The 12 Best Mini/Micro Audio Systems to Buy in 2017

The best audio systems when you're squeezed for space

Want big sound but have little space? Check out some our favorite compact audio systems. No cheap boomboxes here, just great sound and flexibility. These units are perfect for the office, bedroom and more.

The Onkyo CS-N755 is a compact audio system that packs in a lot more than you might think.

First off, this system consists of a compact CD Receiver (13wpc) system and two compact two-way bass-reflex speakers. The CD transport can play CD/CR-R/RWs as well as WMA and MP3 discs, while an included USB port can access audio files from connected flash drives, iPod, iPad, or iPhones.

The system also provides a 30-channel preset AM/FM tuner for local radio listening, as well as a built-in ethernet connection for access to content stored on a network-connected PC or streamed from the internet via hundreds of internet radio stations via vTuner as well as from Pandora, Rhapsody, Sirius/XM, and more.

A subwoofer preamp out, as well as a headphone jack, are also included. You can also connect external sources, such as an audio cassette deck or DVD/Blu-ray Disc player via two sets of RCA-style and 1 set of 3.5mm analog inputs, or digital optical/coaxial audio inputs. There is even a set of analog audio outputs for recording onto an external CD recorder or Audio Cassette deck - or you can use them to connect the N755 to a more power stereo amplifier.

You can even expand the flexibility to the CS-N755 by adding either a USB WiFi Adapter and/or Bluetooth Adapter.

The Onkyo CS-N755 offers up big sound in small package.

The Onkyo CS-265 is a compact system featuring a stylish exterior finish (you have a choice of red, white or black). Inside the main unit, there is a high current 20 WPC amplifier (measured at 1khz @ 6 ohms), 2-Way bass reflex loudspeakers featuring 3 15/16-inch midrange/woofer drivers and 3/4-inch tweeters, slot-loading CD player, and AM/FM Radio Tuner. The Onkyo CS-265 also features a convenient front-panel USB port for connecting iOS devices (iPod, iPhone, iPad) and flash drives.

The CS-265 offers up a Super Bass feature, which increases bass output (also helps retain bass response at a lower volume. Additional connections include a line input for connection of analog audio sources and a headphone output that is great for late night or private listening.

The big added bonus is that the CS-265 also includes wireless Bluetooth, which allows you to stream music wirelessly from a compatible smartphone or portable audio player to the system.

This system may be small but delivers great sound for home or office.
 

Here is a compact audio system that really packs a punch. The Denon D-M41 features a mini-size CD player/Receiver, combined with efficient, compact, 2-way loudspeakers. For added speaker setup flexibility, the D-M41 also provides for an optional external subwoofer, via a dedicated subwoofer pre-out connection.

The amplifier of the D-M41 delivers 30wpc and the CD player is compatible with both CD-R/CD-RW/MP3 and WMA discs. Other practical features include a front panel headphone jack (1/4/-inch), FM/AM tuner, analog audio inputs, as well as 2 digital optical audio inputs for 2 channel PCM audio sources (TV, DVD, Media Streamer, cable/satellite box). An added bonus includes the incorporation of Bluetooth, which allows easy direct music streaming from compatible smartphones and tablets.

This system is targeted for office use but makes a great bedroom or dorm system as well.

The Yamaha MCR-332 is system that consists of a compact CD Receiver (20wpc) system and two compact two-way detachable bass-reflex speakers with 4-i2-inch mid-range/base drivers, and 1-inch dome tweeters. The CD transport can play CD/CR-R/RWs as well as WMA and MP3 discs, while an included USB port can access audio files from connected flash drives, iPod or iPad, as well as an integrated iPod/iPhone dock.

The system also provides a 30-channel preset AM/FM tuner for local radio listening.

This system also features a subwoofer preamp out, as well as a headphone jack. You can also connect external sources, such as an audio cassette deck, DVD, and older Blu-ray Disc players via provided analog audio inputs (you will need an RCA-to-3.5mm adapter.

For ease of use, you have the option of using the provided remote or onboard controls.

The system dimensions (with speakers attached) is 12-inches (W) x 8-inches (H) x 12-1/2 inches (D).

If you are looking for a great sounding, compact audio system, that can play CDs and music from your iPhone or iPad, definitely check out the Yamaha MCR-332.

Behind its distinctive exterior design, the latest incarnation of the Wave Radio (Music System IV) incorporates the Bose trademark waveguide speaker system that enhances sound quality by projecting a fuller sound field and enhanced bass.

For music playback, the Wave IV includes a CD player (also compatible with MP3CDs) and an AM/FM tuner. However, one disappointment is that it does not provide built-in Bluetooth - you need to purchase an additional Bluetooth Adapter. Also, the Music System IV does not provide a USB port or internet streaming capability.

On the other hand, the front panel can display text - such as track, song and, artist information.

In addition, the Wave IV's dual independent alarms make it a great choice to use as a bedroom radio.

Panasonic has always done well with their compact audio products and the SC-HC39 is no exception. For about $125 you get a compact audio system that can be table or wall mounted, with a single tray CD player (also features CDR/RW playback), FM tuner with 30 FM presets direct streaming via Bluetooth or NFC, and wireless remote control. A great added bonus is that this system can also access internet radio stations and streaming music services if you have the Panasonic Music Streaming app installed on a compatible smartphone. Another interesting feature is that the speakers are made out of bamboo and are supported by dual passive radiators. This is a great little system that is both stylish and sounds good.

