The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic that’s affecting the entire planet is forcing many of us to stay indoors for several weeks to help minimise the spread of the disease. Sometimes just spending a few hours at home can be daunting enough, so extending that to weeks doesn’t bear thinking about.
Fortunately, you can find entertainment in your own home by way of music, but to really enjoy it, you’ll need it to sound good. We certainly couldn’t subject ourselves to harsh, tinny sound if we’re listening to our tunes hours on end, day after day, and we suspect you wouldn’t be able to either.
With technology advancing at breakneck speed and a whole hoard of companies now producing speakers, finding a good quality model at an affordable price is easy. We’ve picked out five of our favourites that not only sound amazing but double up as stylish accessories for whatever room you choose to place them in.
Time to enjoy your self-isolation.
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Bose Home Speaker 300
Bose has always been at the forefront of premium, yet affordable, home audio. The company's latest speaker, the Home 300 packs a number of features into its oval-shaped cylindrical body, such as 360-degree sound. For your US$200, you also get Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice-assistants built-in, Apple AirPlay 2, and Bose's own SimpleSync technology, you can link it up with other Bose speakers to fill the house with sound.
Bang & OIufsen Beolit 17
Nobody does minimalist design quite like the Scandinavians, and Danish audio company Bang & Olufsen is one of the best of the crowded bunch. The Beolit 17 speaker may look a bit like an Esky, but it's one of the finest examples of how a speaker can be as much a piece of furniture as your sofa. But it's not all style and no substance, as the Beolit 17 delivers a sonic punch thanks to 240 Watts of power and 360-degree sound. One listen and you'll wonder why you ever left the house at all.
JBL Link Music
If it's a small, unassuming speaker you're after, the JBL Link Music is ideal. It might be small in size, but JBL has still managed to fit in a 360-degree speaker, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless streaming and voice-control thanks to Google Assistant. It's incredibly affordable too, and thanks to JBL Link, you can connect multiple speakers together for streaming around the home.
Sonos One SL
Sonos is a name synonymous with home audio. The company has been an expert in multi-room home audio for some time, with its products consistently delivering benchmark sound quality, along with a simple-to-use user interface. The One SL is a speaker for those who don't care for voice-control. It's identical to the Sonos One, just without the microphones. So if it's just simple music streaming from a wide range of sources you're after, look no further.
Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 4
In a sea of box-shaped speakers, it's always refreshing to see companies come out with something slightly different. Case in point is the Onyx Studio 4 from Harman Kardon. The disc-shaped speaker will provide a unique look to your room, all while filling it with sound. You can have it plugged into the wall, or move it around the home where it will last up to 8 hours on a charge, and if you happen to have any of HK's other Connect+ products (there are over 100 of them) you can link them together to amplify your tunes.