You can get them in sizes large enough to prop up a table, and small enough to close in the palm of your hand. You can get wireless ones, surround sound ones, ones designed specifically to make the windows rattle. Whichever set of speakers you need, the one thing you're assured of is a bewildering amount of choice. There are hundreds of speaker makers, and even working out what type of speaker you should get is a big task.

We're here to help. Below is a comprehensive guide to every speaker type and style you could possibly want. We're adding new ones all the time, and no matter what your budget or shopping needs, The Master Switch can help you make a lot of noise. We've also included sections on stereo amplifiers, and tabletop radios.

Soundbar

Best Soundbars of 2017

Most home theater systems aren't designed for the surroundings that most of us live in. If you stay in an apartment, especially one with a small lounge, then a surround sound system is going to give you iffy results and annoy your neighbours.
Soundbases

Best Soundbases of 2017

Soundbases don’t often get a lot of respect and audio world. This is a landscape dominated by huge tower speakers, feature-heavy home theater systems and sleek soundbars.
Floorstanding speakers

Best Floorstanding Speakers of 2017

Floorstanding speakers have one of the most recognizable profiles of all speaker types. They're designed to slot in next to bookcases and TV cabinets, and their shape has two major advantages...
Subwoofer

Best Subwoofers of 2017

You can survive with just a regular set of speakers. You don’t, strictly speaking, need a subwoofer. But you cannot believe the difference having one will make. This big box of wonder will do incredible things to your sound.
Best Wireless Speakers of 2017

Best Wireless Speakers of 2017

Wireless speaker systems are the bomb. Gone are the days of crawling around on your ceiling threading speaker wires. No longer do you have to have DIY experience just to listen to some Metallica in the kitchen. Everything is wireless now.
Bookshelf Speakers

Best Bookshelf Speakers Of 2017

Ever since the glory days when hi-fi systems were integrated and even color-matched to thefurniture, bookshelf speakers have been the beating heart of the party, often tucked in between vinyl collections the size of complete walls.
Best Speaker Docks of 2017

Best Speaker Docks of 2017

Docking speakers have been around for nearly two decades now, having grown as a separate, symbiotic A/V branch out of the big Apple tree - almost instantaneously since the iPod’s birthday.
Tabletop Radio

Best Tabletop Radios of 2017

At a time when audio equipment is geared towards the future, when wireless speakers, phone docks and surround sound are ubiquitous, you might think that the humble tabletop radio is extinct. Not even close.
Stereo Amplifier

Best Stereo Amps of 2017

An amp should be the center of your hi-fi world. It should be the focus point for all your efforts, the piece of equipment that can make or break your sound. Everything flows into it, and everything flows out of it...
Best Headphone Amps of 2017

Best Headphone Amps of 2017

You wouldn't expect headphones to need any special equipment to work. They are just about as simple as audio equipment gets. You plug them in, turn your device on, and music comes through. But what if you don’t just want to listen to your music?
Best Turntables of 2017

Best Turntables of 2017

Vinyl records are just cool. Despite the infamous hiss, crackle and rumble, they deliver music with an elusive and even romantic warmth that audiophiles continue to love.
Best Phono Preamps Of 2017

Best Phono Preamps Of 2017

If you’re reading this, you are at the very least intrigued about great-sounding vinyl playback. That’s not an easy thing to get right: record players are very much like fine musical instruments, so you need a damn good preamp.
Wired Vs Wireless Speakers

Wired Vs Wireless Speakers

Wireless speakers have become the quiet juggernaut of the audio industry. Ever since features like Bluetooth and WiFi became commonplace, manufacturers have been tinkering, slowly freeing us from the chaos of wires and ceiling speakers.
Home Theater

How To Get Started With Home Theater

In the world of A/V gear, nothing has caused more heartache, more teeth gnashing and more handwringing than having to set up a home theater system.
How To Choose The Best Amp

How To Choose The Best Amp

Picking the best amp can be a pretty hairy procedure. What inputs and outputs do I need? Is it right for my speakers? Is it going to give me the best sound? Here at TMS, those are the kind of questions we get a real kick out of answering.
Soundbars Vs Soundbases

Soundbars Vs Soundbases

If you’re curious about the differences between soundbars and soundbases but still unacquainted, let’s delve into their features, similarities and differences - and give you everything you need to choose between them.
5.1 vs 7.1 Home Theater

5.1 Vs 7.1 Home Theater Explained

We get it. Home theater can be crazy confusing, especially if you’re just starting out. In one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make is whether to go for a basic five-speaker system or a more powerful seven-speaker system.
A/V Receiver

