What is your favorite bookshelf speaker?

What is your favorite bookshelf speaker?
Here it is
90% (168 votes)
Don't have one
10% (19 votes)
Total votes: 187

It's easy for an audiophile to fall in love with grand, state-of-the-art speakers, but when it comes to high performance in a small space, fewer jewels stand out. Reader Gus Kund wants to know: What is your favorite bookshelf speaker?

Russell Reich's picture

PSB Alpha.

Brad - Atlanta's picture

Alon Petites.

B.  Meighan's picture


AdaptDaBuLL's picture

Dynaudio Focus 140!

marc's picture

Energy RC-10.

JIm's picture

KEF RDM II. Still magic after all these years!

ACF's picture

Anything by Harbeth. First-rate for the money.

Erock's picture

Polk LSi9.

yki's picture

Dynaudio Contour S1.4.

Macksman's picture

Though I haven't seen a pair in over 30 years, I still have a soft spot in my heart for the AR2a. More recently I have enjoyed time with both the PSB Alpha in it's latest iteration and The Ruark Epilogue R. The PSBs sit on a shelf in a fairly large airport hanger and are driven hard by skydiving adrenaline junkies. The Ruarks sit on sand-filled Target stands in my office and are more subtly utilized.

gary mintz's picture

Celestion SL-700.

Scott's picture

For a small, true bookshelf speaker, it hard to beat the B&W CM-1. Amazing sound for such a small package!

Mike Colvin's picture

NHT Super Zero.

Bill Crane's picture

EPOS M12.2.

Alex Cortez's picture

Wharfedale Diamond 9.1. Great tweeter and enough bass to fill my bedroom.

Dave Bennett's picture

Proac Super Tablettes.

Tim Bishop's picture

Well, it is a toss up between my Infinity Intermezzo 2.6 active and my Goldsound .8 (modified with a ribbon tweeter). Both are great bookshelfs!

Hugues Ouimet's picture

Dynaudio Confidence C1.

Paul Spence's picture

My favorite book shelf speaker is the Gershman Acoustics X-1. It has beautiful mids, respectable bass, for a speaker of its size, and clear highs that are not in any way tizzy. The speakers are drop-dead beautiful, as well. They elicit a lot of oohs and ahhs from people who have seen them. The WAF for these speakers is very high.

Klaus (Netherlands)'s picture

Genelec 1029A, an active monitor with volume control. Connect a source and you're done. Well-controlled dispersion, bass down to 70Hz, which is enough for most music material.

Jeff's picture

The BBC LS3/5a "family" (regardless of licensee/badge or version).

Olivier Treps's picture

The Mission M32i is a fantastic ultra budget speaker, especially with Atacama feet.

Theduke's picture

I assume you mean small speakers, mini-monitors. You can't use an LS3/5a on a bookshelf because it would sound terrible but I had a pair for 9 years. Another candidate was the Spica TC-50 which was the best imaging speaker I ever heard. Another astounding little one was the a/d/s L300. My fourth choice is a pair of Radio Shack Minimus 77 which I modded with an upgraded capacitor, internal damping pads, and plastising the woofer cone. Very nice.

John P.'s picture

Quite some years have gone by, and still I regret selling my trusty old B&W DM110s.

Joe Hartmann's picture

This is hard because I have owned and own bookshelf speakers. Large Advents, LS3/5As, Met 7s and Harbeth Model 30s. Floor standing Allison Model 1, Thiel CS2s and now Verity Fidelos have also provied music. I still own LS3/5As and my son uses my Met 7s but for me the Harbeth Model 30 are the best of a very good group.

Mike Agee's picture

Next year, perhaps, a smaller secondary system. Till then I'll enjoy my lack of close neighbors and the deep bass that would be difficult to do without.

Chris McGrath's picture

How many people have the opportunity to own and then compare speakers let alone a subcategory such as "bookshelf"? I have heard nice examples from Totem and Dynaudio while at the local shop. I use Polk LSi9s for surrounds and have a pair of Meadowlark Swallows in a second bedroom system. Of the two, I have only listened to the Meadowlarks critically (I enjoyed them while placed in my main system) but I would suspect the offerings I've heard from Dynaudio would surpass the Meadowlarks. Isn't this why we read Stereophile?

Anonymous's picture

Pro Ac Tablette

djl's picture

JBL L-15s. They just sound right! Bass is much better than most small speakers, but that could be because I had to replace the woofers with a cheaper aluminum cone. They really do sound amazing to me!

Dave S.'s picture

Celestion A-1. Not as classic as the SL6, but even more refined. Decent bass with a smooooth top end. Superb cherry cabinetry, although a bit large and heavy for a "bookshelf".