|

How Much Do Loudspeakers Cost? (With Pricing Examples)

My New Microphone How Much Do Loudspeakers Cost? (With Pricing Examples)

So you’re looking to buy (or sell) a loudspeaker, and you’re wondering what price would be acceptable. Having a good comprehension of loudspeakers and their applications will help tremendously in understanding the cost of a speaker.

How much do loudspeakers cost? Loudspeaker prices range from a few dollars to tens and hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars. This is because loudspeakers range from cheap computer and wireless speakers to HiFi audiophiles speakers. High-end home, live event, and studio speakers are priced between $1,000 – $10,000.

In this article, we’ll discuss why loudspeakers cost as much as they do and take a closer look at real examples of loudspeaker pricing.

Throughout my research, I've cross-referenced Amazon, Sweetwater, B&H Photo/Video, Crutchfield, Thomann, and Vintage King.

Related My New Microphone articles:
The Ultimate Loudspeaker Buyer’s Guide
Top 10 Best Loudspeaker Brands (Overall) On The Market Today
Top 10 Best Online Audio Gear/Equipment Retailers

Why Is Vintage (And Modern) Audio Equipment So Expensive?


Table Of Contents


Typical Price Ranges Per Loudspeaker Type

There are thousands of different loudspeaker models on the market today, ranging from cheap consumer-grade Bluetooth speakers to professional line arrays to accurate studio monitors to audiophile-grade floor-standing speakers. They are also sold as individual drivers, complete units with enclosures, and even as pairs or larger sets.

Going through each speaker to provide an MSRP (manufacturer specified retail price) would take ages and likely wouldn’t provide as much practical value to you, the reader, as it sounds like it would in theory. It is also the case that loudspeakers get discontinued or change price, so upkeeping such a list would take up too many resources.

So instead, I present to you a list of common speaker types and their typical price ranges.

In the following list, I am stating the lowest and highest retail prices I find online for each loudspeaker type. Expect the price points at the low end to represent the consumer-grade speakers and the prices at the high-end to represent the professional-quality/audiophile-grade loudspeaker from highly reputable manufacturers.

I’ll add the names of speaker models that coincide with the price points if they are worth mentioning. Many of the speakers at the low-end of the price spectrum are cheap, low-quality and overly plentiful (there's often no specific “cheapest option”).

So without further ado, the price ranges of common loudspeaker types:

Loudspeaker TypePrice Point Low-EndPrice Point High-End
Computer Speakers~$5$299
Harman Kardon SoundSticks 4
Bluetooth Speakers~$5$1,199
JBL Lifestyle PartyBox 1000
Tweeter Drivers~$5
Goldwood GT-302/S
$824
Aurum Cantus G1
Woofer Drivers~$12
Dayton Audio CE65W-8
$503
JBL 2226J
Subwoofer Drivers~$15
Pyle PLPW6D
$595
B&C 18SW115
Installed Speakers~$15
Toa Electronics PC-648R F00
$4,400
Soundsphere Q-15
Coaxial Drivers~$16
Crunch CS35CX
$719
B&C 15CXN88
Soundbars~$16$799
Sonos Arc Soundbar
Bookshelf Speakers (Pairs)~$36
Goldwood AA351B
$7,999
KEF REFERENCE 1
Subwoofers~$39$10,595
Genelec 7382AP
Passive PA Speakers~$43
Grindhouse Speakers GH5L
$2,908
JBL AM7212/64
Studio Monitors~$78
Behringer 1C-BK
$65,339
Quested HM415
Powered PA Speakers$79
Behringer B105D
$2,779
JBL VRX932LAP
Floor-standing Speakers~$179
Polk Audio TSi300
$5,000,000
Hart Audio D&W Aural Pleasure
Electrostatic Speakers~$199
BenQ Trevolo S
$52,000
Martin Logan Neolith

Again, these prices were found by quickly searching common online headphone retailers such as Amazon, Sweetwater, B&H Photo/Vidoe, Vintage King, and others.


Price Factors Of Loudspeakers

Here is a list of the general factors that determine, to some extent, the selling price of a loudspeaker.

  • Parts/type of speaker: The specific parts and the number of individual parts of a loudspeaker are a big determining factor of cost. For example, electrostatic technology is typically more expensive than standard electrodynamic (moving-coil) designs. It's also worth noting that pairs of speakers [of similar quality] tend to be more expensive than single speakers.
  • Part materials: The cost of materials is a factor in loudspeaker price as well. The differences in price between the ideal material and less-than-ideal “good enough” material will vary from part to part.
  • Labour/craftsmanship: Many reputable loudspeaker brands manufacture their speakers in smaller batches or even one at a time. This allows for extreme attention to detail and expert craftsmanship to shine through in their loudspeakers, which produces high-quality and consistent products. These manufacturing techniques cost much more time (and money) than cheaper assembly line types of manufacturing.
  • Product testing: Perhaps another part of labour is the intense testing that high-end loudspeakers of reputable companies go through before ever reaching the customer. This, of course, takes time and energy and warrants more money. Through thorough testing, the loudspeakers can be assured to be performing at their full potential before their first use outside the manufacturing facility.
  • Research and development: It’s no mystery that the high-end loudspeaker companies are the ones that tend to be industry leaders in innovation. Buying from high-end manufacturers helps them to continue to develop awesome high-quality loudspeakers.
  • Advertising: Whether you like it or not, advertising is an often necessary part of business. Few and far between are the loudspeaker manufacturing companies that do not spend money on advertising.
  • Brand name/recognition: Though this may seem silly, brand names do count in the audio industry.
  • Customer support: Many high-quality reputable loudspeaker manufacturers offer excellent customer support, warranties, and repair services. This, of course, also costs money, and sometimes this is made up in the original purchase costs of their speakers.
  • Company overhead: Like any brick-and-mortar product-based manufacturing business, they need to make a profit on their products in order to pay employees and keep the lights on at their facilities.

Are Expensive Loudspeakers Better?

Before we dive deeper into the prices of loudspeakers, the question of whether expensive speakers are better is worth addressing.

