Wired headphones are coming back, it’s cool to own cassette tapes again, and everyone has a record collection these days. And don’t get me wrong, we love the warmth that analog brings…you can’t always take it easily with you. That’s why we’re excited about whole-home audio systems like the Denon Home 350 wireless speakeron sale for $499— $200 off its retail price of $699.
The Denon Home 350 wireless speaker gives you sonic highs and lows with its two 0.75-inch dynamic tweeters, two 2-inch mid-woofers, two 6.5-inch woofers and its main sound setting. And once you’ve connected it to your home Wi-Fi network, it can deliver to any area of your home you prefer. It doesn’t matter if you’re a hardcore Spotify user or Apple Music stan, this speaker can stream it all, including Amazon Music HD, Pandora, TIDAL and TuneIn, via Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2, HEOS for high-res multi-listening indoors (ALAC, FLAC and WAV files up to 192kHz/24-bit, as well as 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz DSD tracks), or Bluetooth.
You can place a separate Home 350 in each room and play different songs when you’re on the move or in a group. several Denon speakers on sale, including the Denon Home 250 wireless speaker ($399, was $499), Denon Home 550 soundbar ($499, was $649), and/or Denon Home Subwoofer ($499, was $599)—to play the same song everywhere at the same time, or to create a wireless home theater system with speakers. And, yes, you can even plug a turntable (with built-in preamp) into the Home 350’s AUX port, to get the best of both worlds as it were.
Don’t want to use the remote to control all that connectivity? You can use Alexa voice commands to control the speaker if you have an Echo device. Ideally, the fourth-generation Amazon Echo Dot is on sale for $39.99, 20% reduction on its sale price. This small space speaker (one of our favorite smart speakers) can set timers, know the time, and will even tell a joke if you need a laugh. Security is no laughing matter, however – for this reason the Alexa doesn’t start listening until the Echo hears you say, “Alexa” and the light ring turns blue. It’s a solid speaker on its own when you’re kicking around in cozy corners.
If you’re okay with keeping all your audio streamers and amplification up and running, and just want robust, full sound reinforcement, you can currently pick up the KEF Q950 floorstanding loudspeaker on sale for around $800 (in walnut only), nearly $300 off the typical price of $1,099.98. Yes, KEF is particularly renowned for powered Wi-Fi Hi-Fi (like the recently launched LSX II compact smart speaker), but the British loudspeaker maker’s high-performance passive speakers are also popular for their ability to produce a wide sweet spot without sacrificing imaging or impact. This flagship incorporates a 1 ½-inch aluminum doom tweeter, two 8-inch aluminum woofers and two aluminum radiators to produce a frequency response of 44 to 28,000 Hz (± 3 dB), perfect for punchy music and immersive movies.