The Best Bookshelf Speakers For Entertaining In Your Apartment

Anabel Pasarow

If you are a human person who likes to listen to music but doesn't, say, have the space or income for a full home speaker system, you are in luck. We are in a golden age of speakers, from the new Sonos Move to the ever-reliable Sony portables. We're talking all-in-one boys who can sit on your shelf and still carry sound to every corner of your apartment, or even chill outside when you're entertaining in the backyard.

But there are a lot to choose from. Ahead, we rounded up the best new ones on the market — ranging from $149.99 to $399.99.

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Sonos Move

The new Sonos Move is Sonos' first truly portable speaker, and its sound is excellent, whether it's coming from your bookshelf or a table in your backyard. And you don't have to plug it in either — to charge it, you just place it this very sleek charging base. The speaker also has a new feature called Trueplay, which automatically tunes the sound to accommodate surroundings as they change.

Move also has Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built in for all the usual voice assistant fare, and you to use it, you can connect via either Wifi or Bluetooth.

Sonos Sonos Move, $, available at Sonos

Echo Studio

The newest member of the lineup, Studio is the first of the Echo speakers to have 3D audio and five speakers. And like the Sonos Move, it adapts its acoustics to whatever room its in. A less expensive (though still not cheap) option if you're looking for immersive sound without breaking your bank account. And of course, it can still do all the normal Alexa skills your Echo Dot can, too.

Amazon Echo Studio, $, available at Amazon

Bose Portable Home Speaker


Like the Sonos Move, you can control this one with Wifi or Bluetooth and bring it room to room (plus this one has a handle that makes that even easier). It has 360 degree sound, and you can bring it outside, too. Plus, it has Alexa and Google Assistant built in and has up to 12 hours of battery life per charge (compared to Move's 10 hours of charge).

Bose Bose Portable Home Speaker, $, available at Bose

Google Home Max

This is Google's most premium of its speaker lineup — a.k.a. a lot more power and bass. And it has its own version of adaptive sound called Smart Sound, which uses machine learning to adjust to the acoustics of whatever room its in. You can also orient it vertically or horizontally, and I personally prefer its appearance (especially the Chalk color) to the others on this list. Also, students get 10% off. (Note: this one isn't wireless, though.)

Google Home Google Home Max, $, available at Google Store

Sony Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Just as great for on the move as it is on the shelf, this Sony option is Bluetooth-enabled, has extra bass for partying, and has lights that sync to the music. It doesn't have a smart assistant built in, but that makes it a cheaper option than the rest. (There's also the XB41, which is $100 more and has 3D sound for a more immersive music experience.)

Sony Sony - SRS-XB32 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black, $, available at Best Buy

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