The 10 Best Amplified Speakers
This wiki has been updated 4 times since it was first published in May of 2019. Amplified speakers — also known as active or powered speakers — are equipped with internal amplifiers specifically designed to match the woofers and cones that they're driving. While passive speakers do have their merits, they require an external amp, whereas the models on our list are essentially plug-and-play. We've ranked our picks primarily based on sound quality, cost, value, and reliability. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best amplified speaker on Amazon.
Acoustic Energy AE1 The low-profile appearance of the Acoustic Energy AE1 is the only understated thing about this pair. Its deliciously punchy mid-end, lavish bass, glittering treble, and expansive dynamic range are the result of high-end hardware and expert engineering. This level of audio quality is often unheard of in a powered pair, usually requiring separate audiophile-grade components to attain such high fidelity, but these speakers do it all on their own for under $2000. acoustic-energy.com.uk
May 14, 2019:
Our current list features options ranging from below $100 all the way up to $2,000+. If this is your first foray into the world of amplified speakers, the Edifier R980T have lots of appeal. Aesthetics aside, they are pretty fantastic for the cost. They're also easy to set up, but as soon as you push them, you'll feel their limitations—especially in the low end.
Our #4 pick, the Klipsch R-51PM, balance convenience, quality, and visual appeal at once with their Bluetooth compatibility, high-quality components, and sleek design, meaning that they'd make a great pair of bookshelf speakers in your living room.
The countless awards the KEF LS50 have won are enough to clue you in: they are in a league of their own. Whether you ask audiophiles, clueless consumers who had enough money to buy the LS50 without knowing much about audio systems, or me, we'll all agree that this pair integrates high fidelity sound with the absolute ease of use that one would hope for in the age of streaming. Their many features aside: these speakers sound incredible.