A good pair of speakers is one of the most important parts of any hi-fi system. Luckily, there's a whole heap of choice, using different designs, materials and technologies, all of which can have a big effect on the sound quality.
The best stereo speakers on the market can cost thousands of pounds, but there is plenty of value and quality to be found at the budget end too. A capable pair of hi-fi speakers doesn't have to break the bank.
In this round-up we've got ten of the best speakers for under £400, giving you plenty of choice to match your room, system and personal preferences.
They may not be class leaders, but the Aero 2 speakers deliver a well-integrated and spacious sound. They're confident performers that work best when placed away from the wall. Vocals are solid too, and the cabinet size (which is towards the larger end of the scale) only adds to the impressive bass weight.
The Aero 6 floorstanders have been on the receiving end of a £150 price cut, which makes them even more appealing. They benefit from Cambridge Audio's BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator) driver, which covers a wide frequency range. The result? A cleaner sound with better integration.
If it's budget floorstander speakers you're after, look no further.
This five star entry from Dali is towards the top end of our budget scale, they should deliver more than their rivals... and they do.
As one of the few pairs that inspired our reviewers to use the term "stonkingly good", rest assured these are a fantastic buy.
When we first heard the OLi RA1s, we were impressed. They are controlled and, for their size, deliver a considerable punch. Details and dynamics are impressive, as is the scale of their sound. Factor in a £100 price tag and you can't really go wrong.
An upgrade and improvement over the Q Acoustics 2010i speakers, these 2020i's are quite simply astounding.
For £150 you get incredibly good performance-per-pound value. And at just 27cm tall, they're compact enough to squeeze into a small space.
Their Award-winning successors may be the better option (see below), but the 121s can still hold their own. The sense of scale on offer belies their size, midrange is projected well and treble is well-judged.
And they're now available for just under £100 too, making them worthy of an audition.