FrontRunners: Smooth Sounds

The ViV Laboratory Evanui Signature loudspeaker (www.vivaudiolab.com) may look decorative, but its shape serves a purpose: It has no corners to interfere with the sound waves oscillating within its acoustic field. Atop the 63 layers of Southeast Asian plywood that form the speaker’s base cabinet sits a 40-pound driver head made of an anodized alloy called duralumin. The 3-inch diaphragm floating within the driver connects to its surrounding enclosure by a single lead coil, which enables the speaker to produce sound with a remarkably low distortion level and a frequency range wide enough to eliminate the need for a supplemental woofer or tweeter. ViV Laboratory’s facility in Yokohama, Japan, will deliver a pair of the 160-?pound speakers to the United States for $60,000. The price includes $15,000 in shipping fees.

Controlled remotely by an app, the device manages lighting, climate, entertainment, and security…
Photo by Jonathan Beer
The sensor attaches to film cameras, enabling them to capture high-definition digital images…
And like a supercar, their performance is world-class…
Old-school audio engineering comes alive with this modern wonder of two-channel music reproduction…
Delivering 300 watts per channel, the high-fidelity dual-mono amp can power just about any speaker...
Sony’s latest effort to revitalize its Walkman brand caters to the discerning listener on the go…
But the level of musical nuance they deliver is well worth the investment…
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...