The best Amazon Prime Day 2021 speaker deals happening now, plus expert tips on what to consider when buying a speaker

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Amazon Prime Day 2021 is fast approaching on June 21 and 22, and we’re anticipating plenty of deals on speakers.

Last year’s Prime Day sale featured tons of discounts on smart speakers, soundbars, Bluetooth speakers, and home theater systems from brands like Samsung, Sonos, and Bose. Prime Day is also one of the best times to snag an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot for a low price, and some models are already on sale.

We’ll be compiling all the best speaker deals during Prime Day 2021 as soon as the event begins. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member yet, you should consider signing up for a 30-day free trial to take part in the savings.

Though bigger discounts will likely be available on Prime Day itself, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some solid speaker deals on Amazon right now. Below, we’ve rounded up some current speaker discounts, along with details on what we expect during the big sale. Learn more about how Insider Reviews evaluates products and vets deals.

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Best early Amazon Prime Day smart speaker deals

Amazon devices are usually available for some of their lowest prices during Prime Day, and Echo speakers with Alexa are no different.

Fourth-gen Echo speakers feature a new orb-shaped design and improved audio performance, which make them stand out in comparison to the older puck-shaped models. The fourth-gen Echo Dot is available for a modest $5 discount right now, but we expect a better deal when Prime Day begins. Check out our Echo (fourth-gen) and Echo Dot (fourth-gen) reviews for detailed impressions.

Third-generation Echo Dots are also on sale right now. Outside of the visual design, overall performance between third- and fourth-generation Dots is very similar. If the third-generation Dot drops to a lower price on Prime Day, it may present a better value compared to the fourth-gen model.

Amazon isn’t the only company that makes impressive smart speakers, however, and it’s possible we could see some good Prime Day deals on models from other brands. Smart speakers from companies like Sonos and Bose even let you choose between Alexa or Google Assistant.

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Top early Amazon Prime Day Bluetooth speaker deals

Bluetooth speakers make it easy to listen to wireless music at home or outside. Many of them are portable with integrated batteries, while some are also water-resistant for trips to the beach or pool.

Last year’s Prime Day sale included discounts on Bluetooth speakers from brands like Bose, JBL, Sony, and Anker. We expect a similar assortment of deals on Prime Day 2021.

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Best early Amazon Prime Day soundbar deals

Soundbars offer a sizable upgrade over the tiny speakers built into most TVs, while still saving you some cash and space compared to a larger home theater system.

Some soundbar models feature wireless subwoofers, and more advanced packages even include satellite speakers for surround sound. Premium systems also include up-firing speakers to enable Dolby Atmos audio. This feature can make it sound like effects are coming from above your head.

On previous Prime Days, we’ve seen deals from brands like Samsung, Vizio, and Bose. We anticipate a similar assortment of discounts on Prime Day 2021.

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Top early Amazon Prime Day home theater speaker deals

If you’re looking for truly immersive audio performance when watching movies, playing games, or listening to music, it’s worth investing in a genuine home theater speaker setup. Home theater speaker setups can take the form of a simple pair of stereo bookshelf speakers, or even a complete surround sound system with five or more speakers.

That said, buyers should keep in mind that most home theater speakers require a separate amp or AV receiver for power and processing. Amazon sometimes offers packages that include a receiver, but more often than not you’ll need to pick one up yourself. New 5.2-channel receivers start at around $250, while 7.2-channel receivers start at around $400.

For Prime Day last year, the Q Acoustics 3020i bookshelf speakers were available for $255, and a similar deal is possible for Prime Day 2021. Discounts on some of our top home theater speaker recommendations are also possible, including picks from brands like Polk, Focal, and Klipsch.

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Frequently asked questions

When is Prime Day 2021?

Amazon Prime Day 2021 is slated for June 21 and 22.

To take advantage of Prime Day speaker deals, you’ll need to be an Amazon Prime member. A Prime subscription is available for $13 a month or $120 annually. Amazon Prime members receive a ton of benefits, including free two-day shipping on many items, access to Prime video streaming, and more.

New Prime members can receive a free 30-day trial. If you haven’t signed up before, you can subscribe to Prime now in order to try the service and take part in all the Prime Day deals for free.

How to shop for a speaker

Choosing exactly which speaker is right for you can be tricky. Different speaker types vary wildly in price and size, so certain models are better suited for specific buyers.

