The 2021 SoundStage! Network Buying Guide features summaries of all stereo and home-theater products reviewed in the calendar year across all of our publications. The Buying Guide is subdivided by product and price, with each article including pricing details, a review summary, a full-review link, and product-award indicators.
All prices are in US dollars unless indicated otherwise.
Gordon said: The 3000 Micro performed well—remarkably well for its size—and looks great.
The gist: Little sub packs a big-time punch.
Price: $1599 per pair
Gordon said: The AE1 Actives definitely held their own against the KEFs, which have already received a Reviewers’ Choice award.
The gist: Add a DAC-preamp and you’re ready to go.
Price: $3999.99 per pair
Evan said: Aesthetically and sonically, the B&W 705 Signature ticks every box on the audiophile checklist for standmount speakers at any price.
The gist: The strength of B&W is you know what you’re getting, and the 705 Signature is no exception.
Price: AU$5999 per pair
Mark said: They are excellent all-round floorstanders at an affordable price and they only get better with higher resolution music formats.
The gist: A lot of speaker for the money.
Price: $1999 per pair
Gordon said: For anyone looking for an affordable, highly revealing, all-in-one active speaker, the Airpulse A300Pro deserves a careful listen.
The gist: Solid product, but not quite Gordon’s favorite.
Price: $1598/pair and $1199, respectively
Gordon said: For less than three grand, you get a superbly integrated, fully active sat-sub system with 700W of built-in amplification and a specified frequency response of 24Hz-40kHz, -3dB.
The gist: Beautifully integrated sub-sat system for almost any environment.
Price: $2499 per pair
Gordon said: I think it’s the best deal in hi-fi right now.
The gist: Gordon was blown away.
Price: $399 per pair
Gordon said: What I can say is that I’d love to have a pair of AM3s on my desktop, for watching movies, listening to music, or catching up on the news.
The gist: Incredible value in a powered desktop speaker system.