Price: $3000 per pair
Gordon said: In short, Aurender’s S5W is a beautifully made active wireless speaker that offers a unique mix of simplicity and versatility.
The gist: Great build, cool battery operation, with pretty good sound.
Price: $800 per pair
Diego said: In my room, the Bowers & Wilkins 606 provided clean, surprisingly ample bass for its size; a clean, extended top end; and a detailed, airy midrange -- all with very few cabinet colorations.
The gist: Incrementally better than its predecessors.
Price: $2400-$2750 per pair, depending on finish
Doug said: And I got one more thing that can’t be underestimated: great overall sound. For the many months the M4s were in my system, I always enjoyed listening to music through them.
The gist: Good bass, rich mids, sweet highs.
Price: $2250 per pair
Philip said: I found the Sky Tower eminently musical -- it’s a speaker likely to keep you up far too late playing your most cherished albums. In addition to the warmer tone and the captivating way the Totems reproduced voices, I was equally impressed with their big sound -- a pleasant surprise that belied their small size.
The gist: Makes all the right sounds in the areas where it counts.
Price: $4999 per pair
Hans said: From the ashes, the legendary Japanese manufacturer has produced a beguiling musical transducer that is not only well engineered but built like a brick house.
The gist: The new Technics produces another winner.
Price: $298 per pair
Hans said: The highest compliment I can pay Paradigm’s Monitor SE Atom is that I was unable to hear in its sound a single concession made to meet its low price point.
The gist: Super-well-balanced budget bookshelf.
Hans said: Edifier’s S350DB is a killer little system.
Read the SoundStage! Access review.
The gist: Maybe no better 2.1-channel speaker system for the price.
Price: $1500 per pair
Philip said: If you’ve been considering bookshelf speakers but want the additional fullness of sound that towers can offer, you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t audition the Silver 200.
The gist: Nice little floorstander for bookshelf money.