Best Stereo Pair
- Audioengine A5+
Best 2.1 System
- Edifier S350DB
Best Single Speaker
- Kanto SYD
Sound is a core part of most people’s lives and is something that can be used for a vast array of purposes. Sound is excellent for communication through music, audio, notifications, and more. Having a decent sound system can be particularly rewarding if you listen to a lot of music, watch many films, or otherwise appreciate high-quality audio. If you’re just wanting some simple audio, however, you can save some money and go for a cheaper system.
One factor that can be useful for everyone though, is the convenience of wireless connectivity. Being able to play audio from anywhere in your home, from almost any device is an excellent feature. You can often also pair multiple devices to your sound system, and while you can’t generally play audio from two devices at once, you can at least play from either of them whenever you want.
To help you find the best deals for wireless audio, we’ve drawn up a list of the best wireless sound systems in 2022.
- 24-bit DAC
- 100W RMS, 150W peak
- Magnetically shielded
- Connectivity: Bluetooth aptX, Aux, RCA
- Drivers: 2x 5-inch and 2x 0.75-inch
- Channels: 2.0
The Audioengine A5+ is a large pair of stereo speakers. They support Bluetooth aptX wireless audio and then process that with a 24-bit DAC. For content that isn’t already 24-bit, the audio stream will be upsampled for the best possible quality. Combined the speakers have 100 watts RMS and peak power of 150 watts. Magnetic shielding means you don’t need to worry about interference from nearby electronics.
Wired connectivity is also available via Aux and RCA, it is also possible to connect a subwoofer, though one is not included. Given the lack of a subwoofer, the speakers do struggle somewhat with bass, however, the size of the main woofers means that they do reasonably well. The price is also quite high for a stereo-only system. The three-year warranty is strong, and customer reviews point to the company being responsive if support is needed.
- 40W RMS, 80W peak
- Remote control puck
- Speakers can stand on their end or sides
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, Aux, USB
- Drivers: 2x 2.3-inch driver, 1x 5-inch driver
- Channels: 2.1
The Logitech Z407 is a stereo speaker system with included subwoofer. Unusually for speakers, there are no on-speaker controls whatsoever, with everything being controlled via the remote-control puck. The puck can be pressed and turned with a variety of “gestures” used to indicate what function is wanted. Unfortunately, the puck has some latency issues, and, being battery powered, will occasionally need a battery change. It being a wireless control panel though, does add some extra flexibility as to how you can control your sound system.
Up to eight devices can be paired with the speakers via Bluetooth with another device each connected via USB and Aux for a total of up to ten connected devices. Annoyingly, when a Bluetooth device connects or disconnects a notification sound is played that doesn’t respect the volume setting of the speaker. Additionally, there is no way to actually see what volume level you have the speakers or bass set to, as there’s no physical dial or read-out, you can only go by how it sounds currently, or by turning it a set distance from the minimum or maximum. The speakers are designed so that you can place them either vertically or horizontally on the speaker stand depending on your preference or space restrictions.
- Bluetooth aptX
- Centre channel design
- Phono preamp
- Connectivity: Aux, Bluetooth, Optical, RCA
- Drivers: 2x 4-inch drivers, 2x 1-inch driver
- Channels: 2.0
The Kanto SYD is designed as a centre channel speaker for a home theatre setup, this gives it a more soundbar like form factor, enabling it to fit under a monitor or tv rather than having to sit to the side. Unfortunately, this also means that the stereo separation of the left and right speakers is quite low. This shouldn’t be too much of an issue if you’re using it as a computer speaker at close range, but it may be noticeable. The centre channel speaker styling also gives the SYD a relatively distinctive aesthetic and makes it easy to place.
The inclusion of a phono preamp makes this suited to working with turntables. It comes with an angled stand that is padded to dampen vibrations. The remote control lets you adjust the volume, bass balance, and play/pause (though only over Bluetooth) giving you plenty of flexibility over controlling your sound system.
- Bluetooth aptX
- Wireless desktop control hub
- Cherry wood styling
- Connectivity: Aux, RCA, Optical, Coax, Bluetooth aptX
- Drivers: 2x 2.8-inch drivers, 2x 0.75-inch driver, 1x 8-inch driver
- Channels: 2.1
The Edifier S350DBis a 2.1 speaker system where a decent amount of the budget has been spent on the satellite speakers, rather than all on the subwoofer. This balancing of the budget provides high-quality sound across the whole frequency range rather than just ok audio and powerful bass. Controls can be found on the side of the right-hand side of the right speaker making them easier to get to than controls on the back. Once, you’ve set the balance with the on speaker controls, you can use the wireless remote control to chose inputs, change volume, play/pause, and turn the speakers on and off. Unfortunately, the design of the remote isn’t great with the Bluetooth input button and the power button being directly next to the volume down and up buttons, making them easy to press by accident.
Connectivity is solid, however, the connections between the speakers and subwoofer use proprietary cabling, which means there is no way to extend the separation beyond what the cables allow meaning this may not fit everyone’s living space. The two-year warranty provides peace of mind that the product is reliable and that you’ll get good customer service if you do run into any issues. The cherry wood panelling of the speaker is a distinct styling choice for sound system speakers that may not appeal to everyone.
That was our roundup of the best wireless sound systems in 2022. Have you recently bought a wireless sound system? What sold you on it and what has your experience been with it so far? Let us know down below.