Tarun and EIC Ian White have a frank discussion about the best bookshelf speakers under $1000/£1000; the list of options in 2022 is rather extensive but we limited our picks to models we’ve had a lot of experience with over the past 18 months. The reality is that you don’t have to spend a fortune anymore to achieve excellent sound quality at home and we really love these 4 loudspeakers.

Sonus faber Lumina 1 Bookshelf Speaker
Sonus faber Lumina 1

Sonus Faber Lumina 1

Sonus faber’s Livio Cucuzza was tasked with creating an affordable range of loudspeakers that delivered strong industrial design that paid homage to the storied brand and performance above its rivals at the same price point. He succeeded in every way possible.

For more information: Read our Sonus faber Lumina Review and learn what components we’d pair with it in our Audiophile System Builder series.

Where to buy: $899/pair at Sky by Gramophone

ELAC Debut B6 Bookshelf Speaker

ELAC Debut B6

We know they’re discontinued. We know there is another model that came after them. We think this one was better and you find them for under $300 USD. They can be driven by a wide range of amplifiers and AVRs and a subwoofer can be added to create a full-range system that sounds excellent for a modest amount of money.

Where to buy: $299/pair at Amazon (Unavailable)

Acoustic Energy AE100 MK2 Bookshelf Speakers

Acoustic Energy AE100 Mk2

Our review is forthcoming in about 2 weeks but the revised AE100 MK2 from Acoustic Energy are a very balanced sounding bookshelf loudspeaker with fantastic build quality and excellent punch. They might not be the last word in the lower registers but they can still deliver the goods for only $400 USD.

For more information: Learn about the latest Acoustic Energy AE Series loudspeakers.

Where to buy: $399/pair at Essence | £259/pair at Audio Affair

DALI Spektor 2 Bookshelf Speaker in Walnut

DALI Spektor 2

The Danish manufacturer is now distributed by Lenbrook in N. America and that situation makes them much easier to find. DALI makes excellent loudspeakers across the board but their affordable Spektor 2 is a fantastic value and wonderful platform for a wide range of amplifiers.

Where to buy: $399/pair at Amazon | £228/pair at Amazon.co.uk

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  • 2:19 Sonus Faber Lumina 1
  • 7:31 Elac Debut B6
  • 11:57 Acoustic Energy AE 100 Mk2
  • 17:39 Dali Spektor 2

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Check back next week when Ian and Tarun reveal their picks for best bookshelf speakers in the $1,000 to $3,000 price category.

For our expanded list of recommended bookshelf speakers, click here.

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