Electronics

The Japanese brand Denon has redesigned its top-of-the-line Music Maniac Artisan AH-D7100 circumaural headphones ($1,200) to create a pristine listening experience. Their frequency response ranges...
DP-A100 ($2,500) Turntables in Denon’s product collection date back to the company’s founding in 1910, when it produced Japan’s first phonograph (Denon produced its first turntable in 1938), and 100...
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...
Constellation Quest ($7,900 – $23,900) The new Constellation Quest is the first model from Vertu with a full keyboard. The U.K.-based manufacturer handcrafts these unique smartphones from such...
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-...
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...
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-...
Ascent 2010 (Starting at approximately $5,500) The most recent iteration of the automotive-inspired Ascent Collection from high-end cell-phone-maker Vertu is available in either anodized aerospace-...
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...
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...
D-73D ($49,995) Video reproduction leader Runco pulled out all the stops with its new, top-of-the-line 3-D projector, the D-73D. Taking advantage of its Constant Stereoscopic Video architecture and...
Sooloos Control 15 ($7,500) When U.K. hi-fi product manufacturer Meridian acquired Sooloos in late 2008, it took control of the home-music server industry. With the new Control 15, Meridian has again...
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...
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...
MEN220 ($4,500) This McIntosh two-channel room correction and equalization processor utilizes technology penned by the audio correction mastermind, Peter Lyngdorf. That technology, dubbed RoomPerfect...
M-Class players ($2,495 – $3,995) The M500 and M300 players incorporate Blu-ray playback into the product range of Kaleidescape, the industry leader for media storage and integration. Working in...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Niagra ($54,000 per pair) The top-of-the-line Niagra speaker from French manufacturer Waterfall Audio is a thing of audio and aesthetic beauty. Each speaker includes two separate enclosures, both of...
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...
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...
Mythos XTR-50 ($700 each) These nifty little speakers from Def Tech are far from the most expensive items on our list. Their value, however, is unequivocal. Made for pairing with ultrathin on-wall...
MX150 Audio/Video Control Center ($12,000) This 12-channel preamplifier is an absolutely ideal command center for any over-the-top home-theater installation. It pairs five HDMI audio/video inputs, an...
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...
Motion Series ($200 – $1,500) While MartinLogan’s Motion Series speakers do not use the brand’s trademarked electrostatic technology, they do present a compact home- theater solution with levels of...
C50 ($6,500) Serving as the ideal hub for all of the users’ analog and digital components, the C50 is, for some, the new flagship preamplifier control center from McIntosh. (Two-channel purists will...

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