Whether we're immersed in a movie, jamming to our favourite songs, listening to podcasts, or enjoying (or not enjoying) audio in our home, we often employ speakers to do so.
Having speakers in our home can improve our enjoyment of our home, and so it would reason that better home speakers could greatly benefit us.
There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to home speakers, and in this article, I'll share my opinion of the best brands to know about when shopping for or otherwise selecting a new speaker (or set of speakers) for your home.
The Top 11 Best Home Speaker Brands Are:
In this article, we'll discuss each of these brands and explain why you should know of and use their speakers in your home listening systems. While doing so, I'll be sure to add a notable speaker model for each brand.
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Without further ado, let's get into our top 11 speaker brands for home stereo/theatre you should know about.
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Focal is a French company that specializes in manufacturing Hi-Fi audio systems.
Their product listing includes headphones, car audio, home audio speakers, and professional monitor speakers. The company has earned itself global recognition as a major player in the loudspeaker space.
With control over the entire manufacturing process of its loudspeakers, Focal ensures the highest standard for all its components and speaker builds. This translates to the superb quality of Focal's home audio speakers and gives it a spot on this list.
One of the many notable speakers from Focal is the Aria CC990. This 2-way centre speaker has a 1″ inverted dome tweeter and dual 6.5″ woofers. It has a great build quality and dynamic range. It is designed to be easily combined into a home stereo or theatre arrangement with other Focal speakers from the Aria line.
The flagship home speaker model from Focal is the Chora 826. This bass-reflex loudspeaker offers a clean full range of sound and can be used solo or as a pair for stereo listening.
The Germany-based ELAC was originally founded all the way back in 1926 as a sonar technology company. By 1984, ELAC began designing loudspeakers in conjunction with AXIOM electroacoustic speaker specialists.
Since then, the ELAC brand has become well respected in technology fields and in-home audio consumer circles. Its wide variety of home audio products make it well deserving of a shout-out here.
Elac's Uni-Fi UB5 Bookshelf Speaker is a popular bookshelf speaker for home stereo and theatre systems. This 3-way speaker features a coaxial 1″ dome tweeter and 4″ midrange cone along with a 5.25″ woofer and is designed to pack a big punch without taking up much floor space.
The Uni-Fi UF5 Floor-standing Speaker is another popular speaker from ELAC. It is a 3-way bass-reflex floor-standing unit designed for home stereos and theatres.
Dynaudio is a Danish loudspeaker manufacturer that has been designing and manufacturing incredible loudspeakers for home and studio use since 1977.
The company is particularly well-known for its awesome designs for home audio speakers. With plenty of speakers to choose from, this well-respected brand is a great option for audiophiles looking to improve the sound of their home speaker system.
The Dynaudio Evoke 50 is a popular Hi-Fi floor-standing speaker from Dynaudio. It is a 3-way, 4-driver design suitable for any listening environment for home audio.
Dynaudio's Xeo 20 is a compact stand-mounted wireless active Hi-Fi speaker that performs like a floor-standing speaker. It is tuned like a studio monitor (the Dynaudio LYD5, to be exact, which is featured in My New Microphone's Top Best Studio Monitor Brands You Should Know And Use).
Since 1946, JBL has been producing loudspeakers for commercial sale. Today, the company has two divisions: JBL Consumer (which focuses on consumer home audio equipment) and JBL Professional (which focuses on audio equipment for professional settings).
There are great home speakers available in each division. The consumer division offers affordable options that may have greater versatility, while the pro division is meant for the serious listeners that expect the most from their speakers.
The relative popularity of JBL is for a good reason, and this company is certainly a top manufacturer of speakers for home audio applications.
The JBL Stage A180 is a 2.5-way, dual 8″, 1″ aluminum tweeter floor-standing loudspeaker designed as part of JBL's ‘Stage' line of home entertainment speakers.
The JBL Bar 2.0 All-In-One Soundbar is the base model of JBL's impressive ‘Soundbar' line (which includes subwoofers and runs up to a 5.1 system). These soundbars are great for home entertainment audio systems.
Polk Audio is known for its home and audio speakers. The company designs and builds excellent speakers made to improve the listening experience of the user's home audio system.
Polk's products extend beyond just home audio, but their focus on home audio has certainly allowed them to become a respectable go-to for great clean home audio.
The Polk Audio LSi M707 is described by Polk as the ‘Ultimate Floor-standing Loudspeaker'. It is designed to deliver a full range of audio frequencies in Hi-Fi home-listening environments. The 3-way speaker + dual-subwoofer is a standout product of an already standout speaker brand.
