We’ve teamed up with Tarun, aka A British Audiophile to pick our favorite bookshelf speakers in the $1,000 to $3,000 price range.

Part 1 of our discussion examines the first three of six of the best bookshelf speakers we’ve tested.

PSB Synchrony B600 Loudspeakers Front Angle and Back
PSB Synchrony B600

PSB Synchrony B600

PSB is celebrating its 50th anniversary and the Synchrony B600s might be one of the finest loudspeakers to come from Paul S. Barton. The rather hefty Canadian stand-mounted loudspeakers deliver dynamics, bass, and a much larger sounding soundstage than almost anything in its price range.

The slightly warm tonal balance and spaciousness makes the PSB Synchrony B600 one of the most engaging loudspeakers we have listened to in many years but care needs to be taken with the amplification. The Synchrony B600s require more power than the specs might suggest but reward the listener with a degree of scale that is beyond impressive for the asking price.

Where to buy: $2,799 at Crutchfield

For more information: Read our PSB Synchrony B600 Review

Amphion Argon 1

Finland is not known to be a leading manufacturer of high-end loudspeakers, but Amphion is a very strong exception to the rule. The brand has become quite successful in the pro audio world and their technology has trickled down into some excellent products like the Argon 1.

A loudspeaker that does not take up a lot of space but delivers a lot of sound and a very spacious presentation. If you crave something clean and detailed but also quite punchy and capable of handling rock, electronic music, and hip-hop — the Amphion Argon 1 might surprise you with its capabilities.

Where to buy: $2,000 at Alma Music & Audio

For more information: amphion.fi/products/argon1/

Spendor Classic 4/5 Bookshelf Speakers Pair Cherry
Spendor Classic 4/5

Spendor Classic 4/5

The entry-level Classic 4/5 offers a more affordable option from the venerable British manufacturer with a very balanced presentation, excellent transparency, and detail galore for a Spendor. This sealed box won’t bend the laws of physics but its bass response in a smaller room (16′ x 13′ or smaller) might be enough for a lot of listeners.

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The sensitivity is on the lower side so consider 50 watts/channel to be a good starting point. Spendor offers custom stands for these that are way too expensive in our opinion, but any 24″ stands with some solidity and weight will work.

Where to buy: $2,825 at Upscale Audio

For more information: spendoraudio.com

Watch our Part 1 discussion on YouTube (or click play at the top of the page).


  • 2:09 PSB Synchrony B600
  • 12:28 Amphion Argon 1
  • 17:38 Spendor 4/5 Classic

Our Part 2 video is coming soon, where we’ll award three more of the best bookshelf speakers under $3,000.

Related reading

Previously we awarded the Best Bookshelf Speakers Under $1,000 in 2022.


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