Hegel Music Systems H30Price: $15,000

Website: www.hegel.com

Doug said: Although the H30 is the biggest, most expensive product Hegel Music Systems makes, it nonetheless carries on the company’s tradition of high performance and high value -- not because it’s cheap, but because it can stand alongside the best amps made, even those costing much more.

Read the SoundStage! Hi-Fi review.

The gist: Super-powerful amp for a vivid musical experience.