What Hi-Fi Speakers Are the Best?

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What Hi-Fi Speakers Are the Best?
High fidelity speakers can offer exceptional sound for a range of listening setups. (speaker image by Byron Moore from Fotolia.com)

Hi-fi (or "high fidelity") speakers use top-of-the-line construction to produce high-grade audio quality that reproduces a recording's original sound with great fidelity or accuracy. Contemporary home audio systems typically use a wide range of inputs, from home theatres with DVDs, Blu-ray or TV to digital and analogue music devices to radio. As different speakers vary in how they complement different kinds of listening experiences, it's impossible to identify the "best" speakers. In addition, even among top-of-the-line systems, personal tastes can vary tremendously. Nonetheless, impartial reviewers do identify a number of speaker systems that stand out from the rest.

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Aperion Intimus 4T Hybrid SD

In the Intimus 4T Hybrid SD, Aperion offers a six-piece home theatre speaker package with slim floor-standing speakers, a compact centre speaker and surround speakers and a remotely controlled subwoofer. The towers are 34 inches tall and only 5 inches wide and 7.5 inches deep, making them convenient for small or crowded living rooms. The subwoofer measures 8 inches wide. The centre speaker is 5.33 inches tall, 12.8 inches wide and 5.5 inches deep. The system features a 10 year warranty, free shipping and a 30 day in-home free trial. CNET.com's only criticism of the Intimus was the relative difficulty of adjusting the subwoofer.

Energy RC-Micro 5.1 Surround Speakers

The Energy RC-Micro 5.1 consists of five extremely small satellite speakers and an 8-inch subwoofer. CNET.com highly praises the speakers' sound quality relative to their size, giving them an "excellent" rating. Each satellite speaker weighs 0.726 Kilogram and measures 4.7 inches high, 3.5 inches wide and 3.5 inches deep, just large enough to contain .5 inch aluminium dome tweeters and 2.5 inch aluminium mid-bass drivers. The speakers come in piano black. They avoid the seemingly inevitable disadvantage of small speakers, of producing thin and uneven bass, producing a full and even sound for music and movies, alike. CNET.com's only criticism was the spring connectors, which only accept extremely thin bare-wires or pins.

KEF KHT3005 (Black) Surround Speakers

KEF's KHT-3005 rates highly for its combination of attractive styling and superior sound. CNET.com even awards it the Editor's Choice. The speakers have distinctively rounded egg shapes. Each satellite weighs 2.99 Kilogram and measures 9 inches tall. They can be mounted on matching table stands, slender floor stands or on the wall. The 13.2 pound centre speaker measures 12 inches across and can be mounted on a rubber table stand or wall-mounted, as well. The subwoofer measures 10 inches across and weighs 11 Kilogram; it can stand vertically or horizontally on three feet. The speaker pods are encased in cast-aluminium instead of the common medium-density fiberboard. CNET.com only criticises the KHT-3005's set-up, which was a little fussy in order to provide the optimal sound.

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