headset ($130.00)
  11. The Ultimate Gaming Headset Audio-Technica ATH-G1WL ($249.00)
  12. AV Soundbar Samsung HW-R550 Sound Bar ($278.00)