Are expensive loudspeakers better? In general, expensive loudspeakers perform “better” than inexpensive loudspeakers. Improved sonic accuracy, overall sound quality, additional power handling, and longevity are all at least somewhat dependent on the price of manufacturing and, therefore, the cost of the speaker.

Note that the performance of a loudspeaker is largely dependent on the amplifier feeding it. To learn more about speakers and amplifiers, check out the following My New Microphone articles:
Why Do Speakers Need Amplifiers? (And How To Match Them)
Which Is More Important, Speakers Or Amplifiers?

Fundamentally, though, the sound of a speaker is subjective. Is a top-of-the-line loudspeaker like the Wilson Audio WAMM Master Chronosonic better than an inexpensive Bluetooth speaker like the JBL CLIP 3?

Well, if you're in your acoustically treated entertainment room listening to classical music (and you have the compatible amplifier and audio), the $850,000 (per unit) 8-driver Wilson Audio WAMM Master Chronosonic is the obvious better choice. However, if you're out on the beach and want to stream some tunes from your cell phone, the $49 JBL CLIP 3 is by far the better choice.

So which speaker is better? The WAMM Master Chronosonic certainly sounds amazing, but the CLIP 3 is used by far more people in far more scenarios. Of course, this is an extreme example, but it illustrates an important point: it all depends on the situation.

Many in the audio industry would argue that the prices of many high-end speakers are inflated. Though perhaps they are, refer back to the factors that would explain the high price of a loudspeaker.

That being said, it’s often the case that a speaker that retails at a fraction of the cost of a high-end loudspeaker will yield similar results.

Though this is a vague answer to “are expensive speakers better?” it’s the best answer I’ve got for you.


Price Ranges With Loudspeaker Examples

As mentioned, the price range of loudspeakers is extensive (ranging from a few dollars to several millions of dollars for a single speaker).

So what kind of loudspeakers can we expect at certain price points? I’ve placed a variety of speaker types in the following price ranges according to their manufacturer-specified retail prices (MSRPs).

Please note that the following prices are in USD. I will add links to online stores to provide pricing examples.

The Price Ranges

Speakers Under $20

At a low end of the price spectrum (let's call it under $20), we find cheap computer speakers and Bluetooth speakers, some installation-type speakers, and many individual speaker drivers (tweeters, woofers, subwoofers and coaxial drivers).

Note that pretty much all speakers in this range are based on the basic electrodynamic/moving-coil speaker driver design.

Computer Speakers Under $20

$16: Amazon Basics USB-Powered PC Computer Speaker

mnm Amazon Basics USB Powered PC Computer Speakers | My New Microphone
Amazon Basics USB-Powered PC Computer Speaker

Low-End Bluetooth Speakers Under $20

$16: OontZ Angle Solo

mnm 300x300 OontZ Angle Solo | My New Microphone
OontZ Angle Solo

Installed Speakers Under $20

$16: Toa Electronics PC-648R F00 4″ Full-Range Ceiling Speaker

mnm Toa Electronics PC 648R F00 | My New Microphone
Toa Electronics PC-648R F00

Subwoofers Drivers Under $20

$15: Pyle PLPW6D

mnm Pyle PLPW6D 1 | My New Microphone
Pyle PLPW6D

Woofers Drivers Under $20

$12: Dayton Audio CE Series CE65W-8

mnm Dayton Audio CE Series CE65W 8 | My New Microphone
Dayton Audio CE Series CE65W-8

Tweeters Drivers Under $20

$5: Goldwood GT-302/S

mnm Goldwood GT 302S | My New Microphone
Goldwood GT-302/S

Coaxial Drivers Under $20

$16: Crunch CS35CX Full Range Coaxial Car Speaker, 3.5-Inch

mnm Crunch CS35CX 1 | My New Microphone
Crunch CS35CX

Speakers Between $20 – $50

Between $20 and $50, we begin seeing soundbar designs, low-end subwoofers (which are often included in cheap computer speaker sets), and some passive PA and home audio speakers.

Though some units are certainly better than others, most speakers (of all types) are considered to be below average in performance within this price range.

Soundbars Between $20 – $50

$39: ToaTronics TT-SK018

mnm ToaTronics TT SK018 | My New Microphone
ToaTronics TT-SK018

Computer Speakers Between $20 – $50

$49: Logitech Z207 2.0 Multi Device Stereo Speaker

mnm Logitech Z207 2.0 | My New Microphone
Logitech Z207 2.0

Low-End Subwoofers Between $20 – $50

$39: Cyber Acoustics CA-3602FFP 2.1 With Subwoofer

mnm Cyber Acoustics CA 3602 | My New Microphone
Cyber Acoustics CA-3602FFP 2.1 With Subwoofer

Low-End Bluetooth Speakers Between $20 – $50

$49: JBL CLIP 3

| My New Microphone
JBL CLIP 3

JBL

JBL is featured in My New Microphone's Top 8 Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker Brands On The Market.

Low-End Passive PA Speakers Between $20 – $50

$43: Grindhouse Speakers GH5L

mnm Grindhouse Speaker GH5L | My New Microphone
Grindhouse Speakers GH5L

Low-End Bookshelf Speakers Between $20 – $50

$36/Pair: Acoustic Audio by Goldwood AA351B

mnm Acoustic Audio by Goldwood AA351B | My New Microphone
Acoustic Audio by Goldwood AA351B

Installed Speakers Between $20 – $50

$42: RCF PL40 Full Range 3.5″ Flush Mount Ceiling Speaker

| My New Microphone
RCF PL40

Subwoofers Drivers Between $20 – $50

$39: Pyle PLPW12D Power 12″ 1600 Watt DVC Subwoofer

mnm Pyle PLPW12D | My New Microphone
Pyle PLPW12D

Woofers Drivers Between $20 – $50

$43: GRS 10SFPC-B

mnm GRS 10SFPC B | My New Microphone
GRS 10SFPC-B

Tweeters Drivers Between $20 – $50

$49: Beston RT003C

mnm Beston RT003C | My New Microphone
Beston RT003C

Coaxial Drivers Between $20 – $50

$31: Dayton Audio CX120-8 4″ Coaxial Driver with 3/4″ Silk Dome Tweeter 8 Ohm

mnm Dayton Audio CX120 8 | My New Microphone
Dayton Audio CX120-8

Speakers Between $50 – $100

At under $100, there are some decent options for computer speakers (which aren't expected to be HiFi), installed speakers, and individual drivers. At this price, simple electrodynamic speakers can be mass-manufactured and sold while still creating profit for their companies.

