10 Best Wireless Speakers Consumer Reports 2020

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge are the best wireless speakers consumer reports 2020. Find other wireless speakers under $100 dollars, and under $50 with Bluetooth connectivity.

How about having just one speaker as your whole hi-fi system, streaming music, looking great, sounding fine. It’s a tempting proposition, especially with premium wireless speakers like these bringing the latest music and multiroom tech to your home.

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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge Best Wireless Bluetooth Speakers Under 100

The Wedge builds on B&W’s past Zeppelins to deliver great sound from its silky diamond frontage. Nothing much round the back, though.

The Bowers & Wilkins Wedge is part of the recently-launched Formation series, a collection of products which can form a B&W multiroom system throughout your home, all connected at high resolution, and using their own wireless network to do so. The Wedge is one of the Formation highlights, a roughly elliptical multi-driver wireless speaker curving around the front, displaying the silky cloth-formed diamond patterns used across the Formation range, and its rear almost equally beautiful in curving polished wood. It’s a beautiful thing — does it make an equally beautiful sound?


While B&W has come late to the multi room party, it is no newcomer when it comes to wireless speakers. Indeed the company pretty much defined the premium section of that market with the Zeppelin, which began life as an iPod dock before evolving into a wireless model.

There are clear connections between the most recent of those and this new Wedge in both design and sound, and we gather the amplifiers are updated versions of those used in the Zeppelin.

We love the look. From the front, you’d think this was a flat-backed, half-moon ellipse, but it’s actually an interesting 120-degree wedge design.

At 23cm tall, it’s larger than you might imagine, and as such, sits well in a corner. On top of the unit, there’s a small light-up display for basic volume and play/pause functions, while the rear panel has a real feel of quality craftsmanship.

Under that silky diamond cover there’s a three-way driver configuration, with two 2.5cm double-dome decoupled aluminum tweeters (from B&W’s 600 series) sitting top right and top left, with 40W of amplification apiece.

Underneath each of those is a 9cm midrange driver similarly amplified by 40W, and in the middle a single mono 15cm 80W bass driver, bringing the driver total to five — and the total quoted amplification to 240W.

B&W says the drivers fire at angles calculated so that its sound spreads well to every part of a room.As with most of the Formation range, the Wedge is curiously under-equipped when it comes to connections.

Physically, indeed, it doesn’t have any audio inputs at all. There’s an RJ45 Ethernet socket underneath to connect to your network, in addition to the Wi-Fi option. But analogue inputs: zero. Optical or coaxial digital inputs: zero.

Streaming is the only way the Wedge plays.So in that regard there’s Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay 2, and Bluetooth including the aptX HD codec. It can play from a network share via DLNA, though see below — it doesn’t make this easy, unless (and this seems to be an official recommendation from B&W) you use Roon, which is third-party music-organizing software.

Like the rest of the Formation range, the Wedge is ‘Roon Ready’. B&W even recommends using the Roon app as your main music playback controller, because as we’ll see, the dedicated B&W Home app doesn’t do a whole lot in that area, though you need it for initial set-up, and in a B&W multiroom context.

We’re fans of Roon, but we don’t think it’s for everyone. For starters, it’s pricey for something which organises your music but doesn’t actually give you any. You can subscribe for $119 a year or have a lifetime membership for $699.

It requires a computer or a Roon server component to be permanently on and running its core software, and we find that Roon can run slow if you have an under-powered computer and/or a large music collection (where Roon can take the best part of a day to set up and index your music).

Otherwise yes, it’s a great cross-platform interface, and it connects all networked devices in your home which have AirPlay, Chromecast or Roon ready abilities. But if you’re just buying a Wedge alone, adding Roon is a bit much to ask.

If you’re getting a whole house of B&W Formation (or, given Roon’s mixed-system abilities, other kit), then the solution is more realistic. Anyone less than tech-savvy should, however, consider getting their dealer to install the system, and Roon with it.

Without Roon, you’ll be using your smart device to access the music or music service of your choice, and then streaming it to the Wedge. Apple device owners can use AirPlay, while Android users can use Bluetooth, which supports SBC, AAC, aptX and aptX HD, so that if your phone supports the aptX codec, you should get a near-CD quality stream.

The Wedge can also use Spotify Connect to stream direct from the internet, with your smart device controlling rather than forwarding the stream, which is a preferable solution. Spotify fans should note, however, that Roon doesn’t yet integrate with Spotify; it prefers Tidal.


