What Are the Best Small Space Speakers Under $100?

What Are the Best Small Space Speakers Under $100?

Gregory Han
Jun 26, 2013

I live in a small upstairs apartment and I'm looking for a set of bookshelf speakers that won't take up a lot of room in my all-in-one living room/bedroom/home office. Along with my small space is a matching small budget. Could you recommend a few shelf and desk friendly speakers for under $100? I already have a receiver, so all I need right now are the speakers to complete the setup...

Sent by Jay Y.

Micca Motion Series MB42 Bookshelf Speakers: With a 4" carbon fiber woofer and a silk dome tweeter fit into a compact 9.5" x 5.8" x 6.5" enclosure, these modest sized speakers seem to far outperform their under $50/pair price tag. Amazon reviewers note "excellent fit and finish" with a "clean sound", "rich with detail", often mentioned as moving past the once heralded Dayton Audio B652's as the best small bookshelf speakers available today (reviewers cite a parts source change, affecting the Dayton's performance). $49.95

Sony SS-B1000 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers: if you're still a believer of "Sony is no baloney", the SS-B1000 offers a more refined presentation than the Micca Motions up above for a $20 bill more. The 120-Watt maximum input power reaches high, but you'll unlikely need to take advantage of its full potential in a small space. Reviews online note these units do a a more than serviceable job at reproducing a deep rich bass sound despite the petite 7.1" x 10.1" x 6.7" size. $69.00

Monoprice 6 1/2 Inches 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers: if price comes before performance and size, then you'll have to keep an eye out for the availability/restock of these perplexingly cheap speakers from online electronics discounter, Monoprice (they're available for a bit of markup via Amazon). At 15.2" x 9.3" x 13.3" these bookshelf speakers are going to be a space hog on top of a desk, but the $28.03 price tag, 80 watts of max input power, and reviews of "very listenable" performance make these a truly smart buy for budget buyers. $28.03

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