Electronics

Compact Reference ($37,000 per pair) This powerful little speaker model is the baby sister to Technical Audio Devices’ $70,000-per-pair flagship, the Reference One. The Compact Reference, or CR-1,...
AVR-A100 ($2,500) No home audio/video system is complete without a receiver to distribute signals, and Denon’s 100th Anniversary Collection has 9.2 channels’ worth of connectivity to wheel and deal...
Reference 3.5 ($6,000 per pair) At less than three feet tall, these striking loudspeakers from Anthony Gallo Acoustics pack a surprising punch. The speaker maker’s trademark cylindrical diaphragm...
Reference II Series ($230 – $3,200) With legends such as the Klipschorn, La Scala, and Cornwall in its portfolio, this 64-year-old loudspeaker manufacturer needs no introduction. The new Reference II...
Most of today’s advanced home theater systems are designed and built by custom electronics installation firms. Such a firm can, if asked, provide a turnkey home theater with little involvement on the...
If there were any doubts about the IQ of today's smartphones, they were expunged by a recent experience: Having spent countless hours over two weeks trying to get a new Windows Vista PC and Outlook...
MVP881 ($8,000) Robb Report readers will recognize this remarkable player from McIntosh as a Best of the Best selection for 2010. It offers flawless playback of Blu-ray Discs, DVD, CDs, SACDs, and...
Reference Signature SUB 2 ($7,500) This new reference subwoofer from Paradigm is the Canadian manufacturer’s most powerful speaker to date. Its massive 233-pound weight and hexagon-shape cabinet lend...
BeoVision 10 (Starting at approximately $5,585) With the BeoVision 10, Bang & Olufsen applies its prowess in the realm of industrial design and functionality to high-end glass. Designer David...
9000 Series ($5,000 – $6,000) The top-of-the-line 9000 Series 3-D-capable TVs from electronics supergiant Samsung are the Korean brand’s design statements. With a depth less than 1/3 of an inch, the...
8000 Series ($2,800 – $6,000) The 8000 Series 3-D-capable TVs from electronics supergiant Samsung are the Korean brand’s technology statements. They use a full array of LED as the lighting engine for...
BeoLab 11 (Starting at approximately $2,000) Danish brand Bang & Olufsen is better known for its sense of style than for its audiophile appeal. B&O’s new subwoofer is certainly the most...
XCS200 ($6,000 each) While McIntosh designed this loudspeaker as a center-channel supplement to be placed between a pair of XR200s, users can easily situate it vertically so that it may serve as a...
Stella Utopia EM ($90,000 per pair) If the celebrated Focal brand name etched into the façade of this amazing floor-standing speaker does not entirely speak for its level of quality, its 2010 Best of...
ProVu P2 ($16,995) This NuVision projector employs an LED light source, which will last up to 20 years and use 40 percent less power than traditional mercury lamps. It offers throw lengths from 8 to...
Grand Cinema C3X ($79,995) To generate a 3-D picture, this system from Italian manufacturer SIM2 uses dual three-chip digital-light processing projectors to deliver as many as 9,000 lumens. With...
DCL-200FD ($25,000) Wolf Cinema’s projectors are frequent recipients of high praise, and the brand’s newest single-chip model, the DCL-200FD, is Wolf’s foray into LED lighting engines. Three liquid-...
Q701 ($480) “They’re the top of the heap, man,” says Quincy Jones of AKG’s new flagship headphones, the Q701s, which the Harman subsidiary developed through its relationship with the legendary music...
JH16 ($1,150) Jerry Harvey is the best-known name in the world in-ear monitor headphones (IEMs), which professional musicians use to monitor their sound while performing onstage. Harvey’s acclaim is...
Image X10i ($350) In recent years, Klipsch has made a push to produce high-end earbuds, and its new Image X10i models are the cream of the crop. Each earpiece is pencil-thin and featherlight (an...
M600 ($53,000) Technical Audio Devices’ new M600 monaural amp is a beast by any definition—it delivers a whopping 600 watts of power at 4 ohms. It utilizes single-stage voltage amplification in a 77-...
MC452 ($7,500) McIntosh does hi-fi well—really well—but it does amplifiers beyond compare, and the MC452 is the newest testament to that fact. It uses McIntosh Autoformer technology to deliver its...
PMA-A100 ($2,500) This integrated amp is the ideal hub for Denon two-channel gear. Denon placed the preamp and output circuitry independent from the transformer coils to minimize electrical...
Jabra Stone ($130) This Bluetooth headset is easy to love. The microphone and earpiece deliver flawless audio for callers on both ends of the line, and it is among the smallest and lightest headsets...
Jawbone Icon ($100) Simple yet functional is perhaps the most apt descriptor for the Jawbone Icon Bluetooth headset. Its minute dimensions and featherlight 9-gram weight eliminate the need for an ear...
Q2 ($130) The Q2 Smart Bluetooth headset from wireless product manufacturer BlueAnt is comfortable and highly functional. It is lightweight and comes with an optional easy-to-adjust ear loop. Dual...
Bloggie Touch ($200) The Bloggie Touch from Sony is hands down the best handheld mini-cam on the market. The 8-gigabyte-capacity model records up to four hours of full 1080p video and captures 12.8-...
Slide HD ($250) World Cup fans saw Mick Jagger capture highlights from England’s loss to Germany with his handy Flip Mino, though the legendary rocker would have been able to record the entire game...
AH-A100 ($500) These dynamic ear cans from Denon employ a huge neodymium magnet driver (nearly two inches) in each ear cup to power precision audio reproduction and a frequency range from 5 Hz to 37...
T1 ($1,295) For its T1 headphones, German audio product manufacturer Beyerdynamic constructed the first transducer with a magnetic-flux density greater than one tesla (hence T1), which translates to...

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