Bel Canto Design e.One C5iPrice: $1895

Website: www.belcantodesign.com

Roger said: For $1895, this is a sweet little component that I won’t hesitate to recommend for its excellent combination of price, performance, and convenience in a compact, well-thought-out package.

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The gist: All-in-one high-end sound.

Esoteric I-03Price: $13,000

Website: www.esoteric.teac.com

Uday said: Esoteric’s Master Sound Works I-03 is a solid performer with excellent build quality and ergonomics and enough power to drive all but the most power-hungry speakers. It does many things very well and has no glaring weaknesses.

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The gist: Expensive integrated amp that delivers the sound of separates.

Hegel H300Price: $5500

Website: www.hegel.com

Hans said: Quiet, deeply resolving, thoughtfully connective and functional, and operated with a remote control that looks and feels as if designed specifically for it -- a rarity, in my experience -- its performance is almost as impressive as its price. The H300’s evolved neutrality of sound and unified design pay full homage to the philosopher for which it’s named. Simply put, the H300 is superb in every way. Consider the bar raised.

Great Buy

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The gist: One of the very best deals in high-end electronics.

Musical Fidelity M6 500iPrice: $6999

Website: www.musicalfidelity.com

Hans said: In aggregate, the M6 500i has qualities that I think would appeal to an array of listeners: superfluous power, musicality and warmth, resolution befitting a $6999 asking price, a proud lineage. Really, there’s a lot to like.

Reviewers' Choice

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The gist: Beast of an integrated.

NAD C375DACPrice: $1599

Website: www.nadelectronics.com

Sathyan said: The C 375DAC breathed new life into my speakers, headphones, and recordings. The DAC is a welcome addition that will allow many to forgo the expense of a standalone DAC. As the audio industry seems to be moving toward computer-based playback of hi-rez audio, the NAD C 375DAC should find a place in many listeners’ audio racks.

Great Buy

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The gist: A good foundation for a high-end system.

T+A Elektroakustik E-SeriesPrice: $4200

Website: www.taelektroakustik.de

Howard said: The T+A Elektroakustik E-Series Music Receiver is a chef of the future that will propel you into the new digital age of computer and streaming Internet audio. It’s also a chef of the past, allowing you to indulge in such traditional audio pastimes as playing a CD, listening to FM radio, or hooking up a tape deck or phono stage and turntable. It’s a fairly small, extremely well-made product that not only sounds fantastic, but is one of the coolest components to pass through my listening room in some time.

Reviewers' Choice

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The gist: Audiophile receiver with German engineering.

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