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 Now there's a horn speaker for your smartphone Thu, 13 Apr 2017, 11:42am Best speaker deals - hi-fi, Bluetooth, wireless Wed, 12 Apr 2017, 05:57pm Sony launches two new High Power Audio systems Mon, 20 Mar 2017, 11:19am Sonus Faber unveils high-end Homage Tradition range of speakers Fri, 17 Mar 2017, 05:00pm Fabric is selling its famous Martin Audio speaker system on eBay Fri, 17 Mar 2017, 04:17pm 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.