Price: $3250 per pair
Diego said: If you’re in the market for a minimonitor to mate with a high-quality sub, I urge you to seriously consider the AudioSolutions Figaro B.
The gist: Good speaker, but not much bass.
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: $3299 per pair
Diego said: . . . for $3299/pair, the Opticon 8 offers a lot: five well-engineered drivers in a sophisticated 3.5-way configuration that results in: deep, tight, room-filling bass; a neutral, detailed midrange; a delicately extended top end with superb horizontal dispersion; and a very wide soundstage with a commensurately broad sweet spot that more than one person can simultaneously enjoy.
The gist: Solidly performing floorstander from the Danish giant.
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: $3999.96 per pair
Gordon said: I enjoyed almost everything about Elac’s Navis ARF-51. During my listening, the pair of them delivered musical refinement combined with visceral excitement.
The gist: Gordon bought ‘em!
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.