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Eclipse TD-M1 £800

Au­gust 2014 Some might feel the TD-M1S are watch­ing them – but we’re more in­ter­ested in the great stereo imag­ing, fine de­tail and pre­ci­sion. Size (hwd) 24 x 16 x 22cm Pow­ered Yes Fin­ishes 2

KEF Egg £350

Best desk­top speaker £200+, Awards 2015 Our 2015 Best Desk­top Speaker Over £200 have a dis­tinc­tive de­sign and flex­i­ble con­nec­tiv­ity – and a stun­ning, con­sis­tent per­for­mance. Size (hwd) 27 x 13 x 17cm Pow­ered Yes Fin­ishes 3

Q Acous­tics 3050 £500

Best floor­stander un­der £600, Awards 2015 Another 2015 Award-win­ner, and no won­der. The pow­er­ful 3050s are so tal­ented, they give speak­ers closer to £1000 a run for their money. Size (hwd) 100 x 20 x 30cm Bi-wire Yes Fin­ishes 5

Tan­noy Eclipse Three £300

June 2016 A speaker that’s easy to set up and part­ner, this is the most tal­ented bud­get floor­stander we’ve heard in years. Size (hwd) 96 x 27 x 29cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 1

B&W 683 S2 £1150

Oc­to­ber 2014 Tremen­dously tal­ented speak­ers. We’re im­pressed by their power, scale and del­i­cacy – they’re won­der­fully ver­sa­tile per­form­ers. Size (hwd) 99 x 19 x 36cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 2

Q Acous­tics Con­cept 40 £1000

May 2015 If you want a tal­ented set of speak­ers with an easy-go­ing, wel­com­ing sound, you must con­sider these. Size (hwd) 97 x 17 x 29cm Bi-wire Yes Fin­ishes 2

Tan­noy Rev­o­lu­tion XT 6F £1000

Best floor­stander £600-£1200, Awards 2015 These Tan­noys are some­thing spe­cial – they fire out an in­fec­tious, en­ter­tain­ing sound that charms us. Su­perbly fin­ished, too. Size (hwd) 100 x 27 x 32cm Bi-wire Yes Fin­ishes 2

Tan­noy Rev­o­lu­tion XT 8F £1300

July 2015 Few ri­vals will be able to match this com­bi­na­tion of mus­cle and sub­tlety. Most of all they make lis­ten­ing to mu­sic fun. Size (hwd) 108 x 32 x 35cm Bi-wire Yes Fin­ishes 2

Eclipse TD 510Z Mk2 £3840

Au­gust 2012 The 510Z Mk2s plump for the sin­gle-driver route to qual­ity sound. It yields in­sight, im­pres­sive agility and rock-solid stereo imag­ing. Size (hwd) 98 x 38 x 39cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 3

PMC Twenty 23 £2300

Fe­bru­ary 2014 These PMCS show real class, serv­ing up sound that’s both re­fined and ex­cit­ing. The 23s stand on their clean in­sight and un­fussy na­ture. Size (hwd) 92 x 15 x 33cm Bi-wire Yes Fin­ishes 4

Spen­dor A6R £2500

Best floor­stander over £1200, Awards 2015 Mu­si­cal notes have di­men­sion and depth, and vo­cals are con­veyed with re­al­ity and emo­tion. Out­stand­ing. Size (hwd) 87.5 x 19 x 28cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 5

Spen­dor D7 £3500

Fe­bru­ary 2014 When it comes to in­sight and pre­ci­sion, these floor­standers set the stan­dard at this price. Un­fussy, and they de­liver a huge sound for their size. Size (hwd) 95 x 20 x 32cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 6

Tri­an­gle Sig­na­ture Delta £4900

July 2014 Ter­rific tim­ing abil­ity com­bines with strong dy­nam­ics and im­pres­sive res­o­lu­tion to pro­duce speak­ers that can stand toe-to-toe with the best. Size (hwd) 123 x 37 x 39cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 3

ATC SCM40A £6280

April 2014 The price looks steep but fac­tor in built-in am­pli­fi­ca­tion and ex­cep­tional sound, and the SCM40AS emerge as some­thing of a high-end bar­gain. Size (hwd) 98 x 37 x 34cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 2 Pow­ered Yes

Fo­cal Elec­tra 1038Be £7700

July 2015 A he“y slice of the per­for­mance of Fo­cal’s high-end Utopia range, at a frac­tion of the cost. Im­pres­sive de­tail, dy­nam­ics, bass and tim­ing. Size (hwd) 125 x 30 x 40cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 2

PMC Twenty 26 £5750

Novem­ber 2014 This range of speak­ers hardly puts a foot wrong. Here, it’s the in­sight­ful yet re­fined bal­ance and im­pres­sive lev­els of de­tail that win the day. Size (hwd) 109 x 19 x 44cm Bi-wire Yes Fin­ishes 4