“With your Formation Wedge in set-up mode” says the nicely brief and well-written manual, “with its Form button illumination pulsing slowly orange, launch the Bowers & Wilkins Home app on your iOS or Android device…” But our Wedge’s Form button, which is at the back of the top, was a steady purple, possibly because the review unit had been used before.

The app didn’t like it — “The Form button must be pulsing orange!” it insisted, suggesting we unplug it, which we did, and reset it using the button underneath for good measure. The Form button was still purple, but after a couple of attempts it deigned to talk to the app anyway.

We told it what room it was in, and gave it a Wi-Fi network (only 2.4GHz, not 5GHz surprisingly). All good. Once you’re connected, the Home app then gets entirely out of the way, preferring a list of things to try — AirPlay, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth — with none of these options linking through to anything; it’s just a list of suggestions, the last being to go and buy a Formation Audio preamp ($1149) if you want to connect anything physically.

We quickly realized also that we wished we hadn’t told the Home app it was in the living room, because now it was named ‘Living Room’, and our Google Home app had already named half a dozen other things ‘Living Room speaker’, which makes targeting rather a lottery.

But that’s our speaker-congested test room rather than a common scenario! We eventually found an edit screen in the Home app and renamed it ‘Wedge’. And as the app suggested, off we went, AirPlaying from Tidal on our iPad Pro.

We were instantly attracted to the sound, which was wide, expansive, underpinned but not swamped with bass, and that bass was punchy and tight.

Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer made an early appearance, its kick drum snap-tight, Tony Levin’s Stick bass full yet clicky on the strings, the horns and harmonies projected wide, bright and airily, and we pushed the level right up — what a level the Wedge can push out while the sound just gets bigger, not thicker, not compressed.

Only at the very last couple of notches was the sound affected so that we quickly nudged it back down. A remaster of Blondie’s Denis sounded clean yet compact, and when a right-channel tambourine played on the bridge, off to the right it was; this is a wireless speaker that not only has stereo speakers, it actually sounds like it does! Streaming John Coltrane’s My Favourite Things, his sax was clearly separated on the right, the drums to the left, while the bass was kept central by that single bass driver.

You could easily use the Wedge right in front of you on a desktop, where you can then also reach out and stroke those silky diamonds; the quality and the openness of the sound thrive with such proximity.

But we’d wondered since first seeing it whether the Wedge would be ideal for being wedged in a corner, since the 120-degree rear curve fits nicely there.

For our tastes this position over-supported the bass, which became dominant and softer, while the distance took much of the stereo sound-staging and width away; we couldn’t enjoy its quality.

We eventually found bass and treble sliders deep in the Home app under device settings, and dropped the bass a couple of notches to tweak it. Better, but we soon brought it back to the front-of-house position to enjoy its true abilities.

It was rather pleasant not to have a product that has so many playback options that it takes a week to try them all! Here there’s Spotify Connect, AirPlay, Bluetooth (aptX HD, if your phone supports it), and there’s network playback joy from Roon if you pay for the software.

Since the manual implied you could play tracks from a network share but doesn’t help you find a way to do it (other than Roon), we tried running a UPnP app (UPnP Extreme) to stream from our storage to our iPad Pro, and then AirPlayed it over to the Wedge.

This worked OK, and since the connections between different units in a B&W Home system allow playback at 24-bit/96kHz, we assume that’s the resolution at which high-res files were playing back, though without detailed information, it’s hard to be sure.

But the Wedge’s clarity again made the most of music arriving this way.Our iPad or the Wedge or the combination wasn’t keen on us switching tracks in Tidal; most times fine, but regularly the next track simply wouldn’t get through, as if jammed in the tubes.

Hard to judge what’s at fault there — Tidal, the network, the iPad Pro, the Wedge? — but it didn’t happen with the other speakers. Going to another track and back usually fixed this glitch.

“We pushed the level right up —what a level the Wedge can push out while the sound just gets bigger, not thicker, not compressed…”


Sonically, then, the Wedge is a hit. Visually it’s a stunner. Operationally, it doesn’t always make things easy — particularly the lack of physical inputs, and the overt minimalism of the Home app. If you’re investing in multiple rooms of B&W Formation gear, the whole thing makes more sense, in order to enjoy integrated music throughout the home, and maybe a Formation Audio preamp somewhere to take physical inputs (though even then, not many of them). Used alone, it’s a lovely-sounding and premium wireless speaker —if you’re sure that all you want to do is stream.

Best Triathlon Bikes For Beginners -Best Road Bike For Triathlon Beginner 2020

A list of best triathlon bikes for beginners prepared by triathlon pros and experts. Also best road bike for triathlon beginners in 2020.

