Best active speakers: floorstander, desktop, budget and premium

Moree Spingato

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Was so excited to see this list, then disappointed with the silly recommendations. Dynaudio, Kii etc? Seriously — get these reviewers to find less over priced and esoteric tripe. Edifier S3000Pro or Kanto TUK should be in this list. Far cleaner, warmer and more well rounded sound than the usual fare like KEF or the bass heavy B&W, or the hard to find stuff like acoustic energy. Hope the next round of these is a list from 2020, not 2011.
 

3dit0r

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No self-respecting article on the best active speakers should neglect to mention Meridian DSPs. The originals and still world-class speakers which sound absolutely mind-blowing.
 

Simonsays

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Shame you mention the KEF LS50 wireless and not the latest model , the MK2, that does not need an interconnecting cable and is a big improvement on the original . You have tested the Mk2 before your comparison, so no excuse. I am evaluating a pair now fed from an Innuos Zen Mk3 server compared to using Buchardt 500s instead of the Kefs. Possibly alos the bluesound Vault as a cheaper option. I look in your reviews and the Buchardts or any Buchardt speakers has never been reviewed by you or the Innuos or bluesound Vault for that matter. These speakers, are expensive, but are consideraby cheaper than some you had in your comparison and I am told far superior to the Kefs.
 
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carewser

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Was so excited to see this list, then disappointed with the silly recommendations. Dynaudio, Kii etc? Seriously — get these reviewers to find less over priced and esoteric tripe. Edifier S3000Pro or Kanto TUK should be in this list. Far cleaner, warmer and more well rounded sound than the usual fare like KEF or the bass heavy B&W, or the hard to find stuff like acoustic energy. Hope the next round of these is a list from 2020, not 2011.
Couldn't agree more, not sure how companies like Edifier, Audioengine or Kanto got overlooked in a discussion of powered speakers
particularly since all three offer excellent value but it seems What Hi Fi? instead tried to appeal to the extremely wealthy 1% of the listening public with this list. If I wanted cork-sniffing reviews i'd read the Absolute Sound or Stereophile
 
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Immu

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What have the editor think, when authoriced this article? Very poor selection of active speakers! For example WHERE'S GENELEC? Worlds most renowed manufacture for active speakers, that don't do anything else but these speakers. Half of the worlds recording studios are using them.
 

Combat

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Couldn't agree more, not sure how companies like Edifier, Audioengine or Kanto got overlooked in a discussion of powered speakers
particularly since all three offer excellent value but it seems What Hi Fi? instead tried to appeal to the extremely wealthy 1% of the listening public with this list. If I wanted cork-sniffing reviews i'd read the Absolute Sound or Stereophile
Totally. It shows how little knowledge this whole publication has of the HiFi market now a days. I really don't know what they are doing. If you look at how many reviews they do it's crazy. They seem to do less than one a week.

Andrew Robinson and Darko Audio both seem to do more reviews than What HiFi and they have to produce videos rather than just write some words.

Aside from the brands mentioned there are loads of new active releases worth considering but What HiFi literally mentioned the same expensive brands you probably would have mentioned five years ago.

I just got the Triangle AIO Twin active speakers and paired with the Rel T-Zero MKIII sub they are unbelievable! I have had the Audio Engine A5+ and S6 sub pairing before and the Edifier S880DB before so it pains me to feel that I probably have just as much knowledge about active speakers as this whole publication.
 

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