With the advent of technology, we have witnessed the birth of different gadgets that have made our lives easier in ways we never imagined. One of the most popular of these gadgets is the wireless speakers. These high-tech speakers have attracted numerous users from across the globe. Most models of these speakers are available in the market but only a few of them are truly worth their price. This blog will give you a rundown of the top 10 best speakers for large rooms.
The pinnacle of sound quality is created by speakers still, nothing gives you a wholly immersive listening experience like hi-fi speakers. If your budget doesn’t stretch to audiophile-grade equipment then the following guide will show you the best bookshelf, floor-standing, and in-wall speakers available for people on a budget.
Looking for a speaker system? We have you covered with our selection of the best stereo speakers from top brands, including Canton, Cambridge Audio, and Mirage. Whether you’re going for the budget or high-end, we have the best speakers that will meet your needs floor-standing speakers, bookshelf speakers, desktop (or table & shelf) speakers, and active/powered systems. In addition to highlighting the best 2-channel HiFi speaker systems available right now, we also recommend some innovative wireless solutions so as not to fill up prime real estate on your desk with bulky cables but still ensure a full audio experience.
Whether you’re a novice audiophile looking to establish your first audio setup, an experienced music fan looking to replace and upgrade your speakers, or simply a speaker enthusiast wanting the best set of speakers which fits into your budget and lifestyle – we guarantee you’ll find in-depth explanations and reviews here at Speaker Fan Club that will help you come to the right decision.
The Q Acoustics 3030is is the largest of the three stand mounters in their 3000i range and has received a glowing five-star review.
The Q Acoustic 3000i speakers are one of the best I’ve ever heard. The sound resonates for a long time, and it’s really clear, really strong, and really deep. This is just how my girlfriend describes me. She says that my sound is still recognizable but it has become powerful while noticeably smoother than before.
There’s a big presence at the bottom-end frequency but the bass is well-arranged and sustained. The dynamics of this speaker are impressive and they remain intact when asked to really get their groove on at high volumes. They are a great investment in terms of the audiophile market and there should be more products like them out there – one prominent positive feature that we noted was that they accurately revealed any genre of music.
Q Acoustics has stuck closely to its successful recipe for the 3030is and just added a larger mid/bass unit (the company could have been more clear about this point) and a more generous cabinet.
With the speaker’s enclosure packing 12.5 liters of volume – more than double that of the 3020is (6.1 liters) – the larger mid/bass driver and cabinet bode well for bass extension, dynamic reach, and the ability to play more loudly in high-noise environments.
the 3030i is actually our third-generation bookshelf speaker, directly related to the 3050i floor-standing loudspeaker. What’s different about them, you ask? Well, that 16.5cm mid/bass (up from 12.5cm in the junior model) is actually based on the one used in the 3050i floorstanders, but tweaked to work in this installation. It hands over to a 22mm dome tweeter at 2.4kHz instead of 3kHz as before. And both models feature a slightly more rigid enclosure than their predecessors – that should be good news for bass lovers…
This tweeter is a true treat in that it has excellent sound quality and muted distortion throughout the range, which makes it feel as if you are listening to an album without any outside interference. However, another great thing about this marvel of audio engineering is that not only does it have outstanding sound quality alone but when decoupled from other units, like in this case, it’s able to provide additional detail and focus because of increased isolation from the vibrations often generated by other powerful-sounding units nearby.
The Meyer Sound 3000i Series loudspeakers maintain the same slim cabinet shape as other well-known models. This will benefit those who wish to re-use the same enclosure from a previous installation or minimize visual clutter during new construction projects.
The speaker itself is relatively deep, which means it can have a powerful bass. If you don’t have enough space to house the speaker, we suggest considering one of the smaller models in this range. Just like all other speakers in our portfolio, these are carefully damped internally to reduce any unwanted vibrations and ensure that your music sounds great at all times.
Elac’s affordable stand mounters produce “solid” sound. Their performance doesn’t fall apart even when they’re placed on sound stands, and they aren’t picky about placement thanks to their “unfussy” design. Elac speakers are never sopranos but they are far more dynamic and detailed than one would imagine at this price.
