If you have a large collection of vinyl records, you likely own a vinyl converter turntable, which lets you play and transfer your music via USB. It's a good way to digitize your music so you can listen to it anywhere. You're likely to get caught up in good tunes and good memories as you listen to each record from your past, and artists still release their music on vinyl today. Your turntable’s built-in speakers can't produce the same full, rich sound that a set of high-quality speakers can.
We considered a few key features as we made our list of the best speakers for vinyl, including the sound quality, size of the speakers and price. The speakers we feature can fill a whole room with sound, but they are small, so if you want the deepest bass possible, you need to buy a subwoofer.
These bookshelf speakers from Klipsch are considered a budget buy, and you can often find them on sale – sometimes up to 50 percent off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Beyond their low price, they are quality speakers for their size. Although some listeners have reported that they sound bright or that the treble comes across as harsh, others have said the high frequencies are crisp but not too much so.
JBL Studio 230
These 6.5-inch bookshelf speakers can turn the room they’re in into a veritable concert hall. This small set retails for about $400, so the speakers are pricier than others on our list. Still, they are definitely worth it for audiophiles who want full sound from a pair of bookshelf speakers. Play your favorite song with small sound details and deep bass to test them for yourself – you won't be disappointed.
Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Designed
If you're looking for a good bargain on speakers from a well-known brand, this Pioneer set is a good bet – on sale, they can cost less than $100. These sharp-looking speakers have prominent bass, which gives your music a warm sound. Not only do they sound great, but they also have a stylish, modern design that works with many decor styles. Keep in mind that at 12.5 inches, they are a bit taller than similar speakers, so they may not actually fit on your bookshelf.
These budget bookshelf speakers have earned a spot on Amazon’s bestseller list. This set of bargain speakers costs less than $100 and often goes on sale. One of the best reasons to buy these speakers is that when you hook them up to your turntable, the sound you hear is as close to the original recording as you can get. The muddiness you may hear when listening to compressed audio files is gone when you listen to vinyl, and these speakers do the songs you love justice.
Polk Audio RTI A1
This set of Polk bookshelf speakers performs better than expected. These budget speakers will set you back about $200, which is a bargain compared to more expensive models that deliver the same clean, rich sound. This is especially true we you listen to uncompressed music, so they are ideal for a turntable setup. They come in your choice of a black or cherry wood finish, so you can match them to your home’s decor.
Wharfedale Diamond 10.1
Although this British manufacturer's products are hard to find in the United States, you can track down a set of its bookshelf speakers online. These speakers will set you back about $350 at the suggested retail price, but it's a price many music lovers are willing to spend. This set of Wharfedale speakers has a warm sound quality that makes hours of listening easy on the ears. The system is especially nice for listening to detailed, uncompressed music, which makes it a great choice for vinyl.
Any of the bookshelf speakers listed above can make your vinyl collection sing. They can fill your room with high-quality sound that shows off the details in vinyl recordings you can’t hear when playing from other media. After you purchase some, keep in mind that all speakers need some break-in time, so play them for a week or so before deciding if they work for your music – as you use them, the inner components become more flexible and produce better sound quality in all frequencies.