Price: $3250 per pair
Diego said: If you’re in the market for a minimonitor to mate with a high-quality sub, I urge you to seriously consider the AudioSolutions Figaro B.
The gist: Good speaker, but not much bass.
Price: $1800 USD per pair
Philip said: Yes, you do get a lot of speaker in the Bowers & Wilkins 603. This big speaker in a stout cabinet is built to produce high outputs in big rooms.
The gist: Lot of B&W speaker for the money.
Price: $2500 per pair; stands, $500/pair
Diego said: In my relatively small room, the 705 S2s provided very clean, tight, powerful bass for their size; an exceptionally detailed and extended top end; and a rich, textured midrange devoid of cabinet colorations.
The gist: Solid effort from B&W if you like the high-frequency voicing.
Price: $3999.99 per pair
Gordon said: You just plug them into the wall, run an easy-to-use app to connect them to your home network, and immediately start streaming music with sound quality that any audiophile couldn’t help but admire.
The gist: Limited connectivity, but everything else is spot on.
Price: $3299 per pair
Diego said: . . . for $3299/pair, the Opticon 8 offers a lot: five well-engineered drivers in a sophisticated 3.5-way configuration that results in: deep, tight, room-filling bass; a neutral, detailed midrange; a delicately extended top end with superb horizontal dispersion; and a very wide soundstage with a commensurately broad sweet spot that more than one person can simultaneously enjoy.
The gist: Solidly performing floorstander from the Danish giant.
Price: $1350 each
Gordon said: This tiny speaker is a marvel, an engineering tour de force.
The gist: Tiny speaker, big sound.
Price: $1999.98 per pair
Gordon said: With the Navis series, Andrew Jones’s parade of hit products for Elac is clearly continuing. In my view, the ARB-51 rockets straight to the top of the charts.
The gist: Is this the best buy in an active monitor?
Price: $3999.96 per pair
Gordon said: I enjoyed almost everything about Elac’s Navis ARF-51. During my listening, the pair of them delivered musical refinement combined with visceral excitement.
The gist: Gordon bought ‘em!