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 Best speaker deals - hi-fi, Bluetooth, wireless Mon, 24 Jul 2017, 04:37pm Fyne Audio launches at Munich High End Show 2017 Fri, 19 May 2017, 12:05pm Focal launches Scala and Maestro Utopia III Evo speakers Fri, 19 May 2017, 11:43am Wharfedale launches Diamond 11 Series at the Munich High End Show Thu, 18 May 2017, 03:04pm Monitor Audio unveils all-new sixth generation Silver series Thu, 18 May 2017, 02:17pm 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.