Best Speakers for Vinyl
If you are looking for something to fill in a room with quality sound without breaking the bank, you have come to the right place.
There are two primary camps these days when come to listening to music. First of all, is the wireless speakers. They are relatively less costly, designed for streaming, portable and compact but can only fit in small spaces. Secondly, the traditional component stereo systems. which offer superior audio performance and are anchored by an amplifier or receiver, and a pair of speakers. But they are more expensive and take up more space compare to a wireless speaker. Hence, bookshelf speakers are a perfect choice. These speakers are perfect in spaces from a bedroom to living room or perhaps even larger area.
Edifier S2000 Pro
After so many years, finally, Edifier has brought leading-edge sound technology to a classic style. The angled design allows for pinpoint accuracy for audio setups while raised feet allows for audio to emit directly from the speaker and limit the vibration through the surface. These bookshelf speakers combine classic wooden design and audiophile sound quality in one package. It is a two-way rear-ported design that has one-inch planner tweeter that helps to control directivity and narrow the dispersion, hence giving a good off-axis performance to match the directivity of the mid-range. In a word, it gives better incorporation between mid-range and the tweeter. For the woofer, it looks like a treated paper comb but in fact, it is a black aluminium anodized cone woofer that helps to minimize the resonance. Besides, it has a powerful motor structure although it is a budget design speaker which costs $399.99. They have been used by musicians and producers as studio monitors due to their massive power and clarity. It doesn’t have passive crossovers like other powered speakers, instead, it has a fully active design. Advantage of this active design is to nullify any resonance that is in the driver. To ensure a lower signal loss, the analogue input signal uses traditional HiFi methods that are recognized by WIMA capacitors. S2000 Pro uses three professional digital amplifier chips for producing the best sound in its class by reducing high-frequency distortion and local noise. It has Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX that makes quality streaming possible and a wide range of input options which allow easy connection. They definitely are the best companion for your record player. Edifier S2000 Pro generates lossless Bluetooth playback. Edifier S2000 uses CSR8645 chipset for Bluetooth 4.0 connection and with a built-in aptX decoder, hence giving this lossless Bluetooth playback to get the best high-quality components with any device. For easy volume control, input select and EQ mode selection Edifier has included the onboard adjustable dials, a gully featured wireless remote into these speakers. These elegant S2000 Pro speakers are the best for the studio monitor bookshelf speakers.
Polk Audio T15
An established manufacturer like Polk certainly has the assets and technology to make a good and affordable speaker like Polk Audio T15. These speakers have some decent quality for casually listening to your favourite vinyl records. These budget record player speakers are under $100. They are not tremendously complex speakers. They are vented, 2-way bookshelf speakers using – 0.75-inch silk tweeter and 5.25-inch mid-range woofer. The front-mounted 3.5cm port combined with a keyhole mount on the rear make the Polk T15 easy to mount directly on a wall. The cabinet construction is in line with what would be expected at this price point, with 0.5-inch MDF panelling except for the front baffle which uses 0.75 inch-thick MDF. Along the internal edges of the cabinet, there is wedge bracing while at the back of the cabinet there is a layer of stuffing and the wires connect to the five-way binding posts. The T15 comes with rubber pad stickers that the user can apply as the speaker’s feet. The speakers have an output of 160 watts RMS and a 45Hz to 24000Hz of frequency response. Moreover, these record player speakers have an impedance of 8Ohms and a powered of 100 watts to fulfil the needs of fanatics demanding signal reproduction. Polk T15 have 2 passive speakers and are magnetically shielded. Hence, these speakers are able to give the best performances with their rich detailed surround sound that tingles the senses. The dynamic balance tweeters project crisp highs and the pure mid-range driver allow you to feel the rumble of deep bass by achieving the acceleration of a wide sonic sweet spot. This feeling of rumble is from the powerful subwoofers that hear every word in your movies and music including crystal clear vocals, elevate your home theatre to the next level.
Audioengine A5+ Wireless
Even though Audioengine is less well known as compared to other big brands but I personally feel it is worth trying out. They make some of the best bookshelf speakers for vinyl records. Audioengine A5+ Wireless speakers are the best speakers for audiophiles. They have a splendid sound and a great set of features. Surely, these record player speakers are qualified for producing a clean and detailed sound signature. They offer a power of 150 watts in total, and still able to fit on the bookshelf. Excellent Bluetooth connection as it can take up 100 feet of range. Unlike any regular speakers that are required to change the speaker into Bluetooth mode, the Audioengine A5+ Wireless can play both Bluetooth and wired input at the same time. RCA and 3.5mm inputs to connect with wires to the turntable. Slots are included to bind these speakers onto a stand, making it the best active speaker for record players. These speakers have gold plated connections, as well as Kevlar woofers and a quality silk dome tweeter, to provide high lucidity and fidelity. These are great speakers for audiophiles due to their high-fidelity, crisp audio and Bluetooth connection.
The Edifier R1280DB is a pair of powered speakers with its great power, versatility and a bargain price, which costs around $129.99. They are designed primarily for use with desktop PCs but they are also a brilliant companion for your record players. However, it is also providing an easy audio boost for a TV or a one-stop Hi-Fi solution. Multiple input options like analogue and digital inputs, Bluetooth connectivity and remote control to guarantee lossless connectivity. Furthermore, they are easy to set up and reasonably versatile too. Wireless remote and built-in treble and bass adjustment make it easy to tune the unit and with a total power output of 42W, they have plenty of power on tap. In short, these speaker delivers powerful audio in an elegant package. Measuring 146 x 241 x 178mm per speaker, the Edifier R1280DB speakers are in between a more typical PC speaker and a bookshelf Hi-Fi speaker. Edifier R1280DB speakers are made of hefty MDF construction with a wood-textured vinyl wrap. The drivers consist of a 102mm or 4-inch paper-cone woofer and a 13mm silk-dome tweeter. Plastic pins that press-fit into holes on the front of the speaker attaches the grille. However, the sound is reasonably even, with no particularly prominent boost to the bass or treble. But, if you’re after a significant upgrade in power for your TV or PC monitor speakers, the Edifier R1280DB are a great option. These record player speakers are great for people looking for value for money along with fantastic audio clarity.
Mackie CR3-X BT
You may not want to spend a huge amount of money on your speakers and is totally understandable. Mackie CR3-X BT speakers are the most affordable bookshelf speakers for home listening. Mackie CR3-X BT speakers are an upgraded version of the popular Mackie CR3 studio monitors for only $99. Mackie has earned its reputation for quality studio monitoring over the years. These speakers monitor work well whether you’re creating content or casually enjoying some tunes with their 50W of amplification driving 3-inch woofers and 0.75-inch tweeters. Mackie CR3-X BT is a pair of Bluetooth-enabled Creative Reference Series 3″ multimedia monitors offering a compact solution for quality audio playback in home studios and gaming setups. Ideal for the content creator and for personal listening. Mackie CR3-X BT accepts both wired connection from audio interface or computer and wireless Bluetooth connection.
Finding the best speakers for vinyl is a personal preference and choice. Match up the features of your record player to the features of your speaker. Make sure they are compatible! Firstly, think about whether or not you want a directly connected set of powered speakers or an amplified passive speaker system. Then, power consumption is another key factor which needs to be addressed and lastly your budget.