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: $1999.98 per pair
Gordon said: With the Navis series, Andrew Jones’s parade of hit products for Elac is clearly continuing. In my view, the ARB-51 rockets straight to the top of the charts.
The gist: Is this the best buy in an active monitor?
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: AU$3500 per pair
Vedran said: I think the Microphase Audio Design SAT Mk.II Signatures are high-quality speakers well worthy of your attention, especially if you’re pressed for space, keeping in mind that your Hi-Fi chain has to be of equally high quality to give them justice, and your power amplifier in particular.
The gist: Little boutique speaker that might tickle your fancy.
Price: $698 per pair
Diego said: It’s a solid, dependable speaker that, set up correctly, can give its owner a glimpse of true high-end sound for a mass-market price.
The gist: Perfectly serviceable floorstander that won’t break the bank.
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.