Bookshelf speakers, also known as stand mount speakers, provide detailed, hifi sound in a compact, convenient module that can be placed on any shelf or stand. These speakers do not produce high bass levels due to their small size, so they are recommended for use with a subwoofer
or larger floor standing speaker
. Available designs are 2 way and 3 way; 2 way speakers are the most common, featuring a tweeter to produce high frequencies, and a mid/bass driver to produce all other frequencies. A 3 way design features separate mid range and bass components to produce a more developed, accurate sound. 3 way speakers have more defined mid range sound, rather than louder bass, as a small bookshelf speaker will still not produce as much bass as its larger counterparts.