Hi-fi speakers are audiophiles’ best friends. With them you get a superior sound and a hyper-realistic acoustic experience. What’s more, some can even make you perceive textures or instruments that until then you have not been able to detect in your favorite songs. However, not all models will appeal to the same listener. To avoid being disappointed, see where you want to install them: shelf, wall, on a stand or base, or on the floor. In addition, think about other crucial aspects such as power handling, impedance, frequency range. With all this, you will be able to invest in the ones you really need!

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Recommended Budget Audiophile Speakers

Dayton Audio B652 Air

"At $59.80, a pair of B652-AIRs costs less than I spend to refuel my '84 Benz—even with the current low price of gasoline. But despite its low price, the Dayton speaker is, overall, a well-balanced design, provided it isn't played too loudly. Recommended for those looking for the least-expensive way to share our enthusiasm for recorded music" —John Atkinson, Stereophile
Dayton Audio T652-AIR

Dual 6-1/2" 2-Way Tower Speaker Pair with AMT Tweeter
Pioneer SP-BS22-LR

From speaker designer Andrew Jones comes a collection of speakers that bring professional-quality sound to your living room. These highly-acclaimed bookshelf loudspeakers deliver on sound, creating an immersive listening experience.
"It's impressive when a talented speaker designer such as Andrew Jones takes time off from designing $80,000/pair speakers to come up with a quality speaker costing less than $200/pair. It's even more impressive when he takes the time to revise and refine such an inexpensive design. Jones's SP-BS22-LR is a stunning achievement at $159.99/pair. Its sound is balanced, neutral, and involving, with no significant shortcomings. I'm scratching my head at how Pioneer can produce this level of quality at this price. Every audiophile—even well-heeled investment bankers—should listen to the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR, to hear what's possible for the fiscally challenged music lover. " - Robert J. Reina, Stereophile
Micca RB42
Reference Bookshelf Speaker with 4-Inch Woofer and Silk Tweeter (Dark Walnut, Pair)

“ Place the Micca RB42 Reference speaker in the hands of experienced audiophiles and they'll never guess its price. I didn't come close, but they're $130 a pair on Amazon, and the RB42 feels like at least double that. Better still, it sounds right.” - Steve Gutenberg


Wharfedale Diamond 220

"Wharfedale Diamond 220 are not meant for heavy electronic music, nor will they rock your world with a low bass grunt in movies. On the other hand, they offer a beautifully lush and rich sound, with vocals and acoustic instruments sounding as good as I’ve ever heard near this price range. That made listening to my own favorite music (that mostly consists of Blues, Rock, Acoustics, Pop…) a real joy. " - iiWireviews (Review)
Audioengine A1 Powered Bluetooth Loudspeakers

"Powered and active loudspeakers continue to grow in popularity. They offer an inexpensive way to set up a high-quality music system without having to assemble separates: a receiver, integrated amplifier, or preamp and power amp. Audioengine has had great success with its larger A2+ stereo speaker system ($269/pair, all prices USD). Now they hope to repeat that with the less expensive A1 ($199/pair)." - SoundStage! Xtreme (Review)
Dayton Audio MK442T tower
4" 2-Way Transmission Line Tower Speaker Pair

"The Dayton Audio MK442T is a cannily designed budget tower speaker, ideal for up-and-coming audiophiles. That said, it's pretty forgiving of less than stellar recordings. It will click for music and two-channel home theater systems. " - Steve Gutenberg (Review)
Dali Spektor - 1

"The babies of the Spektor range turn out to be sparkling performers. " - What Hi-Fi?
Elac Debut B6.2

"Could be the best affordable speaker on the planet? Steve Guttenberg Audiophiliac thinks so." See the video.
Audioengine A2+ Plus Wireless Speaker Bluetooth

"The A2+ Wireless is Audioengine’s latest A2 model, adding aptX Bluetooth to the mix for wireless performance. The speaker is well crafted, exhibits high-quality physical characteristics, and requires a small amount of space to deploy. Overall sound quality is very good, delivering an evenly tempered sound that’s non-fatiguing. Bass output is somewhat restrained, but not to the detriment of playback." - Audio Nirvana (Review)
ELAC B5.2 Debut 2.0 Bookshelf Speakers
"Elac has been in the speaker business since the 1980s and has made many fine products in that time. It’s fair to say that these new Debut B5.2 speakers should be considered one of the company’s finest efforts, particularly when their price is taken into account. If the established budget speaker brands aren’t worried about these boxes, they should be." - What Hi-Fi? (Review)
Wharfedale - Diamond 11.1

“Wharfedale's Diamond range returns with a revamped design and a breathtaking midrange...” - What Hi-Fi? (Review)
Pioneer SP-FS52 - Andrew Jones Designed Floor Standing Loudspeaker

"I'll admit it, I rather like - no, love - the Pioneer SP-FS52 floor-standing loudspeaker. It's just good fun and a great value. The SP-FS52 is the kind of speaker that I feel every enthusiast should experience, if for no other reason than to appreciate what they have already, for the SP-FS52 proves that you don't have to spend a lot to enjoy this hobby to its fullest. Are there better speakers? Sure, but in a time when people have little (if any) truly discretionary income, the Pioneer SP-FS52 overcomes all objections by being affordable (around $350/pair), and not being so at the expense of overall sound quality." - Andrew Robinson, Home Theater Review (Review)
Triangle Borea BR03

"To say that Triangle’s Borea BR03 is a steal is an understatement. At $549/pair, it punches far above its weight in most categories of sound quality. In my room, the pair of them delivered a lot: tightly focused aural images on a wide, tall soundstage; high frequencies with superb extension and articulation; and an open, airy, lively midrange that was smooth yet rich, and with inviting tonality. In these ways, the BR03’s midrange reminded me of that of my reference Focal Sopra No1s. The BR03’s bass performance couldn’t match its superlative midrange, but at this price there’s nothing to complain about -- the bass I heard was punchy and fast, lacking only slightly in terms of extension and fullness." - Diego Estan, SoundStage! Access (Review)
Dali Oberon 1 Bookshelf Speakers

"Soundwise, the smallest Oberon is an agile and crispy fresh, even somewhat cheeky and characterful speaker, whose joy of playing infects the listener. It brings the necessary energy and is a lot of fun, reminding us of the enormous class of her bigger siblings, while also having that touch of gentleness that makes even bad recordings bearable. A great bargain!" - Stereo Magazine (Review)
Klipsch Reference Premiere 600M

Audiophiliac Speaker of the Year
The Reference Premiere 600M is full of surprises, at every turn it’ll make you reconsider what a mid-size bookshelf speaker can do”. Steve Gutenberg
KEF Q350

"The KEF Q350 is a lively and open-sounding loudspeaker. It delivers appealing tone, taut and satisfying bass, excellent boogie factor, and a feeling of sophistication—all at a very low price. Highly recommended. " - Herb Reichert (Review)
Klipsch RP-5000F Reference Premiere

"The Klipsch Reference Premiere 5000F makes a strong case for speaker buyers trying to decide between bookshelf and tower speakers. Small speakers can be good, but great towers like the RP-5000F handily trump the smaller ones in terms of power, deep bass, and dynamics. Listen to a pair and you'll see what I'm talking about."

"Klipsch RP-5000F, a tower speaker to be reckoned with" - Steve Gutenberg