The NTi A3 is a popular bookshelf speaker from Polk Audio. This 2-way speaker has a 1″ dome tweet and a 6.5″ woofer and is a superb and affordable option for home audio applications.
Klipsch is a reputable American company specializing in high-quality speakers and audio equipment.
The company's wide selection of new and old speakers are often chosen for use in home stereo and surround sound systems. In keeping up with the times, Klipsch even has wireless portable speakers for use inside and outside the home.
The Klipsch Heritage Cornwall IV is a high-end floor-standing loudspeaker. This 3-way speaker has a K-33-E 15″ woofer, a K-702 1.75″ midrange speaker, and K-107-TI 1″ high-frequency driver.
The Klipsch Reference R-51PM is a much more affordable option. These bookshelf speakers come as a pair and have Bluetooth wireless technology.
Bose is one of the most well-known brands in home speakers today.
Though some argue that Bose is overrated, this list would not be complete without including this legendary company.
Their wide selection of home-application speakers features plenty of options to improve the sound of your room(s) greatly.
The Bose Soundbar 700 is a high-end soundbar that is part of the Bose family of smart speakers and soundbars. It has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and support for Dolby Digital and DTS.
Bose also has Surround Surround Speakers that are great additions to home speaker systems that go very well with the aforementioned Bose Soundbar 700.
Ohio-based SVS is a lesser-known company that challenges themselves to provide their audio products with high-end quality and consumer-grade prices.
SVS offers a large range of speakers that are ideal for home audio systems. Whether it's for a home stereo, mini theatre or any other situation that calls for superb sound at an affordable price, SVS is a choice worth considering!
The SVS Ultra Tower is the flagship speaker from SVS. It is a reference floor-standing speaker with a 3.5-way crossover, a 1″ tweeter, dual 6.5″ midrange, and dual 8″ woofer.
Another line of SVS speakers is the prime product line of which the Prime Bookshelf is a notable speaker. These speakers can be used as fronts, surrounds, center-channel or other loudspeakers in a 2-channel audiophile or home theatre surround sound system.
Bowers & Wilkins
Bowers & Wilkins have been around for a long time and have been producing superb loudspeakers on a commercial scale since their first release of the P1 in 1967.
B&W specializes in headphones and speakers. Their speakers for home audio and mini theatres are especially impressive, with many choices to fit your exact needs.
The 702 S2 is the flagship model from Bowers & Wilkins 700-series of studio-quality home speakers. This 3-way vented box speaker has 3 bass 6.5″ woofers, a 6″ midrange driver, and a solid body 1″ tweeter housing on top. It is one step down from B&W's top-of-the-line 800 Series Diamond.
Bowers & Wilkins also has a home satellite speaker known as the M-1 that is worth mentioning. These compact 2-way speakers can be used in all positions of a home audio system.
Definitive Technology has been around since 1990 and has been making a name for itself as a go-to for home theatre audio systems, soundbars and headphones.
Though perhaps not as well diversified in terms of the variety of speaker types on its roster, Def Tech has made a name for itself as being a go-to for home audio systems.
Their speakers are designed for home audio and include floor-standing, bookshelf, satellite, subwoofer, and installed models. One thing is for sure—each of Def Tech's speakers is made with excellent quality and attention to detail that shows in the way they sound.
The Definitive Technology BP-9080X is a high-performance bipolar tower speaker with a front, rear and top array and an integrated 12″ powered subwoofer and dual bass radiators.
Definitive Technology has plenty of other high-end home audio speakers, including the D11 bookshelf speakers. These 2-way speakers have integrated bass radiators and provide a full-range sound in the relatively small package of a pair of bookshelf speakers.
Founded in 2002, the American company Sonos has since solidified its niche as a smart speaker manufacturer. Unlike much of the software its speakers support, Sonos products are designed to last for at least five years from the last date of production.
Not only does Sonos provide the technologically sophisticated electronics of a smart speaker, but it does so with considerable audio quality.
With the rise of smart technology and voice control in the home, it would be a disservice not to add Sonos to this list!
The Sonos Arc is defined as the premium smart soundbar for TV, movies, music, gaming, and more. It features Dolby Atmos along with control via remote, the app, your voice, and Apple AirPlay 2. This impressive speaker communicates with other Sonos players via Wi-Fi or a dedicated SonosNet wireless network.
The Sonos Five is a notable high-fidelity speaker from Sonos. It can be controlled with an app and Apple AirPlay 2 and is Sonos compatible via Wi-Fi or a dedicated SonosNet wireless network. When positioned horizontal, a single Five will output a stereo signal, and when positioned vertically, two Fives can be set up as a stereo pair (each outputting a single channel).
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.