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Best Bookshelf Speakers Under $1000 – Editor’s Choice

So many to choose from! Lets us boil it down.

How to Choose a Bookshelf Speaker that fits you:

What things do you need to consider when buying bookshelf speakers?
There are basically four things you should take into consideration when shopping for bookshelf speakers.
Space – How big is the room you plan to put these in? Bookshelf speakers can be impressive but in a large room sometimes they are just not going to be able to move enough air to get the job done. If you have a smaller sized room, something less than 8-10ft wide and 10-15ft long you may want to consider bookshelf speakers and a sub set up. Imaging can sometimes be better and room reflections can be mitigated by seating distance from bookshelf speakers. The great thing about most bookshelf speakers, being smaller and just two-way, you can sit very close to them and you hear the music as one. Instead of hearing the tweeter and the woofer working separately.
Music Style – What kind of music you listen to can be greatly enhanced or detracted from by your speaker choice. Lucky most speakers under $1000 tend to sounds good across a large variety of music, but some have more bump, thump, or detail than others. Some are laid back, good for jazz or acoustic, while others that thump are better for rock, pop, and rap. Just looking at the speaker specs wont tell you how the speaker sounds, so you’ll want to research, read reviews, pro and user reviews, to get an idea of how the speaker will sound. If you can, it is always best to audition the speaker in person with power and input devices similar to your home set up.
Associated Equipment – You’ll want to make sure that your amp and input sources characteristics match your speaker characteristics for a desired result. For instance, if your amp is known to be bright, and you get speakers that are also known to be bright, the combo of the two can be over bearing and make listening unpleasant. If your pre-amp or tuner has high and low controls you can adjust for this. If they don’t, than it is a major part of pairing your equipment.
Home Theater or Stereo Only – If you plan to build up a home theater system at some point it is good to consider if the speakers you are purchasing have associated surrounds, center, and sub speakers paired with the bookshelf. In a surround sound system having matching sounding speakers is very important.
Experts may all agree on the advantages or shortcomings of any product they review but, at AudioReview.com, we believe that the average consumer can best summarize all the details a product has to offer… So read what users have to says!
Updated 7/5/2011



Bowers & Wilkins 685 ~ $600
WhatHiFi – After all, they were What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Award-winners in 2007 and 2008, and to date we haven’t reviewed another speaker capable of worrying these entry-level marvels.
AudioReview - 8 Reviews 4.88 of 5 writes – Base is much tighter and punchy than the old 602′s. Massive base for such a small speaker! Clarity is mind blowing, especially with Jazz recordings.
AVGuide.com – Wayne Garcia - Let’s get straight to the point: B&W’s 685 is a terrific little loudspeaker. It has impressive tonal balance, tremendous rhythmic authority, conjures a nice, open soundstage, has impressive if not super-extended bass response, a singing treble, plays loudly without strain

Audio Note AX-2 & AX-2S ~ $600-1000
AX-2S – positive-feedback.com – Gary Beard – In my opinion, the best word to describe the sound of the Audio Note AX-2 Signatures is “balance.” From top to bottom, these little speakers never give any reason to single out a specific area for comment, and that is a very good thing.
AX-2 – AudioReview – RGA – For small speakers, the Piano was highly realistic and fuller bodied than speakers at this price have any right to be. Few speakers I have heard under $1k manage the piano anywhere near as well and that alone along with exceptional female vocals deserve some serious attention.

Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1 ~ $850
AudioReview’s Adam LaBarge – “…Overall the Sierra-1 monitors do a lot of things right. They especially move air well at high volumes. They seem to have met all the goals David was trying to accomplish in a reference speaker below a thousand dollars….” – Read Full Review
AudioReview - 4 Reviews 5.00 of 5 - KevinR writes – Usually, speakers that cost considerably less than my Paradigms don’t fare well in comparison. The Sierra-1 was the exception. The mid-range was open and detailed. The bass was exceptional for a bookshelf. The soundstage was wide and deep. Tony Levin’s bass on “Liquid Tension Experiment” came through with exceptional detail. Vocals were neutral, with no sibilance.

