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 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.

Stereo speaker up to £200
Q Acoustics 2020i
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Best stereo speaker up to £200, Awards 2013. The original was good, but the ‘i’ modifications make it something of a star.

Stereo speaker £200-£400
Q Acoustics Concept 20
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Product of the Year, Awards 2013. Looking for a pair of top class sub-£500 standmounters? Q Acoustics' Concept 20s could well be the answer.

Standmounter £400-£800
KEF LS50
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Best standmounter £400-£800, Awards 2013. Simply brilliant.

Standmounter £800-£1500
ATC SCM 11 (2013)
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Best standmounter £800-£1500, Awards 2013. ATC has struck gold again. These are the most talented standmounters anywhere near this price.

Standmounter £1500+
PMC Twenty 22
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Best standmounter £1500+, Awards 2013. Impressive authority and scale for their size.

Floorstander £400-£800
Q Acoustics 2050i
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Best floorstander £400-£800, Awards 2013. Great value for money, with excellent refinement and great dynamic ability.

Floorstander £800-£1500
Tannoy Revolution DC6T SE
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Best floorstander £800-£1500, Awards 2013. Tannoy supercharges its Award-winning DC6Ts and makes them even better.

Floorstander £1500+
PMC Twenty 23
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Best floorstander £1500+, Awards 2013. If you're in the market for compact floorstanders, these PMCs need to be heard.

Desktop speaker
Ruark Audio MR1
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Best desktop speaker, Awards 2013. Stylish, well-featured and delivering hi-fi quality sound, the MR1s certainly mean business.