Best Bookshelf Speakers to Buy in 2020

Speakers are more important than displays when it comes to audiophiles. It’s only logical that better experience calls for the best hardware. Bookshelf speakers are those kinds of devices that can transform audio into memorable moments. Unfortunately, these quality systems are expensive.

The widely known brands can cost you more than a thousand dollars. Lucky for you, we have the Top-5 Bookshelf Speakers you can get for under $1000. We like to sit between the best of two worlds: A trustworthy quality product for a price you can afford.

1. DYNAUDIO EMIT M20

Great Detail

  • 5-year workmanship warranty
  • Crystal-clear audio
  • Suits people who like brightness
  • Not the best bass for a $1000 speaker

2 Reviews

Power Handling: 150 Watts | Woofer: 6.7-Inch MSP | Weight: 16 lbs

Dynaudio is a high-end Danish company affiliated with the sound equipment, releasing tons of products for the last forty years and you will see their products mostly ranging higher than $500. Dynaudio Emit M20 is the bigger brother of Emit M10 and improves the overall sound quality of the speakers. There is a 17cm MSP woofer along with a 28mm soft dome tweeter. The impedance of the speakers is quite low at 4 Ohms.

The quality of these speakers is mind-blowing and you get crystal-clear audio while the frequency response is somewhat in the favour of brightness. That is why you will like these speakers a lot if you like brightness and in combination with the detail level these speakers are capable of produce, you get an immensely powerful experience. A great advantage of these speakers is that they come with a 5-year workmanship warranty so that you do not have to worry about your investment.

Overall, we recommend buying these speakers if you have the money to go for them, especially if you like the sharp highs.

2. Edifier S3000 Pro

Best Bass

  • Looks really cool
  • Wireless connectivity
  • breath-taking bass response
  • Very heavy

15 Reviews

Power Handling: 128 Watts | Woofer: 6.5-Inch aluminum alloy diaphragm bass unit | Weight: 45 lbs

Edifier is one of the most well-known brands when it comes to speakers, as their products have wide price ranges. Edifier S3000 Pro is a pair of great audiophile active speakers which support wireless connectivity as well. The speakers support Bluetooth 5.0 and with the KleerNet wireless technology, the latency of the speakers is greatly reduced.

These speakers are quite close to the Dynaudio Emit M20 when it comes to sound detail, however, the bass response of these speakers is definitely better. The bass feels very deep yet has the punchy and tight feeling. The highs are very resolving and the reason for that is the use of planar diaphragm tweeters. The onboard DAC can process at 24-bit / 192 kHz, however, there is a bit of shrilling feeling when using the onboard DAC. That is why we will advise you to use high-end DAC with these speakers to get the most out of them.

Overall, these are one of the best wireless bass speakers you can get for around a thousand dollars and you should definitely give them a thorough check if you insist on the wireless technology.

3. Q Acoustics Concept 20

Modern Design

  • Looks very futuristic
  • Top-notch build quality
  • Powerful bass despite using small drivers
  • The optional dedicated stands are very expensive
  • The size of the main driver is not that big

8 Reviews

Power Handling: 75 Watts | Woofer: 5-Inch | Weight: 26 lbs

Q Acoustics Concept 20 is an award-winning product and provide immense value for the price. The looks of the speakers are just out of the world and they look really incredible. They are available in white and black in colour, although the white-version looked a lot better to us. The build quality of the speakers also feels very impressive and you can feel that by just touching them.

The impedance of the speakers is 6-Ohms while the woofer is 5-inch in size and the tweeter is around 1-inch, not the best but still could provide most people with enough depth and punchiness in the bass. These speakers can be used as stereo speakers but Q Acoustics also provides a centre channel if you want to go for a home-theatre setup. As for the sound quality is concerned, the Concept 20 provides a very well-balanced bass response; the mids seem quite soothing and the instrument separation is amazing. The highs are not as good as the lows but it is not very noticeable.

Overall, Q Acoustics Concept 20 provides a great blend of performance and price which is why we have ranked it third on our list. If you find buying the above speakers troubling, then you should take a deep look at this product, as they are a lot cheaper yet providing audiophile-grade sound quality.

4. Edifier R1280T

Best Value

  • Best bang for buck
  • Punchy bass
  • Costs less than a set of mid-range headphones
  • The overall detail level could be better

2,580 Reviews

Power Handling: 42 Watts | Woofer: 4-Inch Polymer | Weight: 10.8 lbs

Edifier R1280T has a 4-inch bass driver and a properly calibrated flared bass reflex port which enhances the sound of lower frequencies generated by the woofer and subwoofer. Talking about controls, the Edifier R1280T comes with a remote, a treble and bass dial that ranges from -6 to +6db. There’s also an automatic volume feature which sets to an adequate level every time the speakers are turned on.

You can connect this device to your PC, laptop, tablet or phone with the included RCA to 3.5mm jack. There’s also an extra RCA input if you ever need to two audio feeds on the speakers, the problem is, there’s no switch to select any of the two inputs.

It can deliver sound quality similar to a studio. The system delivers 42 watts RMS which is more than enough power for its size. The 750mV input sensitivity will make sure you scale correctly to the desired volume. The bass of the speakers feels quite punchy for the size of the woofer and the results were really pleasing. The detail level is not so good that you could call them audiophile-grade but we cannot expect audiophile-grade speakers at a $100 price. The speaker does have a 2-year warranty (on the US and Canada only) to cover you from any malfunction. One detail about the outside, the plates come off easily and there’s no loss of sound quality when the front plate is off.

In conclusion, these are the kind of speakers that even though they have a warm bass and small drivers, they perform exactly what you would need for any room in the house.

5. Micca MB42X

Low price

  • Woven carbon fiber woofer
  • Impressive sound loudness
  • Sounds good after lot of adjustments in equalizers
  • Basic design

2,802 Reviews

Power Handling: 75 Watts | Woofer: 4-Inch Carbon Fiber | Weight: 8 lbs

After the success of the Micca MB42 model, the company decided to build an improved version with the same quality as its predecessor. The speakers feature a 4-inch woven carbon fibre woofer and ported enclosure for the bass output. It also comes with a 0.75-inch silk dome tweeter that delivers a smooth treble. The frequency response for this one is your typical 60Hz-20kHz for indoor audio. Its crossovers are 18dB/Octave that output a signature that fits various scenarios, ranging from background music to home theatre. The system comes with magnetic grills which are a classy touch in performance.

The unit can be placed anywhere in the room from desks to walls or speaker stands. The company’s confident on the performance to the point that if you’re not satisfied, you can simply return the item for a full refund. The MB42X’s can work as front speakers for your 5.1 setup. The bass, midrange, and highs performance are at the level of speakers that are double its price. However, these need an amplifier or home theatre to work. With a good amplifier, the sound levels are incredibly loud, however, you will have to adjust the equalizers if you want to get originality in the sound.

These are a mediocre-performance Bookshelf Speakers that you can get, where the only problem is that they won’t work without a sound system, but as a support, they’re a perfect addition.

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Bill Wilson


Bill is a certified Microsoft Professional providing assistance to over 500 remotely connected employees and managing Windows 2008 to 2016 servers.
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