The new 5.25-inch mid/bass driver features a blend of aramid fibers for the cone, in combination with a different shape to improve stiffness and damping that result in smooth delivery and effortless control on frequencies from 200 Hz up to 3kHz. The tweeter is claimed to deliver a response going as high as 35kHz for smooth high frequencies that add sparkle to the overall sound.
Tonally they aren’t as balanced and warm as the Dalis (below), but even still they are able to make the most of any given recording – and even if that means you have to tweak things a little, these speakers will do everything in their power to ensure that the final product is on point.
Elac speakers have been in the audio business for thirty years. If a brand is still standing after that amount of time, then that says a lot about its ability to make fine-quality products. It’s fair to say that the Debut B5.2 speakers are some of Elac’s finest efforts. For this type and style of speaker, the price tag is quite affordable for all that you’re getting. For audiophiles on a budget who need exceptional sound performance without having to spend an exorbitant amount, these speakers are ideal. There are not many cases where you can get quality and substance while paying less than $250.
The Dali Oberon 1 C speakers are a flexible product. They can fold over, hang on walls, and be placed in different rooms of your home. However, you don’t have to be an audiophile to fully appreciate their performance. The sound they produce is bold and dynamic across the board, whether you’re listening to your favorite music or movies!
The Oberon C’s active speakers ship with Dali’s Sound Hub Compact which gives you access to the AptX HD Bluetooth for wireless streaming, an HDMI ARC for connecting to your TV/AV system, and RCA and subwoofer connections. If you want to use the multi-room capabilities of the Crossfeed Upgrade and deserve a true audiophile speaker setup, we also designed this upgrade for you. In addition, after purchasing this upgrade, we are able to deploy updates for new version rights (eg: aptX) of the Sound Hub in both firmware and app options through BluOS.
The speakers are largely unchanged from the passive Oberon 1, which are small and nicely made with a mahogany-colored 13cm wood fiber mid/bass cone that’s used in conjunction with Dali’s Soft Magnet Compound (SMC) technology and sit below the 29mm soft dome tweeter. These are active speakers, though so there is a dedicated 50W Class D amp for each one.
Sonically, as we’ve come to expect from Dali, we’re treated to a clean and detailed sound. Instruments are rendered faithfully when listening to pieces of music that have a decent-sized dynamic range, but where precision is required otherwise you might find poor fidelity. Dynamic scaling can only go so far within speakers this size for the small room sizes most people listen in. Unfortunately, louder doesn’t necessarily equate with more powerful bass out of small speakers. They can be capable of producing a good amount of low-end frequencies on tracks that have large amounts of the dynamic range given the two conditions above are met as it becomes practically impossible to produce audible bass at low volumes out of small speakers due to their physical simplicity.
Active streaming systems are becoming increasingly common in a convenience-craving world, but the number of quality products at this level is still limited. The Dali Oberon1 C are high-end earphones that bring new levels of refinement, comfort, and craftsmanship to an area where so many options tend to focus on giving listeners more, rather than making them better.
On paper, it’s hard to tell that Dali’s Spektor 2s are much different from other budget speakers. However, the reality proves otherwise. These speakers use all the typical standmount components and offer a classic design at just under $200/£200. The base model uses two ways of dividing up the sound into bass, midrange and treble coverage so you can get a truly balanced sound signature. There’s a 25mm dome tweeter and 13 cm mid/bass drivers.
But these Dalis are much more than just the sum of their parts: they have such a clear identity, and the warm energy that radiates from each individual instrument is so inviting. The vocals pull you in, and there’s something about their singing style that’s really mesmerizing! Even at high volumes, it’s quite easy to follow what they’re singing – a welcome sign!
None of the speakers that we looked at today really stood out from one another. Each has its own pros and cons, but if Spektor 2s are within your price range, then these affordable stand mounters certainly deserve to be given a listen.
Play Aretha Franklin’s (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, and the Spektors’ distinctive and powerful vocals will etch themselves into your memory. Their delivery is nuanced and passionate, with each word crisply defined, never rising to the level of excess or distraction. Either way, if you want to listen to it though, there’s no denying that this song is a classic for a reason.
