Stereo speakers don't have to cost a fortune to sound good. Here is a list of the best floorstanding and bookshelf stereo speakers under $500 per pair with price comparisons
Polk Audio is one of the biggest names in speakers for home audio. The M10 is a two-way bookshelf speaker with a 5.25" woofer and .75" dome tweeter in a ported enclosure. They're finished in Black Ash vinyl. They're ideal for a bedroom, den or dorm room and they've received high ratings from customers. The Polk Audio M10 bookshelf speakers are a real bargain at $99.99 per pair.
The Sony SSF5000 is a three-way speaker with an 8" Kevlar woofer, a 3.25" midrange and 1" dome tweeter. Kevlar is one of the best materials for a speaker cone because it is lightweight and rigid, ideal for good bass response. The Sony speakers are a good choice for a main stereo system or a bedroom or den and are priced at $159.98 per pair, a real value.
Yamaha is well known for its fine musical instruments and home audio components and the same workmanship and quality goes into their speakers. The NS125FPN is a two-way ported speaker with two 3" woofers and a 1" dome tweeter. The slim, stylish enclosures are a great match for a flat panel TV. Priced at $299.99 per pair.
Monitor Audio is a British speaker manufacturer known for their exceptional engineering and speaker designs. The BR2 is part of the company's entry-level Bronze Reference Line. The BR-2 a two-way bass reflex bookshelf speaker with a 6.5-inch woofer and a 1-inch tweeter. The BR2 is a fine loudspeaker and an outstanding value. Priced at $399 per pair, they offer excellent performance, construction quality and would make a great speaker for a small to medium sized stereo or home theater system. Good things do come in small packages and the Monitor Audio BR2 would be a smart choice for a stereo system priced below $1,000 when combined with a mid-priced receiver or amplifier. Read my full review of the Monitor Audio BR-2 Speakers.