Bookshelf Speaker Reviews (223 Reviews)


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Dec 05, 2009

JBL ES20BK Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

The 10.3 lb. JBL ES20BK has a smooth modern look that also extends to its sonics. It's three-way design employs a "super-tweeter" that only begins operation at 12kHz. At only 86 dB efficient, the ES20 wants something better than a low-powered receiver to drive it. Continue Reading
JBL ES20BK Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Dec 05, 2009

Klipsch RB-61 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Sitting second from the top of Klipsch's RB line of bookshelf speakers, the 22 lb. RB-61 delivers 95 dB efficiency making it ideal to mate with low-powered electronics. With slightly aggressive sonic profile, the RB-61 is ideal for electronic material. Continue Reading
Klipsch RB-61 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Dec 05, 2009

Klipsch Synergy B-2 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

For $250 per pair the Klipsch Synergy B-2 includes the company's signature Tractrix horn-coupled 0.75 inch aluminum dome tweeter and a 5.25 inch injection molded graphite midrange/woofer. With explosive dynamics and a warm midrange this easy to drive speaker can rock. Continue Reading
Klipsch Synergy B-2 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Dec 05, 2009

Klipsch Icon WB-14 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

At $599 per pair the Klipsch Icon WB-14 aims to provide a more balanced and less in-your-face overall sound. It's less directional than other horn designs and is better suited to wider variety of music than other models. It has less of a "horn sound' and more suavity as well. Continue Reading
Klipsch Icon WB-14 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Dec 05, 2009

Polk LSi7 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

The venerable Polk LS series has been around since 2001. The two-way LSi7, which was developed with John Hopkins University, has two ports, one on the front and one on the rear, to reinforce it's lowest frequencies and increase it's power-handling capabilities. Continue Reading
Polk LSi7 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Dec 05, 2009

Polk TSi100 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Full of Polk's proprietary technologies, including dynamic balance drivers, flared ports, and a narrow front baffle, the TSi100 delivers a stylish exterior coupled with above average performance, with crisp high frequencies and a midrange relatively free of nasal colorations. Continue Reading
Polk TSi100 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Dec 05, 2009

Polk R150 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

The black vinyl clad R150 may look like just another black box, but its 0.75 inch silk dome tweeter and 5.25 inch mineral-filled polymer composite midrange/woofer blend nicely to form a system that favors warmer recordings with less bass content. Continue Reading
Polk R150 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Dec 05, 2009

Polk RTi A1 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

The Polk RTi A1 bookshelf loudspeaker sits solidly in the middle of the Polk product line at $339.95 per pair. At 89 dB efficiency the A1 is easy to drive with an airy top end, and a natural midrange that was low on listener fatigue and high on musicality and finesse. Continue Reading
Polk RTi A1 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Dec 05, 2009

Polk TSi200 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

With a pair of 5.25 inch bi-laminate organic fiber cone midrange/woofers, the TS1200 can create a wide deep image with fairly precise imaging. It needs some space away from the wall to sound its best, since it has more bass extension than many small speakers. Continue Reading
Polk TSi200 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Dec 05, 2009

Sony SS-B3000 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

The SS-B3000s "presented a surprisingly lively, crisp sound with decent warmth and depth." The sound had "good overall coherence" while the bass "held together well overall and kept pace with the overall presentation." This model "plays loud when asked" and "offers more technology and design than typical low-budget bookshelf speakers." Continue Reading
Sony SS-B3000 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Oct 19, 2009

PSB Imagine T Loudspeaker Reviewed

The PSB T system is an entire line of speakers that can be used equally well in a two channel or home theater system and PSB offers multiple options for all speakers in a home theater. PSB is known for great value and the host of models allows this system to be customized to your needs. Continue Reading
PSB Imagine T Loudspeaker Reviewed

Sep 25, 2009

Dynaudio Excite X12 Loudspeaker Reviewed

The silk-dome tweeter is "smooth as you-know-what." The fit and finish of this attractive model is "first-rate" and its compact size helps it fit into almost any room. The Excite X12 delivers "excellent sound quality with a smooth midrange and treble and superior imaging and soundstaging as its particular sonic strengths." Continue Reading
Dynaudio Excite X12 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Sep 04, 2009

Infinity Cascade Model Five Loudspeaker

The first thing you'll notice about the Cascade is its unique look. They have a "completely distinctive, slim and narrow appearance and they utilize Maximum Radiating Surface (MRS) flat-panel drivers. The sonic signature is "quick, clean and agile" and the overall sound impression is one of "outstanding clarity and resolution, with virtually no sonic blurring or "smear." Continue Reading
Infinity Cascade Model Five Loudspeaker

Aug 20, 2009

Aerial Acoustics 5B Monitor Loudspeaker Reviewed

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..." Continue Reading
Aerial Acoustics 5B Monitor Loudspeaker Reviewed

Aug 12, 2009

Focal XS 2.1 Speaker System with iPod Dock

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." Continue Reading
Focal XS 2.1 Speaker System with iPod Dock

May 11, 2009

JBL On Air Control 2.4G Wireless Speaker System

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 Continue Reading
JBL On Air Control 2.4G Wireless Speaker System

May 08, 2009

JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module

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" Continue Reading
JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module

May 05, 2009

JBL Control NOW Loudspeaker Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
JBL Control NOW Loudspeaker Reviewed

Apr 27, 2009

Aux Classic 2.1 Desktop Speaker System Reviewed

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..." Continue Reading
Aux Classic 2.1 Desktop Speaker System Reviewed

Apr 23, 2009

Bose 301 Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

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... Continue Reading
Bose 301 Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

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