Shoppers who simply want a compact speaker to take outside or use on trips should consider a portable Bluetooth speaker. If you want to add a digital assistant to your household, then you should look into buying a smart speaker. Smart speakers typically offer Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, but they don’t always include rechargeable batteries. If you simply want a good pair of stereo speakers for your desk at home or work, then consider buying a set of computer speakers or powered bookshelf speakers.

People looking to upgrade their TV-watching experience will want to find a good home theater system or a soundbar. Soundbars can be space- and budget-saving, but a full home theater setup with multiple speakers will give you the best performance with true surround sound. On the downside, most home theater speakers require a separate AV receiver for power and processing, which can add a couple hundred bucks or more to your total price.

If you’re looking for more speaker recommendations and detailed buying advice, check out our various speaker buying guides:

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The best early Prime Day 2021 deals on Amazon devices – Echo Buds are already up to 33% off

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Amazon’s Echo Buds are on sale right now ahead of Prime Day.

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Amazon Prime Day 2021 will begin on June 21 and run through June 22. We’re expecting tons of deals on tech across all categories, and shoppers can already find early Prime Day discounts on select Amazon devices.

Amazon’s brand-new second-generation Echo Buds are now down to their lowest price yet. Other Amazon devices, like Fire TV Edition smart TVs and a couple Kindle bundles, are available with early Prime Day deals as well.

Prime Day is traditionally one of the best times to find an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot on sale, and a few models are available for modest discounts already. That said, we anticipate better Echo device and speaker deals when Prime Day officially starts.

To shop Prime Day deals, you need to be an Amazon Prime member. Prime subscriptions cost $13 a month or $120 a year. The service offers tons of perks, including free two-day shipping on many items.

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Best early Prime Day Echo Buds deals

Amazon just released its second-generation Echo Buds in May, and the new wireless earbuds are already $40 off ahead of Prime Day 2021. The Echo Buds with wired charging case are down to $80, while the Echo Buds with wireless charging case are available for $100.

The second-generation earbuds have a sleeker design and improved noise cancellation compared to the older model. Senior Tech Correspondent Lisa Eadicicco was impressed by the improvements Amazon made, and said the Echo Buds are “a great choice for anyone in search of affordable wireless earbuds that don’t compromise on features like noise cancellation and customization.” You can find our Amazon Echo Buds 2 review here.

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Top early Prime Day Echo smart speaker deals

Echo devices are some of the most popular smart speakers on the market, and they’re often available for some of their lowest prices during Prime Day. Though select Echo speakers were recently up to 30% off, that discount has now expired.

We expect big deals on speakers once Prime Day begins. Right now, however, you can find a modest $5 discount on fourth- and third-generation Echo Dots.

The fourth-generation Echo Dot offers new spherical design and slightly improved sound quality. That said, if the third-generation Echo Dot dips down to a sale price that’s significantly less than the fourth-gen model, we think it offers a better value.

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Best early Prime Day Fire TV Edition smart TV deals

Amazon’s Fire TV operating system comes built right into a number of smart TVs from Toshiba and Insignia. This enables simple streaming access with the same interface you’d see on a separate Fire TV Stick or Cube.

Both brands sell 4K, 1080p, and 720p Fire TV displays in a range of screen sizes, and many of these models are on sale right now ahead of Prime Day. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that all of these displays are considered entry-level TVs. They’ll get the job done for casual viewing, but for better picture quality and speedier smart TV performance, we recommend stepping up to a mid-range model from brands like TCL, Vizio, Samsung, or LG.

Though we don’t typically recommend TVs with 720p screens, the benefits of higher resolutions are hard to see on screen sizes under 43 inches. If you’re looking for a smaller TV in the 32- or 24-inch range for a bedroom or other secondary location, an inexpensive Fire HDTV could offer solid value, especially when they’re discounted. If you’re going bigger than 32-inches, however, it’s worth paying more for a 4K model.

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Top early Prime Day Kindle deals

Amazon’s Kindle devices are some of our favorite e-readers, and we expect deals across the entire lineup when Prime Day begins. Though there are no early deals on Kindle models right now, you can snag a discount if you purchase a Kindle bundle with a case and power adapter.

The Paperwhite Essential Bundle includes a leather cover and a power adapter for charging, while the Kindle Kids Edition Essential Bundle adds a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, along with a cover, charger, and screen protector.

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When is Amazon Prime Day 2021?

Amazon Prime Day 2021 will start on June 21. The two-day sales event will run through June 22. We’ll be keeping track of the best deals throughout the sale, so check back for the latest discounts.

Prime Day deals are exclusive to Amazon Prime subscribers, so you’ll need to sign up to get deals on Amazon devices. Amazon Prime costs $13 a month or $120 per year, but new users can get their first 30 days of Prime for free.

