Finding The Best Vintage Speakers of 2019

By Glen / September 5, 2019

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Are you looking for modern speakers with great sound quality, but also vintage speakers in terms of the style and design of them? Today we have what can be considered the 5 best vintage speakers of 2019, so let’s take a closer look at them.


Best Vintage Speakers: Reviews

1. Fluance SX6W High Definition Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeakers

Fluance SX6W High Definition Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeakers - Natural Walnut
  • Premium components ensure serious performance, natural sound and great reliability at an exceptional value; Bookshelf speaker configuration for full range sound in any application; Designed for use as front main or home theater surround speakers
  • Audio grade MDF wood construction to reduce cabinet resonance; Ultra high-end Neodymium tweeters provide accurate high frequency response; Ferro-fluid cooled tweeter for longer life

If you are on the hunt for a very high-quality pair of old-school and vintage speakers, these Fluance SX6W High Definition Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeakers are a great option to look into, and they don’t cost that much.

Review

So, the Fluance SX6W High Definition Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeakers feature some pretty good sound quality, especially for a smaller space. They feature a woofer with a 5-inch polymer-treated driver with a butyl rubber surround, a 1-inch fluid-cooled soft-domed tweeter, and more.

The Fluance SX6W High Definition Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeakers have a wide range of frequency response and great sensitivity too.

In terms of a cost-effective vintage speaker that won’t kill your budget, but will provide you with great highs and lows, clear treble, and deep bass, these Fluance SX6W High Definition Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeakers are definitely a top choice.

What we also like is that they feature a natural walnut wood enclosure, so they look vintage and will fit nicely with an old-school décor. Moreover, they are not so large that you won’t be able to fit them on most normal bookshelves.

What you also get are premium crossovers that feature the Butterworth design for audio equalization, as well as 18-gauge internal lead wire to reduce signal degradation.

For such a low price, you do get a nice looking pair of vintage bookshelf speakers that actually deliver some fairly high-quality sound.

Pros

  • Cost effective
  • Look very nice
  • Space friendly
  • Decent sound quality

Cons

Limited durability

Best for

As we have said above, vintage speakers are a product that is not for each and everyone – this particular model is great for you people on a tight budget that want to feel how music was once listened to.

2. Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers

Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers - 2.0 Active Near Field Monitors - Studio Monitor Speaker - Wooden Enclosure - 42 Watts RMS
  • 2 x AUX INPUT - Convenient connection to any device that has a 3.5mm headphone output or dual RCA output. Connect to two devices via AUX at the same time, no plugging and switching needed.
  • STUDIO SOUND QUALITY - Natural sound reproduction from 13mm silk dome tweeter and 4 inch full range unit

This is another very affordable pair of bookshelf speakers which feature a vintage design, the Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers, which manage to deliver a surprising amount of quality considering the fairly low price.

Review

The Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers feature a classic MDF wood finish with light and dark mesh design, which should work well with most vintage home décor.

What’s nice about these speakers is that they also don’t take up too much space, so you should be able to easily fit them anywhere you want to put them.

Something else that stands out about the Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers is that they come with precise control features. The sides of the speakers feature a little control panel with 3 dials which you can use to easily change the sound settings.

Of course, you can adjust the volume here, as well as the bass and treble. In case you don’t want to have to get up to make adjustments every time, the Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers also comes with a remote control for your convenience.

The Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers feature a pretty good sound quality.

Now, they are not the biggest, loudest, or most expensive option, but for their fairly low price, they do work more than well enough. They do have a 4-inch bass driver, which is not the biggest out there, but it does still provide for a fairly decent bass sound.

These are the kind of speakers that work well for smaller and enclosed spaces like a living room.

Pros

  • Very nice looking
  • Portable and space friendly
  • Precise controls
  • Decent quality for a low price

Cons

  • Not the loudest
  • Limited durability

Best for

Unlike the previously mentioned model, these particular speakers are great if you are always changing places for example from the comfort of your home to your studio and you want to have a proper vintage audio interface always there with you.

3. Retro Wireless Bluetooth Radio Speaker

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Retro Wireless Bluetooth Radio Speaker - Classic Vintage Style Audio Sound Receiver System w/Built-in Stereo Speakers, USB, SD Card Slot, AUX, RCA, MP3, AM/FM Tuner - Pyle PUNP34BT
  • CLASSIC RETRO STYLE: Pyle Vintage Radio Sound system combines yesterday's classic style w/ today's modern technology. Will surely take you back in time to bring you the ultimate music experience. Features elegant vintage replica crafted sound system
  • BLUETOOTH-COMPATIBLE: The classic radio features built-in bluetooth wireless music streaming w/ range of over 30 ft. Works w/ today's latest devices including iPhone, Android, iPad, tablets, laptops and computers with hassle-free receiver pairing

Alright, here we are mixing the old with the new, because the Retro Wireless Bluetooth Radio Speaker has many features which you would expect to find with a modern and advanced speaker, yet it looks like an old-time radio, which we think is rather cool.

