Top 10 Best Loudspeaker Brands (Overall) On The Market Today


Loudspeakers are everywhere. They’re in our cellphones, schools, venues and stages, vehicles, houses of worship, home entertainment systems, and much more.

With speakers being so common, there are plenty of speaker manufacturers on the market. In this article, I’ll share my opinion of the best overall speaker brands to look out for when choosing your next speaker, pair of speakers, or speaker system.

Though obviously subjective and prone to biases, I’ve done my best to list out these brands based on company reputation; product selection; availability; affordability, and, of course, overall speaker quality across all models.

At the end of this article, I’ve included information on some high-end boutique speaker manufacturers worth checking out for some of the greatest craftsmanship in speaker design on the market. However, these high-ticket manufacturers do not often meet the “affordability” and “availability” factors listed above. Skip ahead by clicking here or scroll through the article!

With all that being said, let’s list out the brands.

The top 11 best loudspeaker brands, overall, on the market today are:

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

Let’s get into each of these brands in greater detail and explain why they belong in the top 11 best loudspeaker brands. I’ll share their country of origin; a bit of history; an example of a best-selling or flagship loudspeaker model, and a link to their official websites.

If you’re looking for a full list of loudspeaker manufacturers, click here!

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Without further ado, let’s get into our top 11 overall loudspeaker brands on the market today.


Bose

Since its founding in 1964, Bose Corporation has grown to become a famous brand of affordable, high-quality audio. Bose is best known for its home audio systems and popular noise-cancelling headphones.

Its innovative spirit has yielded many different speaker models throughout the years in plenty of categories, including portable wireless; smart technology; home theatre; computer; automotive; public address, and more.

Bose remains at the forefront of audio and loudspeaker technology, advancing the field forward while providing high-quality products that are affordable to the consumer and professional alike.

Notable Bose speakers include:

Bose Soundbar 700
  • F1 Model 812: A popular PA speaker from Bose is the F1 Model 812 (link to compare prices at select retailers). This Flexible Array loudspeaker delivers a loud, clean sound with a vertical coverage pattern that can be altered by choosing one of four settings. The array features eight mid/high-frequency drivers, plus a 12-inch low-frequency woofer, all powered by a 1000-watt Class D amplifier.
Bose F1 Model 812
  • SoundLink Revolve+: The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ (link to compare prices at select retailers) is a portable Bluetooth true 360° speaker. This water-resistant (IPX4) speaker features a highly efficient transducer; dual-passive radiators, and an omnidirectional acoustic deflector to emit clear sound in all directions even in tough environments.
Bose SoundLink Revolve+

Bose was originally founded in 1964 by Amar Bose in Massachusetts, USA. Today, the company is headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, USA.

Click here to visit the official website of Bose.

Bose is also featured in the following My New Microphone articles:
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Top 11 Best PA Loudspeaker Brands You Should Know And Use

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JBL

JBL has been producing loudspeakers since its inception in 1946. 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).

Each division has its own loudspeakers that are beloved by those who use them. On one hand, JBL has become a household name for consumers that want great-sound audio systems. On the other, the brand has seen success in professional markets, providing the quality (and quantity) needed in many pro situations.

JBL’s speaker variety spans across all major speaker “types” including portable Bluetooth; home; car; marine; smart; public address; cinema; installed; live sound, and recording, to name a few.

The popularity of JBL is for good reason and this company is certainly a top manufacturer of loudspeakers across the board.

Notable JBL speakers include:

JBL Stage A190
  • SRX835P: The JBL Pro SRX835P (link to compare prices at select retailers) is the 3-way powered PA speaker from JBL’s SRX800 Series. Crown DriveCore amplification offers 1500 watts RMS (2000 peak) and a maximum SPL up to a whopping 137 dB SPL. This PA speaker’s frequency response runs from 33 – 21,000 Hz.
JBL Professional SRX835P
  • GT-BassPro12: The JBL GT-BassPro12 (link to compare prices at select retailers) pictured below is an example of a car audio subwoofer from JBL. This 12″ model features a 150-watt amplifier with both line level and speaker level inputs (the amp automatically turns off when a speaker level signal is inputted).
JBL GT-BassPro12

JBL was originally founded in 1946 by James Bullough Lansing and his partner in Los Angeles, California, USA where the company is still headquartered to this day. The brand is now owned by Samsung Electronics and managed by Harmon International Industries.
Lansing also founded the Lansing Manufacturing Company in 1927 which, in 1941, was acquired by Altec Service Corporation to become Altec Lansing.

