When audiophiles complain about the quality of a room, they’re not talking about a lumpy chair or poor quality linens; they’re upset with unwanted sonic reflections from the ceiling and walls that affect sound quality. For many, this can mean a near-obsessive effort to position the speakers properly. Estonian brand Estelon makes this process easy: The critically acclaimed Extreme speakers are comprised of an upper and lower module, the first of which can be remotely elevated as required to compensate for any problems with room acoustics. The effect can be transporting: You’re no longer in the room where the speakers are but in the venue where the recording was made. The design is easy on the eyes, too—they stand tall like a pair of matched sculptures thanks to their curvy lines.

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