Loudspeakers reviewed on the SoundStage! Network in 2010 in the context of a home-theater system. All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted and are accurate at the time of the review.

The entries are shown alphabetically by company name.

201009_deftech1_300wPrice: $4453

Website: www.definitivetech.com

Vince said: I was amazed at the dynamic capability and refined sound of these compact speakers. Each model -- mains, surrounds, and subwoofers -- blended together to provide a well-balanced soundfield that I found very involving when watching movies or listening to music.


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The gist: If a speaker could be a supermodel . . .

focus_htPrice: $3480

Website: www.focusaudio.com

Vince said: If you listen more to music, whether to two- or multichannel recordings, than you watch movies, I urge you to give this system a listen. Because music is where it truly excels.

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The gist: Multichannel music system in a great-looking package

201006_monitorpair_300hPrice: $3975

Website: www.monitoraudio.co.uk

Aron said: My experiences of music, and especially of movies, through these speakers have left me with a strong impression: This system has the uncanny ability to make possible an emotional connection to the sounds it reproduces.

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The gist: Monitor updates its RS line with the much better RX.

201011_milleniaone_singlePrice: $2649

Website: www.paradigm.com

Roger said: If I were looking for a compact lifestyle system, this one would be at the top of my list. The MilleniaOnes and Seismic 110 cost a little more than many small sat-sub systems, but cost a lot less than I would have expected considering their outstanding performance.


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The gist: High style, high performance, same product.

Price: $3694

Website: www.paradigm.com

Aron said: The new Special Edition models not only look and perform much like Paradigm Reference products, but do so at a much lower cost. If you’re looking for a home-theater package that punches way above its competition while offering genuine tastes of high-end sound and looks, then Paradigm’s new SE range deserves a serious look.

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The gist: Reference-class sound at half the price.

polk_rtiPrice: $1409.80

Website: www.polkaudio.com

Aron said: The RTi A1s not only looked brilliant in their real-wood veneer, they offered plenty of detail, control, and excellent dynamics, which all came together to reproduce multichannel source signals with an invitingly three-dimensional soundstage.


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The gist: Real wood and real-good sound at a really good price.

revel_concertaPrice: $4118 (with two subwoofers)

Website: www.revelspeakers.com

Colin said: The Concertas had three qualities that are critical for home-theater speakers: they had impact, were tonally clean and clear, and called no attention to themselves, sonically or physically.


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The gist: You can go small to get big sound with Revel.

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