Were $699, now $599/pair, without stands.
While it is the smallest of the series, the 686 delivers an amazing amount of music. For some, the size will be a definite advantage, as it is a very easily accommodated bookshelf speaker. While it cannot deliver the impressive amount of bass that the next model up does, it manages to surprise most listeners with the sheer amount of very good sound it does produce from its rear-ported bass-reflex enclosure. Those who seek to wring every last drop of goodness form a loudspeaker by way of tweaks and room placement will be rewarded - it can also be biwired if you are into that sort of additional treatment.