As Victor Hugo once said, “music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”. So of course, people usually look for the finest devices if they want to listen to their favorite music. And in one’s own house, only the best bookshelf speakers will do, because music was meant to be listened to just as it was composed.
As we tend to do things around here, the list is based on user preference. So, you can rest assured that every product on this list is here because it was highly rated by other users just like you.
10. Boston Acoustics M25B 200W 2-Way RMS Bookshelf Speakers
These 12.5 x 7 x 10.2-inch, 15-pound (each) beauties start off this list of best bookshelf speakers for a very good reason – their flawless sound quality. They come in at $290, and their Lo-Q design greatly reduces any type of cabinet vibration.
With their 5 14-inch propylene cones woofer drivers with aluminum shorting rings, these wonderful speakers offer a very dynamic-sounding bass and very clear, distortion-free sound.
9. Wharfedale – Denton Bookshelf Speakers
These $500 Wharfedale speakers are here for a reason – to look great and to sound even better. These 12.6 x 7.8 x 10.8-inch bookshelf speakers have a very classy, good-looking mahogany red veneer finish, and their grille is covered in grey Tungsten cloth.
Aside from the fact that they go well with any home that also has a wood finish, these 80th anniversary speakers cannot be bought anywhere else, and they cannot be falsified or duplicated. Needless to say, their sound is off the charts, being some of the best bookshelf speakers to which I’ve ever listened.
8. DALI – ZENSOR 1 – Bookshelf Speakers in Light Walnut
Coming in at around $400, these beautiful light walnut, lacquered speakers have more than earned their place on this list of best bookshelf speakers. Their 17.1 x 14.1 x 11.8-inch frame and their 8.8 pounds make them very easy to place around the house.
According to the product’s description, the ZENSOR 1 is all about making sense. They are best used in small or medium-sized rooms, and they work great as front speakers in a 2.1 surround system and as back speakers in a 5.1 system. As expected, their sound replication is flawless.
7. Klipsch R-15PM Powered Monitor Speakers with Bluetooth
These small, minimalistic and futuristic-looking speakers come in at $500 and only measure 8.1 x 7 x 12.5 inches. Their integrated phono pre-amp and ultra-low noise amplifiers guarantee immersive sound, maximize the system’s performance, and eliminate all external amplification.
The R-15PM are some of the best bookshelf speakers out there, allowing users to play music from any device that supports Bluetooth without losing any quality whatsoever. They only weigh 26.5 pounds, further adding to their minimalistic design. Digital optical, USB, and analog RCA inputs also add to these speakers’ versatility.
6. Earthquake Sound IQ52S iPod Docking Speaker System
Compatible with iPhones up to 4G, iTouch, Airport Express, and other MP3 players, the Earthquake made its way on this list of best bookshelf speakers for a good reason. It has three different audio inputs – iPod, RCA, and Auxiliary (the speakers come with a 1/8 inch stereo mini cable), and four outputs – USB Port-Sync, TRS, Aux AC, and S-Video.
Weighing 22 pounds and measuring 8.5 x 7.2 x 10.8 inches, they are perfect for almost any type of use. Coming in around the $250 range, their huge versatility and relatively low pricing makes these black, shiny devices ideal for multi-purpose use and ideal for our list.
5. Klipsch R-14M Reference Series Bookshelf Speakers
People generally know what they like, so it should come as no surprise that Klipsch is back on the list. Slightly less futuristic, but just as minimalistic as their next model, the Klipsch R-14M speakers come in at around $160. Of course, the sound quality coming out of these beauties is nothing short of amazing.
Weighing 14.5 pounds and measuring 5.9 x 7.5 x 9.8 inches, the R-14M are actually far better than their next descendants. Well, the quality is basically the same. It’s the quality to price ratio that put these minimalistic, foreign masterpieces back on the list of the best bookshelf speakers out there.
4. Fluance XL7S-DW High Performance Two-way Surround Sound Speakers for Home Theater and Music Systems
Coming in Dark Walnut and Mahogany, these $180 bad boys are more than worth their price. They can reproduce the dynamic sound experienced in a movie theater or a live music performance right in your home in its purest form.
Their audio-grade MDF wood cabinetry was meticulously crafted to reduce resonance, and they are objectively some of the best speakers you can find out there. They only weigh 17.2 pounds and measure 8.1 x 11.4 x 9 inches, making them very easily placed anywhere inside a home ready to experience a new dimension of sound.
3. JBL Studio 530 2-Way 5.25-Inch Bookshelf
The most expensive entry on this list of the best bookshelf speakers, these $800 speakers aren’t here for no reason. They come in at 17 pounds and are far bigger than any other previous entry, measuring 18-3/8 x 8-7/16 x 8-3/4 inches. These speakers are preferred by most music producers, and they are totally worth their particularly high pricing.
Their exclusive design, 3/4-inch ultra-ridged MDF Enclosure, 1-inch High-Frequency Compression Driver, Glass-filled ABS Bi-Radial High-Frequency Horn, and 5.25-inch Low-Frequency Transducers with PolyPlas cone make them a must-have for any particularly wealthy music enthusiast.
2. ELAC B5 Debut Series 5.25″ Bookshelf Speakers
These $230 speakers are more than worth their place on this list of best bookshelf speakers. The sound that these little beauties can produce far outclasses many other similar products that cost even twice as much as them. Some even say they have the best price to quality ratio in the market of affordable speakers.
Measuring 8.8 x 7.9 x 12.8 inches and weighing 26.2 pounds, these very simple-looking Chinese speakers are the ones that all other affordable speakers should be measured against. They are light, small, of very high quality, and fairly affordable.
1. Polk Audio TSi100 Bookshelf Speakers
Coming in at $150, the TSi100 were the most highly regarded speakers so far this year. Not only are they the smallest products featured on this list of the best bookshelf speakers out there, but they also have the best quality to price ratio.
They only weigh 10 pounds and measure 10.2 x 7 x 11 inches, and their wide-dispersion woofers and tweeters offer a very thrilling sound that keeps you enjoying your music for hours on end. What else can we say about the TSi100? They were voted as the best speakers out there by satisfied customers, and for very, very good reasons.
We hope that we managed to help you in choosing the best bookshelf speakers out there. Since music is art, it is meant to arouse emotions in people. The only way to do that is to listen to it just it was produced in the first place. So, do yourself a favor and only use the best devices to listen to your favorite music. And please tell us if you enjoyed our article and if it actually helped you in your endeavors.
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