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Audiophile Bookshelf and Small Speakers Reviewed

Everyone from recording studios to home theater enthusiasts to hardcore audiophiles have a place in their life for bookshelf speakers. Small speakers deliver great imaging and fit into small spaces in ways floorstanding speakers simply can't. Combine a pair of bookshelf speakers with a subwoofer and you have a system that is booth room-friendly and still capable of kicking butt. Read our vast archive of audiophile bookshelf speakers below for the best audiophile and home theater brands bookshelf speaker offerings.

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Aerial Acoustics 5B Monitor Loudspeaker Reviewed

Aerial Acoustics 5B Monitor Loudspeaker Reviewed

By Jim Swantko

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Reviewer Jim Swantko was impressed by the 5B, indicating "their sound is as powerful as any monitor I have ever heard and delivers bass much deeper than expected...The 5Bs image beautifully and have an extended frequency range thanks to titanium tweeters, which are open and responsive but never fatiguing..." Read More

 
Focal XS 2.1 Speaker System with iPod Dock

Focal XS 2.1 Speaker System with iPod Dock

By Brian Kahn

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The sound quality of the Focal XS 2.1 "was better than I had heard from other similarly-sized systems." The mid-range was "clean and smooth" while bass was "articulate and full, but ran out of steam with bass-heavy tracks." Overall, the XS 2.1 "is a clean and efficient way to add both powered speakers and an iPod dock to your computer system." Read More

 
JBL On Air Control 2.4G Wireless Speaker System

JBL On Air Control 2.4G Wireless Speaker System

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

The JBL On Air Control 2.4TG eliminates the need to run wires between the signal source and the speakers and has a transmission range of up to 70 feet. This model "are a sonic cut above other wireless models" and "sound as good as comparable wired models Read More

 
JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module

JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

The JBL WEM-1 are easy to place and easy to install. The system "eliminates the need to run speaker wires from the main audio system to the surround speakers." Despite its relatively small size, the built-in amplifier is "surprisingly powerful." "The sound leans more toward the cool and analytical...yet isn't harsh or strident" Read More

 
JBL Control NOW Loudspeaker Reviewed

JBL Control NOW Loudspeaker Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Our reviewer was impressed with the sound quality of the Control NOW's. The bass response was "surprisingly robust...and not overly colored or boomy" while the midrange and treble are "clear and open, and the transition from bass to treble is smooth." Furthermore, the elbow macaroni shaped design allows it to be located in many places within a room. Read More

 
Aux Classic 2.1 Desktop Speaker System Reviewed

Aux Classic 2.1 Desktop Speaker System Reviewed

By Dr. Ken Taraszka

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

This small system impressed on first listen with its "lush deep bass at low and even to fairly loud levels while keeping the vocals and subtle background details in check." The soundstage was wide and deep with "solid dynamics." On a variety of musical tests, "the Aux system kept it all together..." Read More

 
Bose 301 Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

Bose 301 Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
2 Stars
 

The sound of the 301 Bookshelf Speakers sounds big and the "seemingly good sensitivity" does a good job with background music and casual listening." Overall, they have "big sound and wide dispersion" despite having a "relatively small footprint." It fits well into many, space conscious homes... Read More

 
Klipsch Synergy B-3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Klipsch Synergy B-3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

Like many Klipsch products, the Synergy B-3 is "easy to drive, has a forward and aggressive top end, tight bass with moderate extension and a good but not particularly wide soundstage. Appearance wise, the B-3s "offer an excellent fit and finish, with some unique cosmetic accents" that won't be found in more traditional speakers in a similar price range Read More

 
Infinity Primus P162 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Infinity Primus P162 Loudspeaker Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

Don't let the modest price of the Primus P162 fool you, it delivers "true high-performance sound quality with excellent clarity and resolution and outstanding imaging and transient response." Overall, its performance is "good enough to satisfy even demanding audiophiles Read More

 
Logitech Z-2300 2.1 Desktop Speaker System Reviewed

Logitech Z-2300 2.1 Desktop Speaker System Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

Let there be no doubt, the Z-2300 plays loud and "will do your movies and games justice." The subwoofer is "surprisingly good" especially considering its size and low cost. The appearance of the Z-2300 is "pretty sexy" and the adaptor allows you to connect them with many different gaming consoles Read More