1. Klipsch

Klipsch

Klipsch

Klipsch Audio Technologies is an American loudspeaker company based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Klipsch are generally considered as the high range budget speaker. The main reason that I think Klipsch speakers are a good choice for the majority is they sound extremely clear. They sound very good in comparison to speakers of a similar price, so they’re worth considering if you’re looking for a new set of speakers. The Good the Klipsch Reference R-51M offers excellent build quality with attractive “retro” flair for an affordable price. Sound quality is dynamic and punchy, especially with rock and pop. The speakers are very efficient and can play loudly without strain.

2. SVS

SVS

SVS

SVS has been known for their subwoofers but not associated with other speakers. Their Ultra line, released 2012, is a push to handle all the audio duties in a theater and not just the bass. Designed by Mark Mason, formerly of PSB and now head designer for Thiel, the Ultra Bookshelf speaker offers a lot for the money. A very large bookshelf speaker finished in a beautiful piano black, the Ultra Bookshelf has no trouble filling a room. Great bass, good depth to music, good soundstage, very nice build quality. More clarity in the midrange and treble can be had with other bookshelves. The SVS Ultra Bookshelf speaker is a $1,000 pair that has no trouble filling a room. Bass is full and well defined, and the tweeter is very clear without being peaked.

3. Polk

Polk Audio

Polk Audio

Polk Audio is a manufacturer of audio products best known for their home and automobile speakers. The company also produces a wide range of other audio products such as amplifiers and FM tuners. The Polk Audio 31″ universal sound bar features both optical and auxiliary inputs for connecting a tv, DVD and Blu-ray players, gaming consoles and more. With built-in Bluetooth technology, you can easily connect your phone, tablet, PC or other Bluetooth device wirelessly. The Polk Audio T50 floor standing speakers are often on sale for less than $200 per pair, which is astonishingly low price. These speakers are efficient at converting amplification to sound due to a 90 dB sensitivity rating, which makes them more efficient than more expensive speakers in our lineup.

4. Audioengine

Audioengine

Audioengine

Audioengine already knows a lot about making Bluetooth work well, as they’ve proven with their best-selling B1 Bluetooth adapter. The A5+ Wireless also features a 24-bit DAC, which presents impressive low noise and low distortion characteristics that should provide a noticeable improvement over other Bluetooth devices. The bottom of the speakers is padded with a black foam material. This will reduce unwanted vibrations with whatever surface you place them on. In the center is a standard 1/4″ threaded mount. Taking a look inside both units, starting with the right speaker, all we find is a passive crossover. This collection of inductors, capacitors, and resistors splits up the incoming audio signal into a high frequency and low frequency component.

5. Sony

Sony

Sony

The Sony is a superlative performer. Its design is limiting in that it’s a single speaker, but the device can truly shine in the right environment, and I can see it nestled snugly in a bedroom, studio apartment or small flat. The party features should also be great for those so inclined, but I honestly feel that it would be a waste of an incredible piece of hardware.  The music that emanated from that single speaker filled the house, and it was good. Mark Knoffler’s guitar work is incredible and the speaker rendered the notes beautifully. Every track I played sounded amazing on the speaker. Whether it was the hauntingly beautiful voice of Sarah Brightman or Kelly Flint’s dulcet tones, everything sounded incredible and detailed. Heavier tracks are where the shortcomings of the speaker become apparent. Tracks like Pink Floyd’s High Hopes and Metallica’s The God that failed, just don’t have enough meat on them. The audio is room-filling, yes, but the punch from the bass is lacking and stereo separation just doesn’t happen.

6. Edifier

Edifier

Edifier

Edifier is an audio manufacturer that offers a range of speakers, music systems, and headphones for personal & home entertainment. If you’re after a significant upgrade in power for your TV or PC monitor speakers, the Edifier R1280DB are a great option. They deliver Hi-Fi-like levels of power and warmth, all without the hassle of any extra equipment, and for a bargain price. The first is that these are quite a hefty upgrade for a PC. Remove the fabric speaker grille and you’ll find the two drivers and single bass port of each speaker. The front firing bass port means you can mount these speakers in confined spaces and not lose any bass performance. Perhaps most crucially, the sound is reasonably even, with no particularly prominent boost to the bass or treble. PC speakers in particular often try to use bass or treble to sound more powerful and detailed than they really are. Here, however, you just get a reasonably even sound.