Shopping is hard. It seriously is. You spend hours walking around in malls, going from one shop to another, comparing prices, until hours later, you end up not buying anything because you can’t decide. Same thing applies for sound systems. If you’re anything like me, you’ve tried going to a lot of electronic shops, testing one speaker after another, only to be disappointed because either they didn’t reach your expectations, or because you just didn’t think they were worth it.
So, what is any self-respecting audiophile supposed to do? Do research of course! If you have friends that enjoy music, movies or games as much as you do, they’d probably have their own ideas on what is the best. Or, better yet, you can always turn to the good ‘ol internet for help. In our case we are look for some of the best bookshelf speakers. And not just that we have a $1000 price tag!
The Best 5 Home Bookshelf Speakers For The Money:
Well, with a name like Pioneer, you’d be sure to expect rich, high-quality sound right within your very own home. Designed by the chief speaker engineer himself, these beauties boast of an external veneer that is not only for aesthetic purposes alone. The 3-way design of the Pioneer Elite SP-EBS73 means that each frequency level is fully rendered with unwavering clarity. But what makes these babies special is the state-of-the-art Coherent Source Transducer (CST Drivers) which controlsthe sound delivered with exact precision and reduces interference between the high-frequency and mid-range drivers, ensuring a crisp, crystal-clear rendition of high and mid-range sounds. The low-frequency drivers are also equipped with a 5.25” aluminum cone and dust cap that allows for powerful, dynamic bass sounds. All these features are enclosed in a stylish black exterior that complements any home interior.
A fantastic sound system from KEF (KEF seems to be on a roll for the last few years), these babies are actually the smallest in our list at only 11” in height. This makes them easy to bring from one place to another and they are perfectly suitable for audiophiles living in a limited living space. Their portability is a not the only reason why I placed these gems as #2 on my list. Despite their compact black exterior (just for the record, they are also available in white), they are packed to the brim with awesome sound features. These beauties can easily be connected to any audio device, like your smart phone or tablet via an analog input and are very simple to set up with their “plug and play” configuration. What makes these beauties also stand is the application of the latest award-winning Uni-Q driver design which allows sounds to be delivered to you with superb clarity and realism.
One thing I noticed straight away with the amazing pair of JBL Studio 530 is the outward appearance. With their smooth black veneer and stylish shape, they easily stand out from a sea of simple box-type systems in the market. Within its’ sleek exterior lie sound features that make these babies land #3 on our list. Boasting of a 1” high-frequency compression driver with a glass-filled bi-radial HF horn, these gems offer you and an improved sound clarity with a more dynamic high-frequency sound rendering which is dispersed equally over the listening environment. They also feature a 5.25” low-frequency Transducer using the latest Symmetrical Field Geometry (SFG) Technology, thus ensuring rich, full-bodied low-frequency sounds with realistic quality.
Unlike others in the market today, these audio systems focus more on a minimalistic simplicity of design. One thing I liked a lot is the variety that is offered, you can pick one of the following colors: Black Ash, Rose Wood, White and American Walnut—all of which look stylish and smooth. The largest in our list at a massive 32.25” in height, this audio system is created for the purpose of delivering powerful sound, and it surely does not disappoint. Incorporating one of the latest sound technology, they feature an impressive newly-engineered aluminum KEF Uni-Q Driver that measures 6.5” and also a vented aluminum-dome high-frequency driver. Together, these drivers work seamlessly to produce excellent-quality sound as soon as you turn them on. The only down side that they probably wouldn’t be fitted to use in a desktop setting because of their large size, but as far as sound go, they are highly recommended.
First off, the design borders on the minimalistic point of view and, at the same time, the Denons HEOS 7 looks somewhat futuristic in nature. With dimensions of 22.5” in width, 13.5” in height and 8.5” in depth, this baby is developed to deliver great sound in a spacious living area, or even in open places. What makes it unique is that you can easily stream music wirelessly from your favorite cloud sources, like Pandora, using your phone app, or you can stream music from your phone, tablets, or any other media device. The HEOS 7 also boasts of 2 custom tweeters and mid-woofers, as well as a large sub-woofer and 2 passive radiators for that full-range spectrum of sound that any party-loving audiophile would be proud of.
What to expect from from a bookshelf pair that costs over $500?
If you’re into music and you are blessed by the high heavens in terms of finances, you have more (and better) choices in terms of audio systems. Besides the difficulty of choosing from the multitudes of awesome speakers in the market today, there’s also the lingering question: should you buy from the cheaper bookshelf speakers or should you go for the more expensive ones?
Put it this way, if you’re an audiophile with money to spare, you’ve got both pros and cons in looking for a jazzy, new audio system. The pros: you have a wider variety of choices in a bigger chance to buy a stereo system to show off to your friends. The cons: since you have a wider variety of choices, you also have a higher chance to buy a speaker that is only as useful as a paperweight.
So, of course, we would turn to the ever-trusty online space called the internet to help us with our needs. All you need to do is just type in “bookshelf speakers” then click search, then the computer does everything else. The problem is, even if you’ve rounded your search off to those that are under $1000, the search results still come up with hundreds of sound systems that fit your category. And, let’s face it, you simply do not have the time to test them all (well, actually you can but let’s not get way ahead of ourselves here.)
It’s up to you. It’s your money after all. But, why would you spend money on something cheap when you can put in a bit more money and get something a lot better? Of course, when I say “a bit more money” I do not necessarily mean those systems that cost about $20000 or more.
I am not talking about a bookshelf speakers for $200. I’m talking about those that cost around $500-$1000. With that price range, there are plenty of cool speakers in the market that not only look amazing but also sound fantastic. However, you must be warned that by just having the cash, does not mean that you should go to any electronic shop, purchase the first $1000 stereo system you laid your eyes on and then expect it to blow your mind.
Nope, it doesn’t work as simple as that. Just because it costs more doesn’t mean it’s automatically better than anything else. Choosing the perfect sound system is like an art. It’s a skill. If used wrongly, you’d end up with a pair you’d regret buying in the first place.
That’s not to say that I’m dissuading you from buying an audio system that is expensive. When you buy one that works amazingly, I swear it is worth every penny. The rich sound, the smooth flow of music, the clarity of the delivery… it makes me chuckle in delight just thinking about it.
Even if there are a lot of less costly alternatives out there, chances are you’d run a higher risk of buying a low-quality system, forcing you to buy another one and another after that (especially if you’re not careful.) In the long run, you would be spending more in trying to replace the cheap, ineffective audio system you’ve bought in the first place, rather than just buying one fantastic audio gem with a slightly higher price. It’s less hassle too.
When a speaker costs around $500-$1000, it is understood that higher quality materials are used and more processes and techniques are done to ensure that the system delivers the sound corresponding to its price. The higher quality drivers and materials is what separates the competitors in this list than those in the “bookshelf speakers under $300” category. The design or the exterior look of the device would be better and there would probably be even more variety in the colors to suit your fancy.
Well, there you have it. When it comes to speakers costing around this price range, it pays to be well-informed before you actually go out there to buy a nifty new audio system. In a nutshell, it can be seen that among all of the bookshelf speakers mentioned in my list, our # 1 tops the completion in terms sound quality, and its sleek design.
Even though it’s technically the most expensive from the all of the picks, based on the sound specs given, I could definitely say it’s worth every penny. The same goes through with our best wireless speaker. If you need something compact for the KEFs X300, absolutely stunning. For an excellent price you get an excellent sound quality rendering, they’re definitely a must for any audiophile home.