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Amazon’s new Echo packs powerful sound and smarter features into a $100 speaker, signaling a big upgrade for the company’s popular smart home device

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  • Amazon’s newest Echo feels like the most meaningful upgrade in years.
  • The smart speaker has better sound, a new design, and an integrated smart home hub.
  • It’s the right balance of convenience and solid audio quality for most people.
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Amazon’s popular Echo speaker has finally gotten a makeover.

Nearly six years after Amazon quietly unveiled the original Echo, the company has completely changed the speaker’s look, marking a big departure from the glowing cylinder that we’ve come to associate with the Echo since late 2014.

But the latest Echo is far more than just a cosmetic upgrade. Amazon’s most recent entrant to the smart speaker space also features a boost in sound quality, its own dedicated Amazon-designed processor that should make Alexa more responsive, and other extras, like a temperature sensor and a built-in smart home hub.

Taken together, the improvements represent the most significant upgrade to the standard Echo we’ve seen in years, helping it stand out in Amazon’s lineup. It’s a much more notable update than 2019’s third-generation Echo, which didn’t add much to the speaker other than improved sound quality.

But the new Echo also launched as Google and Apple have been investing more heavily in their own smart home speakers. Just days after Amazon unveiled the new Echo in September 2020, Google introduced its $100 Nest Audio. Apple, meanwhile, announced a smaller and less expensive version of its HomePod smart speaker for $100 called the HomePod Mini.

Here’s a closer look at what it’s been like to use the new Echo.

Amazon Echo 2020 specifications

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Dimensions 5.7 inches x 5.7 inches x 5.2 inches
Weight 34.2 ounces
Colors Charcoal, white, and blue
Processor Amazon AZ1
Speaker 3-inch woofer and dual 0.8-inch front-facing tweeters
Input/output 3.5mm line in/out
Other features Integrated smart home hub, temperature sensor

Design

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The third-generation Amazon Echo (left) vs. the new Amazon Echo (right)

To say the new Amazon Echo looks different than its predecessor would be an understatement. Gone is the cylindrical shape that’s been a hallmark of the smart speaker series so far. Instead, the new Echo takes the form of a compact, fabric-laden orb that glows at its base when Alexa is listening.

The new Echo looks less like a traditional speaker than its predecessor, and that’s a good thing. It has more of a standout look that differentiates it from rivals, like the Nest Audio, and the spherical shape enables it to fit more naturally into my home decor. The placement of the glowing ring at the bottom of the speaker rather than at the top also feels less distracting.

But unlike the Nest Audio, which comes in black, white, green, pink, and blue, the Echo is only available in three colors: charcoal, white, and blue. For a device that most people will be prominently displaying in the living room or kitchen, it would have been nice to see a broader range of color options like those offered by Google.

Sound quality

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Amazon’s new Echo has received a big boost when it comes to its most important job: serving as a home speaker. Amazon says its new speaker can now detect the acoustics of the room it’s in and adjust the audio accordingly, just like the $200 Echo Studio.

The new shape also gives the Echo better sound projection and richer bass thanks to its surface area to volume ratio, the company says.

The upgrade is certainly noticeable when compared alongside the third-generation Echo. Across the board, music sounds louder and much more open and full-bodied compared to its predecessor, with better bass as well.

The older Echo sounds a bit shallow in comparison, and isn’t able to fill the room with audio nearly as well as its successor. This is true whether I listen to pop, rock, or hip-hop on the new Echo.

It’s not quite as loud and clear as the $200 Sonos One, but it certainly comes a lot closer than the standard Echo ever has before.

Smart home hub

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If controlling smart home devices is one of the primary reasons you’re interested in Amazon’s smart speaker, the new Echo will feel like a step up.

Amazon has built a smart home hub into the device much like it did with the Echo Plus speaker it introduced in 2017. That means you can quickly set up devices that use Bluetooth low energy or the ZigBee protocol – one of the major protocols that allows smart home devices to communicate with one another – without requiring a separate hub or bridge. It will also support Amazon’s long-range Wi-Fi network called Sidewalk when the feature launches on June 8.

Getting a Philips Hue light bulb up and running with the new Echo requires virtually no set up since it’s compatible with Zigbee. I simply screwed the light bulb into my bedroom lamp and asked Alexa to discover new devices.

After a few short moments, Alexa confirmed that my Echo had discovered the new light and added it to the “My devices” section of the Alexa app.

