Best speakers of 2021 – CNET

Whether you’re in the market for a small Bluetooth speakersmart speakers with Amazon Alexa, bookshelf speakers, computer speakers, outdoor speakers or a full sound system, you’ll want to make sure you get the best performance for the money. If you’re thinking about taking your home theater or desktop system to the next level, our picks for the best speakers right now should help.

We’ve highlighted speakers that cost between $50 and around $1,000, including budget TV upgrades such as the Vizio V21. While most of the included systems are powered, you’ll also find passive loudspeakers, such as the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2, that just need to be paired with a great AV receiver

Each product highlighted is the best speaker in its particular category and all have great sound. We’ll update this list periodically as we review new products.

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The Vizio Elevate may have one big gimmick at the core of it, that revolving height speaker, but it also offers sound quality to back up the gee-whizzery. This is a 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos soundbar, with a hefty subwoofer, and its performance is equally thrilling in both movies and music. Add in a bunch of streaming features and you have the best surround system under a grand.

Read our Vizio Elevate P514A-H6 review.

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