In this modern day and age where everything is getting pricier.
Isn't it nice; finding few speaker sets that not only offer value-for-money performance but are also affordable as well.
Earlier I wrote a guide about Best Bookshelf Speakers under $500…
…and now I’m back again with a familiar guide with Best Bookshelf Speakers under $200.
$200 is a fairly affordable price, if you know the kind of quality you’re looking from a bookshelf speaker.
Hence why, I’ve listed the Top 9 Best Inexpensive Bookshelf Speakers under $200 that have a right mix of style, features, connectivity and most important sound quality, which I never compromise while choosing speakers and headphones.
Without talking much, let’s get started.
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Top 9 Best Bookshelf Speakers under $200
#9: Edifier R1700BT
Edifier E1700BT is a starter’s Bookshelf speaker; meant for people who need the design and sound of a bookshelf speaker set but can be used for multiple purposes as well.
Inclusion of ‘BT’ in the name; let’s us know that it’s a Bluetooth capable speaker with ability to easily pair with your smartphone and other wireless devices.
With a mean-looking design, the Edifier R1700BT (check review) has an angled front that makes sure sound is thrown at your ears rather than your chest. (Considering the fact that you’ll place them on your desktop)
Built entirely out of wood, this Bookshelf speaker features a High Quality MDF cabinet and walnut wood vinyl finish. It also features Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and Dynamic Range Control (DRC) to prevent distortion and noise.
However I’d still recommend a High Quality DAC for a complete ‘digital-noise free' audio.
Also Check: Best USB DAC under $200
Inside this 6.6kgs speaker set, sits a fairly large 4 inch Bass driver and nearly 2 inches silk dome tweeter that produces frequency range between 60-20000 Hz at an impedance of just 4 Ohms.
With a total sound output of 66W, the Edifier R1700BT is one of the loudest Bookshelf Speakers in our list that is enough to fill an entire large room.
Connectivity wise there aren’t many options available, however you do get what’s necessary:
You get a PC optical input and an AUX in, moreover with inclusion of Bluetooth, you can connect this speaker wirelessly to your phone, tablet, and computer.
There’s a small remote control included as well via which you can control volume, Mute/unmute, Bluetooth connect and switch between input sources too.
Moreover there’s three knob on the right-side speaker, which allows you to control Treble, Bass and Volume. However I would have loved, if the same options were provided on remote as well.
#8: Mackie CR4
Mackie’s Bookshelf Speakers with good bass are targeted towards young audience that needs a sense of style and freshness to their audio equipment.
A direct competition to the ‘budget-friendly’ M-Audio AV42, I can surely say, the design of Mackie CR4 looks premium and subtle compared to the AV42.
Since these are deemed as a Reference-grade studio monitor, you get a fairly accurate and loud sound (50W output), and will be a great match at music studio as well as your home too.
Moreover there’s a Bluetooth version of this speaker available as well for $50 more if you want to increase your connectivity options and a CR4 Limited Edition too available at same price as that of CR4.
Dimension wise, the Mackie CR4 are 8.2 inches high, 5.5 inches wide and 6.2 inches of depth that makes them best portable speakers under $200 to be kept on either side of your computer monitor. [Check Full Review]
Along with the speakers, the CR4’s package also includes couple of isolation pads that can be kept underneath the speakers to reduce vibrations and noise.
Moreover the right speaker is heavy because it’s active-powered compared to the left speaker, which is passive, some people on close-listening found the left speaker have marginal less volume than the right speaker. However this isn’t a deal-breaker for everyday use, and can only be noticed during critical listening at low volume.
I hope you’ve noticed the green accents around the 4-inch Bass driver and 0.75-inch silk dome tweeter via which anyone can recognize it to be a Mackie-branded speaker.
There’s a volume knob too on the right speaker with green accents around it as well, and Mackie logo at the bottom of each speaker cabinet.
Headphone jack can be connected to the Mackie CR4 via the AUX port at the right-bottom corner on right speakers.
Though not having an ideal Bookshelf Speaker design, the Edifier e25 Luna Eclipse is however my favorite speaker choice out of all the other speakers due to its stylish and unique design.
