One thing this series of reviews has taught us is that when the budget gets low, the priorities of the engineers for what a loudspeaker should do becomes starker since the design trade-offs become more severe. How much should be invested in the crossover circuit? How much should be invested in the drivers? Or the cabinet? Designers have to carefully weigh the benefits of investing in any one of these areas since they are operating on such a slim components budget.
However, because the engineering trade-offs become so sharp, designers have to focus on just getting a few essential area rights, and this gives each speaker its strength, so the distinct advantages and disadvantages that each of these speakers has is more clear.
That isn’t quite the case at higher price points where the differences between the same classes of speakers are not as distinct. The bottom line here is that just because you don’t have a lot of money to invest in a sound system doesn’t mean you can’t have good sound. Buyers have to decide on what aspect of sound quality and setup is most important to them, although that is true of speaker systems of any price range.
While none of these speakers is flawless, they all accomplish what they set out to do through resourceful engineering. With some care and a little bit of homework, a very nice audio setup can be had for an extremely modest sum. After carefully judging all the bookshelf speakers in the price range selected by us, it can be fairly said that our research can help you in deciding on what to invest your funds in. All the reviewed speakers are great in their sense and are all worth the splurge, but let’s arrange them into categories.