We are quite pleased with the way these performers present their performances. They handle their instrumentals very well and stay true to their own style as they resonate through the hearts and ears of audience members. They exhibit a certain finesse and level of precision that is seldom seen in performances today, which we like. The musicians bring an energetic feel to the show that makes us want more!
The Spektors played Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture for test purposes. They showed that they can handle high volume levels and that they could maintain composure just fine.
Impressive versatility on hand here. Powerful chops, yet capable of a pleasing level of resolution and the ability to organize that information into a cohesive whole both musically and lyrically.
The LS50 speakers were introduced in 2010 and have been a staple model for KEF ever since. But the company felt like it was time for an updated color scheme, especially with the rise of popularity in personalization which has become more mainstream as of late. With the new LS50 Meta, KEF is confident that customers who loved the familiar sound signature from previous years will also appreciate this fresh look!
The LS50 has an innovative design that boasts a number of other unique features and options including the Uni-Q driver array where the tweeter sits in the throat of the mid/bass unit. As such, it’s able to deliver a wide frequency range and a very natural sound balance across the audible spectrum. Other cool features are a magnetically shielded aluminum wire woofer for producing high-quality bass as well as built-in bi-wire terminals to easily connect up with high RCA cable performance.
While the basic sonic character is instantly familiar, we see the possibility of greater clarity in these speakers as they gain a level of finesse that exceeds the original.
We are excited the originals and the LS50 Meta take their performance to a notably higher level really great.
The LS50 has improved in terms of details and clarity. The new version sounds clear like the original version but executes extremely well with untwisting the details within the low frequencies part.
Listening to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, we couldn’t help but marvel at how personable and responsive the LS50 Meta sounded. They delivered a performance that exceeded all of our expectations. In comparison to earlier models, they sounded much more transparent and managed to provide us with a higher level of detail in terms of instrumental and vocal textures than ever before.
Out of all the different monitors, it’s the Award-winning, KEF R3 (£1300, $2000, AU$3625) and LS50 Meta that really stood out when I listened to both speakers. The LS50 Meta has a smaller footprint versus the R3 which allows it to be placed almost anywhere without too much trouble. Both feature clean aesthetics relative to their diminutive height while delivering a surprising amount of rich detail that has character despite its relative affordability. The question is how far down you want your low end to go as well as price being a factor in this equation.
If you want to find the best desktop speakers on the market, Q Acoustics M20 speakers are a top suggestion. These powerful Bluetooth-enabled speakers are crafted with sound-enhancing technologies to ensure that users will always have an impressive listening experience no matter what they’re doing with music playing in the background. The fact that these little Bluetooth wonder boxes can also be used for much more than just making your home or office music library come alive is another neat feature of great interest here at Audio Unlimited.
The Q Acoustics M20s is a stereo speaker that’s available in a range of colors. It’s equipped with front-mounted dials so you can adjust bass, treble, and volume settings without needing to get up off the couch or minimize your video game. The M20 is an ideal fit for TV audio, movie soundtracks, and gaming 5.1 setups: connected TVs or games consoles can be streamed wirelessly via Bluetooth while other sources such as turntables, CD players, and laptops can be hooked up through optical digital or RCA connector cables/inputs/outputs depending on your source hardware.
Versatile and fantastically designed, the M20 speakers sound loud and energetic. With a warm, full-bodied sound that you would usually only get from much more expensive models, we are quite impressed how detailed and smooth they manage to sound. The M20 speakers are an exceptional device for listening to music as well as other audio sources at home.
Q Acoustics has released the M20, a set of speakers that we find to be impressive in all areas. The sound is clear and clean, making it an excellent addition to any home with a streaming system, computer, or TV. Amplification doesn’t bog down the audio signal and the tweeter is enhanced so you don’t get that annoying whistling effect when playing high-pitch sounds. These speakers are something to relish because for this price, you’re getting more than what you paid for.