The third-generation Echo, on the other hand, requires a bridge in order to connect to the same Philips Hue light bulb. The Echo also has a leg up over Google in this regard since Google devices don’t offer voice setup for smart home devices and require you to connect through the company’s app.

Other features

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The Echo series may be nearly six years old, but Amazon is only just introducing its own custom processor for its smart speaker line. Amazon’s new AZ1 processor promises to make Alexa faster and more responsive when processing requests. This functionality wasn’t available at launch but has since begun rolling out to the fourth-generation Echo and Echo Show 10.

However, the fourth-generation Echo is only slightly faster than the third-generation Echo at answering basic questions in my experience, often only beating it by less than a second.

The new Echo also comes with another unexpected addition: a temperature sensor. This makes it possible to not only ask Alexa for the weather outside, but also the temperature indoors.

For many, the decision to side with an Echo device or Google Nest device will largely depend on what ecosystem best suits your needs.

Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant can both handle many of the same tasks, but also offer their respective perks. Alexa, for example, supports a wider variety of smart home devices, as the company says there are more than 140,000 gadgets that work with Alexa. Google, on the other hand, supports more than 50,000 internet-of-things devices.

Alexa also has some extra skills, including the ability to detect sounds, like breaking glass and alarms, when you’re not home. Google requires a Nest Aware subscription for this, whereas Amazon offers these features as part of the free tier of its Alexa Guard service. And of course, Alexa makes it incredibly easy to shop on Amazon via your voice.

The Google Assistant, however, has generally performed better when it comes to answering general knowledge questions, which should come as no surprise considering it has the world’s most popular search engine at its disposal.

In a 2019 test conducted by Loup Ventures that involved asking the Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, and Apple’s Siri 800 questions, Google answered 93% of those queries correctly. Alexa answered 80% of them correctly while Siri correctly responded to 83%.

Google’s smart speakers also have extra features, like an interpreter mode that translates full conversations into another language, which is more sophisticated than Alexa’s ability to translate individual phrases and words.

Privacy

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Privacy is also crucial for a microphone-equipped device meant to sit in your living room or bedroom. Amazon, Google, and Apple have all come under scrutiny in the past over their previous policies when it comes to sharing saved recordings with human annotators for the purposes of improving their voice assistants.

Both the new Echo and Google’s Nest Audio include a physical button for turning off the microphone.

But unlike Google and Apple, you must opt out if you don’t want your voice recordings to be used by Amazon to help improve Alexa’s functionality. You can do this from the Alexa app under the Alexa Privacy section in the settings menu.

Google doesn’t retain audio by default, and announced last September that users would have to opt in to a setting that enables the search giant to share recordings with human reviewers to improve the Google Assistant.

That said, both Amazon and Google have announced privacy updates over the course of the past year. Amazon now allows you to choose to automatically delete your voice recordings after Alexa has processed your request.

You can also delete all of your previously saved voice recordings just by asking Alexa, or you can ask Alexa to send you a link to privacy settings for your device in the Alexa app.

Google also launched new features earlier this year for telling its voice assistant to forget an utterance that was detected by accident and asking the Google Assistant for more information about Google’s data collection policies.

Google recently announced a Guest Mode for the Google Assistant as well, which, like Incognito Mode, prevents Google from saving queries to your account or offering personalized responses.

The bottom line

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With improved sound, a sleek new design, and a built-in hub for setting up smart home devices, the new Echo feels like a significant upgrade for Amazon’s smart speaker.

The standard Echo model has inherited some features from its more premium predecessors, such as the $200 Echo Studio’s ability to adjust audio to match a room’s acoustics, and the integrated smart home hub that debuted on the $150 Echo Plus from 2017.

As a result, the new Echo feels like the right balance of quality audio and convenience for most people in need of a basic smart home speaker that’s not quite as high-end as the Studio, but more powerful than the $50 Echo Dot.

That could make it more difficult for rivals, like Apple and Sonos, that specialize in offering superior sound quality to compete with Amazon’s latest Echo. It also feels like an execution of the vision that Amazon has been working toward for a while when it comes to the Echo: a home speaker that doesn’t make big compromises when it comes to audio quality or smart home features.

If you have a third-generation Echo, you probably don’t need to upgrade immediately. But if you have an older model or were thinking about purchasing a second Echo anyway, you’ll certainly appreciate the upgrades.

