1. B&W 683 S2

    B&W 683 S2

    A very strong and versatile performance; another winner for B&W

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  2. KEF R100

    KEF R100

    Still great, but now overtaken by newer, stronger rivals

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    Available from £599
  3. B&W 685 S2

    B&W 685 S2

    A superb pair of speakers that are hugely thrilling, these 685s are an update worth waiting for

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  4. Tannoy Mercury V4i

    Tannoy Mercury V4i

    An exciting, punchy listen – but there are compromises

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  5. GoldenEar Aon 3

    GoldenEar Aon 3

     A striking design with good ideas, but we’d expect far better for the money

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  7. Tannoy DC6 SE

    Tannoy DC6 SE

    A very good set of speakers that stop just short of greatness – more excitement and better balance would tip the scales in their favour

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    Available from £269
  8. Cambridge Audio SX-60

    Cambridge Audio SX-60

    Fine speakers that are more functional than special

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  9. JBL Studio 180

    JBL Studio 180

    We love the upbeat approach, but their performance is too uneven to wholeheartedly recommend

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  10. B&W 685

    B&W 685

    There are more talented rivals on the scene, but the veterans are enduring greats

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  11. PSB Image B5

    PSB Image B5

    These PSB Image B5s offer an exciting sound that has plenty of bite – it’s just a shame that the top end retains its hardness

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