Low-end standalone subwoofers, studio monitors, powered and passive PA speakers, bookshelf speakers, and ribbon-type tweeters can also be found at this price range.

Soundbar Between $50 – $100

$96: LG SK1 40W Stereo Soundbar

mnm LG SK1 40W Stereo Soundbar | My New Microphone
LG SK1 40W Stereo Soundbar

Computer Speakers Between $50 – $100

$97: Creative Labs GigaWorks T40 Series II Speakers

| My New Microphone
Creative Labs GigaWorks T40 Series II

Low-End Subwoofers Between $50 – $100

$87: Monoprice MSUB-AD82

mnm Monoprice MSUB AD82 | My New Microphone
Monoprice MSUB-AD82

Low-End Bluetooth Speakers Between $50 – $100

$98: Sony SRS-XB23

mnm 300x300 Sony SRS XB23 | My New Microphone
Sony SRS-XB23

Sony

Sony is featured in My New Microphone's Top 8 Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker Brands On The Market.

Low-End Studio Monitors Between $50 – $100

$99: Behringer Nekkst K5

| My New Microphone
Behringer Nekkst K5

Low-End Passive PA Speakers Between $50 – $100

$99: LD Systems MIX 6 G3

| My New Microphone
LD Systems MIX 6 G3

Low-End Powered PA Speakers Between $50 – $100

$79: Behringer B105D

mnm Behringer B105D | My New Microphone
Behringer B105D

Low-End Bookshelf Speakers Between $50 – $100

$99: Edifier R1280T

mnm Edifier R1280T | My New Microphone
Edifier R1280T

Installed Speakers Between $50 – $100

$92: Bogen Communications HFCS1LPB 6.5″ 75W Passive Ceiling Speaker

mnm Bogen Communications HFCS1LPB | My New Microphone
Bogen Communications HFCS1LPB

Subwoofer Drivers Between $50 – $100

$81: Dayton Audio SD315A-88

mnm Dayton Audio SD315A 88 | My New Microphone
Dayton Audio SD315A-88

Woofer Drivers Between $50 – $100

$69: Wavecor WF146WA01

mnm Wavecor WF146WA01 | My New Microphone
Wavecor WF146WA01

Tweeter Drivers Between $50 – $100

$82: CSS LD22F

mnm CSS LD22F | My New Microphone
CSS LD22F

Coaxial Drivers Between $50 – $100

$84: DS18 PRO-ZT8 8″ Professional Water Resistant Coaxial Speaker 4 Ohm

mnm DS18 PRO ZT8 | My New Microphone
DS18 PRO-ZT8

Speakers Between $100 – $200

$200 or less will get most people what they need in a simple speaker, though we're still far from audiophile-grade/HiFi transducers at this point.

We begin seeing better computer speakers, soundbars and Bluetooth speakers within the price range of $100 to $200. Low-end electrostatic and ribbon driver speakers can also be purchased in this range.

Individual drivers are of adequate quality for most demanding speaker builds and/or repairs. PA speakers, studio monitors, and home entertainment (including floorstanding) speakers are available, though they aren't exactly the best options out there.

You’ll find that many reputable brands have speakers in this price range, though typically at the lower end of their offerings.

Soundbar Between $100 – $200

$198: Sony HT-S200F 80W Stereo Soundbar

mnm Sony HT S200F 80W Stereo Soundbar | My New Microphone
Sony HT-S200F 80W Stereo Soundbar

Computer Speakers Between $100 – $200

$199: Logitech G G560 LIGHTSYNC PC Gaming Speakers

mnm Logitech G G560 LIGHTSYNC | My New Microphone
Logitech G G560 LIGHTSYNC

Low-End Electrostatic Loudspeakers Between $100 – $200

$199: BenQ Trevolo S

mnm BenQ Trevolo S | My New Microphone
BenQ Trevolo S

Mid-Range Subwoofers Between $100 – $200

$199: Mackie CR8S-XBT

mnm Mackie CR8S XBT | My New Microphone
Mackie CR8S-XBT

Mid-Range Bluetooth Speakers Between $100 – $200

$186: Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

| My New Microphone
Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3

Ultimate Ears

Ultimate Ears is featured in My New Microphone'ss Top 8 Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker Brands On The Market.

Low-End Studio Monitors Between $100 – $200

$199: Kali Audio LP-8

mnm 300x300 Kali Audio LP 8 | My New Microphone
Kali Audio LP-8

Kali Audio

Kali Audio is featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best Studio Monitor Brands You Should Know And Use.

Low-End Passive PA Speakers Between $100 – $200

$199: Behringer VP1520

| My New Microphone
Behringer VP1520

Low-End Powered PA Speakers Between $100 – $200

$179: Samson RS110A

| My New Microphone
Samson RS110A

Samson Technologies

Samson Technologies is featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best PA Loudspeaker Brands You Should Know And Use.

Low-End Floorstanding Speakers Between $100 – $200

$179: Polk Audio TSi300 3-Way Floorstanding Speaker

| My New Microphone
Polk Audio TSi300

Polk Audio

Polk Audio is featured in top brand articles at My New Microphone Top 11 Best Home Speaker Brands You Should Know And Use.

