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Top 10 Best Speakers For Vinyl On The Market 2020

Vinyl has seen somewhat of a comeback in recent years, and we’re happy about that. There’s undoubtedly a sense of theatre and occasion with vinyl, that can never be matched with newer listening technologies. There’s also something special about that authentic analog tone that we just love.

And despite some of the obvious drawbacks, this resurgence of popularity seems to be here to stay.

So, if you’re looking for a new set of speakers to match your turntable, then look no further. We’ve compiled a top ten list of the best speakers for vinyl in the budget and medium-priced category to narrow down your search.

Let’s get straight to it and find the perfect pair for you…

Best Speakers For Vinyl On The Market

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Top 10 Best Speakers For Vinyl On The Market 2020


1 Presonus E4.5-4.5″ 2-Way Near Field Studio Monitor

Features and Specifications

Our first pick are these pair of active speakers from Presonus. They have a total power output of 50 watts and can push out a respectable 100dB of noise when things are up to 11. The frequency response in between 70Hz to 20,000Hz.

The speakers are typical bookshelf size, measuring 16.5” x 9.1” x 11.8” and weighing just over 13lbs. Within the cabinets is a good quality 4.5” Kevlar woofer and a 1” low mass silk dome tweeter.

The good news is that Presonus has had the sense to put the most commonly used inputs and controls on the front of the active speaker. You get the on/off switch, volume, auxiliary and headphone inputs neatly placed on the front panel. Thanks, guys.

All the lesser-used controls, inputs, and outputs are on the back. These include; RCA connections, TRS connection, output to the right speaker, and acoustic tuning controls.

This all looks good so far.

Build and Sound Quality

These are nicely put together speakers by Presonus. We like their sleek and simple design and lack of speaker grills. They have a minimalist and no-nonsense look to them. Considering their price-point, they offer great value both for the quality of their build and for their sound.

Since these are predominantly studio monitors, it’s hardly surprising that they have a mainly flat and uncolored response. However, the bass has plenty of thump for a small woofer; in fact, if anything, it’s maybe just slightly too strong. The tweeter produces some good clear trebles, and the soundstage has some nice range and depth.

The EQ controls on the rear of the active speaker are useful to add some color to the tone, since if listening to vinyl, you may well want more sculptured sound than say an audio engineer.

Considering their price, the Presonus E4.5 delivers some smooth and accurate sounds that make them ideal for use for near field listening, or for use in smaller rooms.

Presonus E4.5-4.5
Our rating:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Pros

  • Great value for money.
  • Neutral Sound.
  • Good soundstage.
  • Sleek looks.
  • Well-laid out controls.

Cons

  • The included cables are cheap.
  • Only suitable for small rooms.

2 JBL Charge 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Features and Specifications

Without a doubt, the JBL is the best Bluetooth waterproof speaker on our list. This portable and compact JBL Charge 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker weighs just 2.0lbs and measures 4.9” x 5.9” x 10.8”. It’s got an IPX 7 rating, which means it could even survive a brief dip in the pool and keep on working. Remarkable!

There is one oval shaped driver to deliver the sound. It has a frequency response of between 60Hz to 20,00Hz. The unit will work on mains and battery supply, which is useful. You can expect around 20 hours of use from the batteries. What’s more, there’s also a handy LED indicator that helps you keep track of your battery life.

The connections include; USB, Bluetooth, and an auxiliary input. It also has the much-touted feature of being able to connect to more than 100 JBL connect + speakers. It’s a cool feature, but not one we think will get much use.

Build and Sound Quality

With an IPX 7 rating, we can’t argue that this thing is tough and will stand up to some serious abuse in the outdoors. We also can’t argue with beautiful design and an incredible range of 11 exciting colors. It definitely looks more like a fashion statement than a speaker.

So what about the sound?

The fact is that the JBL Charge 4 cannot produce particularly loud volumes, and it’s also a bit light on bass. Confined by the size of its driver, it struggles to get down low. Though it sounds reasonably punchy at lower volumes, once things are cranked up, things get distorted, and definition is lost.

