Electronics

The problem with the minuscule depth of TVs from today’s leading manufacturers—the profile of Samsung’s new top-of-the-line Series 9 LED-backlit models measures less than one-third of an inch—is that...
Bang & Olufsen product owners likely value aesthetic presence as much as they value high-quality audio reproduction. Having this in mind, the Danish manufacturer unveiled its BeoLab 11. Its...
The newest electronic gadgets are getting smaller and more efficient, but Andy Aaron still believes in the aesthetics and simplicity of an earlier era when people relied on a simple calculator. In...
Audiophiles who crave the classic sound of vacuum-tube amplifiers must usually sacrifice the power and precision that transistor amplifiers provide. Greek manufacturer Ypsilon Electronics created the...
In May, Kaleidescape, a leading manufacturer of whole-home media storage and playback systems, entered into the realm of Blu-ray . With the new Kaleidescape M500 and M300 players , the Northern...
Kaleidescape is often the preferred media-server manufacturer for integrators and installers of home audio/video systems. This is because the Sunnyvale, Calif.–based company produces the largest-...
Sleek is the design style that Bang & Olufsen does best, and the Danish manufacturer’s BeoSound 5 music server certainly attests to that fact. Not only is the 10.4-inch display both unobtrusive...
Bower & Wilkins wowed the world of iPod docks in 2007, when the English manufacturer released its Zeppelin speaker. Boasting near-equivalent audio oomph, the Zeppelin Mini, which became available...
Robb Report readers will recall Meridian’s F80 music system from our 2008 Best of the Best issue. While the AD88 contains all of the same electrical systems as the F80 and thus produces equally...
This TV from Bang & Olufsen is the ultimate for size and cool factor. With the BeoVision 4-103, the Danish manufacturer has taken Panasonic’s 103-inch plasma display panel—which won Robb Report's...
Japan’s Denon Electronics is known for the solid construction of its audio and video components, a quality that is absolutely exemplified in the A1UDCI Universal Blu-ray Player. Equipped with 7.1...
The flagship universal player from Marantz presents mind-blowing fidelity of both audio and video reproduction. The D&M Holdings subsidiary has equipped the UD9004 with dual HDMI outputs—one for...
The disc-based-audio-source buck stops here with McIntosh Labs’ flagship player. Equipped with dual laser elements that read discs at twice the normal rate, the MCD500 plays back both CDs and SACDs...
This audio system combines the timeless aesthetics and craftsmanship of a Steinway grand piano with the digital wizardry of renowned audio designer Peter Lyngdorf. Two 7-foot-tall speakers, each...
No flat-panel TV on the market is more impressive than this behemoth, which in many rooms will fill an entire wall. Despite the picture’s size, it looks satisfyingly bright and vividly colorful. Its...
Jerry Harvey designed these custom headphones as in-ear monitors for professional musicians, but discerning audiophiles have adopted them as earbud killers. With six drivers—two for each of the three...
JBL based the design of this system on its professional cinema systems. It is one of only a very few that deliver enough power to fill a large, 20-seat home theater. The system includes speakers,...
The $1,500 Krell Interface Dock (KID) extracts audio from an iPod and handles it with the same care Krell lavishes on CDs. The KID can connect to any audio system, but its safest home is the $2,000...
Though Grado Labs is better known for producing much larger headphones, the GR8 places the company’s proprietary big sound into a comfortable and convenient earbud. The sound produced by the unique...
The sleek aluminum chassis of the Zeppelin is not purely to advance its looks—its elegant curves also enhance its acoustics. Pop an iPod into its dock and turn up the volume and you will enjoy sound...
Although unmistakably Scandinavian modern in form, these Danish loudspeakers are sonic chameleons that eschew an identifiable sound in favor of letting the music and movies speak for themselves. The...
Grado Labs is arguably the world’s most renowned producer of dynamic circumaural headphones, and these—the Brooklyn, N.Y., firm’s flagship model—aptly deserve such celebrity. With mahogany inner-cup...
Audiophiles revere Meridian as a source of the most advanced audio technology. The F80 applies Meridian’s expertise to a shelf-top audio system. It plays clearer and louder than many full-size...
The quality of these dynamic closed-cup circumaural headphones justifies their lofty moniker. Sexy piano-finished mahogany housings serve to dampen resonance, while a magnesium frame and duralumin...
Pioneer Kuro TVs enjoy a reputation for the deepest, darkest blacks of any flat-panel displays. This 60-inch set’s picture detail and color accuracy match those of professional TV-production monitors...
Internationally renowned pen maker Patrick Chu designs his rare and exceptional Kandinsky loudspeakers in America and has them constructed at his factory in China. The Kandinsky’s 19-inch wooden horn...
Many audiophiles consider amplifiers based on tubes, rather than transistors, to have a warmer, more natural sound. McIntosh’s MC275 epitomizes the retro aesthetic of tubes. This 75-watt-per-channel...
Most audiophiles have probably never heard of the Lotus Group, but the flagship loudspeaker from the boutique Northern California manufacturer definitely merits note. Implementing handmade Washi-...
This 450-watt amplifier is one of the finest audio components ever created. Its proprietary technology delivers completely clean, uncolored sound in every frequency range of human hearing—and then...
For listeners looking for that big McIntosh sound without the sizeable footprint of the Binghamton, N.Y., company’s behemoth flagship speakers, the XR200 will satisfy on all fronts. Seven dome...

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