Electronics

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...
During the second week of January, the technology world converged in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), now in its 45th year. The 2013 show set a record in terms of exhibition space,...
It is no wonder that the BeoPlay A9 self-powered loudspeaker system, the most powerful performer from Bang & Olufsen’s sister brand B&O Play, won a coveted “Best of Innovations” award at the...
The big news in the TV world during the past year was the debut of 4K TVs, which manufacturers Sony and LG began shipping in October. (Rumor has it that Samsung will unveil its 4K foray at the...
The newest offering from Strut—a San Clemente, Calif.–based purveyor of luxury automobile accessories—is a departure from its usual selection of grilles and wheels. The Strut Launchport is an iPad...
For over a decade, Germany’s AMG (for Analog Manufaktur Germany—no relation to the AMG branch of automaker Mercedes-Benz) has been providing specialized, high-tolerance parts for many of the world’s...
In September, English audio component expert dCS began shipping its latest and most impressive digital-audio system to date. Priced at $110,000 for the four-component system, the dCS Vivaldi...
Sonus faber, the Italian manufacturer known for its stylish loudspeakers, has introduced a special-edition version of its widely praised Elipsa speaker model. The Elipsa SE, which began reaching U.S...
Vertu has introduced its latest addition to the Constellation collection—the sleek Constellation Black Neon ($8,300)—revealing a redesigned handset with polished black stainless steel, black ceramic...
Newly launched audio product manufacturer AudioXperts—founded by a team of industry experts whose backgrounds range from product design to recording and engineering—unveiled its first line of...
For more than 40 years, Crestron Electronics has produced industry-leading home-automation systems. Today, those systems enable homeowners to control every electronic aspect of their dwelling—from...
The erudite engineers of Carson City, Nev.-based Wisdom Audio have begun delivering the first on-wall speakers of its namesake Wisdom line: the LS4 and its slightly smaller sister, the LS3. In...

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