If you’re going to buy a the best home theatre speakers under $200, then why not add some style to it, and a speaker set like Luna Eclipse that will grab eyeballs and give house-visitors something to talk about?
Available in Black, Red and White: the Edifier e25 has a future-ready design that will go along with your modernized home interior design very well.
With an egg-like angled design, the e25 houses a 3-inch bass driver at the front, a 2-inch and 3-inch passive bass radiator at back in a single speaker unit.
Moreover there’s way for 2-inch of silk dome tweeter at the front too. With this many drivers in a single speaker, you are bound to get loud and value-for-money 74W sound output. [To know more about its sound quality, check its full review.]
Though high on internals, this speaker set isn’t big at all and with Height, Depth and Width of 9 x 9 x 5 inches, these can easily sit next to your desktop monitor or under your brand-new TV.
You can also couple these with Edifier’s Speaker Stand and place them next to your TV for a wide, loud and amazing sound.
Another thing to ponder upon is the included wireless remote, which is very sleek and stylish; having a complete minimalistic look with only Power ON/OFF, Volume Up and Volume Button.
In any way, if you happen to lose the remote control, you can control Volume and Power state via the capacitive touch buttons on the speaker.
To make things sweet, you get Bluetooth connectivity on the E25 Luna Eclipse as well, allowing you the ability to connect smartphone, table and computer wirelessly.
#6: Edifier R1850DB
What if you need the Best Home Speakers that caters to all your multimedia needs and comes in Bookshelf package? You need not need further than Edifier R1850DB.
These are one of the best Bluetooth Bookshelf speakers in our list and third speaker from Edifier brand.
Comparing to the other Edifier speakers, the R1850DB is quite an upgrade.
It comes with a built-in amplifier and option for a sub line-out option that facilitates you to add a subwoofer to this already top sounding bookshelf speaker.
The 1850DB comes only in a single color, i.e., Black with Piano finish.
Out of the box it does looks fantastic but is sure shot a fingerprint magnet; once you start using it.
Other than Bluetooth, it comes with a slew of connectivity options that are hard to find in other stereo systems under $200.
The back of the powered speaker features a treble and bass knob, RCA input, RCA to AUX input, Optical input port, Coaxial input port, Sub out port, Left speaker out port, power button and Volume knob that also acts as input selection as well.
This definitely makes it the best home stereo for the money; however the only disadvantage is that all the ports and knobs are located at the back of the speaker and could be intimidating to set up at first.
Design wise, the Edifier 1850DB isn’t as appealing compared to other bookshelf speakers in our list and looks quite similar to 1700BT. Hence if you buy these make sure to put on the speaker grille.
Sound output wise, the Edifier 1850DB offers 70W of power, whereas the speaker stands at 10-inch at height and 8.8-inch in depth.
Sound quality wise; the Edifier 1850DB offer a wide range of sound and happen to be a good set for near-field listening as well.
You can also add in a subwoofer speaker in your stereo system to add that little extra oomph of low frequency kick-in whenever required.
#5: Fluance Ai40
Flaunce is one of those audio brands that produce best budget bookshelf speakers which are intensely charming to look at.
Hence; the recently launched Flaunce Ai40 is no exception either.
It is available in three colors: Black Ash, Lucky Bamboo, and Natural Walnut, out of which I personally like the Lucky Bamboo version due to its synchronized color scheme.
It is one of the best powered bookshelf speakers under $200 that also includes Bluetooth for wireless pairing with AptX Technology for compression free data transfer.
Dimension wise, the Ai40s are relatively large at 11 inches in height but only 7.6 inches deep.
It consists of a 5-inch bass unit and a 1-inch tweeter unit that collectively puts out a total sound output of 70W, which is substantial enough to fill an entire room.
Since it’s a powered speaker (as it contains built-in Class D amplifier), you do not need external amplifier or cables to get them started, these are basically plug-and-play stereo system out of the box.
The package also comes with a small remote control that hosts quite a few control settings embedded within.
Using the remote, you can adjust treble and bass, select between multiple sources, volume up-down, play/pause, change tracks and quite a few other functions.
Sound quality wise, the bass response goes low but never overpowers the other two frequencies.