At low to medium volumes, the overall sound is good. It’s well balanced with clear trebles and mids.

Essentially, this is an outdoor speaker and doesn’t really have a place indoors as a serious way to listen to your vinyl. If you have a small party and want to take your vinyl or your Djing outside, then this fits the bill well.

JBL Charge 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Our rating:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

Pros

  • IPX 7 rating.
  • Highly portable.
  • Bluetooth connectivity.
  • USB connectivity.

Cons

  • Low volume.
  • Light on bass.

3 Edifier R2000DB Powered Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers

Features and Specifications

Next up, in our reviews of the Best Speakers For Vinyl, we have the Edifier R2000DB Powered Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers, which measure 11” x 8” x 13.5” and weigh 18lbs. They have a respectable 120 watts of RMS output. This is all delivered with a 5.0” driver and a 1” silk dome tweeter to each speaker.

They have Bluetooth connectivity so you can wirelessly hook up your electronic device. Alternatively, if you want to go old school, there are a couple of auxiliary inputs. Other connections include a headphone input, an optical input for your TV, DVD, or games console, RCA, and XLR ports.

All the inputs and outputs are on the rear of the active speaker together with controls for volume, bass, and treble. Since there is a remote control, we can forgive them for not having the volume control on the front of the speaker. It would still have been nice to have had the headphone input at the front, though.

Build and Sound Quality

These are well-made speakers, made in China, and come in a choice of either a gloss black or a wood veneer finish. The cabinets are constructed from MDF, which is very normal at this price. They come with front grills that are nicely designed and don’t interfere with the sound flow.

The speakers are reasonably loud with their 120 watts of RMS output easily able to fill a small or medium-sized room. Assisted by the rear-facing bass reflex ports, the bass is reasonably tight, reaches down nice and low, and shows little in the way of distortion even at higher volumes.

The mids are even with little coloration, and the vocals, and instruments, are clearly defined. Additionally, the 1” Eagle Eye tweeter delivers precise, crisp, and clean trebles.  Overall, there’s no doubt that these Edifier speakers produce some genuinely high-quality sound.

Edifier R2000DB Powered Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers
Our rating:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Pros

  • Good connectivity.
  • Low levels of distortion.
  • Good bass.
  • High volume.
  • Good sound quality.
  • Has remote control.

Cons

  • They are expensive.
  • The remote control is tiny.

4 JBL Arena B15 Black Bookshelf & Surround Speaker

Features and Specifications

If you want to take the party inside, then ditch the JBL Charge 4 speakers and switch to these.

JBL Arena B15 Black Bookshelf speakers measure 8.58” x 18.5” x 16.5” and weigh 17.42lbs. Each speaker has a 5.5” Polycellulose woofer and a 1” soft dome tweeter. They’re able to put out a total of 125 watts of peak power and have a frequency range between 100Hz to 40,000Hz.

These are purely passive speakers, so other than the two mounting posts to connect to your receiver, and there are no other inputs or controls.

Build and Sound Quality

These JBL speakers do have a bit of an industrial look to them. They’re a little too austere, in our opinion, and we feel that they actually benefit from having the front grills attached. Even then, they’re nothing exciting to look at. Just a boring black box, so no points for originality here.

They may look boring, but the cool thing is that these come with integrated wall mounting slots in the rear. So, if you are short of space, these could be just what you’re looking for. They also come with a five years manufacturer’s warranty and we like that even more.

These are loud enough for a small to medium-sized room. Whilst there’s no problem with the volume, we feel the bass is a little lacking. This is probably because they’re a shallow sealed speaker with no bass reflex port. The 100Hz frequency floor is too high. Consequently, these speakers would probably benefit from being hooked up to a subwoofer.

So what about the mids and trebles?

Well, the good news is that there’s no problem with either the mids or higher frequencies. Both are clean and precise. The trebles are bright and natural sounding. The vocals in the lower-mids stood out as being well-defined.

JBL Arena B15 Black Bookshelf & Surround Speaker
Our rating:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Pros

  • Good value.
  • Five year manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Slimline construction.
  • They have an integrated wall mount.