Triangle Borea BR03 speakers are unique in that they have the capability to project sound into specific locations (the sweet spot), and it’s no easy task for any woofer to achieve this. It takes a strong heart and dedication. The engineers of these speakers took great care to design them such that the customers who would invest their hard-earned money into buying Triangle’s Borea’s would be equally rewarded for making the right choice on their end by taking special care with where these monitors will be placed in the room. The minimum 2m space required between the speakers and listening position is meant to discourage you from having your head too close when enjoying your music or watching movies in order to avoid hearing damage.
The Triangles sound great with all kinds of music. The detail and insight across the frequency range make you feel as though you’re right up front at the band or musician’s performance. The bass isn’t too heavy, but it definitely has a lot of punch to shake your ears with. Plus, they have plenty of texture to make you feel like you’re hearing something new each time that you listen to them.
We’re going to have to agree. While front-ported, these speakers may not shine quite as much when placed up against the wall. When placed in a room with some breathing space and toe-in, the speakers are able to perform at their very best.
Boreas BR03 Bookshelf Speaker is a rather large pair of bookshelf speakers. Standing 31cm tall, this size may be intimidating to some people looking to purchase a new pair of bookshelf speakers because they have limited space or their tastes might lean towards aesthetically smaller speakers with smaller footprints that won’t take up as much space. We know that the BR03s are large and that’s the point – there are certain situations in which one may want the larger bookshelf speaker. For example, if you want to fill up a smaller room like an office or bedroom but don’t want to place a tower speaker where it might obstruct traffic or leave too small of open space between furniture and the speaker itself, then your best bet would be a pair of BR03s which can still produce enough volume to fill up a room, but will also require less physical space than if you were going with something more substantial like tower speakers.
It’s not often we stumble across a pair of speakers at this price that sounds as sophisticated as the Triangle Boreas. They offer a sizeable amount of power compared to other speakers on the market but has that been at the cost of sacrificing musicality.
Once in a few generations, Wharfedale tends to start from scratch. The Wharfedale Diamond 12.1 is one of those occasions where everything started from the ground up – from the drive units (e.g. woofers, tweeters) all the way to cabinet construction. You might be familiar with some of their previous speakers and not know it! For example, if you’ve listened to A7 or Sounddeck at home before, a lot of their technologies have been incorporated into the 12.1 speakers set as well! They even put together a video that goes so far as to show the similarities between Wharfedale Diamond Series products! And if you click here, you can see that even some consumers are incredulous as they realize this incredible fact!
Speakers at this price level have a tough job to do. They need to work well with the budget system they are designed to be featured with, but they also need the muscle to work decently on a more advanced audio system like dedicated speakers so they don’t waste anyone’s money on a subpar speaker. The Diamond 12.1s pull off this difficult feat admirably.
These speakers are very colorful and full-sounding. They sound very confident and composed in a way that all but the most expensive speakers cannot, and with a good degree of refinement.
The Diamonds is a presentation that starts off with Arvo Part’s Tabula Rasa, and we think they did an excellent job. Their level of detail in the piece was very good, as well as their ability to layer things and successfully blend them in a way that wasn’t even a little too cluttered but still clearly represented the entire spectrum. Their low-level division really showed itself during their performance and their way of presenting each musical thread without getting lost made it easy.
The Wharfedale Diamonds are smooth and smart, with just the right amount of bite to keep things grounded and geared towards clarity. Listeners can tell what kind of material they’re working with and have a sense of the purpose of the speech. The diamond doesn’t try to fight for anyone’s attention by adding unnecessary details or any embellishment, but we don’t mean that it fails to cater to listeners; quite the contrary. It treats listeners like intelligent individuals so they get all the info they need, only without the fluff they don’t really want or need anyway. In this way, the Diamond is both engaging and inviting because it gives you everything you want within reason – no more and no less.
Triangle’s new BR08 floorstanders arrive in a hard-fought and competitive market. There’s no lack of talented rivals at this level, with something of quality available from pretty much every serious manufacturer out there. However, we feel that the BR08 offers an uncompromising combination of great looks, solid build, and impressive performance for its asking price – which makes them stand out from its rivals.
