's "Best Of 2002" List
The Best High-Performance Audio/Video Equipment You Can Buy

Loudspeakers Under $2,000
Category Winner – Energy Take 5.2

B&W DM303
$300 per pair
At $300 per pair the B&W DM 303 is the reason why dealers worldwide drool over the idea of selling the B&W product line. The design both internally and aesthetically is stellar at a cost that makes these speakers the starting point for someone who came into a store to “just buy some speakers” an end up becoming a true audio-video enthusiast by the end of the shopping experience.

$1,500 per pair
Taking slick to a whole new level, these diminutive $1,500 floorstanding speakers appeal to a more modern audience than B&W speakers of the past. Brian Kahn went so far as to power them with Krell electronics costing more than quadruple the CM4s when writing the review.

Energy Take 5.2
The Energy Take 5.2 at $899 for a complete 5.1 speaker system is the type of product that would be at the top of your list if your next-door neighbor asked you to help him build a theater without blowing the budget.

Energy Connoisseur C5

$750 per pair
Floor-standing, sleek, elegantly finished and smooth-sounding is one heck of a description for a $750 pair of speakers.

Klipsch SA3 All Weather Speakers
$699 per pair
With a rock and roll tradition that spans decades, Bryan Southard found the horn loaded $699 SA3s to be just what the Doc of Rock ordered for his high end patio listening enjoyment.

Paradigm Focus

$299 per pair
A lot of time is spent discussing speakers that damn near no one can afford. When it comes time to invest in real-world speakers, the Paradigm Focus offers smooth highs and dynamic mids for a price that can’t be beat.

Paradigm Studio 80s
$1,500 to $1,800 per pair, depending on finish
Second from the top of Paradigm’s reference speaker lineup, the Studio 80s are floor-standing speakers that compete with other transducers costing double the price.

Phase Technology Premier Collection

Around $1,500 per pair
Configurable for 7.1 and beyond, the Phase Tech Premier Collection is perfect for DVD-Audio, SACD and Home Theater surround configurations not even thought of yet.

RBH Compact Theater CT5 CT 7

$1,099 to $1,349
Into a world where the first (and often last) small speaker that mainstream consumers think of is Bose comes an extremely well-built and performance-oriented 5.1 or 7.1 system from RBH. The build quality is beyond expectations for a $1,100 5.1 speaker system and the sound is even better.

Rocket LS750

$1,399 per pair
Built in China and marketed by the powers formerly behind Audio Alchemy, these Rocket speakers are the perfect solution for someone looking for speakers that look like they really cost $5,000, but actually cost only $1,399 per pair.

Pending Reviews: Monitor Audio Silver Series, Dynaudio Audience 42, Aperion Audio, Axiom Audio, Rocket, Gallo Acoustics

Delisted: Dynaudio Audience 40, Energy e:XL 28p

Ultimate Loudspeakers (Over $10,000)
CD Players - Digital
High End Loudspeakers ($2,000 to $10,000)
DVD Players (DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, DVD-R)
Loudspeakers Under $2,000
SACD Players
Power Amps
Other AV Sources
Multi-Channel Amps
AV Preamps
AC Power
Two Channel Preamps
EQ (digital and analog)

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