Electronics

The many accolades earned by Steinway Lyngdorf’s freestanding Model D and in-wall Model LS music systems include Robb Report Best of the Best honors (in 2007 and 2009, respectively). But apparently...
Like fine timepieces, Swiss-made Nagra electronics ( www.nagraaudio.com ) are works of art that display novel topology and precision tooling and offer top-tier performance. The company that makes...
Every bit as fashionable as previous models, the new Vertu Ti mobile phone ( www.vertu.com ) is even more functional. It is equipped with the Android 4.0 operating system and has a 1.7 GHz processor...
The South Korean electronics giant Samsung , one of the world’s leading TV manufacturers, just announced current and forthcoming availability for its 2013 display panels. The company’s new flagship...
At 55 inches, the LG OLED TV ( www.lg.com ) is the largest consumer-market TV with a screen that uses organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). The OLEDs illuminate when an electric current passes...
Meridian Audio , one of the world’s leading manufacturers of digital-audio equipment—namely for its line of self-powered, digital-signal-processing loudspeakers and its Digital Media Systems digital...
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...
1} Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A9 Designed to resemble a piece of furniture, the A9 speaker system ($2,700) from Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay brand streams music wirelessly from most personal devices...
The sound of the Antelope Audio Rubicon Atomic AD/DA Preamplifier ( www.antelopeaudio.com ) is as retro as its styling. The $40,000 component serves as an analog preamplifier, headphone amplifier,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
MM-1 computer speakers ($500) Fans of compact, convenient, and stylish speakers who are not willing to sacrifice audio-reproduction quality are certainly familiar with Bower & Wilkins. The...
Kingdom Royal (Approximately $55,000 per pair) U.K. speaker maker Tannoy announced its monstrous (265 pounds apiece) new flagship this year, the Kingdom Royal. These more-than four-foot-tall speakers...
GLA-55 ($1,000) This striking desktop speaker system, which, with its stereo mini-jack connector is best paired with a computer or iPod, has both audio and visual appeal. The outer shell, which is...
Ethos ($6,495 per pair) Kansas-based electrostatic speaker manufacturer MartinLogan incorporated a number of innovations into its new Ethos models to improve the low-frequency response, while...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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