Bookshelf Speakers

Bookshelf Speakers

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Immersive sound comes in many shapes and sizes. The best bookshelf speakers bring music and movies to life with crisp, natural sound, exciting dynamics, room-filling bass, and pristine clarity even when played at loud volumes. Because of their compact size, bookshelf speakers can be placed on furniture or mounted on stands as front left/right, center channel, or surround sound speakers.

SVS Prime and Ultra Series bookshelf speakers deliver a thrilling and immersive audio experience for stereo and home theater systems. Considered among the best bookshelf speakers at any price, SVS exceeds expectations with stunning fidelity and flawless build quality.

Best Bookshelf Speakers: Prime Bookshelf and Ultra Bookshelf

Prime Bookshelf
Rated 4.84868421052632 out of 5 stars and 152 reviews
Punching well above their class with breathtaking clarity, detail, and dynamics, the Prime Bookshelf speaker fills a room with pristine sound and impactful bass. Perfect for stereo listening, as su...

$ 299.99

each speaker

  • Tweeter | 1"
  • Midrange | N/A
  • Woofer | 6.5"
  • Freq. Response | 48 Hz-25 kHz (±3 dB)
  • Dimension | 13.2” (H) 8” (W) 9.4” (D)

$ 299.99 each speaker

Ultra Bookshelf
Rated 4.92827004219409 out of 5 stars and 237 reviews
Reference bookshelf speaker renders effortless full-range sound and expansive soundstage with pitch-perfect accuracy. Custom drivers, SoundMatch crossover, and optimized cabinet geometry highlight ...

$ 399.99 $ 599.99

each speaker

  • Tweeter | 1"
  • Midrange | N/A
  • Woofer | 6.5"
  • Freq. Response | 45 Hz-32 kHz (±3 dB)
  • Dimension | 15" (H) 8.5" (W) 10.9" (D)

$ 399.99 $ 599.99 each speaker

Prime Satellite
Rated 4.89777777777778 out of 5 stars and 225 reviews
Big sound from a compact cabinet, the Prime Satellite speaker punches well above its class with impressive dynamics and pinpoint accuracy. Serves perfectly in a 5.1 home theater as surrounds or fro...

$ 174.99

each speaker

  • Tweeter | 1"
  • Midrange | 4.5"
  • Woofer | N/A
  • Freq. Response | 69 Hz-25 kHz (±3 dB)
  • Dimension | 8.85” (H) 4.9” (W) 6.3” (D)

$ 174.99 each speaker

Prime Wireless Pro Powered Speaker Pair
Rated 4.61764705882353 out of 5 stars and 34 reviews
Breathtaking wireless sound from a powered stereo speaker pair. SVS Prime Wireless Pro delivers immersive, reference quality sound via a vast array of connectivity choices with a user-friendly cont...

$ 899.99


$ 899.99


Yes, bookshelf speakers can be an excellent choice for listening to music. While smaller in size compared to floor-standing or tower speakers, the best bookshelf speakers can produce full-range sound that covers the majority of the frequency spectrum for music. If you like hip-hop, EDM, pipe organ or other styles of music with heavy bass tracks, you may consider adding a subwoofer to reinforce the low frequencies. As their name implies, bookshelf speakers are designed to be placed on bookshelves, speaker stands, AV cabinets or other elevated surfaces, which helps to optimize their sound dispersion and imaging.

Yes. Quality bookshelf speakers are a significant upgrade over TV speakers and soundbars as they deliver a broader soundstage, better clarity, and more exciting dynamics for music, movies, and TV shows. Built-in TV speakers offer very little bass and often make it difficult to hear dialogue and vocals. Passive bookshelf speakers will require an AV receiver or amplifier to power them, but you can also consider powered bookshelf speakers that include internal amplifiers and HDMI inputs for connecting directly to a TV.

A bookshelf speaker is a compact loudspeaker that is specifically designed to maximize sound in small to medium sized spaces for home theater and stereo music applications. They’re generally placed on a shelf, speaker stands, or other pieces of furniture to blend and as the front left and right speakers. Many users will also place them on stands as rear or side surrounds when setting up a 5.1 or other surround sound system or as the mains in a 2-channel desktop speaker system.

Many audiophiles and HiFi fans prefer bookshelf speakers for their systems because the smaller size makes them easier to place and produces more transparent sound, so the output fills a room naturally, giving you a sense of being in the middle of the music. They can be pulled away from a wall and placed on stands to increase the sense or spaciousness with a broader soundstage and more accurate imaging. Bookshelf speakers also require less amplification than floorstanders and the tweeters can easily be aligned at ear level for the most convincing sonic output possible.

SVS Speaker Design Philosophy

When designing high performance loudspeakers, even the smallest details have acoustic consequences. Our engineers scrutinize every build material, cabinet angle, engineering process and measurement to achieve a level of audio excellence that is unmistakably SVS.

In this two-part “Understanding Speakers” video series, SVS President Gary Yacoubian explores how an idea becomes an SVS speaker in Part One and offers tips for choosing the best bookshelf speaker or any loudspeaker in Part Two.

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