It doesn't matter how good your source components and amplification are, without a decent set of speakers your system won't sound great. Here's our pick of the best...

Speakers are a key part of any hi-fi set-up, and choosing the right pair for your system, budget and room is an important business. There are hundreds of models to choose from and it can be a daunting task deciding which ones to buy. We'd recommend drawing up a shortlist, visiting a dealer to audition them and using your own ears to make the final decision.

But to help you on your way, here's our pick of our favourite models, from budget £150 standmounters to £2000+ flagship floorstanders. Remember that your system, room acoustics and the type of music you like listening to will all be factors to consider before you buy.

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Best stereo speaker under £200
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Tested at £190

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These lovingly constructed boxes deliver an exceptional combination of refinement, insight and dynamics. We can’t fault them.

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Best stereo speaker under £400
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Tested at £280

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For their size, these Monitor Audio Bronze 2 dig deep in the bass. They’re tonally balanced and impressively detailed too.

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Best desktop speaker under £500
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Tested at £350

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KEF has really cracked it with these unique, egg-shaped Bluetooth speakers. The KEFs boast a distinctive design, excellent flexibility and fantastic sound quality, worthy of a 2015 What Hi-Fi? Award.

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Best standmounter under £500
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Tested at £500

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Put simply, the 685 S2s are superb. Hugely entertaining, with power, punch and excellent detail retrieval. A worthy Product of the Year, Awards 2015.

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Best floorstander under £500
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Tested at £500

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Another 2015 Award-winner, and no wonder. The powerful 3050s are so talented, they give speakers closer to £1000 a run for their money.

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Best standmounter under £1000
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Tested at £800

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These striking speakers are blindingly good. Get their partnering kit right and you’ll revel in the excellent bass, energy and fine articulation.

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Best floorstander under £1000
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Tested at £1000

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These Tannoys are something special – they fire out an infectious, entertaining sound that charms us. They're superbly finished, too.

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Best standmounter under £1500
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Tested at £1200

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These are the most talented standmounters anywhere near this price. The transparency of their sound compares with far more expensive rivals.

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Best floorstander under £1500
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Tested at £1300

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Few rivals will be able to match this combination of muscle and subtlety. Most of all they make listening to music fun.

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Best standmounter under £2000
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Tested at £2000

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Solid build and a quality finish are just the start; it’s a big, authoritative sound, perfect for those who like a natural kind of presentation.

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Best floorstander under £2500
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Tested at £2500

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Musical notes have dimension and depth, and vocals are conveyed with reality and emotion. Outstanding.

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Best floorstander under £5000
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Tested at £4900

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Terrific timing ability combines with strong dynamics and impressive resolution to produce speakers that can stand toe-to-toe with the best.

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