2017 SoundStage! Network Equipment Buying Guide

Price: AU$3499 per pair

Website: www.bowerswilkins.com

Scott said: They play loud, deep and clean, but more (much more) importantly they connect you to the music and are liberally laced with a large helping of "it."

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The gist: Packs quite a punch for such a small package.

Price: $329 each

Website: www.paradigm.com

Al said: In a world awash with compact Wi-Fi speakers, the PW 300 is a standout.

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The gist: Terrific sound direct from your phone to these little guys to your ears.

Price: $449 per pair

Website: www.wharfedale.co.uk

Sathyan said: Their handling of imaging and various instrumental tonalities are strengths for $449/pair, and make them a welcome entry point for those getting into serious listening.

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The gist: Wharfedale continues to improve its Diamond line of speakers.

Price: $1499.96 USD per pair

Website: www.elac.com

Hans said: This Goldilocksean recipe of “just right” means that the Uni-Fi Slim FS U5, with its narrow cabinet and unassuming satin paint job, is a speaker that anyone can appreciate looking at and listening to for the long term -- and that usually comes at a price far dearer than $1500/pair.

Reviewers' Choice

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The gist: Andrew Jones-designed affordable floorstander delivers.

Price: $3495 per pair

Website: www.markaudio-sota.us

Philip said: They perform well in a number of areas, and reveal their limitations only alongside other highly accomplished speakers.

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The gist: Good, but not as good as the Revels they were compared to.

Price: $2199.99 per pair

Website: www.kef.com

Hans said: Its build quality, finish, and technical prowess are beyond reproach, and its sound quality remains faithful to both KEF’s design principles and to the original LS50.

Reviewers' Choice

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The gist: Add power and connectivity to an already impressive LS50 package.

Price: AU$3450 per pair

Website: www.harbeth.co.uk

Peter said: Sweet yet detailed, endlessly listenable, it is the new standard bearer of the BBC flame. Get it on.

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The gist: More than just an updated LS3/5a.

Price: $3498 per pair

Website: www.definitivetechnology.com

Roger said: With high-fidelity sound and the ability to play at incredibly high volume levels, it’s one of the best speakers available at or near $3498/pair.

Reviewers' Choice

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The gist: The integral elevation module makes this perfect for home-theater use.

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