The MCR-B043BL is a compact music system that consists of a CD Receiver and bass reflex designed compact speakers with 4 1/2-inch drivers housed in an attractive horizontal form factor that is available in four color choices (Black, Blue, Red, and White) which complement a variety of room decors.

If you have limited space, you can use the system as is, but if you prefer a wider stereo image, the speakers can be detached from the central receiver and placed farther apart, but keep mind that they still need to be wired to the central receiver.

The CD transport is compatible with CD/CR-R/RWs as well as WMA and MP3 discs, while its USB port can access WMA or MP3 audio files from flash drives. You can also stream music wirelessly from Bluetooth-compatible smartphones and tablets. The MCR-B043BL incorporates a compressed music enhancer that provides the best possible quality from digital music sources, as well as a 3-band equalizer to fine tune all audio sources.

Other features include a 30-channel preset AM and FM tuners, Aux input for analog audio sources (3.5mm), headphone jack for private or late-night listening, and wireless remote control.

With attractive design, color choices, and practical features, the MCR-B043BL is a great option for the bedroom, kitchen, office, or dorm.

If you are looking for a traditional style compact audio system that provides good sound, consider the Sony CMT-SBT100.

To start, this system incorporates two powerful amps that provide up to 50 watts total of room-filling sound. In addition to traditional bass and treble controls, an additional bass-boost feature included that optimizes low-frequency output for its compact 2 way speakers (great for pop, rock, and rap music).

As far a content access goes, the CMT-SBT100 incorporates both AM and FM radio tuners, a CD transport that is compatible with standard Music CDs, CD-R/RW), and both a front mounted USB port for plug-in flash drives, and an aux analog audio input for connection of portable MP3 music players, or even that old audio cassette player.

In addition to traditional physical connectivity, the CMT-SBT100 also includes Bluetooth with NFC. This means that you can pair a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone in the traditional fashion, but if your phone is NFC-enabled, just tap it on the designated N mark on the top front of the system's central unit, and then wirelessly stream any compatible music content from your smartphone to the system.

The Sony CMT-SBT100 isn't fancy looking, but with its powerful amps and flexible content access, is not only a great choice for the dorm but can fit in at home as well.

Yamaha always offers up great compact audio systems, but they are typically priced a little high. However, the Yamaha MCR-B2020 not only be found for less than $199 but is also attractively designed with a vertically sloping, uncluttered, front panel.

Core features include a CD player, AM/FM, radio, and an extra analog audio input for connecting a compatible external audio source. In addition, Bluetooth is provided for direct wireless streaming from smartphones and tablets, and a USB port is provided for device charging as well as for playing music stored on flash drives.

For added sound quality, the built-in detachable speaker system projects sound forward via its speakers and out the rear via added ports, creating a fuller soundstage, and extended bass response.

If you are looking for a really compact audio system that isn't much larger than a clock radio that provides good sound, consider the Yamaha TSX-B235.

The TSX-B235 incorporates two compact 3-inch speakers, a digital clock, AM/FM radio tuners, a disc playback drive that is compatible with CDs and CD-R/RWs, 2 USB ports (one for music playback from flash drives and the other for charging for compatible device, and an aux analog audio input for connection of portable MP3 music players, or even that old audio cassette player.

TSX-B235 also includes Bluetooth with NFC. With NFC just tap your compatible smartphone on the designated N mark on the top front of the system's central unit, and then wirelessly stream any compatible music content from your smartphone to the system.

For ease of use, there are onboard controls available - However, Yamaha also offers a free downloadable smartphone app that can control all clock and music playback functions.

The TSX-B235 has a distinctive, stylish look that is a great music listening complement for a bedroom, kitchen, or office.

The TSX-B235 is available with either a white or black complemented by a simulated wood top.

The Voice Clarifying Speaker from TV Ears is specially designed to emphasize sound generally associated with vocal dialogue. The system is very easy to set up. Just connect the provided wireless transmitter to a TV that is equipped with either analog or digital optical output connections, then place the TV speaker near your seating location (within 50 feet of the transmitter - a line of sight), synch them up and you are set to go.

This is a great product for those that are hard-of-hearing, or just have trouble hearing the dialogue over music and sound effects on TV programs or DVDs. The TV speaker even has two 3.5mm headphone connection outputs for late night private listening.

Are you tired of leaning in to hear the voices on your TV or constantly turning the volume up and down between character conversations and all those explosions and other noise?

Whether are simply annoyed or have a hearing impairment the ZVOX AV200 AccuVoice TV Speaker might just the solution for you.

The AccuVoice TV Speaker looks like a very small soundbar but contains a set of left, center, and right channel speakers. It easily fits under the front of most TVs with without blocking the bottom of the screen.

However, what really makes this device different is that it is designed to do one thing very well - amplify frequencies associated with the human voice. This AccuVoice feature provides extra clarity for viewing TV programs and movies.

In addition, provides PhaseCue virtual surround, which provides a wider sound field, but does disable the AccuVoice function. On the other hand, the three surround mode settings provided do provide varying degrees of dialog emphasis.

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