These speak­ers all prom­ise good sound qual­ity along with their voice-as­sis­tant smarts, but which of­fers the best com­plete pack­age?

T3 - - Contents - Words: Matt Bolton Pho­tog­ra­phy: Olly Cur­tis

In the mar­ket for a smart speaker that sounds good enough to sound­track a house party? Here are six to blast

When smart home as­sis­tants first be­gan ap­pear­ing, mu­sic con­trol was clearly a big sell­ing point for peo­ple. But the orig­i­nal Ama­zon Echo’s speak­ers were crap, so it’s wasn’t a great com­bi­na­tion over­all.

But that’s all chang­ing. Great com­pa­nies want to make sure you get the most flex­i­ble speak­ers to play mu­sic on de­mand, so they’re throw­ing in­ge­nious sound tech into tiny pack­ages that work per­fectly in any room, fill­ing them with lush sound at your com­mand. Far-field mics en­sure that the var­i­ous as­sis­tants can hear what you want, and ex­tra wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity means you can play from de­vices. Here we put six speak­ers tuned for sound through their paces.

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