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Streaming services such as Spotify or Amazon Music Unlimited make it possible to access almost any song in the world. But what good is this large selection of music if you hear it in poor quality with your smartphone speaker? Absolutely nothing. The much better alternative to this: WLAN speakers. They are the top class speakers and often have features such as voice assistants or associated apps.
WLAN speakers tested by Stiftung Warentest
But which WiFi speaker is the best? The answer to this question is provided by Stiftung Warentest. The consumer organization tested 13 new speakers weighing around two kilograms or more. The size of the loudspeakers plays a role in that a certain volume is required for a good, powerful sound … which the tested models actually deliver.
The experts from Stiftung Warentest rated the sound of eleven of the models tested as “good”. Two more were even “very good”. This can be seen in the April issue of the “Test” magazine (2021), in which the test results were published.
Incidentally, the WLAN speakers were tested for various criteria for the test. These include: the sound, the handling, the integrated voice assistant (if available), power consumption and battery, any additional functions as well as the data protection behavior of the various models.
Test winner at Stiftung Warentest: This is the best WLAN speaker
Sonos Five – WLAN speakers – € 489.00 at Saturn *
The premium Wi-Fi speaker Sonos achieved the best results Five* achieve. With an overall grade of 1.7, he narrowly missed the quality rating “very good”. According to Stiftung Warentest, the Sonos Five the “clear test winner” because it offers the best sound (judgment: “very good”). This means that even small deficiencies in power consumption, versatility and data protection can be overlooked, all of which were only rated “satisfactory”. In the handling category, the Sonos Five but again received the grade “good”. One of the biggest disadvantages of the test winner, however, is its rather high price of almost 500.00 euros. That is why the consumer organization has also made a recommendation for a cheaper WLAN loudspeaker.
WLAN speakers: This is the inexpensive alternative to the test winner
Yamaha Musiccast 20 – WLAN speakers – 173.00 euros at Media Markt *
In addition to the Sonos Five the testers from Stiftung Warentest also recommend the significantly cheaper Yamaha Musiccast 20* for only 173.00 euros. In the test, it made it to third place with an overall grade of 2.4 (after the Formation Flex by Bowers & Wilkins, who received a grade of 2.2). The inexpensive alternative scores with consistently good results in all test categories and in terms of its data protection behavior it was even very good.
Interesting: Although Stiftung Warentest also tested devices with an integrated voice assistant, models without voice control prevailed in the test. Regular WiFi speakers without this feature received better quality ratings on average. If you can’t do without this function, you should opt for the Harman Kardon Citation 500* because it is the only loudspeaker with a voice assistant that the experts rated “good”. At a price of around 650.00 euros, however, it is even more expensive than the test winner.
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