1. Arcam FMJ A39

    Arcam FMJ A39

    Arcam’s A39 is a powerful, authoritative stereo amplifier, but it needs to pay a little more attention to timing and subtle detail to be the full package

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    Available from £1500
  2. B&W CM6 S2

    B&W CM6 S2

    The CM6 S2s produce a regimented, tightly-controlled sound but lack the freedom of expression of the class-leaders

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  3. ELAC FS 147

    ELAC FS 147

    A fun set of speakers if you’re after outright entertainment over analysis

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  4. Chord Electronics Hugo

    Chord Electronics Hugo

    Best DAC £1000+, Awards 2014. The Hugo delivers superb sound quality in an unbelievably small and versatile package

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  5. Fostex HP-A8

    Fostex HP-A8

    The A8 is a passable piece of kit with some neat flourishes, but it fails to really inspire

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  7. B&W 683 S2

    B&W 683 S2

    Best floorstander £600-£1200, Awards 2014. A very strong and versatile performance; another winner for B&W

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    Available from £1149
  8. Cambridge Audio Azur 851A

    Cambridge Audio Azur 851A

    A good proposition; worth a look

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  9. Audio Analogue Fortissimo

    Audio Analogue Fortissimo

    A decent enough performer but not particularly engaging

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  10. ATC SCM 11 (2013)

    ATC SCM 11 (2013)

    Best standmounter £800-£1200, Awards 2014. ATC has struck gold again. These are the most talented standmounters anywhere near this price

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  11. PMC Twenty 21

    PMC Twenty 21

    If you’re looking for a top class pair of small standmounters these are well worth a listen

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