What else should I look at if I want the best in a small pack­age?


Take a look at the Em­ber’s big­ger brother, the Fire speaker , re­viewed in the Au­gust/ Septem­ber 2011 is­sue. It will set you back $5,995 and looks just like the Em­ber on steroids. The Fire pro­vides an even big­ger sound, slightly higher res­o­lu­tion and de­serves a top rec­om­men­da­tion.

The Ref­er­ence 3A MM de Capo i comes in at un­der $3,000 (re­viewed in the De­cem­ber/Jan­uary 2010/2011 is­sue) and is an­other ex­cep­tional com­pact mon­i­tor, made in Canada, and again fea­tur­ing a di­rectly con­nected woofer. Not quite as el­e­gant in ap­pear­ance and less ca­pa­ble of high vol­ume lev­els, but ca­pa­ble of stun­ning re­al­ism and dy­na­mite imag­ing.

An­other strong com­peti­tor is the B&W 805 Di­a­mond. It’s big­ger and more ex­pen­sive than the Em­ber but it also in­cor­po­rates a lot of high tech­nol­ogy in a de­sign that has been re ned over many years. The di­a­mond tweeter is unique to B&W and sits dis­tinc­tively above the main cab­i­net.

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