Cons

  • Lacks bass at the lower end.

5 Edifier S1000DB Audiophile Active Bookshelf Speakers

Features and Specifications

You’ve possibly already taken a look at the Edifier R2000Db, and now you’ve seen the Edifier S1000DB. Checking the price, you can see that the S1000DB is significantly more expensive. So, the question, quite naturally, is, are they worth it?

Let’s find out…

On the face of it, they look similar. They measure and weigh the same. That is 11” x 8” x 13.5” and 18lbs. Also, they have the same 120 watts of RMS output.

But then things start to differ…

The Edifier 1000DB has a 5.5” woofer and a 1” titanium dome tweeter. What’s more, though it has Bluetooth, the Edifier S1000Db has the latest 4.0 aptX connectivity. This significantly improves both streaming quality and latency issues.

As far as all other connections and inputs are concerned, they are the same as the R2000DB. There are RCA and XLR ports, an optical input for DVD, TV or game consoles, and also a headphone input. There are also control knobs for bass, treble, and volume.

All of the controls and inputs are found on the rear fo the active speaker.

Build and Sound Quality

It’s clear that these are better made than the cheaper models in the Edifier range. The S1000DB speakers are predominantly made out of real wood and have solid birch side panels. They look beautiful.  They also come with front grills, but these are again of better quality and, in fact, a better design than the less expensive models.

Overall there’s a greater attention to detail in their finish, and they feel very much like a grown-up speaker. Even the remote control is far better than on other less expensive models.

We can see where some of that extra money went.

So what about the sound?

Well, there’s no more power than the R1000DB, though there’s obviously still enough to fill a small to medium-sized room. And you also get  Dynamic Range Control and Digital Signal Processing to minimize distortion.

But you actually get more than this. These speakers have a larger 5.5” woofer, which allows them to reach down deep. This is backed up by their low-frequency specification of 48Hz. There’s also plenty of punch and clarity to the bass. The mids were smooth and clean with well-defined vocals.

There’s also high levels of clarity in the trebles courtesy of the upgraded 1” titanium tweeter.

Whilst we stand by the statement that the Edifier R2000DB speakers produce a high level of audio quality, we have to say that the Edifier S1000DB speakers sound even better. There’s no doubt that these speakers make a strong case for their additional cost.

Edifier S1000DB Audiophile Active Bookshelf Speakers
Our rating:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Pros

  • Good connectivity.
  • Latest Bluetooth 4.0 aptX
  • Low levels of distortion.
  • Deep, punchy bass.
  • Great sound quality.
  • It has a good-quality remote control.

Cons

  • They are expensive.

6 Sony SSCS5 3-Way 3-Driver Bookshelf Speaker System

Features and Specifications

Our next contender for the Best Speakers For Vinyl are these Sony SSCS5 3-Way speakers, which measure 17.9” x 10.7” x 16.2” and weigh 10lb each. They have three drivers, which is unusual at this price. There is a 5.25” woofer, a 1” polyester main tweeter, and a .75” super tweeter.

The three drivers put out a maximum power output of 100watts and 30 watts of RMS power. They have a frequency response between 53Hz to 50,000Hz, have an impedance rating of 6 ohms, and a sensitivity rating of 87dB.

These are passive speakers; therefore, other than the mounting posts, there are no other connections. And you will obviously need to use a receiver to work with these speakers.

Build and Sound Quality

These are at the more affordable end of the range of speakers we’ve reviewed. In terms of their build and design quality, this is also clear to see. They’re unimaginative black vinyl MDF boxes with little quality to them. Pretty much what we’d expect for the price.

Maybe the sound will be better?

Let’s see.

The Sony SSCS5 3-Way speakers aren’t particularly loud and struggle to give precise sound at higher volumes. However, at lower volumes, they are perfectly fine. This is also the case for the bass. The fact is they can reach down surprisingly low with little distortion at lower and medium volumes. However, at higher volumes, things are not so clear, and booming can be heard.