Mid-Range Bookshelf Speakers Between $100 – $200

$199/Pair: Cambridge Audio SX-50

mnm Cambridge Audio SX 50 | My New Microphone
Cambridge Audio SX-50

Installed Speakers Between $100 – $200

$182: SoundTube Entertainment CM400i 4″ Coaxial In-Ceiling Speaker

| My New Microphone
SoundTube Entertainment CM400i

Subwoofer Drivers Between $100 – $200

$199: Peavey 18″ Pro Rider

mnm Peaver 18 Pro Rider | My New Microphone
Peavey 18″ Pro Rider

Woofer Drivers Between $100 – $200

$179: Morel MW 164

mnm Morel MW 164 | My New Microphone
Morel MW 164

Morel

Morel is featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best Car Audio Speaker Brands In The World.

Tweeter Drivers Between $100 – $200

$166: Bohlender Graebener Neo3W Planar Tweeter

| My New Microphone
Bohlender Graebener Neo3W Planar Tweeter

Coaxial Drivers Between $100 – $200

$149: Celestion FTX0820 8″ Coaxial Full-Range Professional Driver

mnm Celestion FTX0820 | My New Microphone
Celestion FTX0820

Speakers Between $200 – $500

The $200 – $500 range is home to a large number of speakers, and we can find pretty much any style of loudspeaker that we want for under $500.

We reach the high-end of computer speakers and small-form-factor portable Bluetooth speakers and can buy high-quality drivers individually. We also have the lower-end/mid-range of professional audio speakers and several inexpensive options that could certainly be defined as “HiFi”.

Soundbar Between $200 – $500

$399: Sonos Beam Soundbar

mnm Sonos Beam Soundbar | My New Microphone
Sonos Beam Soundbar

Sonos

Sonos is featured in My New Microphone's Top 8 Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker Brands On The Market.

Computer Speakers Between $200 – $500

$299: Harman Kardon SoundSticks 4 Bluetooth Wireless 2.1 Speaker System

mnm Harman Kardon SoundSticks 4 | My New Microphone

Low-End Electrostatic Loudspeakers Between $200 – $500

$299: MartinLogan Motion 4i

| My New Microphone
MartinLogan Motion 4i

Mid-Range Subwoofers Between $200 – $500

$459: Alto TS312S

mnm Alto TS312S | My New Microphone
Alto TS312S

Alto Professional

Alto Professional is featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best Subwoofer Brands (Car, PA, Home & Studio).

Mid-Range Bluetooth Speakers Between $200 – $500

$499: JBL Boombox 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

| My New Microphone
JBL Boombox 2

Mid-Range Studio Monitors Between $200 – $500

$499: KRK ROKIT 10-3 G4

mnm 300x300 KRK Rokit 10 3 G4 | My New Microphone
KRK ROKIT 10-3 G4

Mid-Range Passive PA Speakers Between $200 – $500

$479: Electro-Voice ELX200-15

mnm 300x300 Electro Voice ELX200 15 | My New Microphone
Electro-Voice ELX200-15

Electro-Voice

Electro-Voice is featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best PA Loudspeaker Brands You Should Know And Use.

Mid-Range Powered PA Speakers Between $200 – $500

$499: PreSonus AIR10

| My New Microphone
PreSonus AIR10

Mid-Range Floorstanding Speakers Between $200 – $500

$499: JBL Stage A190

| My New Microphone
JBL Stage A190

JBL

JBL is featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best Home Speaker Brands You Should Know And Use.

Mid-Range Bookshelf Speakers Between $200 – $500

$499/Pair: Definitive Technology Demand Series D7

mnm Definitive Technology Demand Series D7 | My New Microphone
Definitive Technology Demand Series D7

Definitive Technology

Definitive Technology is featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best Home Speaker Brands You Should Know And Use.

Installed Speakers Between $200 – $500

$451: JBL Control 312CS 12″ 400W In-Ceiling Subwoofer Driver

mnm JBL Control 312CS | My New Microphone
JBL Control 312CS

Subwoofer Drivers Between $200 – $500

$415: FaitalPRO 15FX600 15″ Professional Neodymium Woofer 8 Ohm

mnm FaitalPRO 15FX600 | My New Microphone
FaitalPRO 15FX600

Woofer Drivers Between $200 – $500

$405: Morel TSCM 634 Titanium Supreme Series 6″ Midrange 4 Ohm

mnm Morel TSCM 634 | My New Microphone
Morel TSCM 634

Tweeter Drivers Between $200 – $500

$351: Aurum Cantus G3 Ribbon Tweeter

| My New Microphone
Aurum Cantus G3

Coaxial Drivers Between $200 – $500

$325: B&C 10FCX64 10″ Professional Coaxial Speaker 70 x 70 8 Ohm

mnm BC 10FCX64 | My New Microphone
B&C 10FCX64

Speakers Between $500 – $1,000

In the $500 – $1,000 range, we have plenty of excellent speaker options. Most home, venue, and project studio needs can be met with speakers in this range, though they can certainly get much, much more expensive (as we'll see shortly).

We won't see any standard computer speakers in this range, and the soundbars are about as expensive as they get. High-quality drivers are priced in this range, including large and robust subwoofer drivers and high-end ribbon tweeter drivers.

However, within the pro audio and HiFi categories, we still often find ourselves with average speakers within this price range.

Soundbar Between $500 – $1,000

$799: Sonos Arc Soundbar

mnm Sonos Arc Soundbar | My New Microphone
Sonos Arc Soundbar

High-End Subwoofers Between $500 – $1,000

$999: Mackie SRM1850

mnm Mackie SRM1850 | My New Microphone
Mackie SRM1850

High-End Bluetooth Speakers Between $500 – $1,000

$799: Klipsch The Fives Bookshelf Speaker Stereo System

mnm Klipsch The Fives | My New Microphone
Klipsch The Fives

Klipsch

Klipsch is featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best Home Speaker Brands You Should Know And Use.

Mid-Range Studio Monitors Between $500 – $1,000

$895: Genelec 8330A

| My New Microphone
Genelec 8330A

Genelec

Genelec is featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best Studio Monitor Brands You Should Know And Use.