It doesn’t sound boomy and feels very tight, even the trebles don’t sound crass even at high volume nor distort no matter which audio source you’re using.
Love the old school way of listening music? Then the Flaunce Ai40 are definitely the best bookshelf speakers for vinyl music listening.
The back side of the powered speaker features DC power input, connection for the left speaker, RCA input, and Bluetooth Pairing.
Moreover, the package includes 18 gauge speaker cable, power brick and cable, RCA cable and remote control.
“If you need an all in one Bookshelf speakers with a built-in amplifier, Bluetooth connectivity, and good looks, you should definitely go with Flaunce Ai40.”
#4: Polk Audio S15
Looking for a small sized Bookshelf Speaker that delivers a massive sound and is completely American?
I bet you shouldn’t look further than Polk Audio S15.
Before I start “ranting” about the performance, let’s get over its design first.
The Polk Audio S15 has a design like a regular bookshelf speaker.
The glossy part at the front of each speaker unit that surrounds the woofer unit gives it a unique look and makes them easily identifiable.
It is a two-way speaker that features 1-inch terylene tweeter to produce higher frequencies effectively.
Whereas a 5.25-inch mica-reinforced polypropylene woofer unit is meant for clear bass and dynamic midrange.
USP of this speaker is the ‘Power Port’ at the back of each speaker unit.
This is exclusive to Polk and offers excellent and profound bass response while minimizing turbulence and distortion.
What it does is, it spreads out the lower frequencies evenly around a wide area:
This means; even if the speaker is kept close to a wall or inside a small wooden enclosure. The port behind; makes sure that the bass doesn’t sound muddy or boomy.
From the looks at it in pictures, the Polk Audio S15 does look small, yet it’s only in real life you get the feel of its actual size.
The height of each speaker unit stands at 12-inches, whereas the depth is just over 10-inches.
Though being such a small stereo speaker set, they are capable of producing frequency response between 50Hz; all the way up to 40kHz.
Still, I do want to mention that these speakers are passive and will need an amplifier to power them.
“Honestly; if you’re looking for best home theater speakers under $200 that caters to all kinds of your audio needs. Getting the Polk Audio S15 is the better choice.”
#3: Q Acoustics 3010
Looking for a compact sized bookshelf speaker that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket; while are also best looking at the same time?
Then Q Acoustics 3010 is the one you should go with.
This mini bookshelf speaker has a height of 9.25-inches which makes them very small and can comfortably sit on either side of a computer monitor, TV or an amplifier.
Not only is the height small, but the depth is also less in size; consuming close to 8 inches of space.
Though the speaker isn’t a plug-and-play kind, yet the extremely rounded edges on all of its corners; gives it a user-friendly feel and doesn’t feel intimidating for first-timers, who wants to get started with inexpensive Bookshelf speaker.
As I said these are not plug-and-play kind, what I meant is, these are passive speakers, and you’ll need an external amplifier like the Lepai LP-2020TI and 16 gauge speaker wires that cost just under $10; to get them started.
To make your setup even more interesting, you can also add a DAC like the Fiio E10K or Fiio BTR1; in-case you want to go wireless.
Talking about its specifications, the Q Acoustics 3010 comes with a 4” woofer unit and a 1” tweeter unit to complete its setup.
The bass unit is made up of Aramid fibers and paper cones, whereas the tweeter (treble) unit is made up of 2-in-1 concentric advanced ring-dome tweeters, which offers an audiophile grade sound output.
Sound quality wise, they sound much better than its competitors; however you’ll need a good setup to drive them to their full potential.
They offer a sweet bass and sound that does not distort at high volume; moreover, due to its size and design, they happen to sound good no matter wherever you place them around the house.
“Q Acoustics 3010 are not only nicely designed, but they’re also budget audiophile bookshelf speakers that are complete bang for your buck compared to its competition.”
#2: Elac Debut B4
The Elac Debut B4 is the newest member in the Debut Series, with the Elac Debut B6 receiving rave reviews, it was high chance that the Elac Debut B4 would make it to our list of Best Bookshelf Speakers under $200.
Unlike its big brother B6, the B4 features a 4-inch bass driver, which produces a wide range of frequencies and is a great fit for people looking to get into professional and critical sound listening.
