Best bookshelf speakers

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Not everyone has the space (or the inclination) for a great big pair of speakers - but it's possible to get great sound from small cabinets positioned on a stand or even on a bookshelf. Here's are the best pound-for-pound bookshelf-friendly speakers around.

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Under £150

Mission LX-2

Create a superbly entertaining speaker that doesn't cost the Earth? Mission possible!

SPECIFICATIONS

Single-wired | Rear-ported | 2 finishes

Reasons to Buy
A sound packed with verve and insight
Strong dynamics and fine timing
Punchy
Good build and finish
Reasons to Avoid
Need care in partnering

Under £200

Dali Spektor 2

Fine build, great sound and a bargain price - no wonder these Dalis are Award-winners.

SPECIFICATIONS

Two way | Single wire | 29cm tall

Reasons to Buy
Agile, articulate and expressive sound
Good detail resolution
Compact size
Unfussy nature
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing of note

Under £250

Q Acoustics 3020i

Q Acoustics has taken an Award-winning design and made it even better.

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions (hwd): 17 x 28 x 28cm | Magnetic grilles | Single set of terminals

Reasons to Buy
Rich, warm sound
Full bass
Clear, precise treble
Sweeping dynamics
Decent scale
Reasons to Avoid
Depth of cabinet could be impractical for some

Under £300

Monitor Audio Bronze 2

As good a pound-for-pound bookshelf speaker as you can buy.

SPECIFICATIONS

Biwired | 4 finishes | Front-firing port

Reasons to Buy
Balanced sound
Impressive insight and well-developed dynamics
Pleasing bass weight and scale
Class-leading build and finish
Reasons to Avoid
Need a little space to breathe

Under £500

Dynaudio Emit M10

A rage of talents as long as your arm (even if your arms are very long indeed).

SPECIFICATIONS

Single-wired | Rear-ported | 2 finishes

Reasons to Buy
Versatile
Detailed, subtle, entertaining sound
Reasons to Avoid
None at this price

Under £750

Monitor Audio Silver 100

Every Monitor Audio range has something to recommend it - but the Silver series may be the best of the lot.

SPECIFICATIONS

20cm driver | 25mm tweeter | 6 finishes

Reasons to Buy
Clear and well-organised presentation
Bold, punchy, well-balanced sound
Impressive sense of timing and dynamics
Superbly easy listen
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing of note

Under £1000

Revel Concerta2 M16

As entertaining a sub-£1000 speakers as we've heard.

SPECIFICATIONS

Rear-ported | Single-wired | Curved cabinet

Reasons to Buy
Strong dynamics and authoritative bass
Excellent integration between the drivers
Rhythmic and punchy
Pleasing build and finish
Reasons to Avoid
Need care in partnering

Wireless

Ruark Audio MR1 Mk2

Superb sound and vanishingly small dimensions make these the perfect bookshelf choice.

SPECIFICATIONS

Optical input | Bluetooth aptX | 3.5mm aux input

Reasons to Buy
Stunningly musical sound
Subtle dynamics
Stylish, compact design
Streamlined features
Reasons to Avoid
No USB input