Tekton Model OB4.5 ~ $550
enjoythemusic.com – enjoythemusic.com Best of 2009 – With a full-range driver on an open baffle it gives you superb focus, transparency, timing and phase coherence. Place them out into the room on solid stands and it delivers a wide, deep soundscape with excellent definition.
AudioReview - Poultrygeist – The Tekton Model OB4.5 for $550 is in a class by itself.

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Axiom Audio M3v3 ~ $348
pcdistrict.com - The M3 is Axiom’s most versatile and compact stereo and home theater speaker. Winner of the SoundStage! Reviewer\’s Choice Award and GoodSound! Product of the Year, the M3 delivers powerful bass, outstanding treble, and award-winning musical sound for under $400…
AudioReview’s – Adam LaBarge – When I checked the price again I was blown away to find out they were $348, especially when considering their performance. The M3v3 do most of what a great speaker should. They present a large and open image, linear reproduction of sound, offer a good amount of detail, and be as transparent as the speaker can be. Read Full Review
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Paradigm Audio Mini Monitor ~ $339
GreenbergAudio Magazine – I’ve heard highly-regarded $2,000 two-way 6-inchers that could not keep up with the Mini Monitor.
AudioReview - 171 Reviews 4.57 of 5 – Nick Ade – writes – Crossover setting is beautifully low at 2 khz. The tweeter can perform well, and can be heard well off axis, where frequency response does not drop off nearly as rapidly as with other bookshelf models. Build quality is superb for a sub $400/pair speaker, I like the dark cherry veneer. I listen to my music with no eq/bass enhancement, etc, and these speakers are perfect for the discerning stereo enthusiast.

Sony SS-B3000 ~ $100
AudioReview’s Editorial Review – Given the price constraints it is hard to find an over all fault with the SS-B3000 speakers. But the highs can be a bit straining at times and if matched with some ‘hot’ components… Read Full Review
AudioReview - 2 Reviews 4.67 of 5 – D Smith – writes – Everything is quite clear, and they have good volume. I’ve never managed to get the volume on my receiver past about 60%, because it simply hurts too much. Bass is extraordinary for the size of the speaker (about knee height), but vocals still remain clear.
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  • D Stock says:

    Best booksehlf speakers under $1000: Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1

    Their Website: http://ascendacoustics.com/

    The Sierra-1 ranges from about $850 to $950, depending on finish.

  • Legalbulldog says:

    How about an article on Bookshelves under $300.00? They are Bookshelves after all. My wife gives me crazy looks when I want to spend $200-$300 on Bookshelves for my deployment. Not all of us are single, have audiophile wives, or even the financial means to drop $1000 for bookshelves. My Bose 901′s where only $1000 after all and their the main speakers in my home.

  • Ken M. says:

    Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1, have owned these for just over one year now and love them. They are very impressive both in a Home Theater setting as well as 2-channel listening mode. At this price point they won me over and have since made my wife a believer of “Good Sound” as she now desires nothing less than a good night of movies or music. The owner/designer, “Dave F.” is a pleasure to work with as he is willing to share his knowledge with each and every customer. Great customer support. Rest assured that these speakers will perform as good as any other sub $1000.00 speaker out there. ~Ken

  • Joe Conforti says:

    monitor audio all the way. read the specs! and then listen. by far the best in its price range.

  • jeff w says:

    funny how the Paradigm Studio 10s arent mentioned yet on several sites they beat the B&W 685s…who is in charge here? I want answers…step up to the plate. The new Paradigm studio 10s are awesome!!!

  • jeff w says:

    and waaaaaay under $1000

  • Mark says:

    How about the Revel Concerta M12′s? I know that there are comprimises for speakers under 1000, but these do pretty well for $700.

  • Rob L. says:

    I listened to both the B&W 685 and the Paradigm Mini Monitors: both sounded amazing.
    The 685 had a little bit more midrange depth and articulate highs, yet not much, and the
    Mini Monitors are half the price.

    Why wasn’t the Wharfedale Diamond 9.1′s on the list? Are they to old or cheap?

