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.

Best stereo speaker under £200
Wharfedale Diamond 220
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Best stereo speaker up to £200, Awards 2014. There's a new champ in the budget speaker market.

Not just the best entry-level speaker you can buy but a worthy addition to any midrange system, too, and one of the best value hi-fi products under £200.

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Best stereo speaker under £400
Q Acoustics Concept 20
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Best stereo speaker £200-£400, Awards 2014. Looking for a pair of top class sub-£500 standmounters? Q Acoustics' Concept 20s won't disappoint.

These are an excellent upgrade on the original, already very good, Q Acoustics 2020i speakers.

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Best standmount speaker under £800
B&W 685 S2
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Product of the Year, Awards 2014. The latest version of B&W's legendary 600 series has winner written all over it.

They're beautifully put-together, look great in the room and, crucially, deliver a top-notch, thrilling sound for the money.

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Best standmount speaker under £1200
ATC SCM 11 (2013)
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Best standmounter £800-£1200, Awards 2014. ATC has struck gold again. These are the most talented standmounters anywhere near this price.

One of the most honest and transparent speakers out there - the SCM 11s are a delight to listen to. 

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Best standmount speaker £1200+
PMC Twenty 22
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Best standmounter £1200+, Awards 2014. Impressive authority and scale for their size.

An agile, precise and detailed sound, all packaged in a speaker that boasts a fine build and finish.

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Best floorstanding speaker under £500
Q Acoustics 2050i
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Best floorstander up to £600, Awards 2014. Great value for money, with excellent refinement and great dynamic ability.

An enjoyable listen and, at this price, something of a bargain.

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Best floorstanding speaker under £1000
Tannoy Revolution XT6F
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These Tannoys are something special - they fire out an infectious, entertaining sound and jumped straight to the top of the class in our May 2015 Group Test.

Superbly finished, there's next to nothing wrong with these Tannoy speakers.

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Best floorstanding speaker £1200+
Spendor A6R
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Best floorstander £1200+, Awards 2014. Their conventional looks disguise an Award-winning performance.

Detail and dynamics in spades, these Spendors are expensive but deliver the level of performance that merits the money.

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Best desktop speaker
Ruark Audio MR1
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Best desktop speaker, Awards 2014. Stylish, well-featured and delivering hi-fi quality sound, the MR1s deliver the goods.

They look the part, have plenty of features and deliver a detailed, dynamic sound.

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