Buying a sound system for yourself or as a gift depends upon good speakers, and there are lots of different types, sizes, and prices. Speakers are so many and varied it’s hard to make a recommendation of just a few.
Multitudes of speakers have good quality so make sure that the ones you choose meet some basic standards of sound reproduction and fidelity. After that, just go crazy on your particular needs. Some want especially small speakers, other want them to look like furniture. Still other desire a visually arresting look. Here are some of our recommendations.
JBL Professional 306P Mark II Studio Monitors – These are marketed for use in professional concert settings. But…for guys and gals that want a system that really “thumps” at home with impeccable fidelity, these speakers are in my opinion the Cadillac of speakers. Hearkening back to the classic JBL L100 Studio Monitors, these next generation speakers are unsurpassed. These are great speakers.
Mackie CR Series Studio Monitors – If you go with bargain speakers (at little over 100 dollars), these may be the best! They have great fidelity at lower volumes, so they may be good for people in apartments.
Bose 301V Stereo Loudspeakers – It’s hard to write an article about home speakers without Bose being in the conversation. Specializing in small size with amazing fidelity and tight bass, these will be the only bookshelf speakers you will ever need to own. This makes the price (over 300 dollars) well worth the investment for years of audio quality.
Audio Engine A5+ – These are cool speakers. They may pack more punch per square inch than any other speaker on our list. Everyone from headbangers to symphony orchestra audiophiles will love these amazing and sophisticated bookshelf workhorses. At almost 500 dollars though, view this as an investment in years of pleasure and not just a purchase.