The market is awash with speaker options, but Sonos rises above its competition for multiple reasons: sound, ease of use, and scalability. It begins with superior audio. Sonos leans on Giles Martin, a composer and son of famed Beatles producer George Martin to calibrate each speaker’s sound. For playback, the speaker connects devices via Wifi. Use the app to play songs stored on a phone or computer, or play music through a streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music. And because all the speakers can connect with each other over a home network, it’s easy to add more later. So start with this smaller speaker for one room, and the guy can add additional speakers, a subwoofer or sound bar for the TV.
Sonos Play:1, $199, sonos.com