The Best Bookshelf Speakers For Under $500 in 2021

The bestselling type of speaker for home listening, bookshelf speakers are compact yet capable of delivering rich and room-filling audio. While most commonly used in HiFi setups, they make great desktop speakers and are also a more compact alternative to floorstanders as front L/R surround speakers in a home theater system.  Loudspeaker technology has come …

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Best Floor Standing Speakers Under $1000 in 2021

Floor standing speakers, often simply referred to as floorstanders, are typically the biggest kind of speaker designed for home use. The cabinets are bigger than those of bookshelf speakers, allowing them to project sound further across the room and with more presence and scale. Despite their size and weight, floorstanding speakers don’t leave a big …

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The 7 Best Center Channel Speakers For Your Home Theater (2021)

Center channel speakers play a crucial role in surround sound systems by balancing the total sound of the system and providing a specific anchor location for dialogue and vocals. They bridge the gap between the left and right stereo speakers facilitating the more detailed spatial acoustics that 5.1 and 7.1-channel audio formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio were designed …

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Q Acoustics 3020i Review

Established back in 2006, British loudspeaker company Q Acoustics is still in its early days. It might not have the rich heritage of other British brands like B&W or KEF, but engineering legendary speakers like the $4500 Concept 300 has made them a recurrent name in audiophile circles. The 3020i comes at a far more …

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Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speaker Review

Among budget audiophiles the Micca MB42X and PB42X are pretty much the only speakers around their budget that come recommended. The Micca MB42X is simply a MB42 with a crossover while the PB42X is a powered version of the MB42X with a built in amplifier.  The PB42X appears to hit a sweet spot. For less …

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Edifier R1850DB Active Speakers Review

Edifier is a Chiniese audio manufacturer who dominate the Chinese market and are rapidly gaining recognition worldwide. The name might not possess the prestige associated with popular consumer brands like Bowers and Wilkins or Bose, but its products offer good value for money. Think Xiaomi, but in the HiFi space.  In this review I’ll be …

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ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 Bookshelf Speaker Review

ELAC are a German audio company that needs no introduction, and the new Debut 2.0 lineup is supposed to offer audiophile grade sound at an earthly price. Redesigned by the legendary ex-Pioneer sound engineer Andrew Jones, a lot of interesting decisions have been made to improve upon the highly successful Debut B6 that preceded them. …

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Best Bookshelf Speakers Under $300 in 2021

Thanks to their compact size and versatility, bookshelf speakers are still the bestselling type of speaker for home listening. They can be used as desktop speakers, as part of a home theater setup or of course simply placed on either end of a bookshelf as the name would imply.  With a budget of $300, you’ll …

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The 10 Best Bookshelf Speakers Under $200

Bookshelf speakers are the bestselling type of loudspeaker, largely owing to their size and versatility. They can be placed just about anywhere and be used within almost any audio setup. While soundbars are all the rage these days, a good pair of bookshelf speakers has the potential to sound a lot better and offer much …

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Polk S15 Bookshelf Speakers Review

Polk have a somewhat crowded selection of bookshelf speaker options around the ~$200 price point: TSi200, RTi A1 and Signature S15. Despite having the most power, the sound quality on the TSi200 is fairly mediocre. Meanwhile the RTi A1 (full review here) is less powerful than the TSi200, but sounds great and has a beautiful …

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