Pros: Improved sound, attractive new design, built-in smart home hub makes it easy to set up devices

Cons: Not as much choice when it comes to color selection compared to Google, Amazon still saves and uses your voice recordings by default

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The best speaker deals – save $20 on Amazon’s Echo Dot smart speaker

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  • Speakers with good performance can be pricey, but they often go on sale.
  • We’ve compiled all the best speaker deals for May 2021.
  • Right now, you can get an Echo Dot for $30 – that’s $20 off its full price.

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Great speakers can make listening to music far more enjoyable, and there are plenty of deals to be found. These days, even relatively inexpensive speakers can deliver well-rounded bass response, a well-tuned mid-range, and plenty of clarity and detail in the high end.

Whether you’re looking for a Bluetooth speaker, a smart speaker, floortstanding speakers, bookshelf speakers, or even a soundbar, you may be able to stay on budget and save some cash thanks to these awesome discounts. After combing through the web, we’ve rounded up the best speaker deals out there for a variety of needs.

Here are the best speaker deals in May 2021:

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Best Bluetooth speaker deals

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Portable Bluetooth speakers make it easy to take your music on the road with you. Many of them are water-resistant, meaning you can use them near the pool or at the beach, and while they’re usually not as great-sounding as more expensive home theater speakers or soundbars, they’ll definitely get the party started at your next BBQ.

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Best soundbar deals

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If you’re looking to enhance the sound quality in your living room without going all out for a full-sized surround sound system, then it’s worth considering a soundbar. Soundbars range in price and audio quality, but the best of them allow for full-bodied audio in a relatively compact package. Some models even include wireless subwoofers and separate satellite speakers for more immersive performance.

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Best smart speaker deals

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Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple’s Siri have gotten a whole lot smarter over the past few years, and they can now help you with a huge range of tasks, including controlling smart home devices, finding out information from the web, and more. There are often deals on smart speakers too – so you might be able to pick one up at a super low price. So models even include screens, enabling video playback to go along with audio. 

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Best home theater speaker deals

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Soundbars are great, but if you truly want the most immersive movie-watching or gaming experience, it’s worth looking into home theater speakers. Home theater speakers can be set up as a simple pair of stereo speakers next to your TV, or a full surround sound system. It should be noted, however, that home theater speakers typically require a separate AV receiver for power and processing, which can make purchasing a full system pricey. Thankfully, the below discounts can help cut down your costs.

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Best computer speaker deals

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Want to avoid having to use headphones all the time when you’re at your computer? A great pair of computer speakers can make for a better PC gaming experience, or simply make listening to music and podcasts more enjoyable. Sometimes, computer speakers even come with a small subwoofer to help enhance bass performance.

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How to shop for speakers

There are a number of different types of speakers, and they can all serve drastically different purposes. 

If you want something to take to the beach or use on the go, then a portable Bluetooth speaker is your best option. If you’re looking to enhance your TV-viewing experience, then home theater speakers or a soundbar will do the job. If you want to bring a digital assistant into your home, then consider a smart speaker. If you just want speakers around the house, then perhaps it’s worth considering bookshelf speakers or a pair of computer speakers.

It’s also a good idea to take the brand into consideration when purchasing speakers. For example, if you’re buying a smart speaker, then it’s definitely worth looking at options from companies like Amazon, Google, Apple, Sonos, and Bose. Vizio and Samsung, meanwhile, are both safe bets for soundbars. If you’re setting up a surround sound system, then brands like Klipsch and Focal will be a better fit for your needs. 

Last but not least, you’ll want to think about your budget. You can get decent Bluetooth and smart speakers for under $150 – but that probably won’t be enough if you’re looking for a soundbar or multiple home theater speakers.

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The best speaker deals – save $120 on Vizio’s flagship Dolby Atmos soundbar

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  • Speakers with good performance can be pricey, but they often go on sale.
  • We’ve compiled all the best speaker deals for April 2021.
  • Right now, you can get Vizio’s 5.1.4 Elevate Soundbar for $879 – that’s $121 off its full price.

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Great speakers can make listening to music far more enjoyable, and there are plenty of deals to be found. These days, even relatively inexpensive speakers can deliver well-rounded bass response, a well-tuned mid-range, and plenty of clarity and detail in the high end.

Whether you’re looking for a Bluetooth speaker, a smart speaker, floortstanding speakers, bookshelf speakers, or even a soundbar, you may be able to stay on budget and save some cash thanks to these awesome discounts. After combing through the web, we’ve rounded up the best speaker deals out there for a variety of needs.

