Price: AU$22,900per pair
Edgar said: The 803 D3 was in situ for several weeks and, throughout its stay, they encouraged regular and lengthy listening sessions. While they improved in terms of dynamic expression and bass power with ongoing running-in, their full suite of qualities in the areas of soundstaging, imaging, detail, tonality and resolution were all maintained as the signature of this extraordinary design.
The gist: Only gives up bass to its larger siblings.
Price: $20,230 (system price)
Roger said: For just a tad over $20,000, the Bryston Middle T Active speaker system offers fantastic performance at a price that’s reasonable, considering that it includes amplification and parametric equalization . . .
The gist: Bryston's version of active performs great, though not compact in any sense.
Price: $55,000 per pair
Aron said: Had it not been for a mild tonal imbalance instilled in this speaker by an AMT tweeter that constantly demands to be the center of attention, I might have concluded this review with an enthusiastic recommendation.
The gist: Not bad overall but at the price . . .
Price: $16,995 per pair
Gordon said: If anyone thinks lifestyle audio and high-end audio are mutually exclusive categories, the Kii Three should put that notion to rest. This system is a tour de force -- a game-changer.
The gist: Gordon's new reference loudspeaker.
Price: $14,700-$15,350 per pair, depending on finish
Doug said: Muraudio’s latest isn’t just one of the best-sounding speakers at the price -- I’d wager it can knock the socks off many speakers costing considerably more.
Read the SoundStage! Hi-Fi review.
The gist: Don’t let the weird look fool you – this speaker is the real deal.
Price: $41,600 per pair
Jeff said: I think that, in the XT-5, Raidho Acoustics has produced a loudspeaker that will appeal to many listeners, and that seems to have fewer limitations than their past speakers -- for instance, it will play plenty loud.
The gist: An evolutionary improvement to the Raidho design brief.
Aron said: Yes, there are other speakers on the market that offer more in terms of deep-bass extension and utter neutrality for less money. But, as with a Bugatti, what you pay $39,900 for is not the highest sound quality alone. You pay for a bespoke visual and aural experience by way of musical seduction, and Tidal’s Piano G2 has seduced me as has no other speaker.
The gist: Aron thought the world of these.
Price: AU$16,995 in standard colours
Edgar said: From the midrange on up to the highest treble, it performs an extraordinary imitation of the larger Wilson Audio designs, the last few generations of which have been outstanding in balancing precision and musicality.
Read the SoundStage! Australia review.
The gist: The Wilson sound and experience in a smaller package.