Electronics

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...
This 70-inch-tall electrostatic speaker produces sound exclusively with thin, transparent Mylar diaphragms rather than with conventional woofers and tweeters. Audiophiles praise its detailed,...
“Big” is unquestionably the best word to describe the McIntosh XRT2K loudspeaker, in terms of both audio reproduction and real estate. These towers of power stand about 7 feet tall and weight over...
KEF crafts the Muon from 6 mm sheets of aluminum using a process called superforming; no metal sculpture in New York’s Museum of Modern Art is more meticulously fabricated. Its curved shape, thick...
Pioneer’s BDP-09FD is no ordinary Blu-ray player. Three integrated processing chips provide its superior video-reproduction capabilities as well as the ability to up-convert 8- and 16-bit video...
Crafted to take the punishment of listeners who like their audio loud—real loud!—the Custom Theater 800 speaker system also has the distortion-free punch to fill large screening rooms. We can testify...
No other digital video projector matches the picture quality of Meridian’s 810 Reference Video System. Consisting of a high-definition projector that outputs a 10-million-pixel screen resolution and...
Noiselessly delivering 600 watts (200 watts per channel for three channels of amplification) to a typical 8-ohm speaker, the No. 433 ensures channel isolation by providing each one with its own...
Audiophiles have several technological innovations to thank for the remarkable sound reproduced by Sennheiser’s HD800 dynamic circumaural headphones. 2.2-inch transducers—the largest of any ear cans—...
The G68 has the uncanny ability to handle even the most intricate and involving soundtracks while immersing the listener in remarkably realistic surround sound. In addition to the obligatory analog...
Few, if any, audio-product manufacturers have been able to reach the echelons of quality and performance to which Peter Lyngdorf has elevated his company. The Danish-born audio innovator founded the...
Snell Acoustics has been a leading loudspeaker manufacturer for over 30 years. When Joseph D’Appolito began engineering speakers for the company in 2003, the possibilities became limitless. Take...
Perhaps no audio/video system is more bespoke than the Goldmund Media Room. Each one is built and configured to suit your space. The $300,000 starting price includes 128 aluminum-enclosed speaker...

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