Best of the Best 2012: Audio: Steinway Lyngdorf S-Series

Danish audio wizard Peter Lyngdorf—inventor of two audio systems previously named Robb Report’s Best of the Best—has outdone himself with the Steinway Lyngdorf S-Series(www.steinwaylyngdorf.com), which began shipping last June. The true innovation behind this compact system is the series’ S-15 speaker units, the design of which splits the rear-firing audio radiation to produce what is known as a dipole effect, thus generating as much as 114 decibels of sound pressure with a sizable dispersion area. The S-15 speakers each weigh less than 10 pounds and stand just 10 inches tall. A basic stereo configuration starts at about $22,000 and includes two S-15 bookshelf speakers (which are also available as on-wall units), two S-210 on-floor boundary woofers, two A1 amplifiers, and an SP-1 stereo processor. Steinway Lyngdorf offers multichannel S-Series systems as well.

Photo by Luke Milnes
With a carbon-fiber cabinet and an array of 28 drivers, the new speakers look and sound beautiful…
Photo by Jonathan Beer
The camera features wireless technology along with other significant upgrades…
Photo by Malena silva
Among the finest conduits for playing music from an untethered digital device are the KEF X300A...
Photo by VZPhoto
The world’s top hi-fi manufacturers take personal listening to new levels with these small but...
Peter Luehr
Bob Ludwig has perfected recordings by some of the greatest artists of the last 40 years...
Photo by Jeff Dorgay
The speakers’ powerful response belies their diminutive size…
The recent release of the Limited-Edition Linn Sondek LP12 (www.linn.co.uk) celebrates the 40th...
High-definition content looks better than ever on these cutting-edge 4K displays.
Photo by Berlyn Photography
Going to the movies is a treasured pastime for many American families. But for celebrities and...
Photo by VZPhoto
Harnessing the control and clarity of digital audio…