Electronics

Audiophiles who crave the classic sound of vacuum-tube amplifiers must usually sacrifice the power and precision that transistor amplifiers provide. Greek manufacturer Ypsilon Electronics created the...
In May, Kaleidescape, a leading manufacturer of whole-home media storage and playback systems, entered into the realm of Blu-ray . With the new Kaleidescape M500 and M300 players , the Northern...
Kaleidescape is often the preferred media-server manufacturer for integrators and installers of home audio/video systems. This is because the Sunnyvale, Calif.–based company produces the largest-...
Sleek is the design style that Bang & Olufsen does best, and the Danish manufacturer’s BeoSound 5 music server certainly attests to that fact. Not only is the 10.4-inch display both unobtrusive...
Bower & Wilkins wowed the world of iPod docks in 2007, when the English manufacturer released its Zeppelin speaker. Boasting near-equivalent audio oomph, the Zeppelin Mini, which became available...
Robb Report readers will recall Meridian’s F80 music system from our 2008 Best of the Best issue. While the AD88 contains all of the same electrical systems as the F80 and thus produces equally...
This TV from Bang & Olufsen is the ultimate for size and cool factor. With the BeoVision 4-103, the Danish manufacturer has taken Panasonic’s 103-inch plasma display panel—which won Robb Report's...
Japan’s Denon Electronics is known for the solid construction of its audio and video components, a quality that is absolutely exemplified in the A1UDCI Universal Blu-ray Player. Equipped with 7.1...
The flagship universal player from Marantz presents mind-blowing fidelity of both audio and video reproduction. The D&M Holdings subsidiary has equipped the UD9004 with dual HDMI outputs—one for...
The disc-based-audio-source buck stops here with McIntosh Labs’ flagship player. Equipped with dual laser elements that read discs at twice the normal rate, the MCD500 plays back both CDs and SACDs...
Few, if any, audio-product manufacturers have been able to reach the echelons of quality and performance to which Peter Lyngdorf has elevated his company. The Danish-born audio innovator founded the...
Snell Acoustics has been a leading loudspeaker manufacturer for over 30 years. When Joseph D’Appolito began engineering speakers for the company in 2003, the possibilities became limitless. Take...
Perhaps no audio/video system is more bespoke than the Goldmund Media Room. Each one is built and configured to suit your space. The $300,000 starting price includes 128 aluminum-enclosed speaker...
The Ferrari Art.Engine is surely the most extravagant and accomplished compact audio system to date. Granted, its 16 woofers, 400 watts of digital amplification, and 107-pound weight may push the...
The Scarlatti CD/SACD playback system consists of the $32,999 Transport disc mechanism, the $23,999 DAC digital-to-analog converter, and the $10,999 Master Clock. By separating the disc mechanism and...
Nagra is best known for its rugged portable audio recorders, which have been used in the production of practically every movie you have seen. The CDC mirrors the gratifying look and feel of Nagra’s...
Meridian tends to be conservative in its claims, but the company could legitimately tout the DSP-8000 as the world’s most technically advanced speaker. Digital electronics refine the sound of the DSP...
The PAN320 is one of a small but growing number of TVs designed for use outdoors. Its rugged, water- and dirt-resistant aluminum chassis protects it from rain, garden hoses, footballs, and bugs...
This audio system combines the timeless aesthetics and craftsmanship of a Steinway grand piano with the digital wizardry of renowned audio designer Peter Lyngdorf. Two 7-foot-tall speakers, each...
No flat-panel TV on the market is more impressive than this behemoth, which in many rooms will fill an entire wall. Despite the picture’s size, it looks satisfyingly bright and vividly colorful. Its...
Jerry Harvey designed these custom headphones as in-ear monitors for professional musicians, but discerning audiophiles have adopted them as earbud killers. With six drivers—two for each of the three...
JBL based the design of this system on its professional cinema systems. It is one of only a very few that deliver enough power to fill a large, 20-seat home theater. The system includes speakers,...
The $1,500 Krell Interface Dock (KID) extracts audio from an iPod and handles it with the same care Krell lavishes on CDs. The KID can connect to any audio system, but its safest home is the $2,000...
Though Grado Labs is better known for producing much larger headphones, the GR8 places the company’s proprietary big sound into a comfortable and convenient earbud. The sound produced by the unique...
The sleek aluminum chassis of the Zeppelin is not purely to advance its looks—its elegant curves also enhance its acoustics. Pop an iPod into its dock and turn up the volume and you will enjoy sound...
Although unmistakably Scandinavian modern in form, these Danish loudspeakers are sonic chameleons that eschew an identifiable sound in favor of letting the music and movies speak for themselves. The...
Grado Labs is arguably the world’s most renowned producer of dynamic circumaural headphones, and these—the Brooklyn, N.Y., firm’s flagship model—aptly deserve such celebrity. With mahogany inner-cup...
Audiophiles revere Meridian as a source of the most advanced audio technology. The F80 applies Meridian’s expertise to a shelf-top audio system. It plays clearer and louder than many full-size...
The quality of these dynamic closed-cup circumaural headphones justifies their lofty moniker. Sexy piano-finished mahogany housings serve to dampen resonance, while a magnesium frame and duralumin...
Pioneer Kuro TVs enjoy a reputation for the deepest, darkest blacks of any flat-panel displays. This 60-inch set’s picture detail and color accuracy match those of professional TV-production monitors...

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