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The Best Bookshelf Speakers Under $500 of 2022

Lunar Vteam
  May 28, 2022 8:32 AM

The best solution in choosing bookshelf speakers under $500. The list is prioritized to choose the big brands in the Klipsch, KEF, Polk Audio, Edifier, Kanto, ELAC, Fluance, Audioengine, Sonos, Amazon Basics list with high reviews from customers


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    KEF
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    Klipsch
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    Klipsch
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    Polk Audio
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    Edifier
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    Kanto
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    Edifier
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    Klipsch
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    Polk Audio
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Glenn Adams

The best speaker is the 1 that sounds best to You. Speakers are a item you need to go to a store and listen to them since 2 people don't hear the same nor do they have the same tastes in sound. Remember the speakers will sound different at home vs the store, if you have a room with little furnishings and a tile floor that would be considered a 'live' room so you don't want speakers that are bright as they will sound even brighter at home, you would want what is revered to as a 'warm' sounding speaker. Rooms that are carpeted and have a lot of furnishings are already warm sounding so in that situation you would want a bright sounding speaker. Most of the specifications on a speaker can be ignored but the sensitivity rating is important. Speakers are rated in db(decibles) and the higher the number the louder the speaker will play with less power, so a speaker that is 91db would sound a lot louder than one rated at 87db with the same amount of wattage so most speakers would say 87db@1w1m meaning that speaker played 87 decibels with 1 watt of power and the test microphone was 1 meter away. Sometime instead of sensitivity it might say efficiency on the speaker specs. Keep those simple things in mind and you will get the best speaker for you. So if the $50 speaker sounds better than the $500 speaker go ahead and get it.

Morgan Ce

Generally speaking, if you want the best balance of value and quality then you want to stray away from the “cheaper” sets of monitors. Mackie currently sells the MR5mk3 monitor and it sounds quite good. Goes for a very budget-friendly price and can very easily have the MR5mk3 subwoofer patched in when you can afford it. The monitors will only set you back about $180 each. They make a great set of near-fields and can fill a room when you need them to.

I used to work in professional audio and had different needs, so if you want a bit more heat, a flatter response, and need very high quality audio reproduction, then the Presonus Eris E8 is for you. I bought my set 4 years ago and they are still going strong. Please bear in mind that these speakers are active and have a very robust SPL rating that can and will shake objects in the room and hurt your ears if you crank them to unity and run amplified signal from and active mixer to them. I found this out the hard way and it might still be the loudest thing I’ve ever heard in my life. Those baby’s can pump when you crank them, and when you isolate them with MoPADs or foam on stands, the bass response is out of this world (or 10hz, if you want to get technical).

Good audio equipment can be an investment, but it more than pays off years down the road when you realize how little you’ve paid per hour of enjoying crisp, high-quality audio. There are many others out there, but from my background, I recommend those the most for a budget conscious setup

Lars Anderse

Will a non-audiophile hear a difference in sound quality (e.g. instrument separation) going from the best under 500 to the best under 1000 USD bookshelf speakers?


Yes, they can hear it but they just don’t give a damn about it to be honest. I am an audiophile (to some extend) and both my wife and daughter can hear the difference between good and mediocre speakers and headphones. They also have their own preference of sound signature. But they wouldn’t miss it if they got mediocre speakers or headphones with a completely different sound signature or EQ setting. They can definitely hear it but they just don’t care.

Just for a comparison; They love making and eat food, but I don’t care about that. I can still taste a good quality dish and enjoy it, but if I never got to eat it again and had to eat mediocre food for the rest of my life I would be ok with that, and I wouldn’t even miss the quality food. It’s the same thing with non-audiophiles.

Ilan Hovav Kutsman

What is the best sounding 5.1 speaker for listening music under $500?


5.1 is not a speaker, it’s a surround configuration with 6 speakers - 4 of which are corner speakers -one for each corner of the room, then there’s the center speaker which is located between the two front corner speakers and usually plays the main melody or singing voice and there’s the .1 which is a subwoofer for the earthshaking ultralow bass sounds and is located somewhere in the room on the floor.
Similarly there’s a 7.1 configuration where there are additional 2 speakers in the middle between the front and back speakers on the left and right wall.

so are you looking for a specific speaker or a 5.1 set?