I figured if we start at the very top, we can get the crazy stuff out of the way, first. These MartinLogan Electrostatic speakers are no joke. Through the power of electrical science, the current running through them causes the mesh to vibrate, creating the sound waves.
Pretty damn cool.
One of the thinnest sound bars out there, the SH2 fits nicely in just about any space. If you're looking for a bit more oomph and are fine with taking up a touch more space, the SH4 and or LAS950M will set you straight.
File this one under the "sound tube" category, the Revolve comes from sound master Bose. It's built with serious sound and works in just about any space thanks to its bluetooth connectivity and built-in battery. If you find yourself taking it places often, sang one with a charging cradle. When you get back, plop it down and it's ready to go on your next adventure.
Also from Bose, the SoundTouch 300 is a sound bar to be beat. It packs killer home theater sound in a wonderfully-sized rectangle. With 4K passthrough support, instead of letting your neighbors get mad because you're enjoying your UHD movies too much, have them join you. They'll be your best friends.
Which came first, the Revolve or the Invoke? Unlike the chick-or-the-egg paradox, we know the answer. While it might look like its Bose counterpart, the Invoke features the smarts of Cortana, the voice-activated assistant from Microsoft. Hey Cortana, tell Bose to step up it's game.
Lastly on our sound bar adventure, the Songs PLAYBAR. This is the money shot of tightly-packed home theater sound. At $700, it's definitely not the cheapest in the group but for the price you're paying, it's definitely worth it.
The PLAYBAR pairs with a load of different music services without the need for bluetooth connectivity, just as the other Sonos speakers so when you're not getting your explosion sound fix, crank up the tunes and fill your home with chart-topping new hits or that smooth jazz you're #sorrynotsorry you love.
At first glance, it doesn't look like a speaker at all. Put this in a clean, white room and you'll forget it's even there. With 15 hours of run time, this shiny cylinder of sound can travel, too.
This week's issue seems to be tube heavy, and that's OK. The Z600 speaker pair from Logitech are fresh and have a small footprint. Place these bad boys on your desk and you'll wonder how you got along without them. I don't need to tell you about the touch-based controls, do I... ;)