We don’t complain about the drive unit array, though. It’s clear that a large chunk of the engineering budget has gone here – two 16cm fiberglass-coned bass units and a 25mm silk dome tweeter, aided by a front-firing reflex port to augment the low-frequency output. At the rear lie eight identical drive units with their sockets densely populated on three vertical panels.
The 16cm midrange driver inside the Satori is derived from the higher quality Esprit EZ range of loudspeakers and uses Triangle’s preferred cellulose paper cone material. The company prefers this combination of lightweight rigidity and damping because it produces a more accurate sound spectrum.
The Borea BR08 delivers a thrill ride with enjoyable material. We play Nirvana’s Nevermind, and the speakers sound right at home – they punch hard and tie everything together to create an overall cohesive musical sound. The bass from those 8-inch subwoofers dig deep but remain agile and articulate as well.
The Cobain towers are everything a guy could want in a live sound system. It’s clear to see that the engineers at Aperion Audio have poured everything they’ve got into delivering mind-blowing results across the board! Whether you’re listening to pop, rock, or electronic music there’s something for everyone, and even if you do listen to low bass music there’s no need to worry about your eardrums taking damaged from the volume because these bad boys pack an impressive punch without turning up the bass too high! The vocals come through loud and clear, which is crucial in a live performance environment when each word counts, and it’s nice to hear instruments with such precision too.
These are large speakers that have a pretty good sound stage. Put them a little further away from the walls, though. If you put a reflector on their backs, something strange will happen: Music is supposed to create an illusion of space, but if you measure this one versus normal the reflections that bounce off the front surface add more to the bass level in the room than they ought to…but there’s your fix—some home experiments that probably yield better results than what normally ends up being delivered.
The Evo 4.4 speakers from M&K are great for the money and perform well enough to be a choice of ours for providing some good mid-range stereo sound. As with many products, there is often room for improvement when it comes to components you can use in order to get the best out of your speakers. After considering what sort of amplifier would be suitable for these speakers, we’ve concluded that perhaps a Cyrus CDi CD player would be a viable option as long as you pair it up with the Rega Elex-R.
The Evo 4.4 has an impedance average of 4 ohms but will barely dip below that at its lowest point. This means the amplifier quality is going to be more determinative of the speaker’s performance than sheer wattage alone. This will save you from having to do some math or head on down to a local electronics store and give you time to listen to how these speakers perform before making an investment decision.
It won’t come as a surprise that big speakers make a large-scale sound with plenty of authority. We listen to Dvorak’s New World Symphony on these Wharfedales and are impressed by the easy way each speaker is able to produce so much volume and their ability to cope with an enormous mass of instrumentation without losing control of the music. These speakers remain organized even when the recording gets demanding – they indicate plenty of headroom left in this model as we start to listen at louder volumes!
The transparency and subtlety these Wharfedales displays are far less expected. You’ll realize that they are capable of reaching into your recordings and extracting notes proudly while also making music come alive. The speakers sound honest to the recording at hand, accurately capturing attack and decay without sounding too bright or harsh.
When choosing between the superb Fyne Audio and the excellent F501, we found that although certain sounds, like brass instruments, for example, were more detailed on the Evo 4.4 the overall effect was more balanced and natural sounding than on its big brother the 5.1 SE. The 4.4’s sound is versatile and great over a variety of genres without any details being too harsh or overpowering. As such, we’d recommend it to people who listen to most types of music as it gets more enjoyment out of higher quality recordings rather than EQ them as some other headphones might do.
Best Speakers For Large Room Buying Guide
When you’re shopping for speakers, there are a few key factors to keep in mind. For starters, you need to think about the size of your space. Basically, larger spaces call for larger speakers, whereas smaller spaces are suited for smaller varieties. If a speaker is too small for a room, it will sound tinny and underwhelming if it’s used in a huge space. On the other hand, if the speaker is too big for a room, it will overwhelm it and possibly not provide the full spectrum of audio required by the room. You should also think about combining styles from different speakers and matching looks with different types of audio to get an idea of what fits your personal tastes best and meeting your budget goals.
