The 6 Best Stereos to Buy in 2016 for Small Spaces

Shop for the best-sounding and space-saving stereo systems

Just because you have limited space doesn't mean you can’t enjoy a good stereo system. We've put together our top pick list of the best-sounding, most affordable, name-brand stereo systems for an apartment, bedroom, and office or just about anywhere you want a good-sounding music system that doesn't take a lot of space. Keep reading to find the best one for your small space.

Best Overall: Sykik SP3698BT

Sykik SP3698BT
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One of the latest releases in stereos for small places is the Sykik SP3698BT. It packs a wallop in what’s to come in more modern stereo system units, has an out-of-this-world design and is listed at a reasonable price point.

The Sykik SP3698BT comes with a wireless Bluetooth 2.1 connection, allowing you to stream from all your Bluetooth-enabled devices. That’s not just all – the system has both a SD and USB port if you happen to include your music through physical hard storage units like a flash drive or SD card. FM radio is also included.

The speaker pumps out 28W RMS output power and includes a 4” sub woofer and a pair of 3” tweeters. The whole unit measures 14.9 x 12.8 x 8 inches and only weighs five pounds. Included is a full function remote control with a changing color LED light. Amazon users love the stereo for its unique design, quality build and simple setup. More critical reviewers have wrote about the poor customer service and short speaker wires. Buy from Amazon »

Best Budget: GPX HC225B Stereo Home Music System

GPX HC225B Stereo Home Music System
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The GPX HC225B is a compact stereo system designed to play your CDs, listen to AM/FM radio, as well as play music through an external device like an MP3 player or smartphone. The system is not necessarily the most advanced due to its price, but still packs favorable features like programmable tracks and a single alarm that allows you to wake up to a CD or radio station. Its neat little design sports a modern look with a LCD display with a white backlight.

Unfortunately, the lack of Bluetooth connectivity is a flaw for those seeking the modern connectivity of Bluetooth. Amazon users who enjoy the product say it’s perfect for their office desk and that they’re happy with the price. More critical Amazon reviewers have noted that the sound isn’t the best and that the speaker wires are too short. Buy from Amazon »

Best for Convenience & Sound Quality: Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System IV

Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System IV
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The Wave SoundTouch Music System IV pairs with your home WiFi network and Bluetooth enabled devices allowing you to stream just about anything. You can send music from your smartphone or tablet through music applications like Pandora, your music library or YouTube. If you’re old school and not familiar with Bluetooth, the system includes both a CD player and AM/FM radio. This is the system that plays it all.

Included with this stereo are six station presets that you can access via on the unit itself or through its included remote control. Virtually any application that allows for Bluetooth connectivity can be streamed to the stereo as well. Bose has its own independent application you can download to your smartphone or tablet so you can organize and control all your music. This makes it easier for you to access your favorite stations, playlists or albums on standby. Like a traditional clock radio, the stereo comes with two alarms.

Since it’s a Bose, you can extend your audio channel outputs by pairing it wirelessly with one of the many other Bose Bluetooth speakers available. Included is an AC power cord, USB cable remote control, owner’s guide and demonstration CD. It comes with a one-year warranty. Buy from Amazon »

Best Design: Panasonic Micro Home Audio Sound System SC-HC39

Panasonic Micro Home Audio Sound System SC-HC39
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The Panasonic’s SC-HC39 is possibly one of the coolest and post-modern designs for a stereo and it’ll get all your friends talking. Priced lower than its previous generations (but still upgraded) this stereo system has minimalist design with a sweet silver metallic finish.

The SC-HC39 measures 6.2 x 21.3 x 10 inches and weighs 6.9 pounds – enough to take up some space, but still be wall mountable. Its sturdy construction and high quality diaphragm make for a system that doesn’t rattle when the volume is turned up high. Its nano-size bamboo speaker cones and LincsD-Amp, which provides an enriching sound quality that rivals Bose's ability to capture lively vocals, clear dialogue and dynamic audio.

Like other stereo systems on the list, the unit connects to Bluetooth-enabled devices like your smartphone and tablet. You can stream music directly to the system with one of the many various music apps or playlists that you have downloaded to your device.

Some Amazon users have praised the product for its perfect sound encapsulation for a small room or kitchen – it doesn't have a massive output for bass. More critical reviewers note the systems lack of AM radio, CDR/RW and MP3 disc playback, an AUX input and support for MP3 players. But if you’re looking for the most modern design with only the most modern features, this is the one for you. It comes with a one year warranty. Buy from Amazon »

Best Outdoor: Ivation Stereo

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Possibly one of the best stereo systems for your tent out in the wilderness, the Ivation Stereo is packed with a boatload of survival features including the way it’s powered through a built-in solar panel, power adapter and integrated hand-crank dynamo. The interface has an LED display that shows the time, date, weekday and temperature. It’s water resistant enough to be able to handle the rain and includes a telescoping antenna so you can get radio reception in remote locations.

The Ivation Stereo surprises with more modern stereo features too like an AM/FM/NOAA radio, Bluetooth audio support (so you can stream from your Bluetooth devices) and an alarm clock. One of its best features is the unit’s USB port that allows you to charge your smartphone or other mobile devices. If you find yourself in a scenario where you need to keep the volume down, the unit also has a headphone jack.

Positive Amazon reviewers have noted that the stereo system is perfect for any rough conditions they put it through. It’s niche and cool design makes it a nice piece to include in a small room, too. More critical Amazon reviewers have said there’s a learning curve in capturing the ways the unit is powered and that the Bluetooth speakers aren’t too loud. It comes in orange and yellow. Buy from Amazon »

Best for Wall Mounting: Jensen JMC180 Vertical Stereo Speakers

Jensen JMC180 Wall Mountable Vertical Stereo Speakers
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The Jensen JMC180 weighs 7 x 12 x 10.2 inches and weighs only five pounds. Its one-inch depth is perfect for anyone seeking a stereo system that won’t extrude too far out from the wall they mount it to.

Included in the unit is a vertical loading CD player that’s CD-R/RW compatible as well as an AM/FM stereo with digital display and a multi-function blue black-lit LCD display. Unfortunately it’s not Bluetooth compatible, but still includes an auxiliary input jack if you want to connect your iPod, MP3 player or other audio devices. The system’s face has buttons for going forward and back, repeating one song or an entire playlist, as well as randomization.

Some Amazon users love the stereo for its size, aesthetic look, and affordable pricing. More critical reviewers have mentioned the sound quality isn’t the best and that there’s often static that comes from the radio. It comes with a remote control, but unfortunately, no information about a warranty. Buy from Amazon »


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