  • psound says:

    Tannoy Mercury F1 Custom:
    1. Minimum coloration: honest sound, realistic reproduction from the sonic & music point of view
    2. Neutral tonal balance: not warm but also not cool, sounds like the frequency response from top to bottom is quite linear (maybe anybody has measurement data to correct or confirm my hearing on this?)
    3. Detail, transparent and focus, but not drawing attention to itself, the attention is on the music, enable me to deeply listen to the music.
    4. Quite revealing of recording material quality/character
    5. Great value (US retail price of USD140)

    I’ve compared the F1 Custom with some good speakers: Wharfedale Diamond 9.1, PSB Alpha B1, Paradigm Atom, Usher S512, B&W 686 & Epos ELS8. IMHO, the F1 Custom has some serious advantages over those speakers.
    Prices (US retail price): the F1 Custom is USD140, the PSB USD 280, and the others are above USD300 (the Usher is above USD400).
    I belief the F1 Custom is an underrated performer, partly due to its low price, where some recommendations I read is just to use it in a mini hi-fi system. Actually it strongly competes against USD 250 – 450 loudspeakers with a real chance of winning. Seriously recommended.

    • Dave Mester says:

      Yes, I was glad to see your post. I owned an older pair of Mercury mx-2. The balance, musicality were simply better than anything else for, at that time, about $400. Nothing else I have heard was as good. The new F1 should be even better.

  • Donald MacGregor says:

    I’ve adored my Quad 12Ls for a few years now and though they cost me $800AUD on a clearance, down from $1200AUD, they’re easily better than any $1500AUD floor standing speaker I could buy locally. They need great components feeding them and don’t do well with low power amps or small spaces but give them their proper diet and they’ll fill a bigger room than most with delightfully rich sound.

  • Thomas says:

    I own the B&W 685′s for my 5.1 sound system. I have 2x 683′s up front, and the center and two surrounds are 685s. Yes, you read that correctly, the 685 is so awesome, it blew away the center channel that was recommended for this system, so I put my TV on a stand and put the 685 under it for my center channel. It is simply an outstanding speaker, albeit a bit akward as a center speaker for placement due to its size. They are worth every cent in my opinion. If I had to do it all over again, I would probably just get 5 or 7x 685′s and one great sub for my home cinema. That would simply rock for music and film soundtracks would be mindblowingly good. That being said, the 683′s don’t suck either :)

  • RStriemer says:

    also don’t forget Totem Acoustics bookshelf monitors, not all of them are under a grand but most of them are and are said to have some great sound.

  • David says:

    Someone asked above \How about an article on best book shelf speakers under $300?\ Well here is best under $500 in my opinion. Polk Audio RTiA3′s easily belong in this best under $1,000 group but are around $455 for a pair. Very solidly built, beautiful cherry wood laminate and amazing sound quality as surrounds, even as mains in a smaller room along with the Polk Audio CSiA4 center. Just my humble opinion, but do a search for reviews yourself.

    http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/rtia/index.php#rtia3

  • Dom says:

    Surprised Totem acoustics didn’t find it’s way in here.
    Are Paradigm’s really better than the Mite? Aren’t Mites under one K?

  • Dom says:

    To legal bulldog:

    Bought some Monitor Audio Bronze 1s 8 yeasr ago on sale for $250 while the MSRP was $400.
    I wouldn’t spend less than $300 on a bookshelf unless they are higher valued speakers on sale. You might not be happy with the sound, but maybe someone has a really good find?

  • Dom says:

    PS… isn’t the Paradigm mini monitor at $339 close enough?
    I’m sure you could work a salesman down to $300.

  • Dom says:

    Pretty sure the Totem Mites are under $1K.
    And Totem has great imaging, soundstage and prescence.
    Surprised they didn’t get on this list.

    (You can actually get the Totem Rainmaker on sale for under a grand as well, but if this list is by MSRP, then the Mites Definately shoulda been on this list).

