It doesn't matter if you know someone that needs a pair of speakers for their new TV, their gaming rig, their desk, or just something that looks good; we all need good sound in our lives. Thanks to decades of innovation and such, there's now no need to spend too much on a speaker system and our list of the Top 10 under $250 should give you some great gift ideas.
M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Active Studio Monitor Speakers
Starting off with a traditional pair of studio speakers from M-Audio, the Studiophile AV 40 are a great pair of those that want big sound, without the hassle. These are active speakers as well, which means there's no need for an amp or anything like that, they also feature headphone output on the speaker itself, as well as an easily-found volume dial, too.
Harman Kardon SoundSticks 2.1 Speakers with Bluetooth
The Harman Kardon SoundSticks have been around for years now, and they just keep on getting better. This latest pair has Bluetooth built-in to them, so not only can you use them with your PC or Mac setup, or behind the TV, but you can also use them with your smartphone or tablet. An excellent gift for the style-conscious out there, these also sound great as well. In fact, some of the staff here from Android Headlines use these day-in, day-out and love them.
Polk Audio T50 Tower Speaker
Polk Audio is a nice, fairly new firm that is all about bringing back traditional HiFi values without the associated price tag. With their T50 speaker, they offer a classic tower design with lots of drivers included and a traditional HiFi hookup at the base of each speaker. Have them with the grills on or off, the choice is up to the user, and they'll look good beside any TV or as part of a traditional HiFi rack, and they're great value as well.
Audioengine A2+ Active Speakers
The Audioengine name is one that will be familiar for younger enthusiasts as they offer some serious value for money. Their A2+ line of stereo speakers look the part and are available in either black, red or white and they have all the inputs an power onboard so that there's no need for a HiFi amp or something similar. It is a shame that the volume knob is on the rear of one of the speakers, but for this sort of price point, we can't have everything, and the super-clean appearance is a positive one overall.
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Speakers
This set from Klipsch is perhaps more tuned to those that care more about overall sound reproduction than anything else, as they're far from the best-looking pair out there. These are THX certified speakers, which means they should produce some seriously good bass and clear mids for watching movies and will be great for music as a result, too. Great value, these are an unassuming pair for the discerning listener.
Kanto YU2GT Powered Speakers
These speakers from Kanto are a great option for someone that spends a lot of time at their desk, they come in cool colors and have all sorts of inputs, including USB which means they have a built-in DAC (sound card). These are a good brand, and they're not too big, nor are they too small. There's also a sub-woofer out for those that want even more bass without replacing the whole set.
Mackie MR mk3 Series MR5mk3
These Mackie's are similar to other bookshelf speakers in this list, but they're perhaps more tuned towards the music professional than anything else. They look good, but they'd look even better as part of a small studio or recording desk. They're great value as well, and if you don't like this larger size, there are different sizes available, too.
Arion Legacy 3 Piece Speaker System
If you know someone that just needs more power, and a look that will kill, then the Arion system is the way to go. There's a 166 Watts of total power here, with a dedicated control box that has lots of inputs and a tone control for bass and treble. These are described as "bone crushing" for their bass reproduction, but we're willing to be that they're at least fairly loud. Plus, they look both edgy and sophisticated at the same time, if that were possible.
Sony SSCS5 3-Way 3-Driver Speaker System
Sony have been known for their audio prowess for years now, and if you know someone that is all about their music, then they'll appreciate a 3-way driver system like this. They're a little taller than they are wide, but they have a dedicated tweeter for really hith tones as well as a larger one for not so high notes. This allows them to reproduce everything pretty well.
Harman Kardon 2.1-Channel Speaker System
A more conservative system than the Arion, this offering from Harman Kardon is classy, understated and well, great for someone that enjoys simple looks and a neat setup. They should sound great as well, thanks to Harman Kardon's great history in sound reproduction over the years.