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Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Everyone from recording engineers to home theater enthusiasts to hardcore audiophiles has a place in their life for a good pair of bookshelf speakers. Small speakers can deliver great imaging and fit into small spaces in ways that floorstanding speakers simply can't. The traditional bookshelf speaker is passive, meaning that you need to connect it to an amplifier. However, active (powered) bookshelf speakers are growing in popularity, particularly for desktop and other nearfield applications where you sit closer to the speakers. Combine a set of bookshelf speakers with a subwoofer, and enjoy a two-channel or multichannel system that is both room-friendly and high-performance. Here are some Resources that can teach you more about speaker design:

What’s the Ideal Speaker Driver Configuration?
Picking and Placing Your Display, Speakers, and Subwoofer by THX
First-Order Crossovers: Panacea or Problem?
How DSP Can Take Audio to New Heights

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Rogers LS3a Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

The LS3a "was able to reproduce most of the scale, the weight of the bass and percussion, and a convincing spread of instruments" when playing music. The vocals delivered "all but the throatiest parts," and there was a "trace of edginess with massed strings, mild 'shouty-ness' to close-mic'd vocals." Overall, the LS3a "can deliver the goods most of the time..." Read More

 
Tannoy Autograph Mini Loudspeakers Reviewed

Tannoy Autograph Mini Loudspeakers Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

When a British manufacturer makes a miniature version of an old classic speaker from the 50's, what else could you call it but the mini? These tiny little replicas of the Tannoy Autograph speaker are bookshelf side yet output real sound. A nostalgic piece now they are of historical interest. Click here for a full review. Read More

 
Outlaw Audio BLS Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Outlaw Audio BLS Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The BLS' sound is "refined and natural from top to bottom, possessing a weight and finesse not usually found with monitors in [its] price class." The soundstage is "incredibly deep and involving...giving it performance levels that come close to rivaling $2,000 monitors." For a compact speaker, it has "startling bass response..." Read More

 
Dynaudio Contour 1.4 Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

Dynaudio Contour 1.4 Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

The Danish-made Dynaudios cost more than the average speakers, but our reviewer found that for that extra money, you will get "a speaker that performs at a level (or maybe a few levels) above those that you can typically find at your local electronics store." The sound was "refined and detailed with a solid soundstage..." Read More

 
Bowers & Wilkins LM1 Satellite Loudspeaker Reviewed

Bowers & Wilkins LM1 Satellite Loudspeaker Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

The LM1 is Bowers & Wilkins' budget model, but like the luxury brand that it is, B&W shows panache even with their lower priced speakers. They still possess B&W's signature sound which sounds "rich and warm" and "surprisingly robust." It excels in the midrange, "providing ample amounts of detail and texture that are of equal importance for music or movie listening..." Read More

 
Bowers & Wilkins 685 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Bowers & Wilkins 685 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

These attractive looking and compact speakers reminded our reviewer why he loves bookshelf speakers: "fantastic midrange presence and definition with a nimble, sweet tweeter, all in a compact package." He also found the 685s "are among the best spatially, "throwing a wide and well-defined soundstage that is anything but vague and/or artificial..." Read More

 
Revel Performa M22 Monitor Loudspeaker Reviewed

Revel Performa M22 Monitor Loudspeaker Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Reviewer Andrew Robinson was thoroughly impressed with the M12s, stating that "for late night or ambient music listening, I'm not sure it gets better than the M12 for the money." It possess a "full-bodied, rich sound that has a delectable midrange and a very sweet and detailed high-frequency response that doesn't become harsh or fatiguing..." Read More

 
Outlaw Audio LCR Loudspeaker Reviewed

Outlaw Audio LCR Loudspeaker Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

As a company, Outlaw is committed to affordable excellence and the LCRs are no exception. It "looks far more impressive than its price" especially "when you consider the level of control and customization packed into such a compact and affordable speaker." While the music playback is excellent, the LCRs "can rock a film soundtrack and/or explosion like nobody's business..." Read More

 
Revel Concerta M12 Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

Revel Concerta M12 Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

It's not uncommon for a consumer electronics giant to have various product offerings tailored to a variety of different consumers and budget ranges. Harman International is one such company, offering not one but three speaker brands for consumers to choose... Read More

 
JBL Studio L Series L830 Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

JBL Studio L Series L830 Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

The L830s were described as "one dynamic loudspeaker despite its size." Its bass performance was described as "solid and a tad more robust than most bookshelf speakers in its class." Overall, it was deemed a "solid performer, featuring a full-bodied, natural midrange with a smooth, albeit lively, top end." Read More