Our Verdict Not bad, but these Pro-Jects don’t do enough to challenge the best For Lovely looks and build fast and fairly detailed happy in tight spaces Against Dynamically challenged tonally inconsistent Reviewed on 18th May 2011 These speakers make a striking first impression. That red finish is lovely, and the black and white options are equally glossy. Despite being rather small, the Speakerbox 5s are reassuringly heavy and well-made. To get the most out of them you need to place them close to a back wall, as further into a room they sound rather weedy. Unfortunately, they don’t perform amazingly even when given some back support. Must try harderWe had hoped for a design that outperforms its physical limits, but the more you listen, the more it feels like the Speakerbox 5s aren’t trying. More after the break They struggle to convey dramatic dynamics, and there’s a clear character difference between treble and bass, with the former sounding too forward and the latter too soft. So why three stars? On top of the looks, the Pro-Jects are pretty fast and detailed, and if you heard them in isolation you could be impressed. But the standard of the competition is just too high. See all our speaker Best Buys Follow whathifi.com on Twitter Join whathifi.com on Facebook Related News Spendor introduces its new entry-level A-Line speaker range Fri, 24 Feb 2017, 05:50pm Acoustic Energy AE1 Active speakers combine 30 years of hi-fi knowhow Fri, 24 Feb 2017, 01:21pm Tibo's new product line aims to make your hi-fi smarter Thu, 23 Feb 2017, 12:15pm Tannoy reintroduces its Legacy speaker series from the 1970s Tue, 21 Feb 2017, 05:29pm Best speaker deals - hi-fi, Bluetooth, wireless Tue, 14 Feb 2017, 04:49pm Hi-Fi Hi-fi speakers Pro-Ject Speakerbox 5 Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.