Some of the most popular speakers these days also come with smart home capabilities, letting you control your music and your connected devices using just your voice. What’s more: all of the speakers on this list are easily paired with another speaker, letting you create a room — and house — full of rich, immersive and enveloping sound.
1. Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen)
The Amazon Echo gets a lot of hype for its Alexa-enabled features, but it really deserves some kudos for its audio capabilities too. This second-generation Echo Plus boasts a nice upgrade, in the form of premium Dolby speakers supported by a 3.0” (76.2 mm) neodymium woofer and 0.8” (20 mm) tweeter (for contrast, the entry-level Echo Dot has just a 1.6″ speaker). Engineered for high quality audio, the speakers deliver room-filling 360° sound, with surprisingly crisp highs and a powerful, dynamic bass response. While you can pair the Echo Plus with your smart home devices to control your lights, security cameras, door locks and more, you can also pair the speaker with a second one for true stereo sound. Control the music playing in each room, or “drop in” on the other rooms to make an announcement.