Electronics

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...
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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