Best speakers 2011: Living room audio essentials

Six of the best living room speakers

From the Elipson Planet L to the Monitor Audio SF1, T3 rounds up the best speakers 2011 has to offer

Helping you liberate your tunes, these sleek pieces of audio kit will make your music sound sweeter than ever. Just sit back, relax and let these bad boys pump your ears with airwaves full of lyrical sweetness.

And while you're at it, why not check out T3's TDK 3-Speaker review

Elipson Planet L
Best for… versatility
This totally spherical speaker with a two-way coaxial driver and 25mm soft dome tweeter can be wall-ceiling-, floor- or table-mounted.
Price: £599, www.elipson.com
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Monitor Audio SF1
Best for… wall mounting
Just 87mm deep, the SoundFrame can be wall mounted and has a pivoting four-inch mid range, a one-inch tweeter and C-CAM bass driver.
Price: £550 each (speaker grill: £100) www.monitoraudio.co.uk
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KEF Q100
Best for… classic looks
Bookshelf speakers with Uni-Q drive units designed to disperse sound evenly through a room. Comes in a choice of three wood finishes.
Price: £399, www.kef.co.uk
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Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 3
Best for… style
Aluminium, active speakers hook up directly to your TV. Can be stood on a table or mounted on a stand with equally strong sonic results.
Price: £2,700, www.bang-olufsen.com
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Linn Majik 140
Best for… audiophiles
Four-way floorstanders, available in a range of colours. Linn’s 2K drive units are in a cast alloy chassis to help produce a squeaky clean sound.
Price: £1,650 each, www.linn.co.uk
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Cambridge Audio S70
Best for … budget beats
Slimline floorstanders with a one-inch soft dome tweeter and twin fi ve-inch woofers to boost bass. Choose from dark oak and black finishes.
Price: £200, www.cambridgeaudio.co.uk
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