Click here to visit the official website of JBL.
Parent company: Harman International – Samsung Electronics (South Korea).

JBL is also featured in the following My New Microphone articles:
Top 11 Best Home Speaker Brands You Should Know And Use
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Top 11 Best Studio Monitor Brands You Should Know And Use
Top 11 Best Subwoofer Brands (Car, PA, Home & Studio)

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Klipsch

Klipsch was originally founded in 1946 and has since made a name for itself as a reputable and high-quality speaker manufacturer.

Klipsch has always promoted horn-loaded speakers in its journey of producing the best speakers possible. The company has a large selection of new speakers and also a large number of legacy models that are highly sought-after in the new and vintage markets, respectively.

As a company, Klipsch focuses on loudspeakers, producing driver and enclosures along with complete loudspeaker units for high fidelity; public address; personal computers; home cinema, and more.

Notable Klipsch speakers include:

Klipsch Heritage Cornwall IV
  • SPL-150: The SPL-150 (link to compare prices at select retailers) is the largest model from Klipsch’s high-end SPL series of subwoofers. This home audio subwoofer has a 15″ spun copper cerametallic woofer; a bass-reflex enclosure, and a high-efficiency Class-D amplifier with 400W RMS/ 800W peak.
Klipsch SPL-150
  • The One II: Klipsch’s The One II (link to compare prices at select retailers) is a portable 2.1, professionally-tuned bi-amplified stereo system. It provides legendary Klipsch sound while featuring Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology for mobile devices and a 3.5 mm analog input.
Klipsch The One II

Klipsch Audio Technologies was founded in 1946 by Paul W. Klipsch in Hope, Arkansas as ‘Klipsch and Associates’. In 2011, Audiovox (now Voxx International) acquired Klipsch. The company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.

Click here to visit the official website of Klipsch.
Parent company: Voxx International (USA)

Klipsch is also featured in the following My New Microphone articles:
Top 11 Best Home Speaker Brands You Should Know And Use
Top 11 Best Subwoofer Brands (Car, PA, Home & Studio)

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KEF

KEF began as a project to create innovative loudspeakers that utilized that latest in materials technology. Since its founding in 1961, the company has done just that, producing many speakers that have pushed the field of audio replication forward.

KEF produces many high-end high-ticket speakers and some more affordable options that offer tremendous technology as well. The relatively high price points, perhaps, make KEF a bit less well-known than the company ought to be.

Their speaker ranges include Hi-Fi; home theatre; desktop and Bluetooth; installed, and THX-certified. All of which offer some of the best speakers available on the market today.

Notable KEF speakers include:

  • Blade: The KEF Blade (link to compare prices at select retailers) is the top model in KEF’s flagship range of high-end speakers. It features four 9″ bass drivers and a Uni-Q mid/high-frequency array in a 62.5″ high cabinet. It is the world’s first-ever Single Apparent Source loudspeaker.
KEF Blade Pair
  • LS50: The LS50 (link to compare prices of pairs at select retailers) is a Hi-Fi bookshelf speaker based on a reinterpretation of the research, design and engineering approach of the legendary LS3/5a monitors combined with the state-of-the-art technology used in the KEF Blade. It is a compact speaker that performs well above its size and price point.
KEF LS50 Pair
KEF HTF8003

KEF was founded by Raymond Cooke (once technical director at Wharfedale) and Robert Pearch in Tovil, Maidstone, Kent, England in 1961. It is named after Kent Engineering & Foundry. In 1992, the company was acquired by GP Acoustics, which is owned by the Hong Kong-based Gold Peak Group. KEF is headquartered in Maidstone, United Kingdom.

Click here to visit the official website of KEF.
Parent company: GP Acoustics – Gold Peak Group (Hong Kong, China)

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Definitive Technology

Definitive Technology is a relatively new company on this list and has been specializing in home theater audio systems, soundbars and headphones since 1990.

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 but span from home stereo and soundbars to architectural in-wall and outdoor speaker designs to portable wireless speakers. One thing is for sure is that each of Def Tech’s speakers is made with excellent quality and attention to detail that shows in the way they sound.