Mid-Range Passive PA Speakers Between $500 – $1,000

$999: QSC E215

| My New Microphone
QSC E215

QSC

QSC is featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best PA Loudspeaker Brands You Should Know And Use.

Mid-Range Powered PA Speakers Between $500 – $1,000

$999: Line 6 StageSource L3m

| My New Microphone
Line 6 StageSource L3m

Mid-Range Floorstanding Speakers Between $500 – $1,000

$999: Bowers & Wilkins 603 Anniversary Edition 3-Way Floorstanding Speaker

| My New Microphone
Bowers & Wilkins 603 Anniversary Edition

Bowers & Wilkins

Bowers & Wilkins is featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best Home Speaker Brands You Should Know And Use.

Mid-Range Bookshelf Speakers Between $500 – $1,000

$999/Pair: SVS Ultra 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers

mnm SVS Ultra 2 Way | My New Microphone
SVS Ultra 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers

SVS

SVS is featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best Home Speaker Brands You Should Know And Use.

Installed Speakers Between $500 – $1,000

$900: Tannoy CMS803DCBM 8″ Full Range Ceiling Loudspeaker

mnm Tannoy CMS803DCBM | My New Microphone
Tannoy CMS803DCBM

Subwoofer Drivers Between $500 – $1,000

$595: B&C 18SW115 18″ Neodymium Subwoofer Speaker Driver

mnm BC 18SW115 | My New Microphone
B&C 18SW115

Woofer Drivers Between $500 – $1,000

$503: JBL 2226J 15″ High-Power LF Driver 16 Ohm

mnm JBL 2226J | My New Microphone
JBL 2226J

Tweeter Drivers Between $500 – $1,000

$824: Aurum Cantus G1 Ribbon Tweeter

| My New Microphone
Aurum Cantus G1

Coaxial Drivers Between $500 – $1,000

$719: B&C 15CXN88 15″ Neodymium Coaxial Speaker 80 x 80 Degree

mnm BC 15CXN88 | My New Microphone
B&C 15CXN88

Speakers Between $1,000 – $5,000

Speaker designs in the $1-5k range are practically all professional quality. Though there are certainly more expensive options on the market, you'll likely be able to find the perfect speaker in this price range.

Electrostatic speakers, professional studio-quality subwoofers and monitors, pro-level high-power PA speakers, and HiFi home entertainment speakers can be purchased within the $1,000 to $5,000 range.

Mid-Range Electrostatic Loudspeakers Between $1,000 – $5,000

$3,249: MartinLogan Masterpiece Classic ESL 9

| My New Microphone

High-End Subwoofers Between $1,000 – $5,000

$3,999: ADAM Audio Sub15

| My New Microphone
ADAM Audio Sub15

High-End Bluetooth Speakers Between $1,000 – $5,000

$1,199: JBL Lifestyle PartyBox 1000

| My New Microphone
JBL Lifestyle PartyBox 1000

High-End Studio Monitors Between $1,000 – $5,000

$3,999: Focal Trio11 Be

| My New Microphone
Focal Trio11 Be

Focal

Focal is featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best Studio Monitor Brands You Should Know And Use.

High-End Passive PA Speakers Between $1,000 – $5,000

$2,908: JBL AM7212/64

| My New Microphone
JBL AM7212/64

High-End Powered PA Speakers Between $1,000 – $5,000

$2,779: JBL VRX932LAP

mnm JBL VRX932LAP | My New Microphone
JBL VRX932LAP

High-End Floorstanding Speakers Between $1,000 – $5,000

$3,199: ELAC Vela FS 409 3.5-Way Floorstanding Speaker

| My New Microphone
ELAC Vela FS 409

ELAC

ELAC is featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best Home Speaker Brands You Should Know And Use.

High-End Bookshelf Speakers Between $1,000 – $5,000

$2,499: ELAC Vela BS 403 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers

mnm ELAC Vela BS 403 | My New Microphone
ELAC Vela BS 403

Installed Speakers Between $1,000 – $5,000

$4,400: Soundsphere Q-15 Single Loudspeaker

mnm 300x300 Soundsphere Q 15 | My New Microphone
Soundsphere Q-15

Speakers Between $5,000 – $10,000

Though out of the budget for most, there are plenty of superb speaker options in this higher price range.

HiFi and pro audio speakers are abundant, so audiophiles and industry professionals with money to spend (and hopefully make back, in the case of the professional) will likely find a perfect option within this range.

High-End Electrostatic Loudspeakers Between $5,000 – $10,000

$7,499: Martin Logan Expression ESL 13A

| My New Microphone
Martin Logan Expression ESL 13A

High-End Subwoofers Between $5,000 – $10,000

$8,995: Genelec W371A SAM Woofer System

| My New Microphone
Genelec W371A SAM

High-End Studio Monitors Between $5,000 – $10,000

$7,999: ADAM Audio S5H

mnm ADAM Audio S5H | My New Microphone
ADAM Audio S5H

ADAM Audio

ADAM Audio is featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best Studio Monitor Brands You Should Know And Use.

High-End Floorstanding Speakers Between $5,000 – $10,000

$8,000: Revel PerformaBe F328Be

| My New Microphone
Revel PerformaBe F328Be

High-End Bookshelf Speakers Between $5,000 – $10,000

$7,999/Pair: KEF REFERENCE 1

| My New Microphone
KEF REFERENCE 1

KEF

KEF is featured in My New Microphone's Top 10 Best Loudspeaker Brands (Overall) On The Market Today.

Speakers Between $10,000 – $50,000

Welcome to the 5-figure club. It's usually unnecessary to spend this much on a speaker, though there are professional (and audiophile entertainment) situations that may call for the upper echelon speakers in this price range.

Whether you're after a super-accurate monitor or a beautifully crafted HiFi floorstanding speaker, you'll get what you're after if you're willing to pay.

