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  • Rogue Audio Sphinx Integrated Amplifier

    Rogue SphinxPrice: $1295

    Website: www.rogueaudio.com

    Hans said: The Sphinx made everything I played through it sound compelling. Yes, you could spend more for an integrated amp that offers more power or higher performance. But on the scale of musical enjoyment per dollar spent, I found Rogue Audio’s Sphinx to score very high.

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    The gist: American-made hybrid integrated amp that sounds great.

  • Roku Digital Video Player

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    Price: $99

    Website: www.roku.com

    He said: I’m afraid the Roku is another nail in the coffin of the spinning silver disc, a continuation of the shift in how we use media . . .

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    The gist: One more reason discs are doomed.

  • Sanyo PLV-Z700 LCD Projector

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    Price: $1995.99

    Website: www.sanyo.com

    He said: The Sanyo PLV-Z700 has a great picture, loads of flexibility, deep menus, a bright picture, cannily chosen presets, and zero screen-door effect at any reasonable viewing distance. At $1600 or even $1995.99, the PLV-Z700 is a miracle -- a high-quality, high-definition LCD projector capable of offering a huge, bright, clean picture.

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    The gist: Hits the bull’s eye of a quickly moving target: affordable projectors.

  • Schiit Audio Fulla 2 DAC-Headphone Amplifier

    Price: $99

    Website: www.schiit.com

    Brent said: Unless you own one of the handful of headphones that truly demand an extraordinary, high-end amplifier, the Fulla 2 will get your headphones sounding great for what might be a fraction of the price you spent on the headphones.

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    The gist: No-brainer upgrade if you’re using a smartphone to drive your headphones.

  • Schiit Audio Yggdrasil Digital-to-Analog Converter with Analog 2 Upgrade

    Price: $2399; Analog 2 upgrade for original Yggdrasil, $550

    Website: www.schiit.com

    Erich said: The Yggdrasil provided beautiful, musical sound even when fed challenging recordings from digital’s early days. Clear imaging, large and solid soundstaging, linear frequency response, and a particularly fabulous midrange all make the Schiit Yggdrasil an excellent DAC at any price.

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    The gist: Uncommon DAC architecture produces sound that belies the low price.

  • Schiit Audio Yggdrasil Digital-to-Analog Converter with Analog 2 Upgrade

    Price: $2399; Analog 2 upgrade for original Yggdrasil, $550

    Website: www.schiit.com

    Erich said: In its Analog 2 version, the Yggdrasil DAC marries affordability to exceptional sound quality courtesy a bespoke DAC architecture from one of hi-fi’s most pioneering digital designers.

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    The gist: Uncommon DAC architecture produces sound that belies the low price.

  • Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC Headphones

    Price: $199.95

    Website: www.sennheiser.com

    Brent said: The fact that these headphones sound great, deliver above-average noise canceling, have almost every feature most people could want, pack fairly easily into a laptop bag, and sell for what I consider the starting price for decent NC headphones, makes them an outstanding buy.

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    The gist: Brent gives these the highest of marks.

  • Sennheiser HD 800 Headphones

    Sennheiser HD 800Price: $1499.95 single ended, $1649.95 balanced

    Website: www.sennheiserusa.com

    S. Andrea said: The Sennheiser HD 800s are clearly some of the best headphones out there. They’re dynamic, detailed, sound exceedingly smooth, and create an out-of-the-head listening experience that headphone lovers and headphone haters alike need to try.

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    The gist: The headphones everyone needs to try.

  • Sennheiser HD 800 S Headphones

    Price: $1699

    Website: www.sennheiser.com

    Brent said: Sennheiser’s HD 800 S headphones are clearly some of the best you can buy. Unless you’re a diehard basshead, or hate open-back headphones, or refuse to use a headphone amp, I can’t imagine you wouldn’t like them.

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    The gist: Maybe the best Sennheisers ever.

  • SensaSound TPO-7300 Multichannel Amplifier

    Price: $4900

    Website: www.sensasound.com

    Roger said: “. . . the TPO-7300’s exceptional sound quality is better than anything else I’ve heard in its price range, and makes it suitable for use in top-flight home theater and music systems without your having to break the bank.”

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    The gist: Roger’s choice for a multichannel amplifier costing below $5000.

  • Shunyata Research Aeros Aurora-IC Interconnects and Aurora-SP Speaker Cables

    shunyata_aurora_300wPrices: $7500 per 1m pair (Aeros Aurora-IC), $15,000 per 8’ pair (Aurora-SP)

    Website: www.shunyata.com

    Marc said: There is nothing these cables can’t do and nothing they do too extreme, providing a clear, resolved, and unforced view of the electronics, speakers, and music, one that doesn’t reach a tipping point or seemingly miss a sonic step.

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    The gist: The Quiet Company makes some noise.

  • Shunyata Research Aeros Stratos-IC Interconnects and Aeros Stratos-SP Speaker Cables

    shunyata_stratosPrices: $5000 per 1m pair (Aeros Stratos-IC), $6000 per 2.5m pair (Aeros Stratos-SP)

    Website: www.shunyata.com

    Tim said: Technology aside, I was awestruck at how much more enjoyment I got from my stereo using this latest combination of Shunyata cords, cables, interconnects . . . High-end audio is a threshold of moving expectations. As of now, Shunyata Research has redefined the state of the art of audio power and signal delivery.

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    The gist: Better cable research from Shunyata.

  • Shunyata Research Hydra V-Ray II Power Conditioner

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    Price: $4999

    Website: www.shunyata.com

    Jeff said: Shunyata’s designs have been refined and improved over the years, and today the company’s products hold pride of place in state-of-the-art systems worldwide.

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    The gist: Because we now know that power conditioning is essential.

