2016 Editors' Choice Awards: Loudspeakers $500-$1000

Elac F5$560 The floorstanding F5 leverages the strengths of the compact B5—its warm, relaxed and responsive midrange, surprising bass extension and tunefulness, and strong sense of musical truth—then significantly builds on them. What really distinguishes the F5 is the sheer volume of air that its additional woofers can move. The F5 created nicely weighted orchestral scale and scope, and vocalists of all genres were fully formed and fleshed out, with chest resonance, weight, and bloom. A veritable gift to budget-conscious audiophiles and the younger audience. While not flawless, the F5 is as faultless as a speaker is likely to get …