  • Ron says:

    I agree the Polk RtiA3′s deserve mention as a best under $1000.00. They sound better than many floor standing speakers. I own a pair and absolutely love them. The best $450.00 I’ve ever spent. Peace Out.

  • Rich D. says:

    With so many great bookshelf speakers availbable today I’m sure putting together a rather small list is probably a rather difficult assignment. My take: Axiom Audio and Aperion Audio must be up for serious consideration. I own Axiom M3ti’s and they are just fabulous. Extremely transparent and balaned…for less than $350 a pair. I’ll put them up with just about anyone in blind test, anyone. Web-based only audio companies save tons of cash, no middle ground for mark up. Can’t say that about B&W.

  • Dave says:

    Did anybody give a listen to the Focal Chorus bookshelf speakers either the 700v or the 800v. I just bought a pair of the 807v and I am impressed with them.

  • STEVE FISHER says:

    PSB ALPHA B-1S, save your money and buy your wife a dress.

  • Cesar M. says:

    Dynaudio Audience 52 should be on the list

  • Gene L. says:

    I’m surprised we haven’t seen the Emotiva name mentioned thus far. While Emotiva is well regarded for their electronics and spoken of in forums throughout the web, their bookshelf speakers may be some of the finest $600 options available. Advanced, adjustable slope settings;Boundary compensation and quite sophisticated crossover technology are included. Superb Q/C and Internet Direct pricing equals strong product/value ratio that can be auditioned without risk. Break them in for a week and I bet you’ll keep them!

  • nath says:

    jm lab 706 are top shelf at only 800 to 1000 bucks !!

  • Kevin Combs says:

    My Bose 301′s are so clear it is ridiculous for around $400 dollars. They have the power and the clarity that some speakers costing way more can’t match. I have 4 of them and they are hooked up to mt Samsung LCD and really make movies and Tennis matches and the like sound great. simply have them hooked up to my 200 watt Kenwood receiver and that is enough for this musician. Music is very important to me and having these little but very powerful Bose speakers really makes it great couldn’t ask for clearer sound…

    • Mr. Speaker says:

      I have heard Bose 301s vs. many other speakers and the Bose never once came up on the winning end vs. speakers in their price range.

  • Sébastien says:

    eee wtf, they don’t even put some focal on the list !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Brett says:

    The experts on this site have actually tested all these speakers unlike every single reviewer here, so you really have to stop pretending you know better when you don’t.

  • Pastuch says:

    Please include the Axiom M22 V3s in your next sub $1k bookshelf comparison. They are an amazing value and I’d bet they compare to the B&W nicely.

  • Rootman says:

    Recently bought a pair of Tekton Design OB4.5′s with tweeter add on for an extra $50. They are a truly unbelievable deal for $600. You will need a sub to help them troll the depths on classical or rock with big bottom end, but they will play with any speaker under $5000 with no sub needed.

    With Eric’s 30 day trial, you can try a pair and send them back if they don’t float your boat. They’ll float it and make you feel like it’s a $100,000 Cigarette with triple 1000HP engines…….

    Just flat out good and the cabinet finish is as good as any(I said any) speaker made, including WIlson MAXX’s and things way out there….

  • Glen says:

    As usual, the best damn Bookshelfs on the planet get passed by again. The glorious Swans D 1.1SE and the Swans
    2.1SE have drivers and crossovers that are typically found in Bookshelfs in the $ 2K to $ 3K range. Once you hear
    them, you will completely forget that other Bookshelfs exist. They make all their drivers, cabinets, and crossovers
    in house and have one of the top five anechoic chambers in the world. When speakers are this perfectly matched and have components and cabinetry equal to a Rolls Royce, is when the price will leave you in total shock. I have been an Audiophile since 1975, and let me tell you my Audio Friends, I have seen and heard the very best in the past 35 years, and there is no other brand on planet earth that equals Swans. As far as performance to value, they have no match. They are the Crown Jewels, the Mount Everest of Loudspeakers, and once you hear them, someone will have to slap you in the head to get you out of state of shock. The D2.1 se’s go for $ 949.00 and the
    D1.1 se’s go for $ 599.00. Once you discover them, your search is over. You have found the Holy Grail.

