Electronics

M80 ($2,995) Meridian’s M80 is the compact player system to be beat. Using the same electrical guts and general aesthetic silhouette as the highly lauded F80 (see Robb Report, June 2008), the new M80...
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...
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...
DVD-A1UDCI Universal Blu-ray Player ($4,500) This player from 100-year-old electronics giant Denon holds the title for world’s first universal Blu-ray player, though others have followed suit since...
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...
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,...
DCD-A100 ($2,500) This is the only dedicated CD/SACD player in Denon’s current model lineup. It utilizes a 32-bit, 192-kHz digital-to-analog converter to deliver a high-fidelity audio signal, as well...
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...
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...
DBP-A100 ($2,500) Denon’s 100th-anniversary universal Blu-ray player uses patented Denon Link 4th technology in its HDMI signal transference to minimize the audio and video jitter that typically...
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...
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...
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...
LeDIX Origine Limited (Approximately $340,000) Costing significantly more than each of the cars included in Robb Report’s 2010 Car of the Year competition (with the exception of the $2 million...
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...
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...

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