Before we talk further, let me first mention that Elac Debut B4 has the best built quality I’ve seen and felt on any Bookshelf Speakers, and for the price it’s sitting at, I’d say, it’s a steal to buy it.
Its vinyl wrap give it a premium look and makes it a style statement. Without the grille you get to look at its precisely designed Bass Driver and Tweeter combination.
Since it’s an Andrew Jones speaker, you are bound to get mesmerized by its design and overall look.
JFYI, another bookshelf speaker designed by Andrew Jones and under the $200 price range is Pioneer SP-BS22.
Now that we’ve drooled over its premium design, let take a look at its performance.
Performance wise, the Elac Debut B4 is fairly similar to B6, however since it has a smaller cabinet compared to B6, there’s a slight recessed bass, however nothing deal-breaker unless you’ve had the pleasure to listen to B6.
Moreover if B6 isn’t in your budget and you’d want to get sound closer to it, there’s Elac Debut B5 available with a bigger cabinet compared to B4 along with a 5.25-inch bass driver.
Compared to a very popular choice among consumers: the Audioengine A2+, the Elac Debut B4 is value for money, with a better bass response but falls slightly on connectivity options though.
#1: Klipsch R-15M
Klipsch R-15M is the only speaker in our list of Best Bookshelf Speaker under $200 to feature a 5.25-inch bass driver that has the ability to produce a wide frequency response between 64-24000Hz.
Compared to other speakers in our list, the Klipsch R-15M has a very unique and retro design, one can easily recognize it to be a speaker from Klipsch due to its copper-colored Bass Driver and Rectangle Shape around the tweeter.
As I said earlier, it has a 5.25-inch Bass Driver, which is coupled along with a fairly large 1-inch tweeter built using aluminum and features Klipsch’s very own 90x90 Tractrix horn technology.
The speaker is loud enough and can generate a total sound output of 85W, which is more than enough to fill a 500 Sq. Ft. room at half volume.
Built using MDF wooden cabinet, the manufacturer has managed to keep the overall weight down to just 4.67 kgs considering the fact that its 12.5-inch high speaker, with width of 7-inch and depth of almost 8-inch.
Getting the Klipsch R-15M started is fairly simple: Just connect the left speaker to the right speaker with provided cable, add an input source (digital or analogue), power it on and you’re ready to go.
Considering its size, I’d surely recommend to make the R-15M as a replacement to your TV speakers rather than making it your computer speaker because you won’t be able to notice its stereo separation while you’re sitting close to it.
If you ever plan on using these as your TV speakers, a Heavy Duty Speaker Stand is recommended.
The speaker in itself is great to listening all kind of music, however if you do want to add thumping bass to it, you can couple the R-15M with a simple subwoofer from Polk and enjoy music, movies and TV Shows on it.
Buying Best Bookshelf Speakers under $200: Things to Consider
1. Overall Speaker Size:
To be honest, there are companies that sell cheap products for a very high price, and few companies that sell best budget stereo speakers at a very dirt-cheap price.
Under $200, you get products from both types of companies.
There are speakers like Polk Audio RTI A1 and Polk Audio TSi200 that cost under $200, however since they’re quite big in size, they might not be suitable for a small-room home environment and also require plenty of other equipment to power and run this…
…that may not be under certain buyer’s budget.
Moreover in a small room environment, they won’t perform as they’re supposed to, due to improper placement or disparate settings.
2. Bass Driver and Tweeter Size:
It’s easy to get confused while buying sub-$200 Bookshelf speaker as there are so many things to look out for.
One filter you should have in your mind; is to get speaker with at least 4-inch bass driver and 0.75-inch tweeter.
These are the two most important component of a bookshelf speaker that you should get right.
A larger bass driver means a wider frequency will be produced.
3. Connectivity Options:
A simple Bookshelf speaker will have an analogue connection to connect it to your PC or TV.
However there are few speakers that comes with Digital Connection and other that happen to come with Bluetooth Connectivity.
Also Check: Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers under $100
Most Bookshelf Speakers under $200 don’t come with Bluetooth, and since in this modern age we all use wireless audio devices, it’s benefiting to include speakers that can be connected wirelessly.
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