At this price range, you’re really paying for a few things. The vast majority of speakers priced above $10,000 are done so for many reasons:

  • Continued research and development, allowing for excellent innovation in speaker technology.
  • Production methods that create one speaker at a time, or speakers in small batches with precision and tedious attention to detail.
  • Rigorous testing and tweaking before the speaker is ever sent to market. This ensures a high standard of quality and consistency across all speakers of a specific model.
  • Outstanding customer support and warranty.
  • Aesthetics.
  • Brand name recognition, to some extent.

High-End Electrostatic Loudspeakers Between $10,000 – $50,000

$12,750: JansZen Valentina A8

| My New Microphone
JansZen Valentina A8

High-End Subwoofers Between $10,000 – $50,000

$10,595: Genelec 7382AP SAM Series 3 x 15″ 2500W Studio Subwoofer

mnm Genelec 7382AP SAM | My New Microphone
Genelec 7382AP SAM

High-End Studio Monitors Between $10,000 – $50,000

$19,999: ADAM Audio S6X

mnm ADAM Audio S6X | My New Microphone
ADAM Audio S6X

High-End Floorstanding Speakers Between $10,000 – $50,000

$24,999: ELAC Concentro M Floorstanding Speaker

| My New Microphone
ELAC Concentro M

Speakers Above $50,000

There are plenty of speaker options above the $50,000 point. Typically these options are reserved for wealthy audiophiles, but there are a few pro audio options as well. Let's go through a few examples of readily available $50k+ options before jumping to the most expensive loudspeakers in the world.

High-End Electrodynamic Loudspeakers Above $50,000

$130,000: Focal Grande Utopia EM Evo

| My New Microphone
Focal Grande Utopia EM Evo

Focal

Focal is featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best Home Speaker Brands You Should Know And Use.

High-End Electrostatic Loudspeakers Above $50,000

$52,000: Martin Logan Neolith

| My New Microphone
Martin Logan Neolith

High-End Studio Monitors Above $50,000

$65,339: Quested HM415

| My New Microphone
Quested HM415

High-End Floorstanding Speakers Above $50,000

$224,999: KEF MUON

| My New Microphone
KEF MUON

The World's Most Expensive Loudspeakers

Here is a list of the world's most expensive loudspeakers, each of which costs more than half a million US dollars:

  • Hart Audio D&W Aural Pleasure – $5,000,000
  • Transmission Audio Ultimate – $2,000,000
  • Moon Audio Opulence – $1,100,000
  • Kharma Grand Enigma – $1,100,000
  • Cessaro Horn Acoustics Omega 1 – $1,000,000
  • HigherFi Audio Opulence – $1,000,000
  • Wilson Audio WAMM Master Chronosonic – $850,000
  • Magico Ultimate III – $700,000
  • Wisdom Audio Infinite Wisdom Grande – $700,000
  • Perfect 8 Force – $566,000
  • Tidal La Assoluta – $550,000
  • Moon Audio Signature Titan II – $550,000
  • Backes & Muller BM 100 – $550,000
  • HigherFi Audio Titan 2 – $510,000
  • California Audio Technology MBX Powered Speakers – $500,000

How Much Do Electrodynamic/Moving-Coil Loudspeakers Cost?

How much do electrodynamic loudspeakers cost? The price of electrodynamic loudspeakers (the typical speaker design) ranges from $5 USD at the low-end and up to $5,000,000 USD (Hart Audio D&W Aural Pleasure) at the high-end. Mid-range electrodynamic speakers typically cost between $200 – $2000. High-quality (or overpriced) speakers generally cost over $2000.

How Much Do Computer Speakers Cost?

How much do computer speakers cost? The price of basic computer speakers ranges from $5 USD at the low-end and up to $299 USD at the high-end. Mid-range computer speakers typically cost between $50 – $200. High-quality (or overpriced) speakers generally cost over $200.

How Much Do Installed Loudspeakers Cost?

How much do installed loudspeakers cost? The price of installed speakers ranges from $15 USD at the low-end and up to $450,000 USD (Final Audio Opus 204) at the high-end. Mid-range installed speakers typically cost between $50 – $150. High-quality (or overpriced) speakers generally cost over $150.

How Much Do Electrostatic Loudspeakers Cost?

How much do electrostatic loudspeakers cost? The price of electrostatic speakers ranges from $199 USD at the low-end and up to $52,000 USD (Martin Logan Neolith) at the high-end. Mid-range electrostatic speakers typically cost between $1,000 – $10,000. High-quality (or overpriced) electrostatic speakers generally cost over $10,000.

How Much Do Subwoofers Cost?

How much do subwoofer speakers cost? The price of subwoofer speakers ranges from $39 USD at the low-end and up to $10,595 USD (Genelec 7382AP) at the high end. Mid-range subwoofers typically cost between $100 – $500. High-quality (or overpriced) subwoofers generally cost over $500.

How Much Do Bluetooth Speakers Cost?

How much do Bluetooth speakers cost? The price of Bluetooth speakers ranges from $5 USD at the low-end and up to $1,199 USD at the high-end. That being said, any speaker can be a Bluetooth speaker with the proper receiver plugged into the speaker input.

How Much Do Studio Monitors Cost?

How much do studio monitors cost? The price of studio monitors ranges from $78 USD at the low-end and up to $65,339 USD (Quested HM415) at the high end. Mid-range studio monitors typically cost between $250 – $1,500. High-quality (or overpriced) monitors generally cost over $1,500.

How Much Do Powered PA Speakers Cost?

How much do powered PA speakers cost? The price of powered PA speakers ranges from $79 USD at the low-end and up to $2,779 USD at the high-end. Mid-range powered PA speakers typically cost between $300 – $1,500. High-quality (or overpriced) speakers generally cost over $1,500.

How Much Do Passive PA Speakers Cost?

How much do passive PA speakers cost? The price of passive PA speakers ranges from $43 USD at the low-end and up to $2,908 USD at the high-end. Mid-range passive PA speakers typically cost between $200 – $1,000. High-quality (or overpriced) speakers generally cost over $1,000.

How Much Do Floorstanding Speakers Cost?

