Top 5 bookshelf speakers under $600 (per pair)

Whether you’re looking for a new pair or upgrading an existing pair, here are the best bookshelf speakers money can buy between $480-$600.

Bookshelf speakers are perfect for high-fidelity music listening, whether you’re streaming from services like Spotify HiFi or Apple Music Lossless Audio, or playing music from a record player, CD player, computer or TV, these speakers will not disappoint.

If your budget doesn’t stretch that far, find our round-up of bookshelf speakers under $100, $200, $300 and $400.

1. Elac Uni-Fi 2.0 – $480.04 (sale price)
  • True 3-Way Speaker Design
  • Newly Developed Concentric Driver Featuring a 4″ Aluminum Midrange and a 1″ Wide-Roll Surround Tweeter
  • New Single-piece Aluminum Cone 5-1/4″ Bass Driver
  • 6-Ohm Nominal impedance for compatibility with virtually all receivers and amplifiers
  • Front Firing Ports Allow for Flexible Room Placement

2. KEF Q150 – $599.98
  • 5-1/4″ aluminum woofer: Along with 1″ aluminum tweeter for a complete range of sounds.
  • 2-way speaker system: Sounds like 1 source rather than several separate sources.
  • Removable black grille: Remains acoustically transparent while protecting the speaker’s components (sold separately).
  • Bass reflex enclosure: With a rear-firing port promotes optimal performance.
  • 51Hz – 28kHz frequency response: Ensures a wide range of accurately reproduced sound.
  • 86dB sensitivity: Ensures crisp, robust audio.
  • 8 ohms nominal impedance: Ensures efficient conduction of power through the speaker.

3. DALI OBERON 1 – $599
  • Contemporary design: The rounded edges and rustic fabric of these new DALI front grilles add a lighter and more contemporary visual look to the OBERON series. This look is enhanced by the elegantly shaped aluminium base mounted on the two floor-standing models.
  • Patented SMC: The iron pole piece of the OBERON woofer magnet is crowned by a patented SMC disk – minimizing the negative effects of the iron. The use of the SMC disk greatly reduces mechanical distortion, which lowers third order distortion.
  • Wood fibre cone: The OBERON woofer features a wood fibre cone with a blend of fine grain paper pulp, reinforced with wood fibres, which creates a stiff, light-weight and well-behaving structure. Creating unfiltered sound with high accuracy.
  • Easy to position: The OBERON series has been selected to achieve a wide dispersion pattern. This ensures a well-integrated sound, even when listening at a significant off-axis angle. An added benefit is seriously reduced harmonic distortion and diffractions causing frequency distortion.

4. Definitive Technology D7 – $499
  • High-performance bookshelf speakers: Feature a proprietary 4.5″ BDSS woofer, a 1” Aluminum Dome Tweeter with 20/20 Wave Alignment Lens & Laterally Offset Tweeter Assembly for a smoother high-frequency reproduction, articulate midrange and punchy bass
  • Stunning futuristic look: Enjoy a truly premium listening experience with these elegant and timeless looking speakers that come in a clean, modern industrial design and a bead blasted finish, and blend perfectly with any home décor
  • Multiple speaker setup options: Use as standalone speakers in a 2.0 channel system, a 2.1 channel system with a sub, or setup a sophisticated and complex home theater system with your choice of amplifier, receiver or Definitive Speakers
  • A class apart: One of the most trusted names in audio speakers and premium home entertainment, Definitive brings to you the best audio quality crafted with 25 years of constant innovation, relentless engineering, latest audio technology and iconic intelligent designs
  • Optional demand ST1 speaker stands: Elevate your sound with the Demand ST1 speaker stands (sold separately) to raise the height of these speakers by 32″ and to keep them in place on a carpet or a solid floor surface. The stands also come with threaded inserts

5. Wharfedale Diamond 12.2 – $499
  • Klarity woofer: Klarity mica-infused Polypropylene cones with moulded radial ribs result in a lightweight cone with high rigidity, low colouration, and lightning-fast response.
  • Polyester film tweeter: Optimized to deliver open and smoothly extended high frequencies with low distortion at high volumes.
  • Sophisticated crossover network: Ulilizes a complex Linkwitz-Riley 24dB/octave topology featuring Air-core coils to produce the lowest possible distortion.
  • Resonance control cabinet: Cabinet walls that employ a multi-layered sandwich design with intelligent Spot Bracing to suppress resonance.
  • High quality binding posts: Two sets of high quality angled 5-way binding post terminals for optional bi-wire connection and easier cable management.

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