Basically, you need to pay attention to things such as- the frequency range of the speakers, the enclosure type (ported/non-ported), the number of channels in the speaker, its connectivity options, etc. Note that we did not include the wattage of the speakers in there.

Not because it is not important, but because you are going to get a similar experience in terms of audio output no matter which speaker you choose based on its power input rating. Top-rated Bookshelf speakers below $1000 at 100 and 150 watts respectively, and if we assume that they are using the same driver design as well as impedance levels, then the extra 50W will hardly bring about any change in terms of actual audio output in decibels.

In fact, to double the audio output you need to increase a speaker’s power by 10 times. So yeah, 50 W is not that big of a deal. Also, manufacturers tend to be really shady when it comes to actual power handling characteristics. One manufacturers 150 may be the same as the 200 of another manufacturer. Always look for the continuous power rating of a speaker (RMS power), instead of maximum power handling ability.

SVS Ultra

If the SVS price didn’t bowl you over, here is their next level bookshelf speakers the from their Ultra line. Every feature on the model has been specifically designed with optimal sonic purpose at the core, from its baffles tasty tapered edges which not only look stylish but help minimize diffraction immensely to its separate sub-enclosures that optimize driver performance enormously.

The 6.5-inch mid-bass drivers contain composite glass-fiber cone, that has a very sensitive response and is rigid enough to handle durable under pressure. They provide flawless low-end thanks to their excellent enclosure design. The tweeter is a highly efficient 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter which provides crisp, smooth audio clarity.

The 2-way crossover circuitry is enhanced by SVS’s patented SoundMatch technology an expertly refined topography that allows for highly accurate pinpoint imaged phase coherency. All of the parts are top-notch, premium capacitors and heat-dissipating components help efficiently cool the tweeters whilst they work.


We recently snuck a listen to KEF’s brand-new R3 bookshelf speaker, which replaces the old LS50 on this list. We loved the latter, and it’s contributed its DNA here, with an internal bracing system. The company has also reworked its legendary Uni-Q driver, and what that means is bass. Big, smooth waves of it. It’s usually a good idea to add a subwoofer to a pair of bookshelf speakers to create a 2.1 setup, but we genuinely don’t think you need to do that here. These sound fantastic. It must be said that we still prefer the Dynaudio Special 40, but it’s a very close-run thing.

You will need to take a little bit of time to position these carefully, as we think they have a slightly smaller sweet spot than other speakers. Either way, they remain one of the best pairs available and are a testament to just how good KEF can be when they are firing on all cylinders. Definitely consider these if you have some cash to burn.

Dynaudio Xeo 2

Dynaudio created the Xeo 2 speaker that may be a little sensitive to placement, however, produces incredible sound once you’ve found its sweet spot. They can play anything you want through Bluetooth and can be controlled by remote or by the buttons that sit on top of the cabinet. They are constructed with high-quality materials and are designed to minimize any potential distortion. If you want high fidelity tones in a compact package, give these a try. These have, after all, won awards for their quality and sound undoubtedly making them some of the best bookshelf speakers under 1000 dollars.