Bookshelf Speakers for office ~$500

Hi all,

So I managed to get lucky and win a little integrated amp + streamer as part of a giveaway, so I'm looking to put together a small budget system for my home office so will need to pick up some good bookshelf speakers.

I don't want to spend a ton of money on these since they'll mostly just be background music while working, so I'm setting my budget at $500 max (used perfectly ok) though landing under that would be even better.

I've browsed through other threads asking this same question, and most are dealing with much higher price points so the suggestions were above the budget mark. Mostly listening to Jazz and not interested in adding a sub. Will likely end up being wall-mounted.

The amp is 100wpc (8ohm), so should be able to drive most basic bookshelf speakers, I'd think.

Thanks for any recommendations!


Elac,Wharfedale Diamond series,Dali Spektor One all fall well under your max budget & offer decent sound for the $...

brand name    model price   
Polk Audio T15 149
Wharfedale Diamond 12.0 249
Fyne F300 300
Tannoy PLATINUM B6-WH 300
Elac Debut 2.0 B5.2 329
Q Acoustics 3010i 329
KHL Albany ll 349
Paradigm Premier 100B 399
Indiana TESI 261 450
Usher s-520 475
Castle Knight 1 499
Klipsch RP-500M II 500
Triangle Bro2 500


plus there will be lots of open box sales where you may find 7-800 dollar speakers for 500

I would be inclined to buy a used pair of LS 3/5a speakers or the Kef 101 or Linn Kan. You have the amp to run them well and you might be shocked how fantastic they are. ;-) Congrats on your windfall and enjoy the music.

Note i never recommend products i have not heard, i might have missed a few variants of the BBC spec LS3/5a… but  the standard gives me confidence here. I’ve owned both the Kan , Kef and Rogers.