After your first pair of bookshelf speakers? Then say hello to the Kubris

Sorry I’m awfully late to this review. German audio brand Thonet & Vander sent me these bookshelf speakers around last September, and I just hadn’t gotten around to ‘living with them’ at the time. In any case, we’re here now, and I’d like to tell you more about whether the Kubris speakers should be granted space next to your favorite tomes.

With the Kubris set, T&V appear to be attempting to strike a balance between performance and good value, and it mostly achieves that. These aren’t particularly distinctive in their design or packed with features, but they’re a neat set for those who are simply looking to enjoy crisp, clear sound in their bedroom or small living room. Here’s what you get for your money.

Design and features

T&V kept things relatively tame with the look of the Kubris speakers: they feature traditional rectangular cabinets made of a natural polymer called Wood HDAA and wood grain-style exterior finishes in matte black. The only eye-catching detail is the bright yellow used for the speaker cones, but you can’t really see them unless you take the front grilles off. You may not mind this if you’re in the market for a discreet set of speakers.


Thonet & Vander's Kubris speakers are a handsome, discreet pair
Credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal