As we have said in our other best of 2016 articles, 2016 has been a great year for technology, gadgets and gaming. So far we have taken a look at the best drones, games, tech, and cases of 2016.
In this article, we are going to be taking a look at what we think are the best speakers, earphones, and headphones of 2016.
Check it out below.
[alert type=blue ]Update: After some suggestions, we have updated this list with a few more products.[/alert]
In terms of connected-home speakers, there’s not much that can top the Sonos line of speakers, specifically the Sonos Play:5 which features 5 tweeters and 3 long-throw mid-woofers with a dedicated amplifier for each, this comes alongside Sonos’ multiroom technology for great audio around your home.
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless
The Zeppelin Wireless from Bowers & Wilkins is a speaker that you probably recognise because of its design, but it isn’t just about the design, it also features technology that allows for wireless playback of Bluetooth aptX.
The UE Megaboom is a pretty awesome Bluetooth speaker that provides 360-degrees of sound, while being extremely rugged with a waterproof and shockproof design. It also comes with multi-speaker support along with Siri and Google Now integration.
Libratone’s Zipp is a unique Bluetooth portable speaker that allows you to unzip the cover and replace it with a number of designs. It also comes with multiroom tech and 360-degree of sound, with a 100W audio output.
If you have played an electronic guitar at some point then you might have seen a Marshall amp, they are well-known around the world for their unique sound and design, but they have a specific use case. The Stanmore changes that by building that into a Bluetooth speaker, however, it is pretty expensive.
Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III
The Bose SoundLink speaker is widely-considered as one of the best speakers around, it is a wireless Bluetooth speaker that features uses a Lithium-ion battery for up to 14 hours of wireless playback.
Wireless headphones aren’t very new, however, wireless earbuds are still in their infancy. Many of the current options simply don’t work. This year, Apple hoped to change this with their AirPods to deliver a much sleeker wireless earphone experience.
Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear
The Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear earphones look great with a candy metallic design that is sure to impress, but as you would expect from Sennheiser, it also comes with a great set of features that allow the earphones to sound great.
BUY FROM AMAZON – £65
The Jaybird X2 are a great set of in-ear earbuds that have been designed for the sporty type, using wireless technology to allow you to listen to music during your sporty activities, with an 8 hour battery life and great audio performance.
BUY FROM AMAZON – £115
Bose QuietComfort 25
For some time the Bose QuietComfort has been considered as one of the best set of earphones for keeping the sound in and the outside out.
V-Moda Crossfade Wireless
V-Moda’s Crossfade Wireless headphones feature an amazingly futuristic design with modern wireless audio technology that allows them to play audio over Bluetooth, with a battery for 12 hours of playback.
Beats Studio Wireless Headphones
Some love Beats’ range of headphones and earphones, some hate them. But love or hate what Beats do, the Beats Studio Wireless Headphones are a great set of headphones, particularly for those who live bass.
Beyerdynamic DT 1770 Studio PRO
If you are a bit of an audiophile then the Beyerdynamic DT 1770 Studio PRO are the headphones for you, they do come with a hefty price tag, but for that you get Closed studio and monitoring headphones with 250 ohms of resistant and a 45 mm dynamic tesla neodymium driver.
Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless
The P7 Wireless headphones from Bowers & Wilkins are an awesome set of over-ear headphones that allow you to go wire free but keep an awesome sounding pair of headphones.
If you want a set of open-back headphones then we will definitely recommend the Audeze EL-8, they are a well-built set of headphones that a perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy sound in a great environment, however, as with most sets of awesome headphones, they are very expensive.