Best of the Best 2013: Electronics: Speakers: Steinway Lyngdorf Model LS Concert
Priced at $172,000 per pair, the 8.2-foot-tall Steinway Lyngdorf Model LS Concert (212.588.9330, www.steinwaylyngdorf.com) is a floor-standing loudspeaker featuring 15 vertically stacked 5.25-inch midrange drivers that are open at the back. This design, by the Danish audio wizard Peter Lyngdorf, allows sound to reflect off the back wall of a room and create a diffused, ambient timbre, just as a musical instrument played in the same space would. The stacked array of drivers also produces a cylindrical dispersion pattern that fills large spaces with virtually decay-free sound. Situated alongside the drivers is a column of 10 air-motion tweeters, which deliver pristine high-frequency responses and musical details.