Now to address the elephant, or rather mouse, in the room first. Sony, listen to us, there’s too much emphasis on the higher end. Squeak, squeak, squeak! It’s no real surprise as it seems to be a common trait of a lot of Japanese speakers.

But why?

We’ve genuinely no idea.

The good news is that despite the emphasis on the higher frequencies, with a bit of fiddling to the EQ settings, it is possible to tame down the trebles and dial in a decent well-balanced sound.

Considering their price, the overall sound quality was surprisingly good.

Sony SSCS5 3-Way 3-Driver Bookshelf Speaker System
Our rating:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

Pros

  • Inexpensive.
  • Grills included.
  • Low bass.

Cons

  • Dominance of trebles.
  • Uninspiring cabinet design.

7 Polk Audio T15 100 Watt Home Theater Bookshelf Speakers

Features and Specifications

Polk is a US-based company with 50 years of experience in the electronics business. They have a solid reputation for manufacturing great sounding and affordable speakers. We, therefore, have high hopes with there small and affordable T15.

Let’s look at the specs first…

The T15 measures a compact 7.3” x 6.5” x 10.7” and weighs a modest 8.25lbs. They can produce  100 watts of peak power from the 5.25” woofer and .75” tweeter. They have a front-firing bass reflex port, which is all designed and engineered using Polk’s own Dynamic Balance technology.

They have a frequency range of between 65Hz to 20,000Hz, have an impedance of 8 ohms and a sensitivity rating of 89dBs. These are passive speakers, so you’re going to need to pull that spare receiver from the back of your cupboard.

Build and Sound Quality

For this price, you’re not going to expect anything other than MDF, which is just as well, because that’s exactly what you get. We think you’ll agree, though, that the furniture quality MDF they use is a cut above what you’ll normally find on most speaker cabinets at this price.

The cabinets look well-finished and are really nicely complemented by the design and layout of the two drivers and the bass port on the front of the speaker. They do have speaker grills included, but we think they look great without them.

Full marks to Polk for making an inexpensive speaker look beautiful and interesting. Other speaker manufacturers kindly take note.

Louder than you may think…

For a small speaker, they have more volume than we’d anticipated. They’re certainly fine for a small sized-room and would probably be fine for somewhere bigger.

The bass reaches down nice and low with little distortion until the volume gets close to 11. The tweeter is precise and produces some bright trebles without becoming harsh or shrill. The mids were also nicely defined.

Overall, considering the price, the Polk T15 speakers are capable of producing some high quality and well-balanced sound. These are definitely the best value speakers we’ve looked at.

Polk Audio T15 100 Watt Home Theater Bookshelf Speakers
Our rating:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Pros

  • Inexpensive.
  • Good build quality.
  • Great design.
  • Great sound.

Cons

  • None at this price.

8 Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Home Audio Bookshelf Loudspeakers (Set of 2)

Features and Specifications

These Pioneer speakers were designed by the legendary speaker designer, Mr. Andrew Jones. For those of you who don’t know, his prowess is such that he could make a great set of speakers out of a bread bin, tea towel, and used parts from an old toaster.

We’ve therefore got high hopes for the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR.

Let’s take a look at those specs first…

The Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Bookshelf Speakers measure a fairly compact 12 9/16″ x 7 1/8″ x 8 7/16″ and weigh just 9lbs 2ozs. The peak power is 80 watts per speaker, and they have a frequency response between 55Hz-20,000Hz.

The subwoofer is relatively small, measuring only 4”, and is paired with a 1” soft dome tweeter. The nominal impedance is 6 ohms, and they have a crossover frequency of 3,000Hz.

Since these are passive speakers, other than the mounting posts, there’s nothing else in the way of connections.

On the face of it, nothing extraordinary here, so let’s dig a little deeper.

Build and Sound Quality

These are positioned as a budget-priced bookshelf-speakers, and the quality is very typical of what you’d expect to find at this price.  It’s MDF and black wood-stained finish all round. And unfortunately, there’s nothing interesting or aesthetically appealing in their design.

The grills, unbelievably, make matters worse. How is that even possible? Well, not only are they even uglier than the boring boxes, sorry, we mean cabinets, but they also impede audio quality. This is because the thick plastic used in the frame acts as a physical barrier to the soundwaves from the tweeter.

