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 5 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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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.
Top 5 Best Bookshelf Speakers under $200
#5: 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.
“To say the least, Edifier R1700BT is a very consumer-friendly bookshelf speaker that can be used for variety of scenarios and can couple up as a great and affordable computer speaker well.”
#4: Mackie CR4
Mackie’s Bookshelf Speakers 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.
“With plenty of competitors around it, what Mackie CR4 offers is a sense of style and youth-fullness to its speakers and hence it’s featured in our list of best bookshelf speakers under $200.”
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.
“Though not a professional Bookshelf Speaker, the Edifier e25 Luna Eclipse will be a great match for people looking for twin speaker set, however with a different design altogether.”
#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.
“Under the price of $200, its hard finding a Bookshelf Speaker that’s as good looking as Elac Debut B4 along with its sound quality. Look no further if Elac Debut B4 is your first choice.”
#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.
“With its easy-to-get-started setup, retro design, and professional sound there’s no doubt why the Klipsch R-15M is the #1 Bookshelf Speaker in our list under $200”
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