Before making any decisions on the speakers that you are going to purchase, it’s important to determine exactly what you want out of your sound system. A speaker system can vary greatly in its features and specifications, and the available options can be difficult to navigate (especially if this is your first time purchasing a home theater system). The good news is that there is an ideal solution for whatever kind of system you’re looking to put together, and hopefully, this guide will help outline some key considerations when shopping for the ideal speaker system.
1. Bookshelf Speakers
Bookshelf speakers are the most common type of speaker used in home theater and stereo systems. Smaller and easier to place than floor-standing speakers, they’re a powerful addition to any room. Though ideally, one would use them in conjunction with taller bookshelf-style loudspeakers or up on dedicated stands, they can be placed directly on top of bookshelves although it’s best if you mount them so as to prevent damage from potential tip-overs. Room placement is also important when using bookshelf speakers, as they can generate good sound only when placed correctly.
If you want to get the full range of sound for movies, music, and video games, then there are certain speakers that you’ll want to invest in. There are various types of LFE (low frequency (bass) effects) speakers and subwoofers that can provide a whole new level of sound quality that your existing audio setup just cannot deliver on its own if you have a little bit more cash to spare. LFE speakers are created to deliver low-end frequencies without affecting dialogue or mid-range audio which is common in many other types of surround sound systems.
One can also integrate two subwoofers into their system for better, heightened bass response. Having dual subwoofers will result in more even and immersive bass throughout the room. The bass won’t be as localized or directional when there are two smaller subs instead of one larger one. Two smaller subwoofers will offer a more dynamic range, smoother frequency response, and more flexibility when it comes to placement than if it were just a single large subwoofer.
3. Floor-Standing Speakers
Full-size floor standing speakers are perfect for large rooms. They come in a variety of sizes to accommodate specific listening spaces. Ideally, you’ll want floor-standing speakers as your front speakers. When considering the size of your system, keep in mind that what gives a speaker the greatest vibrancy is its diminishing dip in high frequencies. This won’t be an issue with full-sized speakers at all, especially if you have a pair at the front serving as your central channel components. The rest of your channels can be flexible to suit your space and bass needs (if there happen to be any.)
4. Dolby Atmos Add-on Speakers
Dolby Atmos uses a new object-based surround sound technology platform to craft a multi-dimensional audio experience. If you want to take advantage of Dolby Atmos in your home theater system, you’ll need at least two ceiling or upward-facing speakers for the height channels. Upward-firing speakers can be placed directly above your front and rear speakers, or they can be mounted onto the wall if you have room!
Additionally, there are also speakers that come with a built-in Dolby Atmos channel made to bounce the sound off the ceiling in your listening space. While this is different than DTS:X which doesn’t require these upward-firing or ceiling speaker setups, Dolby Atmos still impressed us as it didn’t require any extra equipment either.
5. Home Theater in a Box
For those who press play and pause every time the urge overcomes them to buy a new speaker, there are so many options out there now. For those who want to skip the hassle or complications of buying a speaker system separately, they can do so simply by going for a home theater inbox. Home theater systems come complete with several speakers, a video source like a DVD player or Blu-ray player, and all of the other parts required to hook up your audio and visual set up in one handy package – no stress attached! Many people find themselves getting rid of their bulky stereos that take up so much space when they purchase systems like this because it is one way of enjoying home entertainment without having to worry about any cumbersome hassles relating to purchasing equipment way.
6. Your investment
If you plan on purchasing speakers and keeping them in your room as an investment for future entertainment use, we suggest considering the following:
It’s important that you consider the potential dangers posed to your tweeters, especially if you have small children or a very curious cat for that matter. Metal domes, in particular, tend to attract small fingers and paws and pose a hazard for your tweeters by denting easily. Couple this fact with *metal “bullet-proof” discs which are in fact just as vulnerable to dents and dings as metal domes – ultimately not protecting them at all! – metal tweets can often become problematic.
Gratefully, some of the speakers these days come fitted with tweeter grilles so that you can have protection without having to take them off every time you admire their design.
There are so many audio speakers available these days that it can be hard to settle on which ones to buy. Finding ones that are high quality that is also affordable is even harder! To help you with this dilemma, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 best speakers for large rooms. Hopefully, this list will help you narrow down your search and find the perfect speakers for your needs.