Your home’s sound system can make or break your entertainment space.

Listen: audio equipment cannot be overhyped because quality sound can really set the mood in any environment and we’re not just talking about your music taste. Yet, this doesn’t mean you have to get a complex system with all its bells and whistles.

Of course, a full set of equipment is definitely something ideal to work towards, but not everyone has the luxury of space to work with. Besides, it’s also a long-term investment you might not want to partake in if you’re unsure about how often you’ll be using your equipment.

What’s the solution? We’re talking about compact sound systems. Whether it’s space concerns or quality sound you’re looking out for, these stylish options below will definitely fit the bill.

(Hero image credit: Ruark Audio)

Ruark Audio R3

British brand Ruark Audio has launched the R3, an all-in-one music system designed for discerning listeners. Unlike the Ruark R5, the R3 is a slightly smaller system at 167mm by 420mm by 220mm, making it the perfect tableside companion. It’s also equipped with a high-fidelity two-channel Class A-B amplifier, and is able to connect to streaming channels like Spotify, TIDAL and Amazon Music via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth aptX. If you’re into the whole old-school version of music playing, don’t fret. It comes with a built-in CD player as well.

The R3 will be available in Rich Walnut and Soft Grey from mid-August 2020, and preorders can be made both online and in stores. All pre-orders will come with a free 6-month subscription plan for Spotify and free delivery.

Preorder it here
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Balance

Bang & Olufsen has always been well sought after for their beautiful designs and powerful systems, and the Beosound Balance is no different. It is made with seven speaker drivers using beam-forming technology that allows the user to choose between room-filling sounds for everyday listening and sound directivity for an immersive music experience. It also supports Spotify Connect, Apple Airplay2 and Google Chromecast, as well as voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Want to up the volume but worried you’ll be disturbing others? The Beosound Balance comes with two opposing woofers to generate a powerful bass sound that cancels out vibrations, making your listening experience one that won’t upset the neighbours.

Get it in stores here.
Huawei Sound X

What happens when a Chinese tech giant meets a French audio-tech firm? Nothing, except a premium speaker that leverages the strengths of both technological heavyweights. The recent recipient of the iF Design Award, the Huawei Sound X is a collaboration between Huawei and Devialet.

Its sleek design incorporates dual subwoofers that deliver 60W of booming bass, while remaining compact and portable for every day, all-purpose use. Besides playing music through wifi, Huawei users can also enable the “Huawei Share” function on the speaker, which saves users the hassle of waiting for a wireless or Bluetooth connection to establish. In case you’re wondering about durability, the Huawei Sound X comes with a coating of premium, impact-resistant polycarbonate material, and the lower portion of the product also is encased in a cover that has dust-proof and splatter-proof properties.

Get it here
Devialet Phantom Reactor

The Devialet Phantom Reactor is touted as the world’s most powerful ultra-compact hi-fi system, and rightfully so. Apart from Devialet’s 160 existing patents in acoustic and mechanical engineering, 11 other patents have also contributed to the Phantom Reactor’s design. One wouldn’t believe the sound that comes through the device: at less than 22 centimetres long and 17 centimetres tall, the football-sized speaker is capable of immersing the room with a thrilling audio experience unlike any other.

S$1890 - S$2390
Get it here
Jocelyn Tan
Jocelyn Tan is a travel and design writer. She's probably indulging in serial killer podcasts or reading one too many books on East Asian history. When she actually gets to travel, you can find her attempting to stuff her entire wardrobe into her luggage. Yes, she's a chronic over-packer.