Price: $699 per pair
Al said: Anyone looking for an easy entry into the audiophile world would be well served by the Bowers & Wilkins 685 S2. For a $699/pair speaker, it hits most of the high-end high points: precise imaging, refined detail, ample dynamics. And for the speaker’s modest size, its bass extension is impressive.
The gist: Get that B&W marquee in your room for under 700 bucks.
Price: AU$3499 per pair
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."
The gist: Packs quite a punch for such a small package.
Price: $3498 per pair
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.
The gist: The integral elevation module makes this perfect for home-theater use.
Price: $799 per pair
Hans said: Strong, linear bass, a beautifully clear midrange, and terrific soundstaging are just a few of the qualities that make the Emit M10 a bombshell of a minimonitor. Strong recommendations don’t come much easier.
The gist: Low price doesn’t necessarily mean compromised sound.
Price: $1499.96 USD per pair
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.
The gist: Andrew Jones-designed affordable floorstander delivers.
Price: AU$3450 per pair
Peter said: Sweet yet detailed, endlessly listenable, it is the new standard bearer of the BBC flame. Get it on.
The gist: More than just an updated LS3/5a.
Price: AU$3799 per pair
Scott said: Highly recommended to those seeking excellent sound quality and outstanding convenience.
The gist: Get an LS50 with all the electronics you’ll need inside.
Price: $2199.99 per pair
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.
The gist: Add power and connectivity to an already impressive LS50 package.