The best sounding budget bookshelf speakers for vinyl
This article is part of our That Special Record vinyl resources guide.
Looking for the best bookshelf speakers for your turntable? Good speakers that can capture the best depth and texture from your vinyl records? Buying speakers is perhaps the most daunting task an audiophile can face, especially if you’re on a budget and you’re looking for a good set of home speakers for your turntables. But here's the good news. No need to sell a kidney for quality speakers. In 2015, affordable speakers are no longer associated with limited sonic quality.
Due to limited space in their small flat or bedroom/study/spare room, many music lovers prefer to choose smaller bookshelf speakers. Bookshelf speakers can offer fantastic performance and take less space than the typical floor standing speakers, so we compiled a small list of excellent budget speakers that will make your vinyl sound fantastic.
*Please take note that the prices below are provided as a guide only and may vary due to changes in taxes or charges or due to fluctuations in foreign exchange rates.*
ROTH OLI RA1
Price: 123€ (Per Pair)
If you want small, nicely enough designed speakers, with nice sound quality, these speakers are the real deal. Seriously, for the money, you can’t really ask for more – the Roth Oli RA1s impress with their compact size and well balanced sound. Of course, these speakers are never going to be room-shakers, but their sound is full and clear. Tip: If possible, place them close to a rear wall - this will enhance the bass response.
WHARFEDALE DIAMOND 10.1
Price: 179€ (Per PAIR)
The amount of clear crisp sound these speakers reproduce is pretty amazing. There is a really nice lush musicality in these Wharfedale Diamond speakers, which is quite impressive for bookshelf speakers costing under 200€/pair. If you're into classical music or jazz, these little guys are perfect. Violins, snares, hi-hats, etc are all well balanced, smooth and clear. If you're more into house and techno, you might want to add a separate subwoofer, but overall these guys feel very natural with a nice punchy bass and clean highs.
Q Acoustics 3020
Price: €279 (Per pair)
If you're looking for high quality sounding speakers under the 300€ mark you probably won't find a better option than these guys. These beautifully designed Q Acoustics 3020 speakers really impress for pumping out music with great detail and clarity of sound with a mellow-sounding bass. Perfect for small and medium sized rooms, and wonderful value for money. Definitely one of the best bookshelf speakers for your turntable if you have a budget under 300€.
PRICE: 288.99€ (Per PAIR)
These stylish and powerful Klipsch speakers are as beautiful sounding as they look, and are perfect for a small room. They produce a very nice, warm, clear sound at any volume. You can use them with a subwoofer, but the bass in the speakers alone is surprisingly rich and powerful enough.
JBL STUDIO 230
Price: 349.99€ (PER PAIR)
For the price you’re paying you’ll be shocked at the level of musicality these put on. These awesome sounding speakers are outstanding in bringing out details and subtleties of your vinyl records. They produce warm, smooth, never harsh highs, very clear midrange and a punchy, precise bass.
Price: 398.97 (Pair)
These speakers feature solid and beautiful bamboo cabinets for a simple, attractive styling and superb sound quality (for the price) with excellent tonality, surprising power and bass. Try out as many genres as you can with these guys and you'll notice how they'll make each track sound more interesting. Definitely one of the best bookshelf speakers for vinyl under 400€.
Our community of music lovers get a monthly delivery of the best electronic, experimental and instrumental music exclusively pressed on vinyl.