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There’s no denying that music can make a really big difference to ambience, especially if you’re staying home more. 

Whether you’re upgrading your home stereo system to really lock in that cinematic experience, or looking for the perfect speaker to take with you when camping or setting up on the beach, here are five speakers worth the investment. After all, there’s no party without a little music.

[Featured and hero image courtesy of Marshall]

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong


With plenty of beach days, picnics, and barbecues on the horizon, a durable, high-quality portable speaker is top of the shopping list for any outdoor adventure this summer. Sonos Roam‘s carefully designed acoustic architecture delivers rich, detailed sound with clarity, depth, and fullness you’d expect from a larger speaker, and its Bluetooth and Wi-Fi features allow for play in any environment. Not only is the design sleek and easy to chuck into a bag, the speaker is both dust and waterproof, with features like silicone end caps and physical buttons to protect against drops or bumps. Heading out for the whole day? The Sonos Roam has 10 hours of continuous playback on a single charge and up to 10 days of battery life when not in use.

THB 8900
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If you’re on the hunt for a home sound system that seriously impresses, French brand Devialet’s newest all-in-one speaker, the Phantom I is revolutionising speaker technology. Up to four times more energy efficient than the previous Phantom generation, the speaker system has richer acoustics than before, thanks to its unique next generation audio processing chip. Still showing off its one-of-a-kind iconic spherical design, the Phantom 1 has been updated with a swish modern matte finish and is available in black or white, with new signature side panels.

THB 16,990
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Speaker veterans, BOSE, know sound, and it’s Smart Speaker 500 is no different. Blasting wall-to-wall stereo from a single speaker and offering unique voice control features, the smart sound system is perfect for tech-savvy audio lovers. Complete with a personalised Bose music app and Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity, it’s compact but powerfully simple.



THB 12,242
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Delivering on both decor and quality sound, Marshall’s speakers are a classic. Its retro vibes are not the only allure however, the Stanmore Multi-Room Wi-Fi speaker will turn your home into a venue with its clean and precise sound, and smart functions that can be easily set-up using the accompanying app to customise your presets and switch between speakers.




THB 13,290
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ULTIMATE EARS’ Mega Boom 3‘s extra size and larger woofer create intense bass you can both hear and feel – 50 percent deeper than the classic BOOM. Easy to pick up and move around, its iconic cylindrical design has been pioneered to deliver immersive, stereophonic audio that radiates evenly in all directions, making it the perfect party speaker.

THB 4090
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Lexi Davey
Managing Editor
A typical ‘third culture’ kid, Lexi spent the best part of her life between Hong Kong and Malaysia. A self-confessed heliophile with a thirst for travel and adventure, she moved home to foster a career in digital editing and lifestyle copywriting. Loves include: commas, nervous laughter and her rescue pup, Wella