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Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Bluetooth, Portable, Bookshelf & More Speakers!

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Many of us are using speakers on a daily basis. Whether you're watching a movie, listening to music, or doing something else entirely. Speakers are an essential part of our everyday routine, so it's a good idea to have good speakers. If you're looking to purchase a gift for someone who likes to listen to music, or watch videos a lot… well, getting a good speaker, or a pair of speakers may be a good idea.

There are tons of different variations of speakers these days, though. From high-quality stereo speakers for crystal clear audio which professionals use, to speakers that we use on our working desks and portable speakers for picnics, and whatnot. These are only some examples. That being said, you'll find 10 speakers in the list down below. We did our best to differentiate, and include all sorts of speakers here. They are not listed in a specific order, though.

NameCostWhere to buy
KEF LS50 Meta$1,499.98Amazon
Edifier R1280T$99.99Amazon
ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2$229.98Amazon
Peachtree Audio M24$359Amazon
Anker SoundCore$$27.99Amazon
Bose SoundLink Revolve$199Amazon
JBL CLIP 3$39.95Amazon
Bose SoundLink Micro$99Amazon
Sony SRS-XB12$58Amazon
Amazon Echo (4th-gen)$99.99Amazon

KEF LS50 Meta

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We're opening this list with one of the best speakers on the list, the KEF LS50 Meta. These speakers are not for everyone, though, that's for sure. Why? Well, mainly because of their price, and the fact that the vast majority of people simply don't need a product like this. These speakers offer that minimalistic, and yet kind of unique look that many people like to go for. They are expensive, but the truth be said, it's difficult to find a flaw here, even at this price.

These speakers come with a Uni-Q driver array, in other words, the tweeters sit in the throat of the mid/bass unit. KEF's Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT) boost sound quality even further here. Sonic transparency is stellar, and the sound is crystal clear, and sharp. Everyone about the sound here is stellar, pretty much, and if you're looking for a truly exceptional pair of speakers to buy for someone, you can't go wrong with the KEF LS50 Meta.

KEF LS50 Meta - Amazon

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Edifier R1280T

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You can buy 15 Edifier R1280T speakers for the price of one KEF LS50 Meta unit. That being said, the Edifier R1280T speakers are great, and are more than enough for the vast majority of people. These speakers come packed in a wooden enclosure, and they look great. Everyone about the build of these speakers screams high quality. That's not all, though, as they do have a lot to offer in the sound department.

The sound is great on these speakers, especially for the price tag. They have a maximum output of 42W, and you do get two aux inputs here. A 13mm silk dome tweeter is included, along with a 4-inch full-range unit. A remote controller comes with these speakers, as shown in the image above. Bass and treble controls are located on the side of the main speaker. You will also get a 2-year warranty for these, in both the US and Canada.

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Edifier R1280T - Amazon

ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2

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If you're looking for something close to the Edifier R1280T, but a bit different… well, the ELAC Debut 2.0 is also a great choice. These are bookshelf speakers that come in a black color, and they do look great. If you're going for that stealth design that many people prefer, this is the way to go. These speakers are not all about the looks, though, not at all. They do have a lot to offer in the sound department.

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The ELAC Debut 2.0 speakers offer really detailed sound, they're excellent performers. These have 6-Ohm nominal impedance, and it's compatible with basically all AV receivers and stereo amplifiers. These also come with front-firing ports, and a thick MDF cabinet with internal bracing. There's really not much to complain about here at this price tag. These speakers offer excellent performance and build.

ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2 - Amazon

Peachtree Audio M24

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If you're looking for speakers that are a step above the previous two entries on this list, the Peachtree Audio M24 fits the bill. These speakers come in Piano Black and Real Bamboo ($50 more expensive) variants. On top of the fact these speakers look great, they are quite versatile, and offer excellent sound quality. These speakers come with 5-inch fiberglass woofers, and 1-inch soft-dome tweeters.

On top of that, a class D amplifier is also included to push 50W into each of these speakers. These also offer a subwoofer output, and do come with Bluetooth built-in. Both digital and analog inputs are available, while the phono preamp is built-in. All in all, there's really not much do dislike here. It's difficult to find a single audio-related complaint at this price tag, as they do sound excellent.

