Peachtree Audio Deepblue Sky
The Peachtree Audio Deepblue Sky features two 3″ midrange drivers, two 1″ tweeters, and a long-excursion 6.5″ woofer. This trifecta is powered by a potent 440-watt amplifier, which sometimes seems to forget its own strength, causing occasional bouts of distortion.
- Includes a remote
- Also has analog inputs
- Prioritizes volume over fidelity
Bluesound Pulse Mini 2i
The Bluesound Pulse Mini 2i boasts a dual-band WiFi engine that ensures a steady connection to your network. This prevents you from having to deal with a string of sudden mid-song skips, lags, and seemingly never-ending buffering pauses.
- Quick and painless setup
- Can pair two together for stereo
- Disappointing dynamics
The Audioengine HD3’s Kevlar woofers and silk tweeters are representative of its features at both ends of the audio spectrum. It is capable of impressive power, but it can also wow you with details in quieter moments of near silence.
- Offered in 4 colors
- Usb input as well
- No way to turn bluetooth off
Audio Pro Addon C3
For such a compact unit, the Audio Pro Addon C3 delivers stunning clarity free from sibilance or piercing harshness. While its small footprint, reasonable price, and tonal brilliance are undeniable, it must be acknowledged that its 25w amp falls short on the volume front.
- One charge can last 15 hours
- Tough despite size
- Companion app is a bit clunky
The KEF LSX are ideal for those looking for a compact desktop solution but don’t wish to compromise on sound. They come preloaded with Spotify and Tidal streaming services, and can be connected to a subwoofer for additional bass response.
- Can also connect via wi-fi
- 160-degree surround sound
- Most effective in small spaces
The Audioengine A5+ are best appreciated for their deep, rich bass and their democratic evenness throughout the entire frequency spectrum. They can almost make you question whether Bluetooth models actually sacrifice any sound quality at all.
- Decent connection range
- Don't add tonal coloration
- Good sound even without a subwoofer
Klipsch The Sixes
With their 1-inch titanium tweeters and ported 6.5-inch woofers, these Klipsch The Sixes deliver studio-quality sound with a small footprint. This is thanks to their custom-engineered amplifier, which is designed around the speakers, maximizing system performance.
- Built-in phono preamp
- Subwoofer output
- Multiple input options
Though the bookshelf-style Audioengine HD6 can be said to sometimes be a little sluggish in terms of power, they make up for it with excellent mids and highs in the frequency range. They are available in black, white, cherry, and walnut finishes.
- 150-watt amplifier
- Solidly built and well protected
- Deliver high-fidelity audio
Edifier S2000 Pro
Though the Edifier S2000 Pro is a bulky pair — and perhaps something of an eyesore, depending on your tastes — it delivers rich sound that trounces others in its price range. Its slick remote offers 4 EQ modes, so you can change between tonal palettes from your couch.
- Excellent at the high end
- Rca and auxiliary inputs
- Backed by 2-year warranty
Airpulse A300 Pro
As far as bookshelf-style, reference-quality speakers are concerned, the Airpulse A300 Pro take some beating. With a 240-watt peak output, they will fill almost any living space, and their lossless aptX HD codec ensures you receive the best wireless signal quality.
- Both speakers are active
- Built-in digital audio interface
- Finished in a walnut wood veneer