Price: $13,000 per pair
Diego said: If you can get over your preconceptions about what an audiophile system should look like, there’s no question: The Dutch & Dutch 8c is well worth $13,000/pair.
The gist: Fully active speaker that is easy to place and sounds phenomenal.
Price: AU$17,999 per pair including stands
Edgar said: The Dynaudio engineers were able to balance high levels of transparency and detail while simultaneously providing one of the truest and sweetest presentations I’ve experienced for quite some time.
The gist: Super-refined standmount from the venerable Danish company.
Price: $15,500 per pair
Jeff said: I think that, for most audiophiles, buying a pair of Kivas can be a set-it-and-forget-it proposition -- and these days in high-end audio, that’s rare.
The gist: Excellent bargain in a high-end, full-range boutique speaker.
Price: $29,500 per pair
Jeff said: Ownership will begin with choosing the color of the speakers’ side panels, and when you’ve set them up, they’ll deliver to your room the classic Gryphon sound: warm, expansive, detailed but not bright.
The gist: Ever dream of owning a Gryphon?
Tom said: The words “balanced” and “believable” appeared in my listening notes a number of times. Their detail retrieval, tonality, imaging and soundstaging are all superb.
The gist: WATT/Puppy-ish-looking loudspeaker offers good value.
Price: $12,300 per pair
Hans said: “. . . the nearly full-range Magico A3 brought me closer to my music than any other speaker I’ve reviewed in the last five years.”
The gist: Hans found these phenomenal once positioned properly.
Price: AU$16,995 per pair including stands
Edgar said: Given its most extraordinary handling of the mid-band, its more than capable low frequency performance vis-a-vis its stature and the superb tweeters’ delicate yet resolving high frequency performance, I’d wager that the Electa Amator III will reach the station of highly-prized classic in years to come.
The gist: SF has always produced special minimonitors, and here’s another.
Price: $27,995 per pair
Jeff said: In the E1TX, TAD has produced a loudspeaker that stands on its own, with its own unique sound signature. Like every TAD speaker I’ve heard, it sounds bigger than it looks, and a pair of them produced soundstages that enveloped me, totally immersing me in the music -- when a recording contained such information in the first place.
The gist: More than just a bigger Micro Evolution One.