PRICE Price: $1,099 (piano gloss black), $999 (black ash)
AT A GLANCE
Outstanding performance for price
Excellent iOS/Android control app
Compact form factor
Lacks auto-calibration/room EQ
SVS continues its tradition of providing more than ample bass for your buck, this time in a relatively compact subwoofer accompanied by a useful setup and control app.
Over the past 15 years I've reviewed more A/V products than I can count, but the ones I most look forward to watching the FedEx guy hoist off the delivery truck are subwoofers. That's mainly because I love hearing bass—the more the better. Also, the reviewing process gives me an opportunity to revisit some of my favorite movie bass torture-test scenes to see if the latest, greatest subwoofer is up to snuff.
AT A GLANCE
Impressive sound and build quality for price
Easy to set up
Limited connection options
Analog input can be noisy
The Fluance Ai40 delivers great sound and easy setup at a stunningly low price.
The Fluance Ai40 is a good-looking and reasonably compact powered speaker system that's equally at home on the desktop and in the living room. With aptX Bluetooth and stereo RCA inputs and not much else, it's easy to set up for streaming and vinyl or CD playback. At $200, the Ai40 is also a notably affordable given the performance level it provides.