Price: $3000 per pair
Gordon said: In short, Aurender’s S5W is a beautifully made active wireless speaker that offers a unique mix of simplicity and versatility.
The gist: Great build, cool battery operation, with pretty good sound.
Price: $968-$1474 per pair, depending on finish
Philip said: A speaker like Axiom’s M5HP is proof that you can get incredible sound, superb engineering, and fantastic build quality at a reasonable price.
The gist: Re-evaluate what you think great speakers cost.
Price: $800 per pair
Diego said: In my room, the Bowers & Wilkins 606 provided clean, surprisingly ample bass for its size; a clean, extended top end; and a detailed, airy midrange -- all with very few cabinet colorations.
The gist: Incrementally better than its predecessors.
Price: $2500 per pair
Hans said: No, the smallest tower model in B&W’s new 700 Series is a beautiful, well-built loudspeaker that sounded sensational with the right material, and never failed to keep me engaged, whether as reviewer or as listener. It’s not for everyone, but I suspect that for certain listeners it will be enduringly satisfying.
The gist: Not flat, but good-sounding speaker if you like what it offers.
Price: $4750, with DALI Sound Hub and BluOS module
Gordon said: If you’re looking for a thoroughly modern active speaker system, and gravitate to sound that’s big, warm, and inviting, the Callisto 2 C system deserves serious consideration.
The gist: Active is looking -- and sounding -- better and better.
Edgar said: In fact, Definitive Technology’s engineering chops have produced somewhat of a rare freak: a truly affordable, high performing, beautifully finished, constructed and styled speaker that possesses the indisputable inherent cachet a sizable speaker-producing concern can provide.
The gist: Edgar was super impressed with the sound, especially for the price.
Price: $749 per pair
Hans said: Definitive Technology’s Demand D9 is a bona fide bargain. Partner it with some high-quality electronics and you’ll be rewarded with sound quality usually obtainable only at two or even three times its price of $749/pair.
The gist: Right up there with the benchmark: KEF’s LS50.
Price: $2999 per pair
Doug said: I had a bit of a rough start with the Special Forty, but it wound up being one of the most transparent-sounding two-way speakers I’ve ever heard.
The gist: If anyone can make a great stand-mounted two-way, it’s Dynaudio.