A/V Receiver Setup Explained

Setting up a home theater system can be daunting as hell. Not only do you have to contend with miles and miles of speaker wire, as well as figuring out where exactly you’re going to put the damn things and whether or not you need to drill holes in your...
Silk Sense

New Tech: Connected Audio

For an industry so stressed with technological progress, you would have thought that companies like Klipsch and Yamaha and Sony would have started making it easier for us to control the audio in our homes.
Speaker wires

New Tech: Wireless Home Theater

Anybody who’s spent a bit of time messing around with home theater will be able to come back with one solid conclusion: wires suck. The problem is, wireless systems kind of suck too...
 Ambidio

New Tech: Ambidio

Time to kill some hype. We dont' like doing this to new technology, but occasionally, we need to call something out for not being quite as revolutionary as everyone is making out to be.
SOUNDBOKS

New Tech: Four Great Kickstarter Audio Projects

The A/V industry is dominated by big, important names: Sony, Yamaha, Klipsch. The established companies churn out the majority of new equipment every year, and it's often difficult for smaller companies to get a look in.
Audioengine HD3

Review: Audioengine HD3

It’s hard not to be enamoured with Audioengine. They make some of the most enjoyable speakers available, from the superlative A5+ powered speakers to the thundering S8 subwoofer. And they've really turned heads with the HD3.
Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200

Review: Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200

Wireless audio is a big hit, and is quickly becoming the latest serial home invader. You won’t see it, but these days you will certainly hear it, loud and clear. The Air 200 speaker is the perfect example.
Pioneer SP-PK22BS Andrew Jones 5.1

Review: Pioneer SP-PK22BS Andrew Jones 5.1

Look, we get it. We’ve been there. Upgrading to a full surround system is a big step. We’re not saying this to be condescending, or patronising. Far from it. Everyone has to start somewhere, including us...
Polk Audio MagniFi Soundbar

Review: Polk Audio MagniFi Soundbar

Despite its lack of subtlety, there’s no question that the MagniFi soundbar system is a cut above. It offers extraordinary value for money, delivering both an excellent bar and a very capable subwoofer in one package.

Review: Polk Audio Omni S2

We really, really wanted to like the Polk Audio Omni S2. It kind of hurts writing that. Criticising a bad audio product is easy. It’s plain to see when shortcuts have been taken with production, when materials or build aren’t up to scratch...
Raumfeld One-S

Review: Raumfeld One S

You’ve got to have pretty big ambitions to compete with SONOS in the wireless speaker market. That company’s already got most of the action sewn up, and with good reason, but that hasn’t stopped others from trying to get some.
Raumfeld Sounddeck

Review: Raumfeld Sounddeck

There’s something very aggressive about the Raumfeld Sounddeck. We’re not talking about the sound. We’re talking about the sheer aura that surrounds it, like a surly football player propping up a bar.
Sengled Pulse

Review: Sengled Pulse

Back in the distant past (2014) The Master Switch existed as a general tech site. Sure, we had the best speakers and headphones and amps rounded up, but we also featured everything from laptops and printers to snowblowers and blenders.

Review: SONOS PLAY:3

There are very few speakers that ask you to perform an interpretive dance before you can use them. But the SONOS PLAY:3 boldly delves into this new territory...
SONOS PLAY:5

Review: SONOS PLAY:5

In recent years, wireless audio tech has become the one of the hottest places for companies to be. Denon, Definitive Technology and SONOS all offer high quality audio experiences, but it’s the latter who are leading the charge.
SVS PB16 Ultra

Review: SVS PB16-Ultra

There are some things in life you can’t say no to. Threesomes. That’s a good one. A ride on a private jet. A chance to meet Samuel L. Jackson, courtside seats to a play-off game. The SVS PB16 Ultra is one of those things.
SVS Prime Elevations

Review: SVS Prime Elevation

The problem with most modern living spaces is that they’re just not geared up for home theater.  When most people live in an apartment, or a moderately sized house, there’s no such thing as a dedicated media room...
UE Megaboom

Review: UE Megaboom

Ultimate Ears say that their Megaboom speaker “can be immersed in liquid up to 1m for up to 30 minutes.” At The Master Switch, we have only one response to this: Challenge accepted.
UE Roll 2

Review: UE Roll 2

The tech we review is often classy, usually sleek, occasionally drop dead gorgeous. But very rarely does it invoke a sense of glee, or surprise. The UE Roll 2 does both, in spectacular fashion.