The 5 Best Stereos to Buy in 2018 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. (Here's how to hide speaker wires if necessary.) Keep reading to find the best one for your small space.

Best Overall: Yamaha MCR-B020BL Micro Component System

If you don’t have much room to work with in your apartment or house, but still want a well-rounded sound system, the Yamaha MCR-B020BL is the perfect stereo for you. The Yamaha MCR-B020BL Micro-Component System has all the features and booming sound you’d want in a stereo, but it only measures 11 x 11.9 x 5.6 inches and weighs 6.9 pounds.

This unit offers incredible flexibility for however you want to enjoy your music, with a CD player, AM/FM radio, Bluetooth connectivity and an AUX input. And there’s even more flexibility, as the two speakers on the side of the console detach so you can position them elsewhere or create a surround-sound effect. Despite its size, it can still fill the room with sound and offers up deep bass, clear mids and splashy highs. Amazon reviewers have awarded this unit an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars and have said they love how compact the unit is.

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

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.

Best Budget: Velour Slim Boombox

The Velour Slim Boombox stereo system offers a bevy of features, including a CD player, support for SD cards, as well as an FM radio. Controlling the Velour is a snap with the included remote control that allows you to quickly change songs or stations from across the room. Ultimately, the budget price does mean some tradeoffs and notably missing is Bluetooth connectivity, but the Velour makes up for it with AUX line-in 3.5mm input that can easily connect to a smartphone or dedicated MP3 player for hours of music playback. An earphone jack assists with a more private musical experience, while 10 FM station presets help you quickly find the latest hits across a variety of musical offerings.

Best for Wall Mounting: Panasonic SC-HC39 Micro Home Audio Sound System

The combination of sleek looks and booming sound help make the Panasonic SC-HC39 Micro Home Audio Sound System a must-own if you're looking for a stereo that can be mounted. The mirror-finish design across the Panasonic’s entire front-panel complements nearly any décor (especially in rooms where space might be limited). The Panasonic system has a high-quality diaphragm that combines with distortion reduction technology for an audio experience full of rich, warm tones. The addition of Bluetooth technology allows the crystal-clear playback to originate from any compatible device, including tablets and smartphones. Brighter vocals and clear dialogue are assisted by the LincsD-Amp that helps the nano-sized bamboo speaker cones punch well above their pay grade and deliver sound that feels like it’s coming from a full-sized stereo system.

Best Outdoor: Aiwa Exos-9

When it comes to outdoor sound, the Aiwa Exos-9 is an attractive option whether it’s for a neighborhood get-together or a romantic evening for two. Powered by 200 watts of sound, five drivers and a 6.5-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer help the Aiwa system deliver exceptional sound. While the Aiwa accepts AC power for endless playback, the inclusion of a lithium-ion removable battery pack allows it to play audio for up to nine hours sans power cord. Beyond battery life, the Aiwa excels at offering you the opportunity to personalize your music listening with an onboard graphic equalizer. It also offers Bluetooth and NFC connectivity technology, as well as a standard 3.5mm audio jack input for a direct connection to the unit.

Best Design: Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P6

Bang & Olufsen is a luxury Danish electronics company that combines high-end audio quality with sleek Scandinavian design. The Beoplay P6 is the latest in their acclaimed line of connected Bluetooth speakers, sporting a True360 surround sound element that delivers an exceptional listening experience from any angle in the room.

The P6 also contains a microphone and can be activated with either Google Assistant or Siri, making it an ideal acquisition if you don’t already have a smartspeaker. The design combines crafted robust pearl aluminum that forms a curved grill, with a reinforced leather carrying strap that lets you take it on the go.

Vintage audiophiles will recognize the design as an homage to the famed Beomaster 6000. Finally, the heritage-inspired design and sophisticated audio can last all day, thanks to a 16 hour battery life and 3 hour quick recharge time. Whether you are a longtime devotee to Bang & Olufsen or have never heard of the Danish company before, the Beoplay P6 is an excellent purchase for the design-conscious. 

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