10 Best Speakers For Vinyl in 2021
Hundreds of speakers here at Music Critic, we're going to look solely at those fitted for your record player in today's reviews, so sit back and brace for the 10 best vinyl speakers in 2020.
Vinyl was once an endangered technology, highly regarded by a few with old souls and nostalgic tastes, but has made a real comeback in modern times. Vinyl also wins our hearts because it has a more genuine analogue audio vibe than a digital representation that is compressed. An MP3 does not do any justice to the track, for instance, as the record producers heard it on the final cut in the studio.
View The Best Speakers For Vinyl Below
1. JBL Studio 230
With a higher-end 2-way class pair that will definitely please the audiophiles hiding out there we are kick-starting our reviews.
A sublime sound is provided by the seductive 230 pairs from the JBL 10-piece Studio series, a mid-range priced collection of bookshelf loudspeakers, forged with quality parts to provide pristine audio, considering their stature, at genuinely loud volumes.
The specifics are extremely crisp, and there is a great presence on the bass. The 6.5-inch PolyPlas front-firing midrange driver offers pitch-perfect vocal clarity, combined with its iconic Master Reference Monitor's famous 1-inch CMMD Lite tweeter. They work exceptionally well together and you get accurate cinematic sound in conjunction with the built-in High Definition Imaging waveguide design technology.
- + 2-way Premium Tier Pair.
- + Amp requirement of 20-150watts
- + Bass port for rear shooting.
Why We Liked It:They are undoubtedly true to the audio played, and are space-filling bookshelf loudspeakers of studio quality, but they will eventually cost you a few hundred bucks for the privilege.
2. Klipsch RP-160M
This lovely collection from Klipsch, which sits in the same price region and features the same state of the art technology, enclosure tuning, and premium sound to compete head to head with the 230s of the JBL Studio, will be a great comparative pair.
Their new and improved design means taking advantage of a groundbreaking overhaul that sees one of their most famous lines revamped by their top engineering experts to blow the competition completely out of the water.
A hybrid version of the Klipschs 90 x 90 TracTrix Horn is now available. It is paired with a titanium dome with one of their hallmark Linear Travel Suspension tweeters. The geometry of the TracTrix horns guides the displaced air through a circular hole which changes shape quickly to become a square/rectangular shape. This allows the tweeters to outperform many other high-frequency compression drivers even more efficiently by funnelling the air out.
A ceramic/metallic blended woofer is coupled with the tweeter, which also integrates spun copper into its lightweight rigid cone construction. The bass drivers are highly efficient because the same geometrical principal from the TracTrix horn technology is used by the enclosure port.
They feature solid but flexible grilles that are removable and magnetically connected.
- + Premium speaker for 2-way class.
- + Combining the TracTrix horn with a tweeter.
- + Port TracTrix.
Why We Liked It:It's a groundbreaking masterpiece that offers some of a woofer/tweeter combo's most perfect audio representation.
3. Edifier R2000DB
Next up is an impressive pair of Edifier bookshelf speakers, which you might already be acquainted with if you have followed our speaker reviews as we featured them in our 10 Best Bookshelf Speakers article before. They also made an appearance under $1000 article in our top 10 best bookshelf speakers as well as we truly believe that they hold their own 3 or 4 times their price against competition.
They are a driven pair with digital optical and coaxial links for input/output as well as Bluetooth communication, the icing on the cake.
The bass is powered by a 5" metal alloy cone woofer that is highly sensitive and suitably surrounded to protect against distortion. They are 2-way graded. They have newly produced Eagle Eye tweeters from Edifiers, which are 25 mm and silk domed, with a cutting-edge optical processing circuit. The DSP helps to improve the natural sounding audio convergence, well established with great bass.
The onboard DSP has been modernised for all the circuitry, is high quality and hand in hand with its built-in Dynamic Range Control effectively removes distortion.
