Price: $1599 per pair

Website: www.acoustic-energy.co.uk

Gordon said: The AE1 Actives definitely held their own against the KEFs, which have already received a Reviewers’ Choice award.

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The gist: Add a DAC-preamp and you’re ready to go.

Price: $3999.99 per pair

Website: www.bowers-wilkins.com

Evan said: Aesthetically and sonically, the B&W 705 Signature ticks every box on the audiophile checklist for standmount speakers at any price.

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The gist: The strength of B&W is you know what you’re getting, and the 705 Signature is no exception.

Price: $1999 per pair

Website: www.airpulse.com

Gordon said: For anyone looking for an affordable, highly revealing, all-in-one active speaker, the Airpulse A300Pro deserves a careful listen.

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The gist: Solid product, but not quite Gordon’s favorite.

Price: $1598/pair and $1199, respectively

Website: www.hedd.audio

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.

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The gist: Beautifully integrated sub-sat system for almost any environment.

Price: $2499 per pair

Website: www.kef.com

Gordon said: I think it’s the best deal in hi-fi right now.

Reviewers' Choice

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The gist: Gordon was blown away.

Price: $399 per pair

Website: www.psbspeakers.com

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.

Reviewers' Choice

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The gist: Incredible value in a powered desktop speaker system.

Price: $1999 per pair

Website: www.qacoustics.com

Gordon said: Functionally, these little active speakers deliver a whole lot for under $2k—they practically exemplify Simplifi’d hi-fi.

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The gist: Strengths far outweigh the weaknesses with these.

Price: $2799 per pair

Website: www.sonusfaber.com

Dennis said: When you throw in niceties like the leather cabinet covering, the attractive wood-finished or gloss-black baffle, the magnetically affixed grille, and the fact that the whole kit and caboodle is handmade in Italy, for goodness’ sake, the Lumina V seems like a ridiculously good value.

Reviewers' Choice

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The gist: Checked all the right boxes and then a few more.

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