Eximus S1Price: $2500

Website: www.aprilmusic.com

Doug said: The S1 has several attributes that will make it the ideal amp for someone. It has plenty of stiff competition in and around $2500, but more than holds its own with a refined, appealing, distinctive sound that’s highly listenable over the long term and is worth the price. It’s a compact, high-style, audiophile-grade masterpiece of visual design for those who want their products to blend beautifully and discreetly into their surroundings.

Read the SoundStage! Hi-Fi review.

The gist: Compact, powerful, and super cool looking.