Proac Re­sponse D40/R £6125

Oc­to­ber 2013 As mu­si­cal as they come, these are also as ar­tic­u­late, trans­par­ent and dy­namic as any floor­stander we’ve heard around this price. Size (hwd) 120 x 21 x 34cm Bi-wire Yes Fin­ishes 6

Quad ESL-2812 £6500

Oc­to­ber 2013 Elec­tro­static speak­ers with cut­ting-edge stan­dards of mid-range fi­nesse, great de­tail and a smooth tone. In many re­spects, un­matched. Size (hwd) 107 x 69 x 38cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 1

Tan­noy Def­i­ni­tion DC10T £5250

Oc­to­ber 2013 We’ve heard few price ri­vals that come close to match­ing the dy­namic en­ve­lope, au­thor­ity and sheer en­gage­ment of these big Tan­noys. Size (hwd) 113 x 34 x 32cm Bi-wire Yes Fin­ishes 3

Tan­noy Kens­ing­ton GR £9950

Au­gust 2015 Along with that tra­di­tional ap­pear­ance comes real sub­stance. These are gen­tle giants, bal­anc­ing fi­nesse with force in a mighty ap­peal­ing way. Size (hwd) 110 x 41 x 34cm Bi-wire Yes Fin­ishes 2

Wil­son Au­dio Sophia 3 £16,500

Oc­to­ber 2013 Eye-wa­ter­ingly ex­pen­sive but hugely ca­pable, too. Prop­erly part­nered they’re able to de­liver a sound full of de­tail, dy­nam­ics and drive. Size (hwd) 105 x 35 x 48cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 7

Dali Zen­sor 1 £200

July 2015 If you’re look­ing for a ver­sa­tile, en­er­getic pair of af­ford­able speak­ers, give these a lis­ten. They have a real feel for the the mu­sic. Good fun. Size (hwd) 27 x 16 x 22cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 2

Mon­i­tor Au­dio Bronze 2 £280

Best stand­mounter £200-£400, Awards 2015 For their size, these Mon­i­tor Au­dio Bronze 2 dig deep in the bass. They’re tonally bal­anced and im­pres­sively de­tailed too. Size (hwd) 35 x 19 x 26cm Bi-wire Yes Fin­ishes 4

Q Acous­tics 3020 £190

Best stereo speaker un­der £200, Awards 2015 These lov­ingly con­structed boxes de­liver an ex­cep­tional com­bi­na­tion of re­fine­ment, in­sight and dy­nam­ics. We can’t fault them. Size (hwd) 26 x 17 x 23cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 5

Wharfedale Di­a­mond 220 £180

March 2015 A tal­ented speaker that’s a great fit for a bud­get or mid-range set-up. At less than £200 the Di­a­monds are an at­trac­tive propo­si­tion. Size (hwd) 50 x 32 x 41cm Bi-wire Yes Fin­ishes 4

Dali Zen­sor 3 £300

Oc­to­ber 2014 If they’re made by Dali, they’re go­ing to be fun to lis­ten to. These classy-look­ing speak­ers have plenty of punch and win­ning dy­nam­ics. Size (hwd) 35 x 21 x 29cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 3

Q Acous­tic Con­cept 20 £350

Oc­to­ber 2013 If you want a top-qual­ity, sub-£500 stand­mounter you ig­nore this one at your peril. Clar­ity and re­fine­ment shine through in abun­dance. Size (hwd) 26 x 17 x 28cm Bi-wire Yes Fin­ishes 2

Dy­nau­dio Emit M10 £500

July 2016 The M10s of­fer a lay­ered, in­tri­cate and ver­sa­tile sound that we can’t be­lieve costs only £500. A con­fi­dent re­turn to form for Dy­nau­dio. Size (hwd) 29 x 17 x 24cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 2

KEF LS50 £800

De­cem­ber 2013 These strik­ing speak­ers are blind­ingly good. Get their part­ner­ing kit right and you’ll revel in the ex­cel­lent bass, en­ergy and fine ar­tic­u­la­tion. Size (hwd) 30 x 20 x 28cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 1

Quad S-1 £500

July 2016 They’re only lit­tle, but the S-1s are smooth, in­ti­mate and in­sight­ful – es­pe­cially in the midrange – as well as be­ing a sight for sore eyes. Size (hwd) 29 x 16 x 24cm Bi-wire Yes Fin­ishes 2

Martin Lo­gan Mo­tion 15 £795

De­cem­ber 2013 A tal­ented and fun pair of speak­ers. We par­tic­u­larly like the lively, nat­u­ral pre­sen­ta­tion, even if the low end could do with more punch. Size (hwd) 29 x 13 x 24cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 2

Neat Iota £695

De­cem­ber 2013 You wouldn’t think it to look at them but these un­usual speak­ers turn out a big, weighty, de­tailed per­for­mance. They sound truly re­mark­able. Size (hwd) 13 x 20 x 17cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 5

