5 of the best wireless speakers to put on show

The latest hi-fi systems offer wireless streaming technology and great sound – and are even designed to look good in your home

Libratone Zipp Mini Tabletop speaker in Pine Green

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1. Libratone Zipp Mini

Best for... size-defying sound

Specifications

Diameter: H23x10cm

It might be cute, but this tabletop speaker is loaded with features and projects sound in all directions, filling even large spaces. Stream using Bluetooth or via your home's wi-fi, using a smartphone app, and you can also link up to six speakers together to create a multi-room system. It has 10-hour battery and is available in four colours.

Sonos Play:5 easily expandable wi-fi connected speaker

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2. Sonos Play:5

Best for... room-to-room tunes

Specifications

Dimensions: H21xW37xD16cm

Sonos started the multi-room audio revolution with its easily expandable wi-fi connected speakers. Choose the Play:5 ; the compact Play:1, £169; the office-sized Play:3, £259; or the Connect, £279, which transforms most existing hi-fis into streaming speakers. Each speaker can be used alone or linked together using an intuitive app.

Bang and Olufsen BeoPlay A2 Speaker

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3. Bang and Olufsen BeoPlay A2

Best for... music on the move

Specifications

Dimensions: H26xW15xD5cm

With a battery that can last up to 24 hours and six superb-quality speakers, this portable Bluetooth design (H26xW15xD5cm), made from premium leather and aluminium, can entertain listeners in any room. It can even top up your smartphone battery if you're not near the mains. Comes in a choice of six colours, with spare straps available from £29.

Roberts Radio and Bluetooth Speaker

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4. Roberts Radio R100

Best for... classic country style

Specifications

Dimensions: H16xW24xD13cm

The perfect compromise between traditional radio and wireless streaming, the R100 has a built-in FM/DAB radio and can play music via Bluetooth or create a multi-room network with other products in the R-Line range. Control using the touch screen or an app. An optional 12-hour battery pack is available.

Vifa Oslo Bluetooth speaker soft wool cover in Sand Yellow

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5. Vifa Oslo

Best for... Scandi simplicity

Specifications

Dimensions: H27xW18xD9cm

Beautiful and so easy to use, this Danish-designed Bluetooth speaker is finished with a soft wool cover in Sand Yellow, above, Anthracite Grey, Pebble Grey, Ocean Blue, Ice Blue or Sunset Red. The understated design hides three fantastic-quality speakers that sound every inch as good as the Oslo looks.


COUNTRY STYLE NEED-TO-KNOW

  • Don't be afraid to ask
    Bluetooth, for example, is a technology that streams (sends) music wirelessly between a smartphone, tablet or computer to a compatible speaker/music system to a range of around 10 metres. Look for the ‘aptX' logo to get the best sound quality.
  • Subscribe to a music streaming device
    Spotify (opens in new tab) or Apple Music (opens in new tab) let you enjoy millions of songs on a smartphone, tablet or computer or steam them wirelessly to a compatible speaker. Some services are free, but have adverts;
    or you can subscribe for about £9.99 a month.
  • Set up a multi-room system
    To do this you'll need to connect a family of speakers via your home's wi-fi network. It's simple to do and, once linked, you can control the music in every room in the house, all from one simple app.

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