You can connect 2 devices simultaneously, and it has flexible dual connections, optical and RCA inputs, and Bluetooth pairing capabilities. With a cutting-edge digital processing circuit, the controls are user-friendly. The DSP helps to improve the natural sounding audio convergence, well established with great bass.
The cabinet features a ported configuration and benefits and has been correctly calibrated to the specifications of the edifiers premium line.
The controls are conveniently located on the active speaker on an easy-to-access side panel and allow tonal adjustment (2-band EQ). Through a free remote control, you can also change levels.
They have a broad response to frequency and low impedance. They have a peak RMS of a combined 42 watts.
- + Relations dual.
- + Tweeters at Eagle Eye.
- + Elevated efficiency.
Why We Liked It:They are well designed and feature an effective definition of design topped with quality components as well as technology. Their advanced DSP developments give them an advantage over their rivals. For a 2-way class package, very natural sounding highs and rich bright mids, the sound is fantastically balanced.
4. JBL Arena B15
You may want to feast your eyes on this strong pair from the JBL Arena series, which sits amazingly just above the 100-dollar mark, for something with an even lower price-tag that still offers great value for money.
It also thrives on the same acquisition of high definition imaging wave-guide technology borrowed from the iconic Master Reference Display, which is endowed with the studio range model we opened our reviews with.
A 5.5" poly-cellulose woofer, which is flexible but durable with an optimised surface area, married to a 1" soft dome tweeter, is used in the 2-way class set-up.
Thanks to their relative crossover circuitry, they perform incredibly well and, despite being intended for use in a much larger setup, they make superb stand-alone speakers as the frequency response is very generous.
- + Class 2-way.
- + Sound Balanced.
- + Price affordable.
Why We Liked It:They serve up a very powerful sound and make the technology loaned from their higher end models a real asset, giving them another advantage over priced models that are identical.
5. Edifier S1000DB
The S1000DB is an alternate model from the best-selling Edifiers series, and is a step-up from the others we have tested, as you can probably assume. It is a premium level entry from the edifier engineers, who are currently mostly sold as a collection of speakers for gaming. Now, if you have read our top 10 gaming speakers in the 2020 post, you would have found that the specifications for a good set of gaming speakers set the audio quality sound bar reasonably high to improve the game-play experience of full immersion.
The primary reasons why they have made the grade are the top-quality high-definition sound offered, along with their versatile I/O choices. Currently, the sound is audiophile-level quality and the active speaker's back panel features RCA, Aux, and optical or coaxial connections. It has Bluetooth features as well.
Due to its extended frequency response, it has an impressive low end. A 25mm treble driver coupled to a 5.5' subwoofer to cope with bass sees the 2-way class configuration on this pair. As with its ported enclosure architecture concept, the cutting-edge DSP refinements on-board help to boost the sound further. They are wooden for improved acoustic dampening and are priced about 50 bucks below our premium JBL and Klipsch versions, very competitively.
- + Advanced processing of digital signals.
- + Extended frequency response for bass.
- + Audiophile Sound Quality.
- +120 watts RMS peak.
Why We Liked It :Thanks to the crossover circuitry, the sound is very amazing, they stand alone beautifully, the sound is quite well-balanced and the subwoofer works well, delivering very powerful bass with a strong presence in the mix.
6. Sony SSCS5
Having secured a spot in our 10 best bookshelf speakers post, as well as our round up of the 10 best bookshelf speakers under $500, this next versatile pair are again no strangers to us here at music critic.
They are a newly upgraded variant of the 3-way class with a combination of woofer, tweeter, and super tweeter. The woofer driver is attached to a robust Mica Reinforced Cellular cone. The composite diaphragm's cellular nature helps to increase bass frequencies. It measures 5.2 and offers stronger bass than those in its group.
To maximise description, the tweeters are precisely acoustically tuned. One is 25mm in size and at just 19mm, the newly incorporated, large dispersion super-tweeter is thin. They also integrate sound-absorbing felt into their highly efficient designs to dampen rear sound pressure.
For better resonance, the enclosure features a ported design and is made of wood. They have 100 watts of peak power.
