Axiom Audio Epic 80-800Price: $4786.10

Website: www.axiomaudio.com

Vince said: Axiom Audio’s Epic 80-800 home-theater speaker system brings phenomenal performance to the masses. It can play at concert-level loudness without requiring costly, high-powered amps -- a remarkable achievement. This system gets my highest recommendation.

Reviewers' Choice

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The gist: A heck of a lot of home theater for the money.

MartinLogan Motion 10Price: $3010.75

Website: www.martinlogan.com

Kevin said: When you get a superb movie system on top of a pair of excellent, affordable stereo speakers, you've captured the very best of both applications. Not only has MartinLogan stepped audaciously outside their comfort zone, they've produced an affordable line of pretty nifty speakers, each of which performs excellently.

Great Buy

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The gist: MartinLogan sound at a new price point.

Polk Audio BlackstonePrice: $1139.90

Website: www.polkaudio.com

Kevin said: The Blackstone TL350 speaker system delivered sweet, true sound with an enviable helping of midbass. Although my room is of decent size (20’L x 16’W x 10’H), the Polks never failed to fill it with sound. Their diminutive sizes make them ideal for smaller rooms and compact applications, and their mounting flexibility provides a wealth of options when shelf space is at a premium. Perhaps their most impressive attribute was their effortless delivery of the sound. The result is a home-theater system that packs as much punch as one would think possible for the price.

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The gist: Polk goes small and scores big.

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