Notable Definitive Technology speakers include:

Definitive Technology BP-9080X
  • D11: The D11 (link to compare prices at select retailers) is the largest bookshelf speaker from Definitive Technology’s ‘Demand’ line of high-performance speakers. This 2-way speaker features a 1” Aluminum Dome Tweeter with 20/20 Wave Alignment Lens and Laterally Offset Tweeter Assembly and a BDSS (Balanced Double Surround System) midrange/woofer with an integrated passive radiator.
Definitive Technology D11
Definitive Technology Studio Advance

Definitive Technology was founded in 1990 in Owings Mills, Maryland by Polk Audio founder Sandy Gross and Don Givogue and Ed Blaise. In 2004, the company was acquired by Directed Electronics (which became DEI Holdings in 2008). In 2013, DEI combined Polk Audio, Definitive Technology and the Boom Movement brands into a new division called Sound United. Def Tech is headquartered in Vista, California, U.S.

Click here to visit the official website of Definitive Technology.
Parent company: DEI Holdings (USA)

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

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Bowers & Wilkins

Bowers & Wilkins have been around for a long time and have been producing superb loudspeakers at a commercial scale since their first release of the P1 in 1967.

B&W specializes in headphones and speakers. Among their speakers are designs for car audio; wireless speakers; home audio, and mini theatre. Like many of the speakers focused on home audio, B&W also have custom installation speaker designs.

To name a major credential, Bowers & Wilkins has been the official headphones and loudspeaker partner of Abbey Road Studios since 2017.

Notable Bowers & Wilkins speakers include:

  • 702 S2: The 702 S2 (link to compare prices at select retailers) 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 702 S2
  • Formation Bass: The Formation Bass (link to compare prices at select retailers) is a wireless subwoofer with perfect synchronization with 96 kHz / 24-bit resolution and compatibility with Spotify, Roon, Airplay and Bluetooth. It features opposed dual-driver technology and is designed to pair incredibly well with the rest of B&W’s Formation series of home speakers.
Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bass
Bowers & Wilkins M-1

Bowers & Wilkins was founded in 1966 by John Bowers in Worthing, West Sussex, England. In 2016, California-based EVA Automation acquired B&W. Today, the brand’s headquarters are in Menlo Park, California, USA.

Click here to visit the official website of Bowers & Wilkins.

Bowers & Wilkins is also featured in the following My New Microphone articles:
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Focal

Since 1979, the French company Focal has been designing and selling Hi-Fi audio systems.

Their focus is on 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.

Focal also has full control over the entire manufacturing process of its loudspeakers, ensuring nothing but the best for it products and its customers.

Notable Focal speakers include:

Focal Chora 826
  • Trio11 Be: The Trio11 Be (link to compare prices at select retailers) is Focal’s flagship studio speaker dedicated to near-field and mid-field monitoring. This monitor features Focal’s TMD (Tuned Mass Damper) and NIC (Neutral Inductance Circuitry) technologies for amazing tuning. Its optimized vents promote dynamic control and perfect bass definition with high excursion, enabling even more linearity of the subwoofer. The speaker offers up to 118 dB SPL and an extended bandwidth from 30 Hz-40 kHz.
Focal Trio11 Be
  • Dome Flax: Focal’s Dome Flax (link to compare prices at select retailers) is a compact satellite speaker designed for any channel of a home theatre set up. The high acoustic performance of these small speakers is made possible by Focal’s own flax cone driver design.
Focal Dome Flax
Focal Grande Utopia

Focal-JMLab was founded in 1979 by Jacques Mahul in Saint-Etienne, France. Though the brand is still independent, it is owned by Vervent Audio Group following a merger with UK-based high-end audio electronics brand Naim Audio Limited. Focal-JMLab is, to this day, still headquartered in Saint-Etienne, France.

Click here to visit the official website of Focal.

Focal is also featured in the following My New Microphone articles:
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Top 11 Best Studio Monitor Brands You Should Know And Use

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Quested

Since 1985, UK-based Quested Monitoring Systems has been designing and perfecting studio monitoring systems and high-end residential home cinema systems.

From ultra-compact near-field monitors to powerful soffit mounted systems, Quested’s game is to produce the highest-quality studio-grade speakers in the world. A game that they are great at and continue to improve at.

Notable Quested speakers include:

  • HM415: The Quested HM415 (link to check the price at B&H Photo/Video) is a high-end, high-price large-format 4-way monitoring system with built-in amp and crossover. It is designed for Soffit mounting and to be used as “main monitors” for large music and film control rooms. It features 7 driver: 4 x 15″ bass; 1 x 8″ low-mid; 1 x 3″ high-mid, and 1 x 1.5″ high.
Quested HM415
Quested V3110
Quested S7R

Quested Monitoring Systems was founded in 1985 by Roger Quested in the UK. The company is headquartered at Honiton, Devon, United Kingdom.

Click here to visit the official website of Quested.