Here are the best speaker deals in April 2021:

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Best Bluetooth speaker deals

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Portable Bluetooth speakers make it easy to take your music on the road with you. Many of them are water-resistant, meaning you can use them near the pool or at the beach, and while they’re usually not as great-sounding as more expensive home theater speakers or soundbars, they’ll definitely get the party started at your next BBQ.

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Best soundbar deals

Vizio Elevate Dolby Atmos soundbar

If you’re looking to enhance the sound quality in your living room without going all out for a full-sized surround sound system, then it’s worth considering a soundbar. Soundbars range in price and audio quality, but the best of them allow for full-bodied audio in a relatively compact package. Some models even include wireless subwoofers and separate satellite speakers for more immersive performance.

One of the best deals you can snag right now is on the Vizio Elevate soundbar. The system is on sale for $121 off its full price, and it serves as a more affordable alternative to a traditional home theater setup. You can read our full Vizio Elevate review here

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Best smart speaker deals

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Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple’s Siri have gotten a whole lot smarter over the past few years, and they can now help you with a huge range of tasks, including controlling smart home devices, finding out information from the web, and more. There are often deals on smart speakers too – so you might be able to pick one up at a super low price. So models even include screens, enabling video playback to go along with audio. 

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Best home theater speaker deals

Klipsch Reference 820F system

Soundbars are great, but if you truly want the most immersive movie-watching or gaming experience, it’s worth looking into home theater speakers. Home theater speakers can be set up as a simple pair of stereo speakers next to your TV, or a full surround sound system. It should be noted, however, that home theater speakers typically require a separate AV receiver for power and processing, which can make purchasing a full system pricey. Thankfully, the below discounts can help cut down your costs.

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Best computer speaker deals

Klipsch ProMedia 2

Want to avoid having to use headphones all the time when you’re at your computer? A great pair of computer speakers can make for a better PC gaming experience, or simply make listening to music and podcasts more enjoyable. Sometimes, computer speakers even come with a small subwoofer to help enhance bass performance.

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How to shop for speakers

There are a number of different types of speakers, and they can all serve drastically different purposes. 

If you want something to take to the beach or use on the go, then a portable Bluetooth speaker is your best option. If you’re looking to enhance your TV-viewing experience, then home theater speakers or a soundbar will do the job. If you want to bring a digital assistant into your home, then consider a smart speaker. If you just want speakers around the house, then perhaps it’s worth considering bookshelf speakers or a pair of computer speakers.

It’s also a good idea to take the brand into consideration when purchasing speakers. For example, if you’re buying a smart speaker, then it’s definitely worth looking at options from companies like Amazon, Google, Apple, Sonos, and Bose. Vizio and Samsung, meanwhile, are both safe bets for soundbars. If you’re setting up a surround sound system, then brands like Klipsch and Focal will be a better fit for your needs. 

Last but not least, you’ll want to think about your budget. You can get decent Bluetooth and smart speakers for under $150 – but that probably won’t be enough if you’re looking for a soundbar or multiple home theater speakers.

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The new Google Nest Hub is a smart display that’s designed to help you sleep better – you can preorder it now for $100

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  • Google announced a second generation model of its Nest Hub on March 16.
  • The smart display includes improved bass and a new feature designed to monitor your sleep.
  • The new Nest Hub will be available starting March 30, and you can preorder it now for $100.

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Just over two years since Google introduced its first Home Hub device, the company has announced its latest smart display. The second-generation Nest Hub offers several improvements over its predecessor, along with a new feature: Sleep Sensing.

The smart display is a versatile device that helps you stay connected with the world around you. It features a 7-inch touchscreen panel, and Google says the new Nest Hub provides 50% better bass than the last model. You can use the device with a number of different streaming services – whether you want to hear your favorite song on Spotify or catch a flick with Disney Plus.

The smart display is also easy to control, as its motion sensor picks up your hand movements to tell it to play or stop songs. The new Nest Hub uses Google Assistant technology as well, so you can ask it to do tasks with your voice. You can also use the Nest Hub as a console to control features on other compatible smart home products, such as smart lights.

One of the new Nest Hub‘s main features is its Sleep Sensing capability. The smart display uses its motion sense with low-energy radar technology to detect your movement and breathing when you sleep near the device. It can also monitor snoring and temperature changes.

The Nest Hub then takes all of this data to create an analysis of your sleep. After your night’s rest, you can use the smart display to see how you’ve been doing and whether it has any suggestions for ways you can improve your sleep.

If you want to get your hands on the new Nest Hub as soon as it’s released, here’s how you can preorder it from Google today.

