Believe it or not, bookshelf speakers are the bestselling type of speakers for home listening. This is due to their compact size and versatility. You will see bookshelf speakers used as desktop speakers, as components of a larger home theater setup, and of course as bookshelf speakers. Getting high quality bookshelf speakers doesn’t have to break the bank. Here at MyHomeStereo we are all about getting the best sound out of your system and getting it at a price that will fit every budget.
In this case we are looking specifically at the best bookshelf speakers under $300. I think you’ll be surprised at the quality of speakers you can buy at this price point as there are excellent manufacturers that build these types of speakers. In this article, we will present to you some high quality bookshelf speakers all priced under $300.
Klipsch R-51M (Passive)
I think most people know that Klipsch is very strong producer of audio equipment with years of success. That remains true with these Klipsch R-51M bookshelf speakers.
For a really amazing sound you can pair these with a sub woofer and a power amp but even on their own they will sound great. These are passive speakers so you will have to connect them to a receiver or amp for power. What is really great about these speakers is how well they work with surround sound and watching movies. Klipsch has long been revered when used in home theater systems.
If you want these as part of your home theater system you will also need a power amp, receiver, tower speakers, sub woofer etc. These are a great choice for music listening also where you will only need a power amp and a receiver.
ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 (Passive)
ELAC is a renowned German manufacturer that has been building great speakers and other sound products for nearly a hundred years. The ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 bookshelf speakers continues their great tradition. Compared to the original B6 that debuted in 2015, this new version has a livelier and clearer sound.
These speakers are capable of producing a satisfyingly deep bass without an external sub woofer along with clear highs and awesome mids. A couple things to consider are that these are quite large and have a low sensitivity rating so you will need a powerful amp to drive them effectively.
Polk Audio Signature Series S20 (Passive)
Polk is another company that is widely recognized in the audio industry. When it comes to book shelf speakers they have various high quality products. Probably the best is the S20 we show here.
There is actually a lot of debate as to what the better speaker is between this Polk and the ELAC shown above. This depends on your preference. The ELAC Debut have a punchier bass but the Polk S20 sounds more refined at the higher frequencies. Another difference is the ELAC is front ported whereas the Polk is rear ported which makes it less forgiving with regard to placement. With the exclusive Polk Power Port design however, it doesn’t need as much clearance from the wall as a typical rear port.
These speakers are great for listening to movies and music and perform like more expensive speakers.
Wharfedale Diamond 220 (Passive)
These speakers made in Britain were released back in 2015 and still sound as good now as then. What’s been improved with the 220 is the cabinet construction which has been an issue in the past. The new layered construction damps the resonance keeping the enclosure from interfering with the sound. The Wharfedale sound engineers are top-notch and have tuned the bass to sound much bigger than what you would expect in speakers this size.
This speaker offers a well-balanced sound and even though there may be newer and better speakers on this list, this is still a really good option especially if you live in the UK as you can get them for around $140. These speakers often gets great reviews and we feel they will not disappoint.
Edifier R2000DB (Active)
Edifier is a growing brand in the audio industry that dominates its local Chinese market. They have been producing great bookshelf speakers for over 2 decades. The Edifier R2000DB is well-balanced speaker that consistently gets good reviews.
This active speaker comes with a lot of features. You get an optical input and an additional 2 auxiliary optical inputs that allows you to easily hook them up to multiple audio sources. It also has Bluetooth support, and bass and treble equalization.
These speakers have a slightly colored signature sound but they are pleasant to listen to. Definitely check these out if you are looking for powered bookshelf speakers.
Klipsch R-15PM (Active)
So another speaker from Klipsch is on the list only these are powered speakers. The fact that Klipsch has two speakers on the list speaks volumes for this company. Not only are they great looking speakers but they deliver a bright, crisp powerful sound that is super clear.
These speakers have Bluetooth capabilities and are often used with turntables. They are powered but if you want to enhance the sound and the bass you can connect them to an amp and receiver. Bravo Klipsch for another great product.
Edifier R1280DB (Active)
Well what do you know Edifier has its second entry on the list once again in the powered speaker category. Common belief has it that these speakers don’t have a good bottom end but that is not true. The Edifier R1280DB actually produces a solid bass that is impressive for how small these speakers are.
These speakers offer a crisp sound and are well-balanced. These are simple yet effective book shelf speakers that come in under $300.
If you are in the market for bookshelf speakers under $300 that have great sound, then one of these presented here should do the trick. I hope the information here will help you in deciding which bookshelf speakers best fits your needs. Have a good day and happy listening. Please leave a comment or question.