Review

The Retro Wireless Bluetooth Radio Speaker looks super awesome because it’s made of wood, it has a light brown color, and it looks like an old radio from the 1950s or 60s.

It’s got a really cool design that works well with vintage décor and will bring any room back to a more nostalgic era. What’s nice here is that although the Retro Wireless Bluetooth Radio Speaker does not cost all that much, it’s actually quite durable. It’s made with some very high-quality components that should be able to withstand the test of time.

Something else that really stands out about the Retro Wireless Bluetooth Radio Speaker is that it is very small and portable. You can easily carry it with one hand and fit it in a backpack. It’s quite a handy option.

It also features built-in dual stereo speakers, so the sound quality is alright. No, the volume is not the loudest, nor is the bass the deepest, but for such a small speaker, it’s still quite impressive.

There is also the fact that it has multiple connection modes including Bluetooth, AUX, USB, RCA, and more, so you can connect virtually any device to it without difficulty.

Pros

  • Very small and portable
  • Decent sound for the price
  • Looks absolutely awesome
  • Durably built

Cons

Sound quality is not as good as bookshelf speakers

Best for

If you are not all about the sound quality but you are rather invested in the concept of vintage speakers and the appearance of them, then this product is a great choice for you.

4. Marshall Acton M-ACCS-10127 Acton Speaker

Marshall Acton M-ACCS-10127 Acton Speaker, Cream
  • Portable Bluetooth player with 40W output
  • Classic Marshall design details

If you are on the hunt for a fairly portable speaker, one that you can take with you on the go, one that is very durable, and has awesome sound quality, the Marshall Acton M-ACCS-10127 Acton Speaker is a good one to keep in mind.

Yes, it is by far the most expensive vintage looking speaker on our list so far, but also the best in our opinion.

Review

The Marshall Acton M-ACCS-10127 Acton Speaker is a fairly small speaker that comes weighs approximately 6 pounds and consists of quite a small package.

It’s one of those little speaker amps that you can easily fit in your backpack and take with you no matter where you go, which is a big bonus if you are an active person that likes taking your tunes with you.

The Marshall Acton M-ACCS-10127 Acton Speaker comes with a dual-ended AUX cable, which is how you can connect to all of your devices, but no, it does not feature Bluetooth or wireless connection capabilities.

It looks like an old-school amp and speaker combination and it features a durable cream colored outer shell that should keep it safe.

Now, this is a HI-FI speaker, and even though it is small, it manages to really put out a whole lot of volume, plus the bass quality is pretty good too. What we have to say is that it’s by far the highest quality speaker so far on our list today.

Pros

  • Awesome sound quality
  • Very small and portable
  • Durable

Cons

Expensive

Best for

If you have a more flexible budget, and you want to make your investment worthwhile, then getting these portable, durable and powerful vintage speakers is a smart decision!

5. Toshiba TY-CWU700 Vintage Style Wood Speaker System

Here we actually have a fully functional CD player and audio-streaming speaker that can be used for many different purposes. It’s surprising how many features the Toshiba TY-CWU700 Vintage Style Wood Speaker System has considering how little it costs.

Review

The Toshiba TY-CWU700 Vintage Style Wood Speaker System features Bluetooth compatibility, so you can easily connect your devices to it, plus it also supports playing music from a USB drive, and it comes with AUX connectivity, not to mention that it also has a built-in CD player. The fact of the matter is that you can play music using many different devices.

It’s not a portable option, and it’s designed strictly for home use, but with that being said, it does feature a really good audio quality, which is obviously quite important.

It’s not the No. 1 loudest speaker out there, and maybe the bass could be a bit better, but for the low price, we think that the sound quality here is more than acceptable. The Toshiba TY-CWU700 Vintage Style Wood Speaker System also comes with a remote control, onboard controls, and a nice LED display.

Pros

  • Very nice looking
  • Play music from multiple sources
  • Decent sound quality for the price
  • Built-in CD player

Cons

Could be louder

Best for

Vintage speakers are best for people that enjoy listening to powerful and clean sounds but are not enthusiasts when it comes to modern and simple designs. A vintage speaker will look great in an interior designed by a person who enjoys retro and antique furniture.


Summary

It really depends what you want here. If you want a small and portable vintage speaker, the Retro Wireless Bluetooth Radio Speaker is a nice option, and if you want better sound quality for a higher price, the Marshall Acton M-ACCS-10127 Acton Speaker is a good choice too.

If you want a full stereo system with a speaker, the Toshiba TY-CWU700 Vintage Style Wood Speaker System is what you need. Either of the first 2 products reviewed are fine if you want some decent vintage bookshelf speakers.

About the author

Glen

My name is Glen Parry. I've been in the audio world for over 15 years. This includes guitar, keyboard, ukulele, speakers, headphones and everything else that comes with it. I spend all my free time on music production and jamming with friends. I hope to use this site to share my experience and help anyone looking for solutions to audio related problems.