If you want a home music system that has sound quality that is significantly above average, you need to invest in the very best speakers. Sure, all-in-one wireless speakers, but there will always be those of us who want to seek out true stereo sound and bring a fully immersive home cinema or concert experience into our homes. Those of us who want to seek out true stereo sound and bring a fully immersive home cinema or concert experience into our homes, To address this issue, the best stereo speakers should be used.
There is, however, no justification for why producing fantastic sound should be the goal of only a select few of us. Even if you only listen to music occasionally, you will be surprised to hear how clear, full, and, most importantly, faithful to the original source the best stereo speakers can sound. This is true even if you only listen to music occasionally. Even though the fundamentals of stereo may be several decades old at this point, knowledgeable audiophiles will tell you that having two high-fidelity speakers is significantly superior to having just one.
This means that, whether you simply need a set of speakers to pair with your new record player or you’re keen to build the hi-fi system of your dreams, we’ve got a model that will suit both your requirements and your financial constraints. Be sure to keep checking back as we will be conducting reviews of additional units in the near future and adding them to this list as we do so.
Meta KEF LS50
Although the first iteration of the LS50 speakers had relatively few issues, KEF decided that, after eight years, it was time to give them a revamped appearance. And with the LS50 Meta, they have delivered an upgrade that is deserving of its status. The LS50’s Uni-Q driver array, which is where the tweeter sits in the throat of the mid/bass unit, has been thoroughly reworked, taking in all of the refinements that KEF has developed over the past eight years and adding something new in the form of Metamaterial Absorption Technology. The tweeter now sits in the throat of the LS50’s mid/bass unit (MAT).
MAT is KEF’s solution to the problem of sound coming from the back of the tweeter dome. It consists of a plastic circular maze of tubes on the back that promises greater absorption, resulting in higher frequencies that are cleaner and less distorted.The fundamental sonic character is immediately recognisable, but the Meta speakers have achieved a level of clarity and finesse that the originals only hinted at. They are now clean-sounding while still providing muscle and dynamics.
12.3 Wharfedale Diamond
Now included in Wharfedale’s Diamond range is a floorstander that is not only truly exceptional but also very affordable. Indeed, the musical performance of the Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 left such an impression on us that we chose to honour it with a win in the What Hi-Fi? Awards 2021. The Diamond 12.3 floorstanders are not an especially imposing pair of speakers; their height of 98 centimetres allows them to be placed in virtually any room. Sonically, they are even-handed, smooth, and have a wonderful degree of refinement for the price. If you give them a bad signal, they will smooth out the harsh corners and reduce the amount of unwanted aggression without making it sound as though they are suffocating the music and killing its spirit.
In terms of the construction quality, the cabinets have been meticulously crafted with a classic straight-edge design and an orderly arrangement of the feet. The 12.3 is offered in four different finishes, including black, walnut, white, and an elegant light oak, all of which belie the relatively affordable cost of the product.
B5.2 Elac Debut
The cost-effective standmounters made by Elac deliver outstanding performance for the price. The Debut B5.2s have the dynamic expression, detail, and tonal sophistication to handle anything you throw at them, not to mention enough stretch in their capabilities to improve even further when hooked up to a high-end system. In addition, they are solid and unfussy about placement. The tweeter claims a top-end response of 35kHz, adding plenty of sparkle to the proceedings. The revised 5.25cm mid/bass unit uses a new blend of aramid fibres for the cone. This, combined with a different shape, improves the unit’s stiffness and damping.
They are not as warm and lush in the midrange as the comparable Dalis (below), but they are wonderfully balanced and have the ability to bring out the best in any recording, even those of low quality.Since the 1980s, Elac has been manufacturing speakers, and in that time they have produced a wide variety of high-quality items. It is reasonable to assert that the newly released Debut B5.2 speakers ought to be regarded as one of the most outstanding products produced by the company. They are an excellent deal for the price that they cost.
Anniversary Edition of the B & W 606 S2
Although the original Bowers & Wilkins 606 speakers won the top speaker award in 2019 from What Hi-Fi?, it would appear that there is always room for improvement in this product. B&W decided to upgrade the 606s (and the rest of the range) in order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 600 range, which will take place in 2020. This decision turned out to be a prudent one. Aside from an inscription on the tweeter surround and a newly added oak finish option, there is not much that has been updated cosmetically. On the inside is a redesigned crossover that has been updated with capacitors that are of higher quality.
Although they have a sound that is broadly comparable to that of their predecessors, the 606 S2 Anniversary Editions demonstrate a marked improvement in their overall capability. The bass can be heard to have the most significant differences. The newly updated version is noticeably more accurate and under control. There are also enhancements to clarity, including voices that offer additional nuance, and the presentation as a whole is more natural and open.
M20 from Q Acoustics
The Q Acoustics M20 is a pair of powered speakers that are designed to function regardless of where you decide to place them. They also have a number of helpful connections on the back of the device. For example, TVs, CD players, turntables, and laptops can all be wired to the M20 via optical, RCA line-level, aux, and USB Type B connections. In addition to that, there is wireless Bluetooth streaming. One of the speakers in the pair acts as the “master” and receives power from the wall outlet; it is connected to the other speaker via a piece of speaker cable that is included in the package.
Q Acoustics has come up with a set of powered speakers that are uncomplicated and require no additional components other than the audio source. The M20 is far more likely to become your entire music system than it is simply your new desktop speakers due to the fact that all of the amplification is hidden away in the master speaker and there is a plethora of connectivity and placement options covered. Additionally, for this price, it will be difficult to find hi-fi separates that provide a sound quality that is superior to the M20.
They also support many of the best music streaming services, and some of them even connect directly to your preferred service, so you don’t need to use any additional devices in between. Even though we’ve seen better (and more portable) smart speakers creeping into the universe, THE BEST BLUETOOTH speakers still have a place near and dear to our hearts. This is true despite the fact that we’ve seen them creeping in.
It is entertaining and simple to ask a Google Nest speaker to play your favourite song or provide you with the current weather, but smart speakers have a few limitations, the most important of which is consistent Wi-Fi connectivity. Bluetooth speakers gain portability as a result of their (mostly) complete lack of voice assistants and Wi-Fi radios. As a result, they are able to be taken outside of the home and can withstand harsh environments such as the sandy beach or the steamy jacuzzi at an Airbnb. They are also compatible with any smartphone, and they have a sound quality that is comparable to that of their smart-speaker counterparts.