There are quite a number of speakers on the market that are great for two-channel listening as well as home theater without breaking the bank. Some people may be overwhelmed with the variety or may not be familiar with some speaker manufacturers, in particular, the internet direct brands. Typically, ID brands tend to be on the higher priced end, as they are usually engineered and manufactured with quality products and more attention to detail. Read our Internet Direct Speaker Comparison article for more information. There are some gems out there that are accessible from big box stores, but the majority of the quality products are only available for purchase online. Some ID products are also available through third party purchase via some big box stores.
We’ve narrowed down a list of speakers, in no particular order, that can be used for the budgeting audiophile for a quality two-channel desktop (or bookshelf system) and home theater system for under $1000 when a subwoofer is added.