Electronics

The most recent iteration of the automotive-inspired Ascent Collection from high-end cell-phone-maker Vertu is available in either anodized aerospace-grade aluminum or forged titanium. Like all of...
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 exercised its prowess in...
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 conjunction with one of the brand’s...
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 a lighter...
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 on stage. Harvey’s acclaim is derived...
San Francisco–based music-server expert Olive Media has just begun delivering its new flagship, the 06HD. While Olive has been a respected name in the industry since its founding in 2005, this...
The new Constellation Quest is the first model from Vertu with a full keyboard. The U.K.-based manufacturer handcrafts these unique smart phones from such materials as brushed stainless steel, fine...
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 full power output...
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-pound graphite...
The Regen ReVerb may be the only iPod speaker system that can play at party levels without consuming a penny’s worth of electricity. A photovoltaic panel on the back of the $2,299 ReVerb charges the...
The problem with the minuscule depth of TVs from today’s leading manufacturers—the profile of Samsung’s new top-of-the-line Series 9 LED-backlit models measures less than one-third of an inch—is that...
Bang & Olufsen product owners likely value aesthetic presence as much as they value high-quality audio reproduction. Having this in mind, the Danish manufacturer unveiled its BeoLab 11. Its...
The newest electronic gadgets are getting smaller and more efficient, but Andy Aaron still believes in the aesthetics and simplicity of an earlier era when people relied on a simple calculator. In...
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...
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...
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-...
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...
Internationally renowned pen maker Patrick Chu designs his rare and exceptional Kandinsky loudspeakers in America and has them constructed at his factory in China. The Kandinsky’s 19-inch wooden horn...
Many audiophiles consider amplifiers based on tubes, rather than transistors, to have a warmer, more natural sound. McIntosh’s MC275 epitomizes the retro aesthetic of tubes. This 75-watt-per-channel...
Most audiophiles have probably never heard of the Lotus Group, but the flagship loudspeaker from the boutique Northern California manufacturer definitely merits note. Implementing handmade Washi-...
This 450-watt amplifier is one of the finest audio components ever created. Its proprietary technology delivers completely clean, uncolored sound in every frequency range of human hearing—and then...
For listeners looking for that big McIntosh sound without the sizeable footprint of the Binghamton, N.Y., company’s behemoth flagship speakers, the XR200 will satisfy on all fronts. Seven dome...

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