Cyclists have long sought ways to improve their performance and most likely it’s not the equipment, but the person using it that makes all the difference. If you want to increase your performance, the best place to start is with your nutrition.

A new supplement giving cyclists that extra performance boost with EPO-like effects and in turn, increasing their VO2 max means this might be the only new equipment you need.

The product is EPO-BOOST – a natural supplement developed by U.S. based Biomedical Research Laboratories. EPO is industry shorthand for erythropoietin, a hormone produced by the kidneys that regulates red blood cell (RBC) production.

Increasing red blood cell production has long been the focus of competitive athletes due to the impact that RBC levels have on oxygen intake and utilization. The greater the red blood cell production.

The greater the body’s ability to absorb oxygen, which in turn gives an athlete more strength and endurance. Strength and endurance are precious resources to any athlete. Thus competitive athletes have tried various techniques to gain an advantage by increasing EPO and RBC levels.

Traditional techniques for boosting RBC levels include synthetic drugs and blood doping. These practices are both dangerous and banned by organized sports associations.

The makers of EPOBOOST® claim that their patent-pending formula is all-natural and is clinically shown to safely increase erythropoietin levels, resulting in greater strength and endurance.

High End Winner

Despite the Cervelo’s luxe package— for triathletes who only care about going fast, far, and getting there ready to run—the TriRig is a surprising winner for long-course. The PX may have an edge for 70.3, but the Omni can truly go forever.

The scientific evidence behind EPO-BOOST does seem to be compelling. A 28-day double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial, performed by Dr. Whitehead from the Department of Health and Human Performance at Northwestern State University, showed that the active ingredient in EPO-BOOST increased EPO production by over 90% compared to the group taking the placebo.1 The supplement group also showed dramatic improvements in athletic performance (as measured by VO2max and running economy).

Since its release, competitive athletes have raved about this new supplement, which offers all the benefits of greater EPO levels with none of the dangerous side effects or legal trouble. Anthony White, a category one cyclist who took first in the April Series Criterium event, used EPO-BOOST in his preparation for the race.

Anthony stated, “I felt that I had hit a plateau in my training and then I found EPO-BOOST. With EPO-BOOST, I felt that I could push a bigger gear, longer than before. This resulted in riding away from my competitors to victory.” Mr. White is not alone in his praise of the product.

Travis Beam, a top cyclist from North Carolina, used EPO-BOOST® in his preparation for his season. Travis stated, “starting the season I made several goals to accomplish in my racing career. To achieve those goals, I knew I needed something extra to support my training.

After a month of using EPO-BOOST I started seeing crazy gains in my endurance and power during training and my speed picked up to the next level! I am a firm believer in these products and cannot wait to see how these gains will help my performance in events later this year.”

Not everyone is so endeared to the product. Several athletes have said the supplement gives some athletes an unfair advantage.

They describe the performance improvements as “unnatural” and pointed to athletes from cycling and long distance running as evidence that people are catching onto the supplement and using it for a competitive advantage.

A company spokesman, speaking off the record, admitted that the product doesn’t work overnight and that most athletes won’t see the extreme performance enhancements for 3-4 weeks.

In a world infatuated with instant success, that kind of realistic admission might cost some sales but is likely to keep customers happy.

Budget Winner

Though we loved the Dimond’s design, it’s tough to beat the Ventum’s build and balanced attack between handling, stability, and comfort.

While the controversy over the advantage athletes using EPO-BOOST are obtaining is unlikely to go away anytime soon, one thing is for sure; blood doping and synthetic drugs are a thing of the past now that amateurs and professionals alike can tap into a natural product that generates Olympian-like strength and endurance.

Any athlete can use EPO-BOOST without a prescription and without changing a diet or exercise regimen. The company offers an unparalleled guarantee.

Athletes can use the product for a full 90 days and if not completely satisfied, send back whatever product is remaining – even an empty bottle – and get a ‘no questions asked’ refund.

Though non-double-diamond (NDD) bikes are nothing new, their popularity is finally starting to gain momentum with an unconventional design that aids aerodynamics while also boosting comfort for long rides and races.

These unique shapes—known as “non-double-diamond” for their lack of a diamond shape formed by the seat stay, seat tube, and chainstay or the top tube, seat tube, and downtube—originally appeared a few decades ago, but failed to gain any true traction aside from a small devoted following.

(For more on the evolution of the NDD bike, check out page 24.) Today, even a major tri bike brand has dipped its toes into the tiny NDD pond, and we also have a range of models from entry to no-holds-barred level.

