2016 Top Picks Of the Year Speakers



Definitive Technology BP9080X Speaker System
(September print) Definitive Technology kept the bipolar tower alive for another generation in this fourth iteration of a classic, this time further improving imaging and dynamics, and fully integrating Atmos/DTS-X in a beautiful, modern design. $7,194, definitivetech.com

Elac Uni-Fi UB5 Speaker System
(January 2017 print) This 2016 offering from celebrity designer Andrew Jones steps up from the entry-level Debut line with concentric mid-tweeter drivers that further improve imaging while retaining budget pricing. $2,029, elac.com

Focal Dôme Flax 5.1 Speaker System
(February/March 2017 print, watch for the full review) In the words of audio editor Mark Fleischmann, “Unique driver materials, overall quality of construction, and adroit voic- ing make the Focal Dôme Flax 5.1 one of the best-sounding compact sat/sub systems I’ve heard.” $1,999, focal.com/usa

Wharfedale Diamond 220 Speaker System
(April print) A remarkably transparent budget system with an unusual talent for reproducing the midrange vocal frequencies with great finesse and detail. $1,546, wharfedaleusa.com

Atlantic Technology LCR3 Speaker System
(September print) At $275 each, the LCR3 is a solid little bookshelf speaker with smooth, agreeable voicing; we reviewed it in a five-channel system with LCR3s all around and matched with the FS3 passive soundbar across the front. $1,550 to $2,075, atlantictechnology.com

Emotiva Airmotiv 5CH Speaker System
(See “Value”)

Louis Gombos's picture

Where is GoldenEar among your Top Picks for speakers? This omission casts doubt on your choices in general.