Holiday Gift Guide 2015 - 2016: Top 10 Best Speaker Systems Under $500

Speakers can be a big part of a HiFi system, a computer setup or just a simple TV setup. Just as we did for speaker systems under $250, we've put together a list of speaker systems under $500, focusing mostly on stereo and 2.1 systems. Those looking for surround sound setups can check out our other guide for that sort of thing! So, let's get started.

Bose 301-V Stereo Loudspeakers

The Bose name is one that people will recognize with a certain signature sound, and these bookshelf speakers are no different. The 301 set has a slightly different look to them, and while they're a little clinical for some people's tastes, they're incredibly accurate and detailed. A good performer all round, these will pair with whatever receiver you have to hand.

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Wharfedale - Denton 80th Anniversary Bookshelf Speakers

For something a little more traditional and classic, these Wharfedale options are great for those looking for that classic HiFi look but with a modern sound to them. With tight and punchy bass, clear and playing highs, these Denton Bookshelf speakers look good with or without their grill and there's a lot of versatility here as well. A classic option with a modern soul, these are well worth looking into.

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JBL L830 3-Way High Performance 6-Inch Bookshelf Loudspeakers

JBL speakers are often renowned for their precision and tight bass response, and these 3-way options will deliver that and then some. With two tweeters for the most accurate high response, the L830 not only look like a modern pair of speakers, but they sound like a modern pair as well. While they nearly top out our budget here, they more than make up for it in how they sound.

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Edifier USA Spinnaker Media Speaker System

Now for something a little different, the Edifier Spinnaker system is definitely a stereo pair for those more concerned with form, than function. They look great, but they also sound good as well. These are a pair for someone that want a good-looking pair of speakers for their TV or office setup, and they really look the part.

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Creative T4W 2.1 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker System

Speaking of computers, this set from Creative is great for gamers, a simple office setup and more thanks to its Bluetooth input and remote control. These would well as part of smaller TV setup and thanks to Creative's history of accurate sound reproduction these will work well in any genre or type of movie that people want to watch or listen to.

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Cambridge Audio Aero 2 Bookshelves (Walnut)

Cambridge Audio is a name that has been around in HiFi for some time now, and if there was any brand that could do Walnut speakers in a modern look it's this British firm. a classic two-way pair that have a warmer tone to them, these will suit any sort of setup and they'll do all your favorite music justice, too.

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Klipsch RB-61 II Reference Series Bookshelf Loudspeakers

Klipsch has been known for multimedia speakers for a long time now, and with this pair, the company offers up a wide soundstage and the flexibility to space them apart wherever you want to put them. They could do with some more accurate bass response, but considering their price and looks, these are a great pair to choose from nonetheless.

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Bose Companion 5 Multimedia Speaker System

The Bose Companion line has been around for a few years now, and they're a great option for a gaming or computer setup while offering a classy and sophisticated look at the same time. They sound precise and with the subwoofer they offer up good bass as well. They might be a little pricey, but the Bose name is one that offers up precision and reliability always.

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Polk Audio RTI A3 Bookshelf Speakers

Polk Audio, an American brand known for some classic HiFi as well as some more modern products have a great Bookshelf Speaker set here in the RTI A3. It's got a classic modern look to it and it won't disappoint when it comes to overall sound quality, either. A good price for something like this, fans of the American brand shouldn't be disappointed when looking at something like this.

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Onkyo SKF-4800 2-Way Bass Reflex Floor-standing Speakers

For those in need of something a little more serious, these floor-standing speakers from Japanese HiFi brand Onkyo should do the trick. With oodles of power and two woofers to deliver room-filling sound, these will be great for a small home theater setup or just for an excellent HiFi setup that gets loud and precise.

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