  • yea right says:

    wow this site is some expert, not including some of the best – over some not even in average place

  • Bjørn says:

    I have Monitor Audio Silver RS1 and they are the top!
    Melody Gardot is standing next to me in the room.
    Tord Gustavsen is playing piano in my livingroom.

  • Graham says:

    Recently auditioned the Paradigm Studio 10 against my older E 700 Jamos. Jamos won hands down for me. Alot smoother and easy to listen too. Studio 10 sounded harsh and strained. Opinion supported by local HiFi dealer that used to sell both. Apparently I like the Jamo sound, very similar to ProAc and I love Studio 150s, but that is something else.

  • meir cohen-israel says:

    b&w 685′s are simply amazing.
    rotel int. amp. ra1070
    sony cdp 591
    monster cable z1
    rca-monster m-1000.
    also owen:polkaudio lsi9(fantastic)
    polkaudio rti a7(very good indeed)
    polkaudio rti6(not for sailing ever!!!)
    jbl lx60(old but still great)
    thank you all.

    10 weeks to b&w 685 to break-in, dont be panic let the time do good to your speakers.

  • Sébastien says:

    The Best Bookshelf on this price range are the Focal Chorus 806v
    i own a pair and OMG… with Bryston and rotel they sound Amazing !!

  • Tyler says:

    Had a pair of BMW CDM1 SE’s and picked up a pair of Quad 12L’s and these put the B&W’s to bed. I run them with a mod Jolida 302BRC and it really is as good as it gets. Do yourself a favor and try them out. Give them about 75-100 hours and they will leave you………speechless. I’ve seen them on audiogon for $600-$700. Also, I was strictly SS with Krell 300i, 300iL and the 400 and with the tube(Jolida), I will never go back. My 2 cents…

  • Michael G. Powers says:

    Am I mistaken? I thought I would have seen one or more powered speakers making the cut….

  • Peter says:

    Who is selling Paradigm mini monitors for $339? My local dealers want $425. and $399. for a pair.

    I am using a Denon AVR -3300 recv. 105 watts rms and I will be using a 100 watt powered Yamaha Sub to assist the front speakers.
    My Living room is approx 12′ x 21′

    My top bookshelf speakers so far: (I will be using speakers for both music and TV/ home theather)

    B & W 685 $550. + tax
    Paradigm Minis $399. + tax (tweeters can be a bit harsh, but a very good overall perfomer for the price)
    Polk Monitor 40 (in cherry) which can be found new on ebay for a super low $168. free ship/ no tax
    (however I do see a lot of refurb. Polks which makes me leary of the quaility).

    Any recommendations (based on sound, price, size, etc)
    What does the audio community think of the Canadian speaker, Axiom M3 bookshelf speakers? There is a local guy on Craigslist selling a used set of 5 for $200. cash, are they worth a listen/ consideration.

    Thanks,
    Peter
    Buffalo, NY

  • John P. says:

    I had a pair of Axiom M22′s amd they were outstanding with a subwoofer. I auditioned many speakers to replace them, including Paradigm (Studio 10 was my fave) B&W (loved the CM5) and Monitor Audio (RS6 – now RX6 – rocked). I recently bit the bullet and bought a pair of Ascend Sierra 1′s. Best – by far – out of the bunch to my ears. A small speaker with a 5″ woofer. I turned off my sub… Well, I plug it in for movies. ;-)

  • Harry Schneider says:

    Both ELAC and Canton have various inexpensive models that should not be ignored.

  • RMW says:

    Well if you want real value and performance under $1000 it is DIY. A $1000 DIY system would blow speakers 5 times their cost out of the water. If you’re not into DIY, to me the only viable commercial option are the Ascends. They’re one of the few manufacturers that use high quality drivers and actual crossovers!c

  • KESM66 says:

    Looking for superior sound from a bookshelf speaker at a fraction of the cost: Mordaunt-Short Carnival 2 Stand-Mount Speakers. MSRP 299.00. Surf the web for even lower prices.