- + Graded 3-way Package.
- + Model revamped.
- + system of 100 watts.
- + Professional level sound from Sony 3-ways.
Why We Liked It :It has a solid build and the MRC cones provide amazing sound. The improvements rocket it into a top contender spot.
7. Polk Audio T15
A home theatre bookshelf speaker pair from Polk Audio now offers another low budget option. The T15s are an incredibly modified re-imagination of their loudspeakers from the Monitor series.
They use a 5.25" composite coned bass driver and a 0.75" silk dome tweeter to create a 2-way, well-defined, dynamically balanced, full-range sound that is capable of producing.
They are housed in solidly designed enclosures with front-firing ports for bass. To ensure absolute low-end transparency with zero distortion, they have been carefully optimised with Polks' patented Dynamic Balance Technology.
They have low impedance and a wide frequency response for their group. They are advertised as ideal front or rear environments for a home system, but they are provided many more applications by their flexible ties. They set up easily and can attach directly to your vinyl for playing.
- + Total peak power of 200 watts.
- + Dynamic Balancing Tech On-board.
- + Vented acoustic wooden enclosure.
Why We Liked It:They are extremely low-priced, have some advanced signal processing within their circuit boundaries and have a number of I/O options that make them another great affordable choice.
8. Klipsch R-15PM
The R-15PM is one of Klipsch's low-priced entry-level models, another collection we keep close to our hearts and build a great pair that provides detailed, full-range sound.
They are labelled as 2-way and feature Klipsch's revolutionary patented TracTrix horn that expels air through a circular opening, which then becomes square along the way.
A high-performance 1" aluminium diaphragm compression driver is attached to the horn. The shape change allows for faster expulsion, effectively making the high-frequency response more effective than a traditional tweeter.
The primary driver is a 5.25-inch copper spun IMG subwoofer that is shielded for mid/bass drives.
They have been specially engineered and are exceptionally well designed with ultra-low noise amplifiers included. They are a powered group of speakers so you don't have to invest in a receiver, and they have flexible wireless, Bluetooth, digital optical inputs, as well as analogue RCA, and USB connectivity options.
- + Flexible choices for I/O.
- + Function with auto-voltage.
- + Compatibility with Bluetooth.
- + Phono pre-amp Incorporated.
Why We Liked It :These guys, among some of the best in their class, are a high-performing set of speakers. Given the level of some of the on-board technology, they are priced very competitively and provide great value for money.
9. Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Designed
This beautiful bookshelf collection designed by famous engineer Andrew Jones is another familiar face, for which we fell head over heels for under $500 item in our best bookshelf speakers.
They are another rated top 2-way set, with a conventional woofer paired to set up a tweeter. Thanks to the refinements and enhancements under Andrew Jones's expertise, each offers value above others in their class and measurements.
To enhance bass capabilities, the 4 "woofer has a newly structured surface, over-sized magnets, and a vented pole piece." The 1-inch soft dome tweeter is effectively powered by high-performance drivers that have been produced using hand-picked composites. For their functional properties, each blend was chosen.
One of its main improvements was its circuitry, featuring a newly designed Complex Crossover 6 portion that blends seamlessly between the two, for audio that has never been so balanced and dynamically described. They have a total handling capability of 80 watts.
- + High performance 19mm top of its class tweeter (2-way).
- + Engineered professionally.
- + Advanced technology crossover.
Why We Liked It:-The style has been carefully calculated, not only are the form and trendy good looks aesthetically appealing but also serve a greater function. They have effectively countered all distortion risks and provide top notch sound.
10. Micca MB42
This budget-friendly passive pair from Micca is the last outstanding option that made our top ten list. They are a lightweight, proudly constructed 2-way class choice in the USA. With great high frequency clarity, the tweeter/woofer combo offers neutral, well balanced audio.
A 4-inch woofer made up of woven carbon fibres is powered by the dedicated bass drivers. To dampen weak resonances, it is seated in a rubber surround. It is improved, offering a lush low end, by its tuned and ported enclosure.
