Best Speakers 2020

Best Speakers 2020

Elac Debut B5.2

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SPECIFICATIONS

Speaker terminals: Single | Mid/bass driver: 5.25cm | Tweeter: 25mm | Sensitivity: 86dB/W/m | Dimensions: 34 x 18 x 23cm (HxWxD) |

Reasons to Buy

Detailed and organised sound
Solid build
Unfussy nature

Reasons to Avoid

Tough competition

Elac’s moderate standmounters are splendid performers for the cash. Strong and unfussy about situation, the Debut B5.2s have the dynamic articulation, detail and apparent advancement to deal with anything you toss at them – also enough stretch in their capacities to improve significantly further when snared to a top of the line framework.

The changed 5.25cm mid/bass unit utilizes another mix of aramid strands for the cone, joined with an alternate shape to improve solidness and damping, while the tweeter guarantees a top-end reaction of 35kHz, adding a lot of shimmer to procedures.

Apparently, they don’t have the tasty midrange warmth of the practically identical Dalis (underneath), however they’re commendably adjusted and fit for making the best of any account – even those of low quality.

Elac has been in the speaker business since the 1980s and has made many fine items in that time. Any reasonable person would agree that these new Debut B5.2 speakers ought to be viewed as one of the organization’s earnest attempts. For such a cash, they’re outstanding.

B&W 606

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SPECIFICATIONS

Sensitivity: 88 dB/w/m | Driver: Continuum 16.5cm mid/bass, 25mm tweeter | Impedance: 8ohms | Max power handling: 120W | Speaker terminals: bi-wire | Dimensions: 34.5 x 19 x 34cm (HXWxD)

Reasons to Buy

Smart, stylish design
Brilliantly balanced sound
Dynamic and detailed

Reasons to Avoid

Nothing of not

The B&W 606 bookshelf speakers feature a typically smart design, come in the perfect medium-sized speaker form, and ultimately deliver an exciting, engaging and perfectly-poised sound.

Building on the all-conquering B&W 685 S2s, the five-star 606s are set to be an even bigger hit. Like other speakers in the esteemed company’s 600 range, these use B&W’s Continuum cone technology, as seen on the company’s more expensive models. Since this is the cheapest range on which the material appears, the 606s are something of a bargain.

Around the back of the speaker, you’ll see B&W’s Flowport vent and a pair of twin banana plugs for bi-wiring. We found build quality to be excellent throughout, as reflected in the premium price.

A great size and price for anyone with more than a passing interest in music, the 606s will breathe new life into cherished recordings. Their faultless timing, excellent insight and stirring dynamics deliver an upbeat, energetic punchy and punchy performance.

If your budget allows it, the 606s will reward with class-leading levels of detail.

Fyne Audio F302

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SPECIFICATIONS

Sensitivity: 90dB/w/m | Impedance: 8ohms | Type: Two-way, rear ported | Max power handling: 120W | Mid/bass driver: 15cm | Tweeter: 25mm | Dimensions: 93 x 19 x 27cm (HXWXD)

Reasons to Buy

Full-bodied, entertaining sound
Fantastic timing and dynamic range
Plenty of low-end presence

Reasons to Avoid

Need some care in system-matching

Although in its infancy as a brand, Fyne’s seven-strong management team represents a kind of supergroup of industry minds. It has more than 200 years of experience – and delivers results that total the sum of its parts, if the first of its loudspeakers to arrive in our test rooms are anything to go by.

It’s rare to find a pair of sub-£500 floorstanders able to compete in every respect with the wealth of quality standmount speakers available at the same price, but the F302s manage to tick all the boxes and more.

Superb all-rounders, they feature a two-way, rear-ported design that houses a 25mm polyester dome tweeter and 15cm multi-fibre mid/bass driver in each cabinets. Build quality is impressive for the money, with a choice of understated wood-effect finishes – described by Fyne as ‘superior vinyl’.

Overall, the company has done a sterling job of balancing sound quality with affordability. If you want a pair of floorstanders that won’t break the bank, look no further.

Ruark Audio MR1 Mk2

Best-speakers-2020

SPECIFICATIONS

aptX Bluetooth: Yes | Inputs: Optical, line in | Output: Subwoofer | Dimensions: 17 × 13 × 13.5cm (HxWxD)

Reasons to Buy

Stunningly musical sound
Subtle dynamics
Stylish, compact design

Reasons to Avoid

No USB input

We cherished the first Ruark Audio MR1 wireless work area speakers when they rose in 2013. The retro looks, the instinctive design, the wonderful Bluetooth sound – it was a triumphant mix that earned two progressive What Hi-Fi? Grants.

For some time the MR1s were brought down from their roost by the beautiful KEF Eggs. Be that as it may, it wouldn’t have been long until Ruark Audio uncovered the MR1 Mk2. What’s more, sufficiently certain, Ruark Audio is back intensely, having recaptured its crown for the most recent few years.

These minimized shelf speakers are stuffed with highlights and enormously flexible. Bluetooth adept X dynamic permits you to stream music to the speakers in CD-like sound quality, an optical inpt implies they’re effectively associated with a TV. Lean toward simple? You can generally utilize the AUX contribution to accomplice them with a turntable or plug in certain earphones.

The progression up in performance in great, and the Ruark MR1 Mk2s figure out how to be much more engaging than their antecedents. Simply, these are amazing speakers in case you’re shy of room.