201006_jbl_440hPrice: $1800 per pair

Website: www.jbl.com

Thom said: The LS60 has a lot going for it. It’s an extraordinary speaker -- but it’s not what old-timers such as I have come to expect from JBL. The LS60 is extremely well mannered; whereas older JBLs could be compared to the Delta Tau Chi fraternity in National Lampoon’s Animal House, the LS60 reminded me of the classic dining clubs of Oxford or Cambridge . . .

Read the SoundStage! Access review.

The gist: Excellent, but not classic, JBL sound.