Buying a pair of desktop or bookshelf speakers can be compared to buying a car. The number of options offered on the market are limitless. Before you move on to looking at a given number of loudspeakers you should be aware of your budget. As a general rule of thumb, the amount of money that you are ready to spend for a home system will determine the sound quality that you will receive.
The best way possible to break things down into different categories was to divide the charts depending on the price. Pick the lists that suits your budget and see what we have prepared for you. There is one thing that we can guarantee on our behalf: “If it is here, it is worth it!”. We do not review bad audio systems, we do not review products that are not worth their money. Yes, we favor some over others but we would gladly buy every loudspeaker that we have on our list.
Audiophile or not everyone enjoys good sound. You do not have to belong to a group of elite people calling themselfes “audio junkies” just reap the rewards of purchasing a cool bookshelf system. With the home theater systems becoming more and more popular, everyone is looking for a good sound to match the quality of the picture. So here they are, we will list the best speaker in each price category that we have in this website:
At first glance, the KEF X300A seems to offer nothing special. They are just your ordinary pair of bookshelf speakers, right? Wrong. These deceptively simple-looking boxes offer an amazing audio quality that has received nothing but praise from everyone who has ever made the clever decision of purchasing them. It is wireless, easy to use, and would look good anywhere you put it, because it has such a plain design. Do not let these speakers fool you… it can give you an amazing musical experience with the help of its AB amplifiers that prevent too much distortion of your favorite tunes. It also comes with an impressive feature that lets you stream your music using your smartphone via Airplay or DLNA. Nowadays, almost everyone has a huge library of music in their mobile devices, so you can only imagine how handy this function is. For the semi-pro DJs that are a looking for a good turntable-speakers combo, the X300A might be the answer (click here for the top turntables chart of AudioRumble). Simply pair your device with these speakers and you are free to enjoy hours of pulsating beats. Hiding within its basic appearance and its metal-colored exterior is a highly innovative system that has impressed a large number of music lovers all over the globe.
Outstanding home or desktop systems that are featured in the most expensive price bracket. Pioneer is brand that never disappoints its fanbase (or well, let’s say rarely. The list of good things is huge with this pair. Deisgned by Andrew Jones himself, dolby atmos enabled, flashy looks, powerfull sound. Everything is close to perfection, they do not come cheap ofcourse but when you want to own nothing but the best you have to be ready to pay the appropriate price. The drivers are more than capable of blowing your head off if you decide that it is a good thing to do a “maximum volume” test with your head next to the loudspeakers.
Most of the time, people want their speakers wireless and portable, so they can have the freedom to move it around and get creative. But if you are pretty certain that your living room won’t be rearranged anytime soon, you can go for larger bookshelf speakers such as the JBL L830. These 22-pound beasts are quite heavy, and they are neither wireless nor portable. But it definitely delivers an impact with its booming audio quality. It gives 90 decibels of crystal clear sounds, and it has the ability to go up to 300 watts of power! It is a ferocious hulk that is sure to become a mainstay in your living room as soon as you install it. This 3-Way High Performance pair does very well with both high and low frequencies, dispersing them equally into the room. It comes to no surprise that these were made to simulate live performances.
The thing about these bookshelf speakers is that they have the tendency of ‘disappearing’ from your room despite their size. This is because the sounds are so realistic, that you would not even realize they were coming from the two large boxes in front of you. It is about time you invested in a heavy-duty pair of pure musical awesome.
A great pair that is sold at such a low priced compared to everything that it offers that I stil find it hard to believe. Audioengine’s A5+ is one of the best picks when we look at the price:quality ratio. What you get is a crisp clear sound and a nice punch in the bass. Built-in power amps to make this system as much “plug and play” as it can get and a remote control in case you decide that you are too lazy to move yourself off the couch to turn the volume down. I am not going to lie, there are also a few good other options that revolve around the same price, so if for some reason you are not a fan of Audioengine you might want to give them a try.
It is always convenient to know which product options are the cheapest, so that you can give your wallet the break it deserves. Since we are talking about bookshelf speakers, I believe it is time to introduce you to the Presonus Ceres C3.5BT. This baby promises to perform just as well as his more expensive brothers. That is exactly what it delivers. With the affordable price tag comes a 25 W pair of speakers that are good enough to play your music whenever you want them. It is not as complicated as the competing brands, but it does not offer that many features either. It does let you play around with the bass and treble, allowing you to fine tune your audio experience whichever way you want it. This pair is easy to use, easy on your wallet, easy to place anywhere in your house, and easy to love. If you were wondering if it has a mobile connectivity feature, you will not be disappointed because it offers that too. Bluetooth audio streaming seems to be one of the most sought-after functions in the sound system market (click on the following link if you are after some of the best bluetooth speakers on the market), and these speakers can keep up with that trend. I suggest you take this out for a spin, if you are keeping it low on the spending department.
