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A Headphone Homage
Monster Cable’s line of metal-bodied Turbine and Turbine Pro in-ear headphones have become a favorite of musicians, record producers, and audio...
Personal Technology: Pixel Perfect
Leica has a loyal following among professional photographers, many of whom still cling to the German manufacturer’s film models. But the company’s...
A Smarter Sound for the Smart Fortwo
From its 71-hp 3-cylinder engine to its box-shaped proportions, the Smart Fortwo maintains every facet of minimalist methodology. The car is...
Small-Scale Surround-Sound Packs Power
Compact home theater speaker systems suffer a dismal reputation for sound quality, but excellence can hardly be expected from inexpensive plastic...
In the last three years, Magico has emerged as one of the high-end audio industry’s premier speaker brands. While all of the company’s products...
FrontRunners: Horns of Plenty
Aesthesis will make 100 pairs of its new $90,000-per-set Gramophone speakers ( www.aesthesis.se ), which the hi-fi manufacturer spent four years...
Home Electronics: Sly on the Wall
When hanging on a wall, Bang & Olufsen’s new BeoVision 10 resembles a work of art as much as it does a television. But hanging seems an...
FrontRunners: Steady State
To eliminate vibration in the Goldmund Eidos Reference Blue ( www.goldmund.com ), the manufacturer encased the 66-pound Blu-ray disc player in brass...
Vertu Flips with Constellation Ayxta
Vertu’s first flip phone, the Constellation Ayxta ($6,500-$8,600), was created to be the jetsetter’s essential travel companion. In addition to Vertu...
Wolf Cinema builds video projectors exclusively for high-end custom home theaters. The $85,000 DCX-1000i occupies the middle position in the company’...
FrontRunners: Carrier Pitch On
The Sound Carrier 300 B Aurum tube amplifier ( www.tehnicki-centar-krklec.hr ) by Croatian manufacturer Technical Center Krklec is not for everyone...
21 Ultimate Gifts: The Big Picture
THE GIFT A one-of-a-kind IMAX home theater conceived by designer Theo Kalomirakis in collaboration with IMAX. $1.8 MILLION In a 1989 article, the New...
FrontRunners: System Down
McIntosh Labs’ Reference System loudspeakers stand 7 feet tall and weigh more than 450 pounds apiece. Thus, McIntosh’s latest release—its first-ever...
Big Time: Swinging Sensation
Modern clocks are as rich in technical detail as watches, and certainly richer in history. Yet they lag behind in popularity. The most avid...
Scott Slavis, a Las Vegas–area watch collector, recently acquired a massive clock and watch winder by the renowned German clockmaker Erwin Sattler...
Personal Technology: Call Time
The first cellular phone call was made in 1973 on a handset that weighed 2.5 pounds and stood 9 inches tall. Soon thereafter, cell phones became...
High-Tech Media Storage
Many people have grown accustomed to storing all of their media—music, movies, etc.—on computers. But computers hardly have a reputation for user-...
FrontRunners: Vision Quest
The recent demise of Pioneer’s Kuro plasma-TV line reduced the options for consumers of high-end flat-panel TVs. NuVision, a Scottsdale, Ariz.,...
Tiny Amplifier Delivers Smooth Sound
Firestone Audio conceived the Little Country III for private communing with your favorite music. This tiny amplifier is designed specifically for use...
Sub Equalizer Gives New Sound to Bass
When properly installed and adjusted, subwoofers—speakers designed solely for the reproduction of bass—make home theater dramatically more exciting...
The Toys of Summer: A Pan for All Seasons
The pennant race is still too close to call, and your team is playing on TV. But the weather is warm and sunny, and you do not want to spend the...
Home Electronics: Thin Is In
The recession cast a pall over the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January. Attendance at the event was down nearly 22 percent from...
FrontRunners: Heavily Armed
Cool as the AAS Gabriel/DaVinciAudio Labs Turntable ( www.da-vinci-audio.com ) looks, its design also serves a practical purpose: The $100,000 music...
Audio Automation via Apple
One of the most powerful audio remote controls ever created may well be resting in your pocket right now. With its RNET Touchpoint user interface,...
Most on-wall speakers were designed to complement TVs measuring about four inches thick. Next to today’s one-inch-thick sets, though, the same...
Elevating Everyday Sound
Many experts consider the Super Audio CD format to be the finest audio technology yet created. Esoteric Audio’s SA-50 not only plays SACDs, it also...
Personal Technology: Higher Calling
"The lifeblood of a designer is to keep things moving," says Frank Nuovo, creative director and designer for Vertu, the high-end mobile-phone brand...
Flat-panel TVs can hide in credenzas, in ceilings, under beds … and behind mirrors. The Pantel Mirror TV functions as a mirror when it is turned off...
Undisputed Heavyweight Champ
Video experts may debate whether or not Bang & Olufsen’s BeoVision 4 is the greatest television ever created, but it is without a doubt the most...
Old Is New Again
Given that Cary Audio has been building its CAD 211amplifier for 17 years, and that the CAD 211 itself is based on circuit designs dating back to the...
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