Working to a budget doesn’t mean you need to miss out this Christmas. Everyone deserves great sound in their lives, so here we have our top picks for fantastic hi-fi speakers – for under £200!
We promise not to spill the beans if you do go slightly over budget, though…
Ever the budget wonder, Wharfedale are our first offering for a bargain speaker. Whilst they might be small in stature, the Diamond 9.0 are a low-priced heavyweight when it comes to bang for your buck. Perfect for those with little room to spare but with dreams of great sound quality, the 9.0 are ready to rock if you are!
One of the longest standing names in speaker design, Mordaunt Short have a real pedigree in the industry. The M20 are front ported design, which makes them great for those who need to back their system and speakers up close to a rear wall. This front port also means you’ll get good, solid bass response, and like the Wharfedale’s above, they’re a fairly compact design, too. If your current speakers lack a bit of ‘oomph’, these Mordaunt Short’s are well worth an audition.
What Hi-Fi? award-winners in their day, these Q Acoustic speakers are a fantastic proposition for the current going rate. Featuring a 5″ drive unit and the same silk-dome tweeter found in their much pricier ‘Concept’ range, the 2020i offer fantastic levels of details and instrument separation, as well as a wide and deep soundstage. These would be a real upgrade to many a system.
A second entry for Wharfedale on this system, and another 5-star winning speaker to add to our list. The Diamond 220 is a larger bookshelf design, using a cabinet size that allows for great low-end frequency performance. The 220’s also feature some clever cabinetry work, with MDF being used to ‘sandwich’ in particle board, giving improved rigidity and superior damping to similarily-priced models. A woven ‘Kevlar’ drive unit is the icing on the proverbial cake, giving tight, punchy bass to go alongside the sultry top-end.
We thought we’d throw in something of a curveball to round out the list, squeezing in a top notch set of floorstanders for under two hundred quid! The phrase ‘go big or go home’ is often used by hi-fi afficionados, and if you’ve got an understanding spouse (and neighbours!), there’s no better way to get the party started than with a big ol’ set of floorstanders. These Missions are packing in TWO bass drive units, so they’re really capable of shifting some air when needed. They can be delicate when called upon, too, though, so they’ll sound just as good with quieter classical pieces as they will with some funky house.
All of these speakers and many more are available for demonstration in your local store now. Call or pop in to your local branch today to experience our huge range for yourself. Alternatively for more information you can call our Telesales team on 0333 900 0093.
Author – Chris, Liverpool store