In the test, eleven WLAN loudspeakers provided good sound, and the sound of two models was even rated as “very good”, reports the foundation in its magazine “test” (issue 4/2021). In the overall assessment, five models were rated “good”, the other eight were rated “satisfactory”.
Real stereo sound costs twice
In addition, a WLAN loudspeaker basically only delivers mono sound. Some manufacturers offer so-called internal stereo by installing multiple speakers next to each other, which actually creates a stereo effect. In order to perceive it from a single box, you have to stand or sit very close to this box.
Much more interesting is the option of connecting two of the individually sold boxes of the same model via app to 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 delay.
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, (2.5 each).
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WLAN speakers Stiftung Warentest thinks models good