Audioengine 5+
Credit: Photograph by Greg Broom

Opt for these bamboo-encased speakers if you like it loud or work in a big room. We loved their dynamic bass and nuanced highs, thanks to custom Kevlar woofers and silk tweeters. Even at full power (75 watts peak per channel), they were free of distortion. [$470; audioengineusa.com]

Rating: 8 out of 10