Stiftung Warentest: WLAN speakers can replace a hi-fi system

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WLAN loudspeakers can already replace a large music system

The test winner at Stiftung Warentest was the Sonos Five with a grade of 1.7 (approx. 520 euros)

The test winner at Stiftung Warentest was the Sonos Five with a grade of 1.7 (approx. 520 euros)

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Stiftung Warentest has tested 13 WLAN speakers. The result is clear: the compact speakers can definitely take on massive music systems. For the stereo sound, however, a little trick has to be used.

WLAN loudspeakers can definitely replace old music systems and speakers. This is the result of the Stiftung Warentest after a comparison of 13 devices of this type.

In the test, 11 WLAN loudspeakers produced a good sound, the sound of 2 models was even rated as very good, reports the foundation in its magazine “test” (issue 4/2021). In the overall assessment, 5 models were rated “good”, the other 8 were rated “satisfactory”.

Anyone who has never dealt with a WLAN speaker should above all know that the devices can do without a traditional remote control. The control runs primarily via an app from the manufacturer that you install on your smartphone or tablet.

Stereo is possible with WLAN speakers

In addition, a WLAN loudspeaker basically only delivers mono sound. Some manufacturers offer so-called internal stereo: They have built-in several loudspeakers, with which a stereo sound can actually be generated. In order to perceive it from a box, you have to be very close to the box, explain the experts.

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Much more interesting is the option of connecting two speakers of the same model via an app to form a stereo pair – a feature that almost all tested manufacturers offer. The same applies to the so-called multiroom function, with the help of which the music can be played in several rooms at the same time without any time lag.

Boxes for the socket

The tested loudspeakers are intended to replace systems and, with one exception, must always be plugged into the socket. If you are looking for a mobile solution for on the go, you have to look around for the much smaller – and tonally weaker – Bluetooth boxes with batteries, according to Stiftung Warentest.

The test winner was the € 520 Sonos Five (grade 1.7), followed by the Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex (grade 2.2) for 450 euros and the comparatively inexpensive Musiccast 20 from Yamaha at 173 euros (grade 2.4).

The product test rating of “good” was also achieved by the Denon Home 250, which cost 380 euros, and the Harman Kardon Citation 500, which was the only box with a voice assistant (grade 2.5 each).

With a purchase price of 173 euros, the Musiccast 20 from Yamaha (grade 2.4) is a price tip among those with "gut" rated wireless speakers

With acquisition costs of 173 euros, the Musiccast 20 from Yamaha (grade 2.4) is a price tip among the WLAN speakers rated “good”

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Stiftung Warentest WLAN speakers replace hifi system

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