Despite their relatively low price, the Edifier R1280T perform well, with good clarity when given enough headroom not to distort. While these may be a little too large for desktop use, they are certainly effective bookshelf models for small to medium-sized rooms.
- Two auxiliary inputs
- Silk dome tweeters
- Made of mdf with vinyl veneer
Despite their small stature, the American-designed Micca PB42X outperform some of their larger, more costly adversaries. They’re built with ported enclosures to deliver rich, clear bass, and feature a neutral frequency response, lending them multi-genre flexibility.
- Suffer minimal distortion
- Stock power adapter emits whiny hum
- Treble can be harsh at high volumes
PreSonus Eris E4.5 BT
With their Bluetooth 5.0 functionality, the PreSonus Eris E4.5 BT are perfect for use with digital devices. They also make excellent reference monitors and have the option of a wired connection with balanced RCA and TRS inputs, for connection to home studio or DJ setups.
- Acoustic tuning controls at rear
- Convenient volume dial on front
- Can exhibit static interference
Those looking to enhance their audio-visual experience might consider a pair of Edifier R2000DB multimedia speakers with Bluetooth. They feature an optical input for lossless connection to a TV, and master volume, bass, and treble controls for effective acoustic tuning.
- Two balanced auxiliary inputs
- Come with a remote control
- No subwoofer output jack
The Audioengine A5+ have a minimal footprint, but they pack a lot of power into a small package, making them a great pair to place on a bookshelf or your computer desk. After 40 or 50 hours of use, you should notice that they perform better, too.
- Wireless options also available
- 150 watts peak power
- A bit flat until they burn in
If “loud on a budget” is what you’re going for, the Electro-Voice ZLX12P may warrant your attention. Boasting a 1,000-watt power rating and weighing little for its size, it’s a solid pick for mobile DJs or musicians performing at large events, like weddings or parties.
- Bright display screen
- Can be easily pole-mounted
- 500 watts rms power
The Klipsch R-51PM boast the company’s proprietary LTS aluminum tweeters, which are made of a rigid, lightweight material called Kapton. This, in conjunction with their spectacular woofer cones, helps provide high-resolution reproduction without coloration or distortion.
- Wired and bluetooth connectivity
- Retain articulation at high volumes
- Integrated phono preamp
Neumann KH 120A
Designed primarily as a studio monitor, the rugged, aluminum-bodied Neumann KH 120A is ideal for musicians and producers doing professional mixing and mastering. Its class-AB analog amplifiers help minimize distortion while maximizing power efficiency.
- Good tonal accuracy
- Adjustable four-position bass
- Simple installation
Dynaudio Xeo 2
The Dynaudio Xeo 2 combine wireless convenience with the meticulous Danish engineering that has built a name for the company’s products. With a tiny footprint, it’s impressive to witness the power these can push while retaining precise articulation and accurate time sync.
- Driven by dual 65-watt bi-amps
- Many expansion options available
- Hi-res 192-khz streaming capability
Available in 3 elegant colorways, the Kef LS50 are a high-end wireless pair that provide pristine sound and look great, too. Their myriad features include adjustable frequency crossovers, selectable EQ, a dedicated app with DSP control, and integrated streaming support.
- Dual-band wifi and aptx bluetooth
- Time-correction syncs frequencies
- Detailed bass even without subwoofer