What are the best bookshelf speakers?

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    #1Klipsch R-14M

    Klipsch R-14M
    The Klipsch R-14M Reference Bookshelf Speakers can fill small to medium rooms with lifelike sounds with its 4" IMG Woofer and its 1" aluminum Linear Travel Suspension horn-loaded tweeter.
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    Christian Peterson
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "You may not know the name but don’t let that fool you these speakers are top notch. Clear, crisp sound that sounds great through the entire sound spectrum. Whether it’s music or movie surround sound you can’t go wrong. Highly recommended!"
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    #2Edifier R1280T

    Edifier R1280T
    The Edifier R1280T is a pair of bookshelf speakers that are compatible with RCA and AUX inputs. It has a built-in control panel that lets users directly manipulate the bass and treble, and is remote control-enabled for convenience.
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    Ethan Smith
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "These speakers are great especially the amount of control over the bass and treble you have."
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    #3Edifier S1000DB

    Edifier S1000DB
    Edifier S1000DB are a pair of speakerphones that is suitable for PCs and game consoles. It comes with built-in Bluetooth 4.0 connection, optical and coaxial inputs and 5.5-inch subwoofer for better bass response. 
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    Philip Brown
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "I was looking for a good set of bookshelf speakers and found the Edifier S1000DB. These speakers look like they have very good sound quality. The wood finish also makes them very appealing for bookshelf looks. I would highly recommend this set of speakers to anyone looking for a low impact version for a room. "

DID YOU KNOW?

The first application of loudspeakers was for use in telephones? Johann Philipp Reis installed an electric loudspeaker in his telephone in 1861. It could reproduce clear tones as well as reproduce muffled speech. The first practical moving-coil (dynamic) loudspeakers arrived half a century later. Peter L. Jensen and Edwin Pridham introduced them in 1915 in Napa, California. In 1937, the first film industry-standard loudspeaker system, introduced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Altec Lansing introduced the 604 loudspeaker in 1943. His "Voice of the Theatre" loudspeaker system began selling in 1945. In 1954, Edgar Villchur created the acoustic suspension principle of loudspeaker design. This was important during the transition to stereo recording and reproduction. He and his partner Henry Kloss formed the Acoustic Research. The company manufactured and marketed speaker systems using this principle.

Today, use of loudspeakers go beyond professional studio or film applications. Consumer-grade speakers of all types are abundant in today's market. From the audiophile enthusiast to the casual listener, there is something for everybody. The best budget bookshelf speakers offer improved sound over cheap speakers. The best bookshelf speakers offer high fidelity sound at reasonable prices. With the slow phasing out of the 3.5mm headphone jack, people are turning to wireless solutions. Wireless headphones are becoming more popular as well as Bluetooth speakers. These remove the need for wires while still offering a sound of high quality. Sound that even a discerning ear can appreciate.

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    #4M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Active Studio Speakers

    M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Active Studio Speakers

    The M-Audio AV 40 are a pair of speakers for audiophiles that features a premium quality built-up 4-inch polypropylene-coated woofers and 1-inch ferrofluid silk tweeters. 

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    Gabriel Salgado
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "These M-Audio speakers are very decent speakers. They are a huge upgrade over integrated speakers. They have good power and are affordable. These are not to be compared to professional studio quality speakers though. These are for those that want great sound without breaking the bank."
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    #5Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Bookshelf Loudspeakers

    Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Bookshelf Loudspeakers

    The Pioneer SP-BS22-LR are the highly acclaimed speakerphones designed by Andrew Jones for the bookshelf. It features 80W and 4" structured surface woofer with magnets and 1" tweeter. 

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    Denise Meyer
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "The Pioneer SP-BS22-LR deliver the best sound quality for the price. It comes with a configuration of a subwoofer and a tweeter."
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    #6Polk Audio T15

    Polk Audio T15

    Polk Audio T15 are bookshelf speakers featuring a 1" tweeter and a 5.25" Driver, engineered with the proprietary Dynamic Balance technology. Designed to produce a natural, well-balanced yet punchy sound with bass even at the lowest frequencies.

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    Arthur Guerrero
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "I have really enjoyed using my Polk Audio T15 Bookshelf Speakers. They have simple, but attractive design, and most importantly, they sound great. They are a pretty good value too, and compatible with a range of different setups. Good look, crisp sound."
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    #7ELAC B6 Debut Series

    ELAC B6 Debut Series
    89 years of German audio excellence arrives in the U.S. with a powerful and new version of the Debut B5. The Debut B6 adds extra bass and dynamic range to its predecessor, so you get superb music quality. 



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    Patrick McDonald
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "This is a sleek, attractive set of speakers, which work great for everything you could want. They'd go well anywhere in the room, blending in with a lot of decor, or at the very least not taking anything away from it. The sound quality is good, and the volume can go to almost any range you'd want. You'll definitely enjoy this set."
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    #8DALI - ZENSOR 1 - Bookshelf Speakers

    DALI - ZENSOR 1 - Bookshelf Speakers

    If you want to upgrade your music experience in your living room these speakers might be one of the best choices. Enjoy your vinyl, CD or even MP3 music in a quality you didn't know it even existed. 

