With the rise of the electronic industry, there are hundreds of good bookshelf speakers reviews currently being offered and it is quite hard to choose the best from all the options. Of course, we end up browsing the internet for clues to help alleviate our confusion but it turns out that the quest to find “the one” is about as hard and frustrating as finding a needle in a haystack.
Now, before you start reading, please bear in mind that I have compiled this list based on experience and experience of others. I’ll also make it less technical so that even non-techies would be able to enjoy reading. Without further ado, here they are:
Top Rated 5 Home Speakers For Less Than $300:
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That is not to say that you will never find a speaker for you. With plenty of audio devices to go around, it is highly possible that you would be able to spot that audio gold nugget made just for you. You alone would be able to determine what sound system would suit your needs, whether you are an adiophile (amateur or otherwise), a movie enthusiast, a hard-core gamer, or if you are just looking for a new tech gadget.
Let’s start with something different shall we? We have the SONOS PLAY:3 as our honorable mention. It is also noticeable that it is the only speaker that is solitary (all the others are in a pair.) With its stylish black exterior and compact versatility (you can actually put it vertically or horizontally), it can easily blend with any house interior. It also has wireless connectivity and it can connect to WiFi for endless music streaming directly from the internet. What’s more, place several of these babies in every room in the house and you’ve got yourself an all-around sound system that allows you to play the same music all throughout the house or to play different music in each of the different rooms. Very hi-tech. Very affordable. Superb sound.
Before you start jumping down my throat, let me explain. There were several factors that came into play when I opted for this pair. First off, these babies come not only in one, but two colors: Cherry and Black, both of which are equally stunning on their own right. Second, the Polk RTI A1 are versatile. With their small frame and a built-in keyhole at the back, you can easily put these babies anywhere in the room—on the table, on the shelf or even on the ceiling, making it suitable for any room size. Let us not forget the sound quality. The A1 features a high quality large woofer (second only to our #4 in the list) and a great tweeter for those spectacular sounds that we are looking for. The RTI features the latest Power Port Technology, making it possible to listen to your favorite songs without any additional interference. Frequency response curve of 50-27kHz and 89 db audio sensitivity. Highly recommended. Can’t go wrong with these!
I placed these audio gems at #2 mainly because of 2 factors. One, they are considerably smaller; the pair is the smallest in the list, making it easy to put anywhere and able to blend into the background without compromising its sound delivery capabilities. Speaking of sound delivery, though the Audioengine P4 speakers are able to compete with the bigger sound systems mentioned here. With Kevlar woofers and silk-dome tweeters, these babies can easily “wow” anyone with their audio delivery. For tiny loudspeakers, they certainly deliver outstanding sound. If for some reason you do not like the Polks and you want smaller system, take the P4.
Compact in size and with a sleek black exterior, these beauties can fit anywhere and blend with any house design. One particular feature that makes the Presonus Ceres C3.5 BT stand out from the rest would be the Bluetooth connectivity, enabling you to wirelessly stream music from any music device like your smartphone or tablet. It also has various controls in the front and the back panel, giving you control over your desired volume as well as the level of the high and low frequencies. Although it has a smaller low-frequency driver than the rest in the list, you can easily connect a subwoofer via a ¼”TRS socket at the back panel. A gem in its own right.
Certainly not the plainest-looking sound system in the bunch, these babies are enclosed in a handsome high-gloss black finish that would make any homeowner proud. It has a rather compact size that makes it easy to carry around and I do consider this pair user-friendly as it is pretty easy to set up. Despite its size, the Energy CB-10 certainly pack a punch with their state-of-the-art 5.5” Woofer (which is actually the best in the list) and a 1” Hyperbolic Tweeter for those rich full-range sounds. Definitely a gorgeous find.
What to expect from $200-$300 Audio System:
Let’s talk about money. We have been raised to believe that all high-quality items are meant to be expensive, whereas cheap items are meant to be of lesser value. Electronic devices are no exception. With some of the best speakers out there costing a little close to a thousand dollars, it would seem that audiophiles with little to no money to spare would just have to be contented with substandard speakers that sounds like a cross between a whale’s mating call and nails against the chalkboard.
One dilemma that any audiophile would inevitably face would be the price. Although it stands to reason that the more expensive an electronic device is, the higher it quality is. But, that is not usually the case. There are plenty of inexpensive speakers that are at par with the more high-end ones, sometimes even exceeding them in the quality of sound delivered.
I’ve had my share of triumphs and fails, too. As an audiophile unfortunate to have low finances (poor me), I have to save up each time I decide to buy myself some decent audio pari. If you’re like me, you would have an idea how frustrating it is. I’ve already tried buying those so-called high quality items with the high expectation that they would be everything that I have ever dreamed of, only to find that they weren’t all that I had hoped to be. I’ve also tried buying cheaper versions, and actually found that they worked rather well.
Not to burst your bubble, though. I’m trying to raise your expectations into believing that it is easy to find such gems. I, for one, had to go through plenty of inexpensive speakers before I actually found the right one for me. Stressful, but well-worth every time and penny. However, because of new speakers being created, we are now given the chance to acquire high-quality audio devices for a more affordable price, giving us the listening experience we only thought was possible with expensive speakers.
Speaking of affordable price, I am talking about these audiophile gems that cost around three hundred dollars or less. Despite the rather inexpensive tag, they are certainly more than capable of competing with their more expensive counterparts. Giving a full range of sounds that were deemed unimaginable in the past, these technological wonders offer listeners a listening experience that they won’t be able to forget anytime soon. Don’t let the price range fool you. These beauties are jammed-packed with great features, impressive sound specifications, state-of-the-art woofers and tweeters, additional perks and, not to mention, design that can make any modern designer giggle with delight. They can easily match their $500 counterparts.
Sure, there are plenty of these budget-friendly babies out there, ranging from well-known brands to names you barely have even heard of. Even though brand names play a rather minor role in the outcome of the sound delivered, the speakers I am mentioning are not all about the name—they are about the sound. So, for your reading pleasure, I have compiled this short list of inexpensive auditory beauties that stand out from the rest with their ability to give you listening pleasure. They offer great sound performance, and their design can do nothing else but make you smile.
In terms of size, your pair should not be too terribly distracting. They also should not be too small in a way that the sound produced would cause you to have a splitting headache. Last but not the least, one other feature to take into consideration would be the sound itself. Obviously, you want a bookshelf speakers that will perform above those that cost $200 or less. No self-respecting music-lover would settle for anything that sounds like a rusty aluminum can. The speaker should be able to deliver crisp, clear, dynamic sounds worthy of praise.
I did spend a lot of time mulling around with a variety of other speakers, but these 5 clearly stood out from the rest. While there are other categories that I can compare them on, I simply just classified and graded them according to 6 categories: Color, Speaker size, Woofer, Tweeter, Special Features, and the price.
So, it’s true that our #1 is the most expensive in the list, but with impressive specs like that, I wouldn’t mind spending more money for a higher-quality sound delivery. The Polk Audio RTI A1 also is set apart from the others in the list because of its exclusive Power Port Technology which enables clear and full sound. Even though our #1 in the chart doesn’t have all the other perks that other speakers offer, it is still an impressive pair to own.