The 6 Best Affordable Bookshelf Speakers

Good Quality Speakers That Won't Cost You Thousands

It's not necessary to spend thousands of dollars on stereo speakers to get good sound quality. These bookshelf speakers offer excellent performance at an affordable price. They can be placed on a shelf but for the best sound they should be set on speaker stands or wall-mounted in some cases.

KEF iQ30 Bookshelf Speakers

Two thumbs up! The KEF iQ30s are one of best bookshelf speakers I've tested. They have a neutral sound quality with little coloration and are easy to listen to with all kinds of music. Whether you're a casual or critical listener, the iQ30s have something every music lover will enjoy.

Infinity Classia C205 Bookshelf Speakers

Infinity Classia C205 Black Finish. Infinity Systems

Infinity, long known for its stylish speakers has introduced the Classia series of loudspeakers including the C205 bookshelf speakers, the smallest in the series. The speakers have an avant-garde appearance that befits a contemporary setting or room décor. The cabinets feature a blend of gloss black with silver trim and an angled top that faces forward. Its rounded edges and corners tone down the typical hard, boxy look of many speakers. They are also available in a Cherry finish with real wood veneers.

Overall the Infinity C205 speakers are very balanced sounding and easy to listen to. The combination of warm bass, clean midrange, detailed highs and an affordable price per pair make them a winner in my opinion. Unfortunately, the manufacturer has discontinued this model, but it can be found used and refurbished.

Monitor Audio RHD90 Mini Monitors

Monitor Audio R90HD Mini Monitor - Rosemah finish. Monitor Audio
The Monitor Audio R90HD Mini-Monitors will deceive the eyes, but not the ears. They're small enough to be virtually invisible, but with their fine finish, you'll want them to place them where they can be easily seen and appreciated. The speakers are easy to place on stands, a shelf or wall-mounted. The Mini-Monitors are rich-looking speakers with sound that matches or exceeds many bookshelf speakers and are a great value.

Paradigm Titan Monitor V6 Bookshelf Speakers

Paradigm Titan Monitor Speaker. Paradigm

I may be slightly biased, but my first reaction when listening to the Paradigm Titan V.6 Monitor Series speakers was Paradigm has produced another winner. I say slightly biased because I own Paradigm Reference Studio 100 v.2 tower speakers as one of my reference speaker systems. The Titan Monitors are an outstanding value. Their full bass response, open midrange and detailed high-frequency characteristics are an impressive accomplishment.

B&W 685 Bookshelf Speakers

B & W 685 Bookshelf Speaker. Bowers-Wilkins

Bowers & Wilkins, or B&W as they are commonly known, is a widely respected British speaker manufacturer that has been making reference quality loudspeakers since the 1960s. B&W speakers are appreciated for their sound quality as much as their unique, ultra modern designs and are found in recording studios as well as homes. The B&W 685 bookshelf speakers make a great choice for a moderately priced home theater system, a bedroom or apartment stereo system or as surround sound speakers. They're easy on the ears and have a very balanced sound quality.

Aperion Audio Intimus 5B Bookshelf Speakers & Bravus 8A Subwoofer

Aperion Audio Intimus 5B Speaker with grille. Aperion Audio

The Aperion Audio Intimus 5Bs are great for a modest, yet robust stereo system. That is, a modest price and a robust sound. Pair them with a receiver with 75-100 watts per channel and the Bravus 8A for a classy and affordable stereo system, or wall-mount the 5Bs as surround speakers in a home theater system.


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