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    Terry Morris
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "The Bookshelf Speakers is a new trend, at least to my knowledge. With that said, the DALI ZENSOR 1 is gonna provide you with the best experience."
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    #9Edifier R1280DB

    Edifier R1280DB
    The Edifier R1280db-black is a wireless speaker for PC, Android, iPhone, and Mac that uses Bluetooth technology. It includes a 4-inch bass and 13 mm silk dome tweeter and digital inputs to enable lossless connection to most TV and computers.
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    Peter Newman
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I own nearly these exact speakers and absolutely love them. I bought them because I needed something to connect to our new turntable and for the price they can't be beaten!"
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    #10Elac Debut Series 5.1 System

    Elac Debut Series 5.1 System

    Elac Debut Series 5.1 System is a bookshelf speaker that comes with 2 B5 bookshelf speakers, 2 F5 tower speakers, 1 S10 subwoofer, and 1 C5 Center speaker. This is ideal for home theaters.

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    Zhang Wan
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Woven Aramid-Fiber Woofer and binding posts is 5-way metal Deep-Spheroid Custom Waveguide and Intricate Crossover Nominal/peak power handling: 50 / 120 wpc , Nominal impedance: 6 Ω; minimum 5.4 Ω , Recommended amplifier power: 30 to 120 wpc Sensitivity: 85 dB at 2.83 v/1m , Woofer: 1 x 5.25-inch woven aramid-fiber cone , Crossover frequency: 3,000 Hz , Frequency response: 46 to 20,000 Hz"
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    #11Audioengine HDP6 CHERRY

    Audioengine 	HDP6 CHERRY

    Audioengine HDP6 CHERRY is a speaker that uses silk dome tweeters with neodymium magnets and Kevlar woven glass as woofers. It includes 20mm MDF for clear sound. 

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    Sandra Lira
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "Pretty good speakers without been too pricey. They're also sturdy in case the get knocked over."
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    #12Audioengine A5PLUSW

    Audioengine A5PLUSW
    Audioengine A5PLUSW is a speaker that uses 50-watt per channel RMS and has customized Kevlar woofers. It features classic A/B analog amplifiers that produce great sound. 
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    María de Lourdes Martínez
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "These Audioengine A5+ Premium Powered Speakers were just what I needed to complete my entertainment system. I have a small space, so I needed speakers that were attractive and discrete, but didn't sacrifice on sound. These are perfect for right on the bookshelf. They look great and have fantastic sound."
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    #13Edifier R980T

    Edifier R980T

    Edifier R980T is a 24-watt RMS total output speaker for PC and television. This speaker contains a 4-inch bass driver and 13 mm tweeter with two RCA inputs. 

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    Carol Chen
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "These bookshelf speakers were too large for my liking. The sound had too much bass, not enough treble, and they shook my shelves so bad things nearly fell off."
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    #14Edifier R12U

    Edifier R12U

    The Edifier R12U-WHT is a 2.0 USB-powered speaker for PC. It requires 3.5 mm auxiliary input for a connection for mp3 players and bass reflex port for superior sound. 

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    Betty Ruiz
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Love these speakers! They are perfect to use with my laptop on the go! The sound quality is amazing and I especially love that there is a headphone jack."
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    #15Audioengine P4B

    Audioengine P4B

    Audioengine P4B is a two-way passive bookshelf speaker with Kevlar woofers and silk dome tweeters. It has a frequency response of 58Hz-22kHz that is perfect for living room, bedroom, and office. 

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    Alexander Duncan
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "These speakers are both small and jam packed with power. They are compact enough that they don't take up too much space but somehow they still put out a metric crap ton of power and unusually great sound quality."
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    #16Edifier R19U

    Edifier R19U

    Edifier R19U is a USB bookshelf speaker for Windows 10 and Mac OS X. It has a 2.75-inch full-range speaker unit for a better audio system and 3.5 mm AUX cable. 

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    Douglas Johnston
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "These are nice looking speakers that perform ok for their price. There any many other options that will suit your needs better, from price to aesthetics. "

Summary

Best What are the best bookshelf speakers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Klipsch R-14M Electronics 4 Paid
2Edifier R1280TElectronics 2 Paid
3Edifier S1000DB Electronics 2 Paid
4M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Active Studio SpeakersElectronics 2 Paid
5Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Bookshelf LoudspeakersElectronics 2 Paid
6Polk Audio T15Electronics 1 Paid
7ELAC B6 Debut SeriesElectronics 1 Paid
8DALI - ZENSOR 1 - Bookshelf Speakers Electronics 1 Paid
9Edifier R1280DBElectronics 0 Paid
10Elac Debut Series 5.1 SystemElectronics 0 Paid
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