We’ve come a long way since surround sound was just something that you could experience at the movie theaters. Even just 20 years ago, speakers used at home were limited to what your TV came with or what you could plug into your desktop computer with only a dial for volume control. Now, it seems like there’s endless options for you to browse online when you’re looking for a good set of speakers for home use. From boom bars to ceiling speakers and home theater set-ups, audiophiles everywhere are rejoicing in the versatility and range of options they can choose from. One option that we highly recommend are bookshelf speakers. These are exactly what they sound like–speakers that are designed to sit snugly on your bookshelf and blend into your room aesthetics.
The benefit of using bookshelf speakers is that they can seamlessly fit into your room without you needing to add clutter around your TV or install anything into your wall or ceiling to make those in-ceiling speakers flush with your wall. All you have to do is pop these on your bookshelf or even just a small mount or stand, and you’ll be good to go! Like all speakers, there’s a big range of products that you can consider, depending on your willingness to pay. Below, we’ve put together our 2020 picks for the best bookshelf speakers under $1000. These will include all the features that you might expect out of more professional speakers and save you the trouble from sifting through entry-level speakers that just won’t cut it. Take a look below to find your next set of speakers!
Our Favorite Bookshelf Speakers Under $1000 In 2020
At the lower end of the price spectrum are these Klipsch bookshelf speakers, but these certainly deliver on versatility, performance, and elegance. The R-41M are designed with a vintage aesthetic, which is achieved with the 4” spun-copper IMG woofers. These Injection Molded Graphite woofer cones also provide remarkable low frequency response, in addition to providing a unique look to the speakers. The speakers also feature 1” aluminum Linear Travel Suspension (LTS) tweeters to minimize distortion and 90×90 Tractrix horn technology to ensure that the speaker’s high frequency energy is aimed at the listener while reducing any sort of artificial reverb or filtering that’s caused by indirect sound bouncing off the walls. For the size you won’t be getting any wall-shaking bass unless you hook up a sub, but for normal use these will be perfect for your home set-up. One reviewer commented that these are “an absolute powerhouse for a 4” woofer. I went from a set of old KLH 2-way speakers to these and I will need to listen to my whole vinyl collection over. In an office that is 10’x10’ these are loud at a 2/10 volume. The bass is surprising for how small these are.”
At the mid-range level, the Klipsch RP-600M features the same type of aesthetics as the R-41M while delivering on clear highs and solid basses for audiophiles who might be more discerning in terms of the layers of the sound they’re looking for from their speakers. This is achieved with 6.5” spun copper cerametallic woofers, paired with the 1” titanium LTS vented tweeter matted to Klipsch’s proprietary hybrid Tractrix horn. The 90×90 Tractrix horn with a compression molded silicon face reduces any horn resonance for a smoother frequency response, while Klipsch’s computer modeled phase-plugs act as an additional filter to further deliver on a smooth and flat frequency response. For the best performance, it’s recommended that these sit around 1.5-2 feet away from the wall. One reviewer noted that “The bookshelf speakers are just what I needed. They deliver fantastic sound quality without breaking the bank. They look really good and blend in well with the surroundings. My wife was skeptical about how these would look in our family room but now that they’re up, we are all very happy. I highly recommend them.”
Closing in at the higher end of the price spectrum is this pair of black, classic-looking speakers from Dynaudio. The Emit range features high-end speakers and the M10 is the most compact model from this range. It features a 6ohm impedance and a 28mm diameter soft-dome tweeter and a 14cm diameter Magnesium Silicate Polymer (MSP) mid/bass driver, which is mated to a first order crossover. The hardware ensures that the M10 can deliver on detailed clean sound, with a flat response overall across all frequencies and good quality bass. It holds great energy down to about 55Hz, which is great for overall listening and audio needs. As one reviewer detailed, “the treble driver is a masterpiece. The sound stage is wide, tall, and deep, which is probably the speakers’ greatest quality. Transients are handled with ease and poise, such that the attack is really sharp and crisp, yet they stay ‘calm’.”
Finally, we’re featuring Elac’s beautiful and highly rated slim bookshelf speakers. It features a custom-designed concentric driver to deliver sonic perfection; the 1-inch soft-dome tweeter pairs well with the harmonic accuracy of the rigid aluminum 4-inch midrange cone, as the tweeter is positioned concentrically within the midrange voice coil. This design ensures that you get flat frequency response and powerful power handling for all your audio needs. The woofer is crafted from aluminum, and an extended size magnet with vented pole piece increase the power handling ability of these speakers to deliver on accurate reproduction of bass frequencies. It also has dedicated drivers to high, mid-, and bass frequencies, which ensures that each is optimized for the frequency range. As one reviewer raved, “I’m a diehard audiophile. My reference loudspeakers cost 30x more than these ELACs. I can say without hesitation that this speaker is the best bang for your buck.”
- Custom-designed Concentric driver
- Beautiful, furniture-quality finish
- Sophisticated crossover
- Sophisticated aluminum woofer
- Custom-designed binding posts