For this face-off, we’ve broken down four bikes into two price points with two basic shapes each: beam style—which is “missing” a seat tube—and what we’ll cal Lotus style after the now-defunct Lotus 108 monocoque bike that was developed sans-downtube.

Diamond Carbonado Triathlon Bike Review

Brought to you from the scrupulous mind of pro triathlete TJ Tollakson, the Carbonado is the new entry-level bike in Dimond’s growing lineup. Made in the true tradition of beam bikes, the Carbonado sports a removable beam that aids in travel (Tollakson also makes bike cases under his Rüster Sports brand).

This is a top rated womens triathlon bikes for beginners.

Said to increase aerodynamics by entirely eliminating the leading edge of a seat tube, this design goes all-in on speed as it can only be used with a 1X front-derailleur-free setup. The Carbonado was one of the more nimble non-double-diamond (NDD) bikes we tried, handling tight corners very well.

Of course, on the flip side, it was also slightly more twitchy on fast in-aero descents, but nothing to make us reach for the base bars. The beam design does a great job of smoothing out big, low-frequency bumps in the rear, but we still felt a little bit of road chatter.

The front end, with its beefy head tube, had a bit more road feel than the rear, and the carbon bars were a welcome upgrade. The Carbonado was also just barely the least-stiff of the group while climbing, but it wasn’t so noodley as to cause an issue.

This straight 105 build with training-only wheels is a good starting point on a solid frame with lots of room to upgrade when you see fit.

Ventum Z Triathlon Bike Review

While the Z is definitely the heavyweight of the bunch, this build is also one of the best value. Boasting an Ultegra/Dura-Ace mix with OEM Enve carbon wheels, the Z is a NDD steal at less than $4,000.

This beefy Lotus-style frameset fits a wide range of triathletes (as opposed to some other designs that require a trimmed seatpost) and has an excellent built-in 1.4L hydration “box” that integrates into the design of the top tube.

The hydration system has a tube that attaches to the aero bars via a clever magnet design, and is removable for cleaning. We found the Z to be quite stable all around, on both descents and while climbing, though handling around super tight corners was more slack.

It was rougher riding in the rear than the other bikes in this group—likely due to the monster bottom bracket area, but the front end felt good despite the aluminum aerobars.

Though the front end definitely moved around while climbing and standing, the bottom bracket was surprisingly stiff and springy—not dead feeling at all. This is one of the cheapest and affordable triathlon bikes under 5000.

While we loved the hydration system, it was a little tougher to get on and off than we’d like, and cleaning was slightly tricky. All in all, a killer nearly ready-to-race option right out of the box.

Cervélo PX-Series Review

This big update to Cervélo slightly flawed P5x is a welcome addition for fans of Cervélo who want to get involved with a NDD setup. Using a no-holds-barred approach to the design process.

This beam bike is actually made to be faster when loaded up with all of the accoutrements that triathletes need—nutrition, emergency kits, and so on.

Big side sections created by storage above and below the down tube and storage on the top tube near the head tube make this a slippery fast bike that can sometimes be prone to nasty side winds—particularly if paired with a disc wheel and deep front.

Otherwise, this is an all-in build that is 100% ready to race—at even the highest level—right out of the box with high-end DT Swiss ARC 1100 wheels (62mm front, 80mm rear) and Dura-Ace Di2.

This is also the only bike of the group with disc brakes, but this is a disc-brake-only setup, so bear that in mind when it comes to wheel compatibility. Ride-wise, the PX felt the most similar to a diamond-based frame.

This made it a little bit more twitchy on fast descents in the aero bars, but a very predictable—and sharp—handling bike around corners. The PX also had great response when standing up and attacking short climbs.

TriRig Omni Triathlon Bike Review

Though the Omni might be the least well-known NDD of the four, it’s certainly a well-thought-out Lotus style design. A master of aerodynamics and fit, Nick Salazar has been offering the Omni frames for a few years now, but he’s been in the aero game for far longer than that with his highly specialized aero-at-all-costs components.

Covered in little details that range from aerodynamic custom skewer replacements and integrated allen key to a massive front brake cowling, this bike is made for straight-line speed.

Of the whole group, this was also the most comfortable ride—surprising given the stiff Dash saddle that was actually quite good. The rear felt smooth over both low- and high-frequency bumps, while the front end was almost pillowy-soft over road chatter.

The Omni was also very stable on descents—despite the bike’s fragile looks—though it did have some unusual “bouncing” when going fast over road undulations at a certain frequency.

Not an amazing bike when riding out of the saddle, but also not noticeably worse than the other NDD offerings when standing. All in all, this is an unconventional bike with some very cool frame-specific components.