Bookshelf Speaker Reviews (211 Reviews)


MartinLogan Illusion ESL C34A Center-Channel Speaker Reviewed

MartinLogan Illusion ESL C34A Center-Channel Speaker Reviewed

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing MartinLogan's Expression ESL 13A, an electrostatic speaker that uses a relatively large panel to reproduce everything over 300 Hz in a dipolar radiation pattern. As electrostatic systems differ significantly from traditional speaker designs,... Continue Reading

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?
How to Pick the Right Amp for Your Speakers (and Vice Versa)
Picking and Placing Your Display, Speakers, and Subwoofer by THX
First-Order Crossovers: Panacea or Problem?
How DSP Can Take Audio to New Heights

Bookshelf speakers, mini-monitors and other small loudspeakers are reviewed here.

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews Archives

Jul 26, 2017

PSB Imagine XA Dolby Atmos Speaker Module Reviewed

Partnering with speaker manufacturers to develop the Atmos-enabled speaker module with up-firing drivers was probably one of the smartest things... Continue Reading
PSB Imagine XA Dolby Atmos Speaker Module Reviewed

Apr 10, 2017

RSL CG3 5.2 Home Theater Speaker System Reviewed

Dennis Burger explores RSL's CG3 5.2 speaker system, which includes four of the company's CG3 bookshelf speakers, the CG23 center channel, and dual Speedwoofer 10S subs for $1,478. Continue Reading
RSL CG3 5.2 Home Theater Speaker System Reviewed

Feb 01, 2017

Atlantic Technology LCR3 Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

Atlantic Technology is a Norwood, Massachusetts-based designer and manufacturer of home theater loudspeakers since 1989. The LCR3 compact loudspeaker ($275... Continue Reading
Atlantic Technology LCR3 Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

Jan 23, 2017

MarkAudio-SOTA Viotti One Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

Brent Butterworth reviews the $2,995/pair Viotti One from MarkAudio-SOTA. This two-way bookshelf speaker combines a 5cm tweeter/midrange driver with an 11cm woofer in a well-built cabinet that comes with a matching stand. Continue Reading
MarkAudio-SOTA Viotti One Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

Dec 19, 2016

Focal Dȏme Flax 5.1.2 Speaker System Reviewed

Brent Butterworth auditions Focal's petite Dȏme Flax 5.1.2 speaker system--a $2,499 package that includes five Dȏme Flax satellites, the Sub Air wireless subwoofer, and two 300 ICW 4 in-ceiling speakers for Atmos/DTS:X effects. Continue Reading
Focal Dȏme Flax 5.1.2 Speaker System Reviewed

Dec 05, 2016

Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

'Tis the season for Home Theater Review's annual best-of list, where we select the best products we've reviewed in the past 12 months. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

Nov 02, 2016

SVS Prime Elevation Satellite Speaker Reviewed

In a perfect world, all HT enthusiasts would own perfectly proportioned theater rooms where all speakers can be placed in... Continue Reading
SVS Prime Elevation Satellite Speaker Reviewed

Oct 26, 2016

DALI Opticon 1 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Let's clear one thing up right from the get-go: DALI is short for Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries and has nothing... Continue Reading
DALI Opticon 1 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Oct 10, 2016

Klipsch Reference R-15PM Powered Monitor Reviewed

Sean Killebrew explores Klipsch's R-15PM powered monitor, a two-way speaker that features built-in Bluetooth and a variety of input options--including a phono input. Continue Reading
Klipsch Reference R-15PM Powered Monitor Reviewed

Jul 13, 2016

Clearwave Loudspeaker Design Resolution BE Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

I am no longer surprised at the number of small, American-based companies that design and build superlative speakers that can... Continue Reading
Clearwave Loudspeaker Design Resolution BE Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

Jun 20, 2016

Focal Sopra N°1 Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

Ben Shyman reviews Focal's Sopra N°1. This bookshelf speaker is gorgeous and offered in a variety of eye-catching colors; but, as Shyman would discover, the Sopra N°1 offers much more than just a pretty face. Continue Reading
Focal Sopra N°1 Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

May 18, 2016

Role Audio Sampan FTL Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

Steven Stone reviews the Sampan FTL bookshelf speaker from Role Audio. This small, ported speaker uses a single full-range driver and claims a frequency response of 40 Hz to 20 kHz. Read on to see how it performs. Continue Reading
Role Audio Sampan FTL Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

Apr 27, 2016

KEF R50 Dolby Atmos Speaker Modules Reviewed

I recently reviewed Denon's flagship AVR-X7200WA network receiver. This Swiss Army knife of a receiver supports new immersive sound formats... Continue Reading
KEF R50 Dolby Atmos Speaker Modules Reviewed

Apr 11, 2016

Sonus faber Chameleon B Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

The entry-level Chameleon Series delivers the visual flair we'd expect from Sonus faber at a much lower price, but how does the new Chameleon B bookshelf speaker perform? Myron Ho finds out. Continue Reading
Sonus faber Chameleon B Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

Dec 28, 2015

THIEL TM3 Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

My first encounter with THIEL speakers was with the excellent CS3.7 floorstanding speaker, which was the late Jim Thiel's last... Continue Reading
THIEL TM3 Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

Dec 07, 2015

Home Theater Review's Best of 2015 Awards

It's that time of year again--time for the HomeTheaterReview.com staff to pick the products that we feel represent the best of the best from all of our 2015 reviews. We've covered a variety of categories and price points. See if your faves made the list. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2015 Awards

Jul 29, 2015

Orb Audio Complete Mini Sound System Reviewed

Brian Kahn reviews Orb Audio's Complete Mini sound system--a petite, powered 2.1-channel system that includes two Mod1X satellites, a subONE subwoofer, and the new Mini-T v3 amplifier. Continue Reading
Orb Audio Complete Mini Sound System Reviewed

Jul 20, 2015

Bryston Mini A and AC1 Micro Speaker System Reviewed

What kind of Bryston speaker package can you assemble for under $5,000? Dennis Burger reviews a system built around the company's Mini A bookshelf speakers, AC1 Micro center speaker, and Model A subwoofer. Continue Reading
Bryston Mini A and AC1 Micro Speaker System Reviewed

Jun 29, 2015

SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 Speaker System Reviewed

Myron Ho explores the small but impressive Prime Satellite 5.1 speaker system from SVS, which includes five Prime Satellites and the SB-1000 subwoofer for a package price of $999.99. Continue Reading
SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 Speaker System Reviewed

Apr 22, 2015

Atlantic Technology 44-DA Atmos-Enabled Speaker Module Reviewed

Myron Ho auditions the new Dolby Atmos speaker modules from Atlantic Technology. The 44-DA sits atop your existing speaker and directs the Atmos information upward to be reflected off the ceiling. Continue Reading
Atlantic Technology 44-DA Atmos-Enabled Speaker Module Reviewed

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