Tri­an­gle Esprit Ti­tus EZ £600

April 2015 Your hunt to find a sup­plier for the Esprits might take a while, but it will be worth it for the ar­tic­u­late and ag­ile pre­sen­ta­tion you’ll hear. Size (hwd) 31 x 17 x 27cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 3

ATC SCM11 (2013) £1200

Best stand­mounter £800-£1200, Awards 2015 These are the most tal­ented stand­moun­ters any­where near this price. The trans­parency of their sound com­pares with far more ex­pen­sive ri­vals. Size (hwd) 38 x 21 x 25cm Bi-wire Yes Fin­ishes 2 Pow­ered Yes

Neat Mo­tive SX3 £1045

Novem­ber 2015 If you’re tight on space, or don’t need an over­pow­er­ing sound, these ar­tic­u­late, fun-lov­ing speak­ers should be a shoo-in for your short­list. Size (hwd) 33 x 16 x 20cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 4

PROAC Stu­dio 118 £1075

Novem­ber 2015 Weighty, de­tailed bass, lively tre­ble and a good nat­u­ral bal­ance over­all. The en­ergy of the 118’s per­for­mance will pro­vide hours of en­joy­ment. Size (hwd) 38 x 19 x 24cm Bi-wire Yes Fin­ishes 4

Dy­nau­dio Xeo 4 £1775

Novem­ber 2014 The ac­tive Xeo 4s (they have built-in amps) of­fer has­sle-free set-up and an in­sight­ful, mu­si­cal sound from al­most any source. High-res sup­port, too. Size (hwd) 28 x 17 x 25cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 2

PMC Twenty 22 £1920

Novem­ber 2014 Solid build and a qual­ity fin­ish are just the start; it’s a big, au­thor­i­ta­tive sound, per­fect for those who like a nat­u­ral kind of pre­sen­ta­tion. Size (hwd) 41 x 18 x 37cm Bi-wire Yes Fin­ishes 4

ATC SCM19 £2000

Best stand­mounter £1200+, Awards 2015 It’s quite a trick for a speaker to be highly an­a­lyt­i­cal with mu­sic yet never sound clin­i­cal or pas­sion­less. And yet so it is with the SCM19S. Size (hwd) 44 x 27 x 30cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 2

ATC SCM20ASL Pro £4380

Oc­to­ber 2015 These ATCS are ter­rific value. Get­ting stand­moun­ters and four power am­pli­fier chan­nels of such a high stan­dard should cost far more than this. Size (hwd) 45 x 25 x 39cm Bi-wire Yes Fin­ishes 1 Pow­ered Yes

Fo­cal SM9 £4100

Oc­to­ber 2013 1.2 kw of power am­pli­fi­ca­tion and sound qual­ity that con­ven­tional al­ter­na­tives at twice the price would strug­gle to bet­ter. Quite su­perb. Size (hwd) 32 x 49 x 39cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 1

Rok­san Dar­ius S1 £5000

De­cem­ber 2014 Fluid, bal­anced and with a solid, ag­ile bass, the S1s are among the most en­joy­able stand­moun­ters we’ve heard in years. Size (hwd) 38 x 20 x 38cm Bi-wire No Fin­ishes 2

Spen­dor SP2/3R2 £2795

April 2016 They might lack the ex­cite­ment of mod­ern al­ter­na­tives, but these retro speak­ers boast an easy-go­ing sound and are a plea­sure to lis­ten to. Size (hwd) 55 x 28 x 33cm Bi-wire Yes Fin­ishes 1

“Give them a larger room to play in and the XT8FS will shine”

“Hats off to Q Acous­tics: these speak­ers are another stag­ger­ing achieve­ment”

“They’re beau­ti­fully fin­ished, but more im­por­tantly they sound ev­ery bit their ask­ing price”

“Aim to give you a sound that you can hap­pily lis­ten to”

“The Threes turn in a mu­si­cally en­gag­ing per­for­mance that com­pares to the best at this price”

“Among the best floor­standers we’ve heard at this price”

“An all-round pack­age that’s very hard to pick holes in”

“They do things that no con­ven­tional ri­val can match”

“Once up and run­ning, these ATCS are deeply im­pres­sive speak­ers”

“We could stretch this out, but we won’t: the D40/RS are won­der­ful”

“Spend some time with the Quads and the short­com­ings in con­ven­tional speak­ers soon be­come ap­par­ent”

“Won­der­fully pol­ished per­form­ers that work well with all types of mu­sic”

“They’re en­ter­tain­ers of the high­est or­der”

“A fan­tas­tic pair of speak­ers that do so much right”

“Spen­dor has a rich his­tory of mak­ing ter­rific speak­ers. You can count the D7s among them”

“Given a suitably tal­ented sys­tem, the Twenty 23s sound ter­rific”

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