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The Wirecutter's best deals: Sonos Play:1 and the UE Megaboom


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You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter. Now, from time to time, we'll also be publishing their recommended deals on some of their top picks. Read on, and strike while the iron is hot -- some of these sales could expire mighty soon.

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Internal SSD

Street Price: $160; MSRP: $200; Deal Price: $143 with code EMCKBKN25

You will have to create a login if this is your first time shopping at Newegg, but once you do that you can enter the code EMCKBKN25 in your shopping cart to lower the drive to this price. This is a bundle deal it includes the SSD + a code for the video game Assassin's Creed Syndicate. If you're in the market for that game, or can resell it, that makes this drive an even better deal. But the last deal we reported was for $150, so this drops it another $7 and makes it a deal even without the game.

The Samsung 850 EVO is our pick for the best solid state drive. Nathan Edwards said, "Samsung has made some of the best SSDs on the market for the past four hardware generations; this is no exception. It's not quite the cheapest great SSD, but it's the best cheap SSD. It has a great combination of price, performance, and capacity, plus 150TB write endurance (which means it'll last a really long time), hardware encryption, and a five-year warranty."

Sonos Play:1 Speakers Two Room Starter Set

Street Price: $400; MSRP: $400; Deal Price: $350

When this two-piece starter set was first introduced Sonos ran a similar sale to this, but since then the price has been regularly at $400 everywhere we looked. Unfortunately, there's no option to just buy one speaker at the discounted price. You'll need to make a free Huckberry account to purchase.

Sonos is our pick for the best whole-house audio system. Chris Heinonen said, "Sonos is flexible, easy to use, integrates into your current system and works with a huge array of services and content providers. It has been around since 2004, and that time has let the company build up its product to be better than anyone else's. It also sounds fantastic."

Music Hall Marimba Bookshelf Speakers

Street Price: $332; MSRP: $350; Deal Price: $199

This is the best price we've ever seen on these speakers by over $100. While normally we stick to Amazon fulfilled items through Amazon, we've recommended deals from Music Direct, the 3rd party seller here, before. They have fantastic feedback and Amazon will have your back if there's any order issues.

The Music Hall Marimba Bookshelf Speakers are our runner-up pick for the best bookshelf speakers. Chris Heinonen said, "The soundstage (the 'size' of the sound) of this pair isn't as deep as that of the DALI speakers [our main pick], so the music sounds more like a recording than the product of instruments played in front of you. Otherwise the sound quality comes very close."

UE Megaboom Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Street Price: $285; MSRP: $300; Deal Price: $227

Outside of an unusual discount from T-Mobile way back, this is the lowest price we've seen on the speaker. You don't have to be an AT&T subscriber to take advantage of this deal, and you should see the discount automatically when you go to the page. Shipping is free.

The UE Megaboom is our pick for the best water-resistant Bluetooth speaker. Brent Butterworth writes, "The Megaboom is an upscale outdoor Bluetooth speaker in every way. It features a rugged design that's IPX7-rated so it's truly waterproof down to 1 meter. It plays loud enough to fill a patio with sound, and it has enough bass to get you dancing (if you're so inclined)."

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