How much do floorstanding speakers cost? The price of floorstanding speakers ranges from $179 USD at the low-end and up to $5,000,000 USD (Hart Audio D&W Aural Pleasure) at the high-end. Mid-range floorstanding speakers typically cost between $500 – $2,000. High-quality (or overpriced) speakers generally cost over $2,000.

How Much Do Bookshelf Speakers Cost?

How much do bookshelf speakers cost? The price of bookshelf speaker pairs ranges from $36 USD at the low-end and up to $7,999 USD at the high-end. Mid-range bookshelf speakers typically cost between $200 – $1,000. High-quality (or overpriced) speakers generally cost over $1,000.

How Much Do Subwoofer Drivers Cost?

How much do subwoofer speaker drivers cost? The price of subwoofer speaker drivers ranges from $15 USD at the low-end and up to $599 USD at the high-end. Mid-range subwoofer speaker drivers typically cost between $50 – $300. High-quality (or overpriced) subwoofer drivers generally cost over $300.

How Much Do Woofer Speaker Drivers Cost?

How much do woofer speaker drivers cost? The price of woofer speaker drivers ranges from $12 USD at the low-end and up to $503 USD at the high-end. Mid-range woofer speaker drivers typically cost between $50 – $200. High-quality (or overpriced) woofer drivers generally cost over $200.

How Much Do Tweeter Speaker Drivers Cost?

How much do tweeter speaker drivers cost? The price of tweeter speaker drivers ranges from $5 USD at the low-end and up to $824 USD at the high-end. Mid-range tweeter speaker drivers typically cost between $50 – $300. High-quality (or overpriced) tweeters generally cost over $300.

How Much Do Coaxial Speaker Drivers Cost?

How much do coaxial speaker drivers cost? The price of coaxial speaker drivers ranges from $16 USD at the low-end and up to $719 USD at the high-end. Mid-range coaxial speaker drivers typically cost between $100 – $400. High-quality (or overpriced) coaxial speaker drivers generally cost over $400.


Price Ranges Of Loudspeaker Accessories

In addition to the price of loudspeakers, several speaker accessories are worth considering.

The price of speaker accessories depends on the type of accessory (which we’ll list shortly); the quality; the specialization of the accessory (is it a one-size-fits-all or only compatible with a specific speaker); and the brand name.

The general types of loudspeaker accessories include:

How Much Do Speaker Stands Cost?

How much do speaker stands cost? The price of commercially available speaker stands ranges from $15/stand to $2,000/pair, and even more for custom or boutique builds. Mid-range PA speaker and studio monitor stands typically range between $25 – $250, while HiFi bookshelf speaker stands make up the more expensive end of the spectrum.

Let's consider a few examples:

The Cambridge Audio Minx 600D is a tabletop stand for select Cambridge Minx Min speakers and is at the low end of the price spectrum, costing $15 per stand.

| My New Microphone
Cambridge Audio Minx 600D

The K&M 246/1 Hand Crank Lighting & Speaker Stand is at the higher end of the pricing spectrum when it comes to PA speaker stands.

| My New Microphone
K&M 246/1 Hand Crank Lighting & Speaker Stand

At the lower end of the PA speaker-style stand, we have the Auray SS-37S: a height-adjustable medium-height steel speaker stand with a tripod base costing around $35.

mnm 300x300 Auray SS 37S | My New Microphone
Auray SS-37S

K&M and Auray

K&M and Auray are featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best PA Speaker Stand Brands On The Market.

A pair of JamRacks GSB Grand Stand Bronze monitor/speaker stands cost about $1,830. These are high-end speaker stands.

| My New Microphone
JamRacks GSB Grand Stand Bronze

JamRacks

JamRacks is featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best Studio Monitor Stand Brands On The Market.

A pair of PMC Studio Stand Frame for IB1 and IB2 Monitors goes for about $2,000. These are high-end studio monitor stands.

mnm PMC Studio Stand Frame for IB1 and IB2 Monitors | My New Microphone
PMC Studio Stand Frame for IB1 and IB2 Monitors

How Much Do Speaker Mounts Cost?

How much do speaker mounts cost? The price of commercially available speaker stands ranges from $8 USD to $1,600 USD, and even more for custom or boutique builds. Mid-range speaker mounts typically range between $25 – $250.

At just under $10, we have the “SPORTLINK Portable Bluetooth Speaker Mount for Golf Cart Railing Accessories” and other no-name brand products.

In the mid-range of prices, we have examples like the K&M 24185 Speaker Wall Mount.

mnm KM 24185 | My New Microphone

The Toa Electronics HY-MS7W-WP is a speaker wall-mounting under outdoor eaves bracket for the HX-7W-WP compact speaker system. It costs about $1,600.

mnm 300x300 Toa Electronics HY MS7W WP | My New Microphone
Toa Electronics HY-MS7W-WP

How Much Do Speaker Feet Cost?

How much do speaker pads/feet cost? The price of commercially available speaker pads/feet ranges from less than $1/pad to $4000/pad, and even more for custom builds.

For example, the IsoAcoustics GAIA-TITAN Cronos is a 4-pack of speaker isolation feet for improved performance with large floor-standing speakers that sell for about $1,600.

mnm IsoAcoustics GAIA TITAN Cronos | My New Microphone
IsoAcoustics GAIA-TITAN Cronos

Conversely, the “uxcell Rubber Furniture Table Amplifier Speaker Cabinet Feet Pads” is an 8-pack of rubber feet suitable for speakers that cost less than $5.

| My New Microphone
uxcell Rubber Furniture Table Amplifier Speaker Cabinet Feet Pads

How Much Do Speaker Covers Cost?

How much do speaker covers/cases cost? The price of commercially available speaker covers ranges from $10 USD to $500 USD. Pricing depends largely on brand name and the speaker it's designed to cover/protect, along with the material used in the design.

