Electronics

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...
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...
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...
UD9004 ($6,000) This flagship player from Marantz does it all: Blu-ray Disc, DVD, CD, SACD, and DVD-Audio disc. Its video processor provides high-definition video, as well as a vertical stretch mode...
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...
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...
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...
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-...
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...
Harman International in Northridge, Calif., is one of the country’s largest research centers for developing cutting-edge loudspeaker technology. At this massive 44-acre site just north of Los Angeles...

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