Best to leave the grills off and preferably just throw them away.

So far, this isn’t the start we’d hoped for, so let’s quickly move onto the sound.

OK, folks, there’s thankfully some good news here. The truth is, the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Bookshelf Speakers are a bit of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. They look as exciting as a geography teacher’s tweed jacket but yet sing oh so sweetly.

So how do they do it?

There are a few things these speakers do to achieve such a great sound.  Firstly, the speakers use a complex and outstanding 6 component crossover for the trebles, mids, and bass. It sounds super-smooth and is not something you’d typically expect to find in speakers at this kind of price. This all helps to create a helps to create well-balanced and accurate audio across at all frequencies.

Additionally, although the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR only has a 4” bass driver, it still is able to reach down to the lower bass notes. The lowest limit is officially stated as 55Hz. It may not be as punchy as speakers with larger drivers, but it’s impressive never the less.

These are great sounding speakers for the price.

Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Home Audio Bookshelf Loudspeakers (Set of 2)
Our rating:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Pros

  • They have an excellent complex crossover system.
  •  Good audio quality and clarity at all volumes.
  • Great value for money.

Cons

  • The grills are useless.
  • Unimaginative and boring cabinets.

9 Micca MB42 Bookshelf Speakers

Features and Specifications

The Micca PB42 are passive bookshelf speakers and should not be confused with the Micca PB42X, which are the active equivalent. Regardless they still measure the same 6.5” x 5.8” x 9.5”, though the Micca PB42s and weigh a featherweight 3lbs.

This makes the Micca MB42 both the smallest and the lightest speakers we’ve reviewed

The RMS is rated at 15 watts per speaker with a total peak power of 75 watts. This is all courtesy of a 4” carbon fiber woofer, and a 3/4” silk-dome tweeter, both mounted on a surround. They have a  frequency response between 60Hz-20,000Hz with a sensitivity rating of 85dBs. Their impedance is rated between 4-8 ohms.

Sound and Build Quality

Considering their price point, we have absolutely no moans or niggles about their construction or use of materials. As you’d expect, they’re constructed from MDF and subsequently stained. They have detachable grills that look perfectly fine.

The truth is that the Micca PB42 speakers are small, and they undoubtedly look a little plain. However, despite their small and plain looks, they manage to deliver performance far beyond their size and cost.

The carbon fiber woofer helps to create a good lower range and bass response. This is further enhanced by a well-designed bass reflex port that neatly extends bass notes in the lower range and also helps to keep distortion down to a minimum.

Higher ranges are accurate, clear, and smooth…

What’s more, the crossover design also plays an important part in giving the speakers an open, dynamic, and balanced sound signature.

All in all, although the Micca PB42 speakers don’t have much in the way of volume, they do produce audio quality that is way higher than might be expected from such a tiny and inexpensive package.

Micca MB42 Bookshelf Speakers
Our rating:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Pros

  • Excellent crossover between frequencies.
  • Smooth and clear trebles.
  • Affordable.
  • Small size.

Cons

  • Low volume.

10 Audioengine A2 Plus 60W Powered Desktop Speakers

Features and Specifications

And finally, on our search for the Best Speakers For Vinyl, we have these active pair of speakers from Audioengine. They measure 4” x 5.25” x 6” and weigh only 6.61lbs each. They have a total peak power of 60 watts, and the frequency range is between 65Hz to 22,000Hz.

The connections as well as the controls are on the rear of the speakers. They have an auxiliary input, headphones input, RCA inputs and outputs, dual analog audio inputs, and USB. Additionally, they have a control knob for the volume.

Interestingly what they don’t have is either Bluetooth connectivity or any form of EQ control. Given that these are not inexpensive speakers, we really feel they should have both. We would also have liked to see the headphone input on the front of the speaker and a remote control.

Still, you can’t have everything, let’s hope things are better with the build and sound.

Build and Sound Quality

The good news is that things are indeed a lot better here.