Peachtree Audio M24 - Amazon

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Anker SoundCore

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We're switching gears now, with the Anker SoundCore. Unlike four previous speakers we've talked about, this is a much more affordable, portable speaker. The Anker SoundCore costs only $28, and pretty much everyone agrees that this is a great speaker at this price tag. This speaker comes with two individual speakers on the inside, actually, and it does quite loud for the size.

One of its best features is its battery life. This speaker can keep playing music up to 24 hours before it'll need a charge. Battery life is extremely important when it comes to wireless speakers, and this one definitely delivers. It's equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, and you may be surprised by its sound. Its stereo sound is quite sharp for the size of this thing, and you'll even get a decent amount of bass here.

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Anker SoundCore - Amazon

Bose SoundLink Revolve

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If you're looking for something portable, but with more oomph than the Anker SoundCore, the Bose SoundLink Revolve is a great option. This speaker delivers 360-degree surround sound, and it sounds great. On top of that, it comes with a rather interesting design. The speaker shrinks the higher it gets. This design is interesting, but it's also quite stealthy, so chances are you'll be able to find a place for it in your home.

You can take this speaker with you wherever you go. It connects over Bluetooth, and it comes with a built-in mic for the speakerphone. The speaker is IPX4 certified for water resistance, and its body is made mostly out of aluminum.  The sound this speaker can provide is rich and full, while you'll get enough bass as well. The device comes in Triple Black and Lux Gray color options.

Bose SoundLink Revolve - Amazon

JBL CLIP 3

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If you're looking for something super-portable, the JBL Clip 3 definitely fits the bill. This speaker is really small for what it offers, and it comes with a carabiner / clip attached to the top of it. To make things even more appealing, it is worth noting that this speaker is also waterproof (IPX7). So, you can easily take it on your adventures, and not worry about whether it'll get wet or not.

The maximum output of this speaker is 3W. That may not seem a lot, and it's not in the general flow of things, but do keep in mind how tiny this speaker is. The point is, the sound coming from this speaker is good. It can't replace a more powerful speaker, that's for sure, but for what it's made, it does the job. There are some audio controls included on its front side, and the speaker comes in a ton of color options.

JBL CLIP 3

Bose SoundLink Micro

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The Bose SoundLink Micro is a more expensive alternative to the JBL Clip 3. If you like the JBL Clip 3 concept but you'd like a somewhat richer sound, the Bose SoundLink Micro may be for you. This is a rather small speaker, which comes with a strap on the back. You can hook it up to your backpack, for example, or wherever else you want. This speaker does come in three color variants as well.

It is IPX7 rated, so you can take it with you to the pool without worrying something will happen to it. A microphone is built into this speaker, and you can get up to 6 hours of play time before the device will need a charge. The sound is actually quite good considering the size of this speaker. You'll even get some bass out of it, which is somewhat surprising. The device is also quite light, by the way.

Bose SoundLink Micro - Amazon

Sony SRS-XB12

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The Sony SRS-XB12 is another, rather small speaker. This one also comes with a strap that you can use to carry it or attach it to something. Its price is placed in-between the JBL Clip 3 and the Bose SoundLink Micro, by the way. At this price, this thing does have a lot to offer, though. It is waterproof, and you can easily carry it with you. It is even available in five color variants, and it delivers extra bass output.

This speaker is also dustproof, by the way. You can connect this speaker to another SRS-XB12 speaker, and get that stereo effect that way. This battery can keep playing the music for about 16 hours before you'll need to charge it. The sound that comes out of this speaker is really good, it's sharp and well-balanced. Just be sure to tone down your expectations, as this is not a large, full-fledged speaker.

Sony SRS-XB12

Amazon Echo (4th-gen)

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We'll close this list with a smart speaker, the only one mentioned here. We're talking about the Amazon Echo, the last (4th-gen) one. This is a minimalistic speaker that will fit well with basically any setup you're running. There are three colors available at the moment, and this speaker does have a lot to offer. The sound output has been improved considerably compared to the 3th-gen Echo.

In addition to that, the device does come with Alexa pre-installed. You can use this speaker to control your smart home, or simply chat with Alexa. She can keep you informed on the weather, your daily obligations, and so on. You can also use this speaker to stream music from your favorite streaming services, like Amazon Music, Spotify, SiriusXM, and so on. This speaker is priced at $100.

Amazon Echo (4th-gen)