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Best Bookshelf Speakers Under 300

Updated on January 2, 2016

If you look at bookshelf speakers over the last 10 years the trend has been for the speakers to become smaller, while at the same time delivering higher sound quality. The sound quality has inmproved to the point where these speakers can deliver the same quality as large floor speakers.

While prices differ greatly between the budget and premium speakers, you can get a lot, if you are willing to spend in the 200 - 300 dollar range.

I have selected 4 great speaker sets and shortly reviewed them in: best bookshelf speakers under 300. Brand wise I think Polk are slightly ahead of the competition and I have recommended 2 of their speaker sets. Some other popular brands include Yamaha, Sony, Bose, JBL, Insignia and Logitech.

Best bookshelf speakers under 300 dollars
Best bookshelf speakers under 300 dollars

Polk Audio TSi200 Bookshelf Speakers

Important statistics

  • One inch silk/polymer composite dynamic balance dome tweeter
  • Frequency response of 43Hz-25 kHz
  • Amplification of 20-150 watts per channel and come with two 5.25 inch diameter bi-laminate organic fiber cone woofers
  • They weigh 17lbs and are 11.8 x 7 x 15.4 inches
  • The stands have ¾ inch rubber footing that helps minimize the vibrations from the speakers, especially on hardwood floors. These feet also keep the speaker from shaking when the volume is turned up loud.

These bookshelf speakers have great sound clarity and are highly responsive to all sounds. You will hear every word, background sound, and instrument. They have just the right amount of bass for not being sub woofers. These are the type of speakers that you can turn up to a high volume without worrying about the sound being distorted. The Polk Audio TSi200 speakers are compatible with almost all electronics, so you can add them to your home theater system, or other stereo components.

You won't find other bookshelf speakers of the same quality in this price range. These speakers come in a choice of cherry wood color with a glossy black top, or in black. They are designed to fit in or next to your entertainment center or book shelves; and work with the style in most homes. The TSo200 speakers are great for watching movies, or listening to music. You will be pleased with the sounds that come out of speaker so inexpensive.

Klipsch Synergy B-20 Premium 5.25-Inch Bookshelf Speakers

The Kilpsch Synergy B-20 Premium bookshelf speakers are 8 x 7 x 12.5 inches and weigh only 11 pounds. They are a premium bookshelf IMG subwoofer that will provide superior clarity and dynamic sounds. These Kilpsch speakers have been redesigned with a tweeter and crossover that will provide tone balance on and off-axis, as well as provide sound to a large or small area.

They have a ¾ inch aluminum compression diaphragm with an exclusive 90 degree by 60 degree square Tractix horn. This Tractix horn provides superior clarity and dynamics that Kilpsch is famous for. The B-20 also uses Linear Travel Suspension with the aluminum compression diaphragm to minimize distortion.

The Kilpsch Synergy B-20 Premium bookshelf speakers are great for bass, as well as catching every sound in a movie or in a song; and are fantastic for today's digital music formats. These speakers have a beautiful black ash vinyl finish with glossy black accents.

Compact budget speakers
Compact budget speakers

The Bose 161 Bookshelf Speaker System

These bookshelf speakers are great for your home office, bedroom, or living room. You can add the Bose speakers to your bookshelf or desk, or mount them to your wall. These small bookshelf speakers are 5 x 5 x 11 inches, and only weigh 8.5 pounds.

These Bose speakers are built with the Articulated Array speaker design. The Articulated Array design is a unique feature that causes the speakers to deliver sound in all directions, rather than in just one direction. These bookshelf speakers provide great sounds at all levels and can handle highs, lows, and even bass; delivering sound that you would expect to hear from a larger set of speakers. They provide total range at all volumes. These speakers can bring you great sounds standing alone, or added to your pre-existing system. If you pair these speakers with an amplifier you will be even more surprised and delighted at the sound that these little speakers can produce.

Cheap Polk products
Cheap Polk products

Polk Audio Monitor 30 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers

These Polk Audio Monitor 30 2-Way Bookshelf speakers each have a 5.25 inch bi-laminate composite dynamic balance driver, as well as a 1 inch silk polymer-composite dynamic-balance dome tweeter. The Polk speakers weigh approximately 21 pounds, and can be set on the floor, in your bookshelf, or mounted on your wall.

The 5 ¼ inch Bi-laminate Composite Dynamic Balance Driver is great for bass and mid-range clarity sounds. The polymer-composite dynamic dome tweeter includes a powerful Neodymium magnet that delivers fantastic reproduction of vocals and instrumentals. The Polk bookshelf speakers are also built with small diameter driver that causes these speakers to deliver better mid-range, a more detailed bass response, and a wide dispersion of three dimensional sounds.

The original Monitor series was developed in the mid 1970s and began the modern loudspeaker era; setting the bar for performance and value. The Monitor series is what made Polk Audio popular; it made Polk Audio famous due to its superior imaging, powerful bass, sturdy construction and accurate, clear sounds.

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      James Richton 4 years ago from USA

      I have been looking for some speakers for my house. I have a couple but two more would be nice. I just can't believe how much you have to spend on speakers to make sure they are quality.