Google Nest Hub price

The Google Nest Hub costs $100 and is available for preorder now through Google and Walmart. Orders are expected to start shipping on March 30. The Nest Hub is available in four colors: chalk, charcoal, mist, and sand.

Walmart currently lists the item with free delivery, and if you preorder now the Nest Hub is estimated to be delivered by April 1.

If you preorder through Google, you can choose between a number of shipping options, including standard, priority, and expedited. Google’s standard shipping costs nothing. If you preorder with that option today, Google expects the Nest Hub will arrive between April 2 and 6.

Priority shipping will cost you $14 and, if you use this option today, Google predicts it will deliver the new Nest Hub between April 1 and 2. Expedited shipping is the fastest option and costs $21. If you use this option today, Google expects to deliver the new Nest Hub between March 31 and April 1.

We’ll update this article with additional retailer options once they’re available.

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Google Nest Hub specs

Google Nest Hub Specifications
Dimensions: 4.7 x 7.0 x 2.7 inches
Weight: 19.7 ounces
Display: 7-inch touchscreen with 1024 x 600 resolution
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, Chromecast built-in
Voice assistants: Google Assistant
Drivers: 1.7-inch full-range driver
Microphones: Three far-field microphones
Sensors: Motion, ambient light, and temperature
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Sonos’ new compact portable speaker features a waterproof design and built-in voice control for $169

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  • The Sonos Roam is the company’s new portable, waterproof speaker.
  • The compact speaker features up to 10 hours of playback and includes voice assistant support.
  • You can preorder the Sonos Roam now for $169, and first shipments are set to arrive by April 20.

Roam (small)

After giving portable speakers a go with the impressive but rather hefty Sonos Move in 2019, Sonos is back with a lighter, waterproof, and much more compact model called the Sonos Roam.

The size of the Sonos Roam is similar to a water bottle, making it an ideal fit for mobile listening. And, despite its small footprint, the speaker is designed to pack a punch with up to 10 hours of playback and a drop-resistant body.

The Sonos Roam also comes with Sonos’ Trueplay feature, meaning it’s keen on its surroundings and adjusts its sound to match the scene. The model is waterproof as well, so you can submerge it in up to three feet for 30 minutes. Sonos also continues its dedication to quality sound via the speaker’s two Class-H digital amps, mid-woofer, and tweeter.

It also lets you use voice assistants such as Google Assistant and Alexa. The Sonos Roam can connect to your Wi-Fi at home, and when you get out of range it can pair via Bluetooth to your phone. The speaker is simple to charge, as well, as you can simply place it on top of a Qi wireless charger.

You can find full price, preorder, and specification details for the Sonos Roam below.

Sonos Roam price

Sonos will release the Sonos Roam on April 20. You can preorder the speaker right now for $169.

When you buy products through Sonos, you can set up a monthly financing plan to spread out your payments. The purchase comes with free shipping across the US and, if you’re not a fan, you can return the Sonos Roam within 45 days.

You can buy either the matte black or matte white version, and deliveries are expected to arrive to customers by April 20. We’ll update this article with additional retailer options once they’re available.

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Sonos Roam specs

Sonos Roam Specifications
Dimensions: 6.61 x 2.44 x 2.36 inches
Weight: 0.95 pounds
Battery: Up to 10 hours of playback
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, Apple AirPlay 2
Voice assistants: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Drivers: One mid-woofer, one tweeter
Design: IP67 waterproof and dustproof
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The best speaker deals – save $100 on Vizio’s flagship Dolby Atmos soundbar

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VIZIO OLED TV and Elevate soundbar
  • Speakers with good performance can be pricey, but they often go on sale.
  • We’ve compiled all the best speaker deals for March 2021.
  • Right now, you can get Vizio’s 5.1.4 Elevate Soundbar for $900 – that’s $100 off its full price.

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Great speakers can make listening to music far more enjoyable – and speakers have been getting a whole lot better over the past few years. These days, even relatively inexpensive speakers can deliver well-rounded bass response, a well-tuned mid-range, and plenty of clarity and detail in the high end. 

Of course, if you’re in the market for a new speaker or speakers, you’ll want to think about exactly what kind of speaker best matches your needs. There are a number of different types of speakers, and they can all serve drastically different purposes. 

If you want something to take to the beach or use on the go, then a portable Bluetooth speaker is probably your best option. If you’re looking to enhance your TV-viewing experience, then home theater speakers or a soundbar will do the job. If you want to bring a digital assistant into your home, then consider a smart speaker. If you just want speakers around the house to listen to music on, then perhaps it’s worth considering bookshelf speakers. And, last but not least, if you want a more immersive computing experience, then consider buying a pair of computer speakers.

