Electronics

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...
The Ferrari Art.Engine is surely the most extravagant and accomplished compact audio system to date. Granted, its 16 woofers, 400 watts of digital amplification, and 107-pound weight may push the...
The Scarlatti CD/SACD playback system consists of the $32,999 Transport disc mechanism, the $23,999 DAC digital-to-analog converter, and the $10,999 Master Clock. By separating the disc mechanism and...
Nagra is best known for its rugged portable audio recorders, which have been used in the production of practically every movie you have seen. The CDC mirrors the gratifying look and feel of Nagra’s...
Meridian tends to be conservative in its claims, but the company could legitimately tout the DSP-8000 as the world’s most technically advanced speaker. Digital electronics refine the sound of the DSP...
The PAN320 is one of a small but growing number of TVs designed for use outdoors. Its rugged, water- and dirt-resistant aluminum chassis protects it from rain, garden hoses, footballs, and bugs...
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...
Video projection is going through a revolution this year, thanks to a new breed of projectors that produce a superior picture while demanding nearly zero maintenance. These projectors use red, green...
Whether your bathroom is elegant or over the top, the Séura Hydra waterproof TV can be styled to suit the surroundings. Séura offers the 19-inch TV in any color you like: The TV’s finish can be...
The difficulty in developing audiophile-grade earbuds lies in creating a design compact enough to allow for optimal comfort without sacrificing the ability to reproduce audio in high fidelity. With...
Six years ago, speaker manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins upgraded top models in its famed 800 Series with tweeters made from solid diamond, grown in a laboratory to form a dome shape. The diamond...
Martin Logan is famous for its sizable floor-standing electrostatic speakers, but the Lawrence, Kansas, manufacturer recently introduced a relatively compact home theater solution that has also begun...
Only a few audio-video companies have braved the challenge of making a high-end Blu-ray Disc player. Marantz’s UD-9004 strikes us as one of the most elegant and accomplished of this rare breed. The...
While McIntosh Labs is best known for the hi-fi products in its model lineup that contribute to the flawless reproduction of two-channel music, the Binghamton, NY, manufacturer has, in recent years,...
Monster Cable’s line of metal-bodied Turbine and Turbine Pro in-ear headphones have become a favorite of musicians, record producers, and audio engineers, so it is only fitting that the company’s...
From its 71-hp 3-cylinder engine to its box-shaped proportions, the Smart Fortwo maintains every facet of minimalist methodology. The car is intentionally designed for those looking to scale down,...
Compact home theater speaker systems suffer a dismal reputation for sound quality, but excellence can hardly be expected from inexpensive plastic boxes. Still, there are many who would enjoy a...

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