Price: $1800 USD per pair
Philip said: Yes, you do get a lot of speaker in the Bowers & Wilkins 603. This big speaker in a stout cabinet is built to produce high outputs in big rooms.
The gist: Lot of B&W speaker for the money.
Price: $2500 per pair; stands, $500/pair
Diego said: In my relatively small room, the 705 S2s provided very clean, tight, powerful bass for their size; an exceptionally detailed and extended top end; and a rich, textured midrange devoid of cabinet colorations.
The gist: Solid effort from B&W if you like the high-frequency voicing.
Price: $1099 per pair
Gordon said: Visually and sonically, KEF’s LSX active loudspeakers are very much part of the same family as the acclaimed LS50 and LS50 Wireless.
The gist: Kind of a little LS50.
Price: $499.90 USD per pair
Vince said: If you’re looking for something different, and an involving listening experience, I highly recommend that you give the MartinLogan Motion 4i an audition.
The gist: The magic of a large electrostat in a small package.
Price: $349 per pair
Hans said: It’s as complete a two-way design as you can hope to buy for anywhere near $349/pair.
The gist: Really does punch way above its weight.
Price: $799.99 per pair
Hans said: The British company’s budget floorstander looks far more expensive than its price suggests, and offers a top-to-bottom coherence of sound that’s unusual at that price.
The gist: Q competes fully with the PSBs and Paradigms of the world.
Price: $599.99 per pair
Gordon said: I was greatly impressed with the way SVS’s Prime Wireless speakers held their own against these higher-priced competitors. Sonically, these little speakers punched well above their weight and price.
The gist: The software is the weak link in an otherwise excellent product.
Price: $999 per pair
Gordon said: In short, the Kin Plays are a wonderful way for music-lovers to discover -- or rediscover -- the joys of high fidelity. Add a source component, and you’ve got a killer little stereo system.
The gist: Nice powered speaker with classic Totem build quality.