The RTI A1’s by Polk were on par with the Audioengines P4 when we had to pick our number one. While both models had a bass that we might consider a bit weak, they are significantly surpassing their competitors in the 300 dollars chart. And if we can critique the lows, with this pair you get great, clear and rich mids and highs. But that is not all, you get a system that will offer you great flexibility, a solid pick that is by no means bulky or heavy, easy to lift and place on a bookshelf and easy to move between the rooms. Polk’s designers are getting better and better and the A1 is not an exception. Very good looking speakers available in two colors that will make you wonder if you really bought them for less than three hundred bucks.
This next pair of bookshelf speakers is one of those affordable options you would really appreciate. I am certain that this product caught your attention with the simple mention of ‘Yamaha,’ because that label usually comes with efficiency and quality. You are far from mistaken. This pair has three drivers each; including a woofer, a midrange and a dome tweeter that combine to create a wonderful instrument that could do more than just fulfill your musical needs. It can also handle up to 70 watts of continuous power, even reaching a peak of 140 watts. Furthermore, the magnetically-shielded speakers ensure that you can enjoy high-quality audio without too much distortion. The best part is that it gives you all these advantages without breaking your pockets or draining your funds. It is a great budget speaker because you can see even just from the looks of it that it was not cheaply made. It looks good, and sounds even better. A little money can go a long way if you choose the right product and care for it properly. If you ever need proof of this statement, go see this pair of speakers for yourself.
Some of you might be surprised to see Sony leading what we call “a budget bracket”, but the SS-B3000’s are that good. For a price around the $150 mark you become a legit owner of 3 way speakers with more than decent bass, quality mids and outstanding frequency response. The quality drivers are promising crystal clear sound for at least a few years once you enter the break-in stage. They might sound a little bright at first but do not worry just give them a few hours of playing and the sound will settle to a level that you never even expected. Sony is a brand that sells high end items at a considerable price, but this does not mean that they can’t rule one of the budget brackets with the awesome SS-B3000.
Nothing beats a classic. That is a rule that has clearly been kept in mind during the creation of the Micca MB42. It goes for a vintage look rather than rocking a more innovative aesthetic, and opts for a wired connection instead of the more common wireless getup. From the looks of it, this pair will come into your living room and deliver nothing short of what you bought it for. Nothing more, nothing less. But with a high performance silk dome tweeter and a balanced woven carbon fiber woofer, this baby often delivers more than is expected of it. Who knew you can be blown away by a bookshelf speaker that only costs less than $50 dollars? Yes, you read that right. This is the cheapest option on this list, since it does not even attempt to get close to a hundred dollar price tag. That unbelievable price comes with an even more unbelievable audio performance, because it serves a soothing bass, a smooth treble, a low distortion, and an impressive vocal clarity. This is a godsend for anyone who is looking for affordable bookshelf speakers, since it not only exceeds expectations, it also has several hidden tricks up its sleeve. No doubt about it: this is a clever choice for the clever buyer.
I know what you are thinking: “Another Polk?” Well, the category with cheap picks is very competitive we have some great models that are just too good to be true, the T15s are one of these models. I would recommend you to check them all out before making a choice because all of the options are great and it will most likely come down to personal preference. However, these Polk speakers are slightly ahead of the competition. The number one reason is the sound, I have no idea how they do it, mediocre drivers, mediocre setup but when you start listening to them the magic happens.
Normally, if you want a wireless speaker that offers Wi-Fi connectivity and decent audio quality, you would have to look at the pricey end of the spectrum. But all thanks to the SONOS PLAY: 5, you could still get these features without paying too much. At almost $400 dollars, this lone speaker lets you stream music from your own library or your preferred online music services, without all those annoying cables. Place it anywhere you want in your house, and it will still fill your home with delightful sounds. They will even throw in a free Sonos Controller app that allows you to take charge of the fantastic machine without even getting close to it! You can use your smartphone to access virtually any music known to man (with the help of the internet, of course) and then stream it flawlessly with this magnificent speaker. It looks elegant too, so you would not have to worry about displaying it anywhere convenient. This lightweight prodigy is sure to please your music-loving soul with its 5 integrated speakers, powered by 5 digital amps. Who says you have to spend a lot just to get the best of the best products out there? This speaker begs to disagree.
Are these the only recommendations that you can make?
No. These are just a good start. While we do believe that they might be the best possible in each price range, we are not saying the the other models in each list are not worth your time. The market is full of options because we the consumers need them. There are different type of people that like different type of things, some buy based on design, some are looking for good studio monitors, some based on brand, some based on sound, some based on features. For every type of tech gear, there are different criteria to consider. If you take a look at the turntable reviews for example, you will see how use very different criteria there.
Whats better? Bookshelf speakers or soundbar?
Apples or oranges? This is a questions that can’t be answered in two sentances. Each audio system has a purpose. Soundbars are great little gadgets that are becoming more and more popular, we have a brand new category devoted to the best soundbars, but bookshelf speakers are just classic and offer a great versatility. I would say both.