The best bookshelf speakers elevate your listening experience without taking up a large amount of space.
Experienced audiophiles analyse a variety of aspects before picking which pair would earn the coveted slot in their home environment, but it doesn’t have to be that way when it comes to choosing the best bookshelf speakers.
Our intention is to simplify things. Because of this, we’ve included the top choices in this guide for various setup types and pricing points.
DALI Spektor 2
A maker of high-end loudspeakers with a large selection of kits that can be pricey is Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries, or Dali. When combined with an amplifier capable of matching their sonic capabilities, the Spektor 2 passive speakers, which are the least expensive pair on our list, generate fantastic clean and stunning sound (the same affordable Onkyo A- 9010 is a great option).
Putting aesthetics aside, it would be difficult to find a better set of active speakers at this price point given its full, balanced sound that doesn’t have the overpowering highs that some of Dali’s prior budget speakers had.
Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo
The Formation Duo belongs to the premium category, but not everyone can afford their size and price. Having said that, we’ve had the pleasure of listening to, comparing, and even topping some genuinely high-end audiophile setups, these are some of the best-sounding speakers we’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing. They are excellent.
Every time we hear them, we are continually astounded by how crisp, clear, precise, and well-balanced they are. We are especially astonished by the incredible bass they produce even without a subwoofer.
They can produce this level of sound without spending as much money on an amplifier or passive speaker system because they are active and do not need an external amplifier, which helps to somewhat justify their price.
KEF LS50 Wireless II
Active kits from KEF, which are at least much less expensive than the Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo, are the second most expensive pair of speakers on our list. Additionally, they come with a tonne of connectivity possibilities out of the box, so there is no need to pay extra for any additional features.
The LS50 Wireless II are impressively outfitted with optical, digital coaxial, analogue, and RCA connections, not to mention HDMI eARC for incredibly simple connection to your TV, letting you to adjust the volume with your existing remote control. You also have access to AirPlay 2, Chromecast, Tidal, and other wireless streaming choices if that isn’t enough. Thanks to KEF MAT sound absorption technology, their sound is very precise, crisp, and clear.