Bookshelf Speaker Reviews (221 Reviews)


MartinLogan Motion 4i Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

MartinLogan Motion 4i Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

The newly redesigned Motion 4i features a fresh yet familiar aesthetic design with some refined touches, as well as a redesigned crossover that elevates performance above the original, released in 2010. 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

Aug 08, 2018

Waterfall Audio Elora Evo Loudspeakers Reviewed

They may look delicate, but Waterfall Audio's Elora Evos deliver rich, dynamic sound that you'll fall in love with at first listen. Continue Reading
Waterfall Audio Elora Evo Loudspeakers Reviewed

Aug 06, 2018

Aperion Audio Verus II Grand Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

Dennis Burger puts the new Aperion Audio Verus II Grand bookshelf speaker through its paces, including the new Treble Mod, a rolling change to the existing design introduced in mid-2018. Continue Reading
Aperion Audio Verus II Grand Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

Jun 25, 2018

RBH Sound SV-661R Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

There must be something in the water in the state of Utah that leads to the creation of great speaker... Continue Reading
RBH Sound SV-661R Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

May 21, 2018

Definitive Technology Demand D9 Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

Scott Wasser gives the Definitive Technology Demand D9 Bookshelves a thorough going-over and lauds their "superb clarity and imaging ... expansive soundstage, and deliciously pleasing sound." Continue Reading
Definitive Technology Demand D9 Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

May 07, 2018

Monitor Audio Silver 100 Speaker System Reviewed

Sean Killebrew explores Monitor Audio's Silver 100 bookshelf speaker, plus other models from the Silver Series lineup: the Silver C150 center, Silver 50 bookshelf speaker, and Silver W-12 subwoofer. Continue Reading
Monitor Audio Silver 100 Speaker System Reviewed

Apr 18, 2018

MarkAudio-SOTA Cesti MB Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

Most of the highest regarded loudspeaker manufacturers have been around for a while, but sometimes a new manufacturer can appear,... Continue Reading
MarkAudio-SOTA Cesti MB Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

Apr 02, 2018

Tekton Design Impact Monitor Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

Terry London reviews Tekton Design's new Impact Monitor, a three-way, nine-driver speaker that features the company's proprietary high-frequency driver array flanked by two 6.5-inch bass drivers in a 40-pound cabinet. Continue Reading
Tekton Design Impact Monitor Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

Dec 18, 2017

Home Theater Review's Best of 2017 Awards

It's that time of year again--when the HomeTheaterReview.com staff looks at all of the products we reviewed this year and picks the best of the best. We've tried to hit all the product categories and price points. We hope you enjoy our Best of 2017 list. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2017 Awards

Oct 23, 2017

Focal Sib Evo Atmos 5.1.2 Home Cinema System Reviewed

Dennis Burger reviews Focal's Sib Evo Atmos 5.1.2 Home Cinema System, which features two satellite speakers with up-firing Atmos modules, three traditional satellite speakers, and an eight-inch subwoofer for $1,299. Continue Reading
Focal Sib Evo Atmos 5.1.2 Home Cinema System Reviewed

Sep 20, 2017

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... Continue Reading
MartinLogan Illusion ESL C34A Center-Channel Speaker Reviewed

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

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