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Dynaudio

Danish loudspeaker manufacturer Dynaudio has been designing and manufacturing incredible loudspeakers for home and studio use since 1977.

The company also excels in car audio and has become the original audio equipment manufacturer from brands such as Volvo, Volkswagen and Bugatti.

Whether it’s professional, consumer or vehicle-grade loudspeaker design, Dynaudio excels.

Notable Dynaudio speakers include:

Dynaudio Evoke 50
  • Core 59: The Core 59 (link to compare prices at select retailers) is the flagship of Dynaudio’s high-end professional reference monitor series. It’s a 3-way speaker with uncompromising class-D amplification; cutting-edge digital signal processing; a super-inert 32mm-thick baffle, and a flat bass response down to 36Hz at -6dB. This monitor is designed for professionals with an Esotar Pro tweeter to greatly reduce listening fatigue.
Dynaudio Core 59
Dynaudio Xeo 20

Dynaudio was founded in 1977 by Ejvind Skaaning and Gerhard Richter The company has since introduced a professional subsidiary (Dynaudio Professional). In 2014, Dynaudio was acquired by the Chinese acoustic components company Goertek. Dynaudio is headquartered in Skanderborg, Denmark.

Click here to visit the official website of Dynaudio.
Parent company: Goertek (China)

Dynaudio is also featured in the following My New Microphone articles:
Top 11 Best Home Speaker Brands You Should Know And Use
Top 11 Best Studio Monitor Brands You Should Know And Use

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QSC

The American company QSC Audio Products has been around since 1968 and has made a big name for itself as a trustworthy and quality manufacturer of loudspeakers.

The company focuses on many different audio products including power amplifiers, loudspeakers, digital mixers and digital signal processors. QSC has various series for its speakers, including professional installation, portable, production, corporate and cinema.

Notable QSC speakers include:

  • AP-5152: The AP-5152 (link to compare prices at select retailers) is a high-power, 2-way (15″ woofer and 3″ compression driver), 75˚ conical DMT (Directivity Matched Transition) loudspeaker. It is the largest of QSC’s Acoustic Performance line with a maximum SPL of 123 dB continuous (129 dB peak) and a frequency response of 44 Hz – 18 kHz.
QSC AP-5152
  • KS118: The KS118 (link to compare prices at select retailers) is a noteworthy subwoofer from QSC. This direct-radiating 18-inch subwoofer has a 3600 Watt Class D amplifier module and is capable of very high output. It has an adjustable crossover and omnidirectional and cardioid radiation modes (cardioid setup requires a minimum of 2 units).
QSC KS118
QSC K12.2

The Quilter Sound Company was founded in 1968 by Patrick Quilter, Barry Andrews and John Andrews in Costa Mesa, California, USA. The company is still headquartered in Costa Mesa today and officially changed its name to QSC, LLC in 2015.

Click here to visit the official website of QSC.

QSC is also featured in the following My New Microphone articles:
Top 11 Best PA Loudspeaker Brands You Should Know And Use
Top 11 Best Subwoofer Brands (Car, PA, Home & Studio)

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A Note On High-End Boutique Speaker Brands

It wouldn’t feel right leaving a “best of” article without talking about the high-end boutique brands that exist on the market.

The following are but some of the world’s most expensive speaker brands. Each is a marvel of speaker engineering and manufacturing.

Some of the speakers from these brands have MSRPs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. It figures, then, that these brands and their speakers may certainly be among the best in the world.

However, with such a small niche market and impractical pricing, I did not feel compelled to include them in the top 11. That being said, I thought it important to add them at the end of this article to let my readers know that these high-end manufacturers do, indeed, exist and to ensure that I didn’t end this “best of” article without mentioning some of the all-time greats.

The high-end boutique speaker brands I speak of include:

Acapella Audio Arts

  • Specialty/Focus: loudspeakers (horn loudspeakers)
  • Founded: 1978 by Alfred Rudolph and Hermann Winters
  • Country: Germany
  • Notable Speaker: Triolon Excalibur
  • Official Website: acapella.de

AER (Acoustic Electronic Research)

  • Specialty/Focus: loudspeakers
  • Founded: 1985
  • Country: Germany (Stuttgart)
  • Notable Speaker: Aerofon
  • Official Website: aer-loudspeakers.com

Burmester Audiosysteme

Cabasse

Duntech

Eggleston

Genesis Technologies

Kharma International

Legacy Audio

Meridian Audio

Oswalds Mill Audio

Steinway Lyngdorf

Vandersteen

Void

Wilson Audio

Wilson Benesch

YG Acoustics

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