These are a beautifully well-made and stylish set of speakers. They’ll pass the WAF (Wife Approval Factor) test all day long. These are hand finished wood cabinets that have some high-quality materials under their skin.

A cut above the quality of most speakers at this price, they also come in a choice of three colors.

That should keep the wife happy!

The kevlar woofer, despite its small size, can deliver deep and tight bass. However, for anyone wanting to listen to predominantly bass-driven music, they are likely to be found somewhat wanting. There is, of course, the option of connecting an Audioline subwoofer.

The mids and trebles are crisp and clear, with excellent levels of refinement. There’s no doubt that overall these deliver superb well-balanced audio quality. However, they’re not the loudest of speakers and so are really more suited to near field listening or for use in a small room.

Audioengine A2 Plus 60W Powered Desktop Speakers
Our rating:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality.
  • Well balanced.
  • Well made and stylish cabinets.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • No Bluetooth.
  • Bass a little thin.

Best Speakers For Vinyl Buyers Guide

Best Speakers For Vinyl Buyers Guide

The best speakers for vinyl we’ve reviewed are likely to cover the needs of all but the most serious audiophiles. So, once you’ve set your budget, you’re going to need to decide if you want to have active or passive speakers, plus what level of connectivity and power you’re likely to need.

Let’s look at the decision of passive against active speakers first.

Passive or Active?

This decision could very well come down to considerations of cost and convenience.  Generally speaking, if you want a cheaper system, then a pair of active speakers is more likely to be a budget-friendly option. Active speakers also take up less space and take away the need for any more decision making. Basically, there’s having to decide what speakers to pair with what receiver.

If you choose to buy active speakers, the best pairing option of speakers to the receiver has already been taken for you. What’s more, since this match will have been carefully designed to work in tandem, it’s rarely a bad choice.

On the other hand, if you already have a receiver or possibly have a specific sound in mind, passive speakers are much more flexible in creating your own sound. Additionally, as your budget increases, and so you look at increasing levels of sophistication in your audio equipment, the audio quality invariably becomes higher than you’re likely to achieve with an active set-up at a similar price.

Connectivity

With the resurgence of vinyl, there are a lot of turntables that have Bluetooth capability. If you’ve recently bought one of these newer era turntables, then it’s going to follow that the best vinyl speakers for listening in this instance would have to have Bluetooth connectivity.

And let’s face it, Bluetooth connectivity is always useful since it can then be used with multiple electronic devices, rather than solely for use with vinyl.

In an event, any active speakers you buy are likely to have both RCA and standard speaker connections, which are both easy to set-up.

Power

We’ve really only covered the needs of vinyl fans who are listening in small to medium-sized rooms. If you have a larger room, you absolutely need to get more powerful speakers than we’ve listed here.

Virtually all of the speakers we’ve reviewed have big brothers and sisters you can check out. All fully capable of shaking the room, emptying your pockets, and making your ears fall off. If you’re most concerned with near-field listening in a small room, we can’t think of a better pair of speakers than the Audioengine A2 speakers.

The most powerful speakers we’ve reviewed, and capable of comfortably filling a medium-sized room, would be the JBL Arena B15 Black Bookshelf & Surround Speaker.

So Many Speaker Options

There are a number of other superb speaker options for various specific tasks available at the moment. So, why not check out our reviews of the Best Powered Speakers, the Best Party Speakers, the Best In Ceiling Speakers, the Best Wireless Outdoor Speakers, the Best Speaker Docks, the Best In Wall Speakers, and the Best Studio Monitor Speakers on the market.

So, what are the Best Speakers For Vinyl?

So, there you have it.

We think you’ll all agree that there’s something genuinely magical and special about vinyl. We’re so happy to see it live on, and long may it continue.

Before we go, we want to leave you with our top pick across all budgets and sizes of speakers. The speaker we feel offers the best overall quality was the…

Polk Audio T15

This is an inexpensive speaker that was beautifully designed, was well made, had plenty of volume and great audio quality. In fact, it was so good, at the price, we couldn’t really find fault.

Enjoy your vinyl, and Happy listening!

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