  • Jack says:

    I recently got some used Silverline Minuets from Audiogon and WOW – they are amazing. My nearfield audiophile setup doubles as my computer desk so my options were limited in the first place but they exceeded my expectations. They replaced a 2.1 Orb Mod4 setup that was very accurate but produced almost no soundstage. These completely disappear and produce a soundstage that’s about 10 feet away. Not bad considering that I’m sitting about 2 feet away from them.

  • Mike Bennett says:

    What about Epos M5 or M12.2 . I had the Paradigm,B&W’s and Monitor Audios etc.. The Epos give some of the best imaging and detail i have ever heard in there price point. Matched up with the right amp and you have a real hi end system. I cant believe paradigm is put in this class of speakers. Paradigm gives good bass and sound good but not the imaging and sound stage you get from alot of the others mentioned in the list. Not as musical either. Another really nice speaker is the Angstrom Pochetto II.

  • Alonso says:

    What’s the consensus among audiophiles on Focal? I listened to their tower and bookshelf speakers today for the first time and was very impressed. I visited Abt… to look at the Polk TSI400C (I was not impressed with Polk’s new cheap look – I can only assume that the overall quality has dropped) and the saleman directed me towards the Focal towers and Focal Chorus 705V Bookshelves. I was very impressed by the 705V’s for what they cost, $439. I know very little about Focal, why is so little written about them?

  • Charlie says:

    B&W CM1 is just around $1k, and won the prestigious EISA award a few years back…sounds to me like the 685 but smoother and with tighter, deeper bass. Beautiful cabinets and build quality, even though made in China. Bi-wireable, unlike the Dynaudio’s, and a bit cheaper, too. I love ‘em!

  • Bob says:

    Polk LSi9′s are the best bookshelf speakers that I have ever heard and I have owned quite a few bookshelf speakers but…., in my opinion, these people do have a tendency to be quite biased toward certain companies according to geographic location.

  • Concerned says:

    You skipped over Dave Ellis’ 1801b’s. Sure they’re DIY kits, but they’re incredible.

  • LShepard says:

    a/d/s 200/300/400

  • johnnydee2 says:

    why by from china

  • windrunner says:

    Def Tech 450′s…..just thinkin’!

  • K E I says:

    Is there a new list? I imagine the newer Hsu HB1 mk2 would be a shoo-in.

  • ad says:

    I have tested almost all of the speakers mentioned in the above, and some also mentioned in the comments.
    However, the Von Schweikert VR-1′s exceed all of them in dynamics, range, bass weight, clarity, soundstage and focus.

  • Túbal says:

    DO NOT TRUST ANY “SOURCE” THAT GETS PAID BY ADVERTISING CERTAIN BRANDS!!!!

    As an audiophile with more than 10 years of experience I can say popular magazines and websites should not be trusted 100%. If you need to know if a speaker sounds good to you, arrange a demo at your local dealer or visit reputable forums like http://www.avsforum.com/ where audio engineers, consumers and audiophiles talk about their experiences with Hi-Fi components. Get real info from reliable sources.

    I’ve owned KEF (XQ 20), B&W (685) and Polk Audio (LSi 9) speakers since I love their build quality and their price/sound quality ratio is excellent. My favourite brands for “moving” these babies are Harman/Kardon, Arcam and Rotel…again…their price/performance ratio is excellent.

    Many so called “audiophiles” and critics wouldn’t here any difference in a blind a/b testing session between, say, my Arcam + Polk Audio LSi system and another more “exotic” and much more expensive (using the same cables and source). I’ve witnessed this many many times. These business people have a maxima: “the more cash you spend, the better sound you’ll get” and that’s not true.

    Three weeks ago I bought a pair of Polk Audio RTi A3 for 290€ for my bedroom (paired with a harman kardon 980 amplifier)…and, to make the story short, all I can say is RTi A3′s surprised me very positively. It’s a steal to get that build and sound quality for just 290€!!! I could not believe it and I suggest you hear them at you local store, really.
    These cheap babies (RTi A3) sound just as good as other more expensive speakers but with a 2x-3x lower price, trust me, go listen to them and evaluate.