A tiny 0.75" silk dome design tweeter with wide dispersion and precise imaging complements the woofer."
They will need an amplifier or receiver to attach directly to a turntable for use with Vinyl.
- With a dedicated woofer, +2-way class.
- + Ported enclosure for prevention of distortion.
- + Developed in the USA.
Why We Liked It :For those with a smaller budget, they provide an affordable alternative because of their woofer/ tweeter set-up, they have a large frequency response-the bass is fantastic.
Speakers for Vinyl Buying Guide
We have taken your FAQ in this article buyer guide and placed them in 3 main query sections that aim to shed some light on just what you need to know before you purchase.
What to look for in Speakers for Vinyl?
The key requirement is the right connections for input, which is very self-explanatory. You would probably want a high-quality sounding set of speakers if you love your vinyl for its authentic analogue sound. You will be looking at a good 2-way classified pair with reasonable frequency response for a full-range playback. The higher the efficiency of the on-board modules, the better your sound would be. The sound quality of the speakers is significantly influenced by the construction of the enclosure, so you can only look at ported or vented designs to isolate the sound forced forward from the sound in the rear that reverberates and cancels other waves causing distortion.
What kinds of speakers are best for playing Vinyl?
You will probably find that your needs will be better for a bookshelf or studio pair. All of those we looked at today are prime examples of an inexpensive choice of speakers fit for the assignment. Obviously, some passive solutions require an amplifier or receiver to power them and to connect to a record player or turntable.
If you don't already have one, this is an inevitable additional investment, so if you are shopping on a shoestring budget, we advise you to go for a driven pair with the right RCA inputs you can afford.
What tone can I expect with speakers for Vinyl?
A pretty authentic tone can be expected from a decent collection of well-engineered speakers, especially if they have been properly housed. Vinyl has a very warm analogue sound of its own, which many crave. Sometimes because of the existence of analogue processing and retro recordings, the sound may seem messy or noisy or distorted. Probably, the messier noise or low rumbling at it was a part of the charm of vinyl. Your CD player uses a laser to read the disc from a distance and there is zero interaction between the player and disc, but the turntable is far more hands-on, so you can find that you hear feedback or hums at high volumes that are actually characteristic of Vinyl records again you can balance the volume at a lower decibel level.
Record players track movements, causing the stylus to move, the grooves in the vinyl, the motion is converted into an electrical signal. This signal triggers the speakers' magnetic field and when interpreted by the speakers, is then effectively amplified and rendered audible.
Record players should be mounted on different speaker surfaces because both function by interpreting vibration changes and can thus hinder one another, which is also why many travel record players sound entirely pants with their own built-in speakers. So to amplify your vinyl, it is necessary to have separately dedicated speakers.
You can find your turntable dirty if the playback is scratchy or your stylus is getting worn out.
For new Vinyl spinning machines, there are a host of speakers out there, including some that have better capabilities for use with retro models. So, if you want to just recall and remember days gone by with the soundtrack of your younger years or want to back up the old album of your family and give it a new digital lease of life, it shouldn't be too taxing to find an ideal set of speakers.
Think about whether or not you want a group of powered speakers directly connected or an amplified passive speaker device, and you're practically halfway there. If you have taken care of determining the classification and set-up you want, power usage is another important factor that needs to be tackled, so your only constraint is unfortunately, but eventually your budget restriction would be.
In today's post, we looked at a fair range of choices, and with a bit of luck, our buyer's guide would have acted as a helpful tool to help you make a great decision.
We advise the JBL Studio 230s if the sound is of key importance to you, they are priced on the higher side, but there is something else about the audio quality. We suggest maybe looking at their 530's if cash is of no real concern.
Did you Know
In reality, your record player's cantilever can use a real diamond to accurately read the vibrations set in the grooves of your vinyl, their hardened make-up means they are more sensitive to the motion but pick up less interference with the background.