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This is where things start getting really interesting and speakers range in pricing from $3,000 on up to the tens of thousands.  It's the point where you could legitimately decide between a pair of speakers and a pair of new cars.

theil scs4tThiel SCS4T

The newest speaker on our list the Thiel SCS4T just became available for sale this month.  As Thiel fans may have guessed, the SCS4T utilizes many of the same components as the very well received SCS4, but expands from the compact bookshelf design to a full floorstanding speaker.

The SCS4T has a frequency response from 48Hz to 20kHz with 2dB variance.  It uses an ultra low-distortion short coil driver system, boasts a die cast aluminum baffle and utilizes outrigger spikes for maximum stability and sonic performance.  You can expect to pay around $3,700 for a pair of these speakers.

signatureParadigm Signature v.3

Paradigm has one impressive set of speakers in the Signature v.3.  They've been around for a while, and every iteration gets better and better.  The latest update to the line brings them to version three, and increases audio output by a whopping 50 percent.  Paradigm says that this is in part due to significant upgrades to the midrange and bass drivers.

A pair of Paradigm's six driver S8 floorstanding speakers will run you $7,000, and you'll be shelling out around $14,000 for a full 5.1 setup using the best of the best, though this doesn't include a subwoofer.  You can of course mix and match from several different models, including the option between gold-plated aluminum and pure beryllium domes on your surrounds.  

bw diamondB&W 800 Diamond

What's a speaker list without a visit from Bowers & Wilkins?  If you're ready to shell out for some of the best speakers money can buy, the B&W 800 Diamond is well worth consideration.  It's the best B&W has to offer, and it's easy to see why – there's not much else you put into a set of speakers.

Diamond isn't just a luxurious sounding name after all - B&W uses diamonds created in a lab for the tweeter domes of the legendary series to help eliminate distortion.  You'll recognize a Nautilus shape to the tweeter as well, which does away with unwanted sound.  The 800 offers a frequency response from 32Hz to 25kHz thanks to a single tweeter, a six inch midrange driver with a Kevlar cone and a pair of 10 inch woofers.  You'll find the B&W 800 Diamond speakers at $24,000 a pair.

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