So you want to buy some speakers, but you don't know where to start?

We can't blame you. The time when you just popped down to the electronics store, bought the biggest HiFi system you could afford and set it up in the living room is over.

Modern speakers are a much more complex affair. Do you want your speaker setup to integrate with a media player, an online music streaming service, or a more complex multi-room streaming system?

Do you just want something small you can throw in your bag and connect to your phone with Bluetooth, or so you just want the best audio quality in the world?

We've picked out nine favourite speakers from across the range of portable, at-home and multi-use speakers. Let us know if we've missed out your favourite in the comments.

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  • Jawbone Mini Jambox

    Jawbone's Mini Jambox takes the same basic styling as the larger model, and shrinks down the form-factor without compromising too much on the sound. It starts at £149, and for the price it's a great piece of kit. It weighs just 9 ounces, and offers 75 hours of standby battery (10 hours playtime) on a single charge.

  • Sonos Play:1

    We're <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/07/23/sonos-system-review-playbar_n_3639336.html">huge fans</a> of the Sonos system, which allows you to easily and wirelessly connect a range of speakers into a network around your home, and play a massive amount of content through a dedicated app. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/10/23/sonos-play-1-speaker-review_n_4148934.html" target="_blank">The Play:1s are among our favourite Sonos components yet</a> - small, neat, compact and with excellent sound quality. They're the gateway drug to the most complete audio solution in the world. (£<a href="http://www.sonos.com/shop/products/play1" target="_blank">169</a>)

  • Orbitsound T9

    The Orbtisound T9 Soundbar works perfectly both with your TV and your iPhone or iPod, since it comes with great, full-room sound as well as a built-in charger. (£<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Orbitsound-OST9B-T9-Soundbar-Black/dp/B008RXXLGM/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1369835876&sr=1-1&keywords=Orbitsound+T9" target="_blank">189</a>)

  • Philips Fidelio P9

    <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-P9BLK-10-Bluetooth-Wireless/dp/B009HP5V7G/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1369836152&sr=1-1&keywords=Philips+Fidelio+P9" target="_blank">For £239 you're getting a legitimately excellent Bluetooth portable</a> speaker with grown-up styling, soft dome tweets, a high-performance amp and a USB port to charge your phone or music player if you need to get an extra boost.

  • PMC Twenty 23

    These are some seriously expensive speakers (£2,100) but <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/review/pmc-twenty-23" target="_blank">according to What HiFi</a>, they're worth every penny, with rich, deep, booming sound able to deal with the highest-fidelity recordings and reproduce them with wonderful quality in a luxury at-home setting.

  • Bose SoundTouch

    The new Soundtouch range by Bose combines the company's deservedly famous sound quality with a new, simple and easy way to connect your speakers wirelessly, around your home. With a dedicated app, a focus on 'presets' to make playing music as quick as turning on a light and a range of components at decent prices, it seems like an easy win. They're a bit outgunned in the content stakes right now - <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/10/09/bose-soundtouch-hands-on-impressions_n_4071147.html" target="_blank">but for sound quality it's right up there.</a>

  • Monitor Audio Bronze BX2

    <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/Review/Monitor-Audio-Bronze-BX2/" target="_blank">Simply put, these are five-star speakers</a> for less than £350. They're handsome, timeless and sound amazing.

  • Joey Roth Ceramic Speaker

    <a href="http://joeyroth.com/ceramic-speakers/" target="_blank">These are among the most unique speakers you can buy</a>. They're not cheap, but they sound great - and you'll never need to buy another conversation starter for your living room again. All anyone will want to talk about is your HiFi.

  • Ultimate Ears UE Boom

    The UE Boom is a Bluetooth, iOS and Android compatible wireless speaker that features great 360-degree sound. UE pitch it as the first "social" speaker since it can connect to two source devices at the same time. It's also stain and water resistant and has a 15-hour battery - and gorgeous styling.