Tannoy Definition DC10APrice: $16,000 per pair

Website: www.tannoy.com

Doug said: The DC10A does things that few other speakers do. Most notable were its expressive sound -- bold, incisive, and powerful, it grabbed hold and drew me into the music in an uncanny way; the high level of detail, which remained consistent from very low to extremely high volume levels; its prodigious bass capabilities; and the composure and effortlessness of its sound as the volume levels were ratcheted up.

Read the SoundStage! Hi-Fi review.

The gist: High-sensitivity design using some excellent old-school tech.