It’s also a good idea to take the brand into consideration when purchasing speakers. Depending on the type of speaker you end up buying, you’ll want to seek out different brands. For example, if you’re buying a smart speaker, then it’s definitely worth looking at options from companies like Amazon, Google, and Apple. Vizio and Samsung, meanwhile, are both safe bets for soundbars. If you’re setting up a surround sound system, then brands like Klipsch and Focal will be a better fit for your needs. 

Last but not least, you’ll want to think about your budget – and your budget might again depend on the type of speakers you’re looking for. You can get decent Bluetooth and smart speakers for under $150 – but that probably won’t be enough if you’re looking for a soundbar or multiple home theater speakers.

Thankfully, you may be able to stay on budget and save some cash thanks to these awesome deals. After combing through the web, we’ve rounded up the best speaker deals out there for a variety of needs.

Here are the best speaker deals in March 2021:

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Best Bluetooth speaker deals

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Portable Bluetooth speakers make it easy to take your music on the road with you. Many of them are water-resistant, meaning you can use them near the pool or at the beach, and while they’re usually not as great-sounding as more expensive home theater speakers or soundbars, they’ll definitely get the party started at your next BBQ.

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Best soundbar deals

Vizio Elevate Dolby Atmos soundbar

If you’re looking to enhance the sound quality in your living room without going all out for a full-sized surround sound system, then it’s worth considering a soundbar. Soundbars range in price and audio quality, but the best of them allow for full-bodied audio in a relatively compact package. Some models even include wireless subwoofers and separate satellite speakers for more immersive performance.

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Best smart speaker deals

Sonos Beam

Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple’s Siri have gotten a whole lot smarter over the past few years, and they can now help you with a huge range of tasks, including controlling smart home devices, finding out information from the web, and more. There are often deals on smart speakers too – so you might be able to pick one up at a super low price. So models even include screens, enabling video playback to go along with audio. 

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Best home theater speaker deals

Klipsch Reference 820F system

Soundbars are great, but if you truly want the most immersive movie-watching or gaming experience, it’s worth looking into home theater speakers. Home theater speakers can be set up as a simple pair of stereo speakers next to your TV, or a full surround sound system. It should be noted, however, that home theater speakers typically require a separate AV receiver for power and processing, which can make purchasing a full system pricey. Thankfully, the below discounts can help cut down your costs.

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Best computer speaker deals

Klipsch ProMedia 2

Want to avoid having to use headphones all the time when you’re at your computer? A great pair of computer speakers can make for a better PC gaming experience, or simply make listening to music and podcasts more enjoyable. Sometimes, computer speakers even come with a small subwoofer to help enhance bass performance.

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How to reset an Apple HomePod in 2 different ways

Apple HomePod
You may need to reset your Apple HomePod to resolve performance issues.

Created to provide immersive sound quality, Apple’s HomePod speaker offers owners a seamless listening experience. 

At just seven inches tall, the HomePod uses spatial awareness to analyze the room’s acoustics and adjusts the sound based on location. AI support from Siri and AirPlay communication allows for multi-room audio use. This makes integration across multiple iOS devices and rooms a breeze. 

With so many features, you’re bound to face a few audio difficulties or encounter connectivity issues. One way to address these issues is to reset the HomePod. You should also do this if you’re sending it in for service or want to either sell the device or give it away. Resetting your HomePod will wipe it and return it to its factory settings. 

If you’ve paired two HomePod speakers, but you want to reset one or both, you’ll have to ungroup them before you initiate the reset process. 

Here are two ways you can reset your HomePod, whether it’s off by a few beats or needs a full reboot.

How to reset an Apple HomePod using the Home app 

1. Sign in to your Apple ID on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac, if you aren’t already.

2. Open up the Home app on your Apple device.

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You can find the Home app on your Mac in the Finder under Applications.

3. Click or press and hold the HomePod image. 

4. On the settings screen, locate and choose “Remove Accessory.”

5. Select “Remove.” 

6. After a few minutes, you will hear a start-up chime completing the reset.

How to reset the Apple HomePod on the device

1. Begin by unplugging your HomePod. 

2. Wait 10 seconds before plugging it back in.

3. After waiting an additional 5 seconds, place and hold your finger on the top of the HomePod.

4. Keep your finger pressed down as the spinning white light turns to red.

5. Wait for Siri to say, “Your HomePod is about to reset.” 

6. After three beeps, lift your finger.

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