The LD Systems ICOA 12 PC2 is a protective slipcover for the ICOA 12 speaker. It costs about $10.

mnm LD Systems ICOA 12 PC2 | My New Microphone
LD Systems ICOA 12 PC2

At about $17, we have the JBL Bags Molded Carry Case for JBL Charge 4 Bluetooth Speaker, which is a protective hard case.

mnm JBL Bags Molded Carry Case for JBL Charge 4 Bluetooth Speaker | My New Microphone
JBL Bags Molded Carry Case for JBL Charge 4

At the higher end of the price spectrum, we have examples like the RCF Protective Cover For 3 Hdl38As On Kart, which costs about $500.

mnm 300x300 RCF Protective Cover For 3 Hdl38As On Kart | My New Microphone
RCF Protective Cover For 3 Hdl38As On Kart

How Much Do Speaker Cables Cost?

How much do speaker cables cost? The price of commercially available speaker cables ranges from under $1/foot to $5,000/foot or more. Bulk speaker cables typically range between $1 – $2.50 per foot. Short “audiophile” speaker cables can cost tens of thousands of dollars, though not without controversy over the actual value.

Let's consider a few examples:

The Sescom W18GAZ 18 Gauge Zip-Cord 2 Conductor Speaker Cable is about 69¢ per foot.

mnm Sescom W18GAZ | My New Microphone
Sescom W18GAZ

100 feet of Pyramid High Quality 16 AWG Speaker Zip Wire goes for about $12.

| My New Microphone
Pyramid RSW16100

20 feet of single 14-gauge Crutchfield Speaker Wire with pre-attached banana plugs goes for about $25.

mnm Crutchfield Speaker Wire 14 Gauge Banana Plug | My New Microphone
Crutchfield Speaker Wire
14-gauge with pre-attached banana plugs: 20 feet

The Pro Co S16NN-50 is a 50-foot Speakon-Speakon speaker cable that costs $50.

mnm Pro Co S16NN 50 | My New Microphone
Pro Co S16NN-50

For an example of “audiophile-grade” speaker cables, a pair of 3-metre-long Triple Crown Speaker Cable by Siltech Cables goes for about $89,000.

mnm Siltech Triple Crown Series | My New Microphone
Siltech Triple Crown Series

How Much Do Speaker Grilles Cost?

How much do speaker grilles cost? The price of commercially available speaker grilles ranges from $3 USD to $165 USD and even more for custom or bulk grilles.

The Aquatic AV AQ-SPG1.0 REV C is a grille for 1″ spa speakers and costs about $3.50 per grille.

mnm Aquatic AV AQ SPG1.0 REV C 1 | My New Microphone
Aquatic AV AQ-SPG1.0 REV C

The JBL MTC-29MK Marine Grille Kit for Control 30 Loudspeaker costs about $165.

mnm 300x300 JBL MTC 29MK 1 | My New Microphone
JBL MTC-29MK

Related Questions

What are the best loudspeaker brands fin the world? The best loudspeaker brands, overall, in my opinion, are as follows:

  1. Bose
  2. JBL
  3. Klipsch
  4. KEF
  5. Definitive Technology
  6. Bowers & Wilkins
  7. Focal
  8. Quested
  9. Dynaudio
  10. QSC

Read more here: Top 10 Best Loudspeaker Brands (Overall) On The Market Today

What are the best studio monitor brands fin the world? The best studio monitor brands in the world, in my opinion, are as follows:

  • Genelec
  • Dynaudio
  • Adam Audio
  • Kali Audio
  • PSI Audio
  • Neumann
  • PMC
  • Focal
  • HEDD
  • Eve Audio
  • Yamaha

Read more here: Top 11 Best Studio Monitor Brands You Should Know And Use

What are the best subwoofer brands fin the world? The best subwoofer brands in the world, in my opinion, are as follows:

  • Alpine
  • MTX
  • Kicker
  • Pioneer
  • QSC
  • Alto Professional
  • Electro-Voice
  • JBL
  • Polk Audio
  • Klipsch
  • Yamaha

Read more here: Top 11 Best Subwoofer Brands (Car, PA, Home & Studio)

What are the best PA loudspeaker brands fin the world? The best PA loudspeaker brands in the world, in my opinion, are as follows:

  • QSC
  • JBL
  • Yamaha
  • Bose
  • Electro-Voice
  • Yorkville
  • PK
  • Mackie
  • Community Loudspeakers
  • Alto Professional
  • Peavey

Read more here: Top 11 Best PA Loudspeaker Brands You Should Know And Use

What are the best speaker brands for home entertainment/theatre systems? The best speaker brands for home audio systems, in my opinion, are as follows:

  • Focal
  • ELAC
  • Dynaudio
  • JBL
  • Polk Audio
  • Klipsch
  • Bose
  • SVS
  • Bowers & Wilkins
  • Definitive Technology
  • Sonos

Read more here: Top 11 Best Home Speaker Brands You Should Know And Use

What are the best car audio speaker brands? The best car audio speaker brands in the world, in my opinion, are as follows:

  • Focal
  • Kicker
  • JBL
  • Pioneer
  • JL Audio
  • Boss Audio Systems
  • Polk Audio
  • Alpine
  • Kenwood
  • Morel
  • Rockford Fosgate

Read more here: Top 11 Best Car Audio Speaker Brands In The World


Choosing the right PA speakers for your applications and budget can be a challenging task. For this reason, I've created My New Microphone's Comprehensive PA Speaker Buyer's Guide. Check it out for help in determining your next PA speaker purchase.


With so many loudspeakers on the market, purchasing the best speaker(s) for your applications can be rather daunting. For this reason, I've created My New Microphone's Comprehensive Loudspeaker Buyer's Guide. Check it out for help in determining your next speaker acquisition.


Determining the perfect pair of studio monitors for your studio can make for a difficult choice. For this reason, I've created My New Microphone's Comprehensive Studio Monitor Buyer's Guide. Check it out for help choosing the best studio monitors for your setup.


Leave A Comment!

Have any thoughts, questions or concerns? I invite you to add them to the comment section at the bottom of the page! I'd love to hear your insights and inquiries and will do my best to add to the conversation. Thanks!

This article has been approved in accordance with the My New Microphone Editorial Policy.

MNM Ebook Updated mixing guidebook | My New Microphone

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.