    Don’t end up being another obsessed slave in the Hi-Fi chain.

    Best wishes,

    Túbal

  • Jason says:

    Mordaunt Short! Very surprised none of these beauties made the list. Having owned two pairs myself and having a brother-in-law who works for a hi-fi shop, I totally feel they can hang with most if not all the above mentioned speakers.

  • Rob says:

    Boston MR-V50 sounds good with my Rotel power but I’m just a poor man that just want his music.

    • Osuna says:

      Hell yeah. My Klipsch B-2 make a real nice sweet sound with my Nakamichi STASIS amp and Yamaha CD-1 player. I found their sound to be very accurate, the bass adequate and I enjoy enormously them for less than $200. Maybe I’m dumb but I love them.

  • John i says:

    What about Mackie 826? The old ones are cheap on eBay and sound great and way better than m audio and really great for book shelf speakers!

  • Diane says:

    We also own Quads, but the L211s, a somewhat smaller version of what was mentioned above. It took them a long time to break in, and they lacked warmth during the break-in period. But once that was over, we had superb sound. I use a sub with them. What I like about these speakers is that detail sounds “real” and blended rather than separate and distracting. Percussive and string instruments sound wonderful. We listen to a very wide variety of music, however, and the little Quads can handle them all.

    I’ve liked Klipsch for a long time, and I would buy Klipsch again, but I certainly wouldn’t trade the Quads at this point. And, as an extra, they’re also beautiful.

  • Theaudioguy.ca says:

    Focal 806v chorus

    They are amazing and I’ve had 8 speaker brands in 3 years
    Wilson audio
    $30,000
    Max speakers uses the same tweeter.
    So it has to be good.

    Glorlious midrange and perfect highs.
    I’m stuck with these thankfully.

  • Theaudioguy.ca says:

    Focal 806v chorus

    They are amazing and I’ve had 8 speaker brands in 3 years
    Wilson audio
    $30,000
    Max speakers uses the same tweeter.
    So it has to be good.
    I’m using them in both 2 channel with a primaluna tube inter.
    And also hometheater.
    Glorlious midrange and perfect highs.
    I’m stuck with these thankfully.

  • JDCD says:

    I say the KEF Q300 bookshelf speakers should be included in this bunch. They can be found for under $500 used or as an open box item. New I believe they go for $650 shipped. I have them in my system and love them. They are powered by a re-built Sumo Nine amplifier along with a Grant Fidelity DAC-09. The imaging is dead center and the music is just sweet to me.

  • Marty says:

    WHAT about the Yamaha Saovo 900 -m’s?? or Saovo 2? surely they will knock the B&W of their pedestal?

  • big al says:

    I recently purchased a pair of svs mbs-02 bookshelf speakers in a rosewood finish. They list for $899 I believe but were on sale for $399 when I picked them up. They are tied to a pioneer spec 1 pre and spec 2 power amp with 250 watts going to each @ 8 ohms. 12 guage wire and banana plugs on the amp side spades on the speakers. The speakers are 28 pounds a piece. More than double your average bookshelf. People look for the sub in my room but I don’t have one. I don’t think you will find many bookshelf speakers this capable @ 2000. For 399 they are giving them away.

  • Jimjackson says:

    wow if spend $1000-, should get a pair of better audiophile speaker, both speaker mention in here is just for av sounding? how about KEF 201/2

  • Peter says:

    Give the Phase Tech PC 1.5 a listen (you can pick them up on sale for approx $750.)
    I also have the Paradigm Mini Monitor V6 in my set up (pd $400.)
    The clairty from PC 1.5 is much better than the Mini monitors, but the soundstage and warmth of the Paradigms is excellent, plus is does not take much to drive this 8ohm 92 dB speakers. The Phase Tech are 4 ohms 90dB and benefit from a quaility amp.
    Im using a Parasound HCA-855 amp 5 x 85watts and a Denon AVR-3300 as my preamp, and HSU sub VTF-1

  • tim g says:

    how come nobody mentioned the m&k lcr-750.

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