  • Shunyata Research Hydra V-Ray Version II and Model-8 Version II Power Conditioners

    shunyata_vrayPrices: $4995 (Hydra V-Ray Version II), $2995 (Hydra Model-8 Version II)

    Website: www.shunyata.com

    Tim said: . . . I was awestruck at how much more enjoyment I got from my stereo using this latest combination of Shunyata . . . conditioners. High-end audio is a threshold of moving expectations. As of now, Shunyata Research has redefined the state of the art of audio power and signal delivery.

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    The gist: Shunyata marches toward ever-cleaner power delivery.

  • Shunyata Research King Cobra and Anaconda Power Cords

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    Prices: $3500 each (King Cobra), $2000 each (Anaconda)

    Website: www.shunyata.com

    Jeff said: Shunyata’s designs have been refined and improved over the years, and today the company’s products hold pride of place in state-of-the-art systems worldwide.

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    The gist: Slithering their way into the world’s best audio systems.

  • Shunyata Research Python CX, King Cobra CX, and Anaconda CX Power Cords

    shunyata_cxPrices: $1095 per 2m cord (Python CX), $3495 per 2m cord (King Cobra CX), $1995 per 2m cord (Anaconda CX)

    Website: www.shunyata.com

    Tim said: Technology aside, I was awestruck at how much more enjoyment I got from my stereo using this latest combination of Shunyata cords, cables, interconnects . . . High-end audio is a threshold of moving expectations. As of now, Shunyata Research has redefined the state of the art of audio power and signal delivery.

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    The gist: Shunyata’s snakes strike again!

  • Silent Running Audio VR fp isoBASE Equipment Platforms

    201007_sra_400w_300wPrice: $300 to $785, depending on size and complexity

    Website: www.silentrunningaudio.com

    Howard said: . . . the VR fp isoBASEs brought to my system increased transparency, resolution, and focus. Indeed, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that these products are fairly priced. Had you told me that someone had designed a custom-based isolation platform for one of my components and was willing to ship it to me in a beefy, custom-made wooden crate for as little as $300, I’d have said you were crazy as a soup sandwich. 

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    The gist: Custom component isolation that doesn't break the bank.

  • Siltech 330i Interconnects and 330L Speaker Cables

    Siltech 330LPrices: $1000 per 1m pair, RCA or XLR connectors (300i); $1800 per 2m pair, spade or banana connectors (300L)

    Website: www.siltechcables.com

    Doug said: The 330s provided a noticeable, incremental improvement over my reference cables in key areas, and in that context, they can be considered good deals, compared to what many companies charge these days for reference-caliber high-end audio cables. If there are better cables out there, I’m all ears.

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    The gist: Reference-grade cables for not-crazy money.

  • Siltech Ruby Hill II and SPX-800 Power Cords / Octopus Signature Eight Power Distributor

    Siltech SPX-800Prices: $2750 per 1.5m cord (Siltech Ruby Hill II); $1250 per 1.5m cord (Siltech SPX-800); $3300 (Siltech Octopus Signature Eight)

    Website: www.siltechcables.com

    Garrett said: No, they’re not inexpensive, but they are ultra-high-quality items that added refinement, tonal weight, timbral complexity, and an overall naturalness in the flow of the music to the qualities my system already had. Like paints, brushes, chalk, pencils, charcoals, paper, clay, and canvas for a Raphael, and as much as any other components in your chain of audio amplification, power cords and power distributors are materials that can ease the transfer of recorded sound and bring you closer to the artistic conception of the music. They can make a dimension’s worth of difference.

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    The gist: Garrett's reference power products.

  • Simaudio Moon 110LP v2 Phono Stage

    Price: $399

    Website: www.simaudio.com

    Thom said: No other entry-level phono preamp I’ve heard betters its design, its construction, or, most important, its sound. At $399, it’s a stone-cold bargain.

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    The gist: Hard to believe a Simaudio can be had for this amount of money.

  • Simaudio Moon 300D Digital-to-Analog Converter

    201007_simaudio300DPrice:$1599

    Website: www.simaudio.com

    Colin said: It has all the traditional Simaudio virtues in spades, plus an even-greater-than-normal degree of performance per dollar spent. Even when I’m being exceedingly picky, I can’t find fault with this excellent DAC.

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    The gist: Colin's new reference DAC.

  • Simaudio Moon 400M Mono Amplifiers

    Simaudio Moon 400MPrice: $6500 per pair

    Website: www.simaudio.com

    Doug said: $6500 isn’t cheap, and the 400M’s looks aren’t exceptional -- but lurking beneath their plain surfaces is an outstanding-sounding, high-powered amplifier whose performance is something special. If you dream of owning Simaudio Moon Evolution components but, like most of us, can’t afford them, look to the Moon 400M -- it delivers Evolution-like sound at a reasonable price.

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    The gist: Nondescript but great-sounding mono amps.

  • Simaudio Moon 888 Mono Amplifiers

    Price: $118,888 per pair

    Website: www.simaudio.com

    Aron said: Is a pair of Moon 888s worth $118,888? Only your bank account and conscience can tell you. What I can tell you is that my last few months of listening have turned up a new musical masterpiece. It’s called the Simaudio Moon 888.

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    The gist: First super amp from this Canadian company.

  • Simaudio Moon Evolution 600i Integrated Amplifier

    simaudio_600iPrice: $8000

    Website: www.simaudio.com

    Philip said: The 600i is exceptionally transparent, and sounds completely effortless in everything it does. Connect it to a pair of high-quality speakers and a decent source -- I enjoyed immaculate sound from a $500 CD player, which goes a long way toward saying how much performance the 600i is capable of -- and get ready to pick your jaw up off the floor. If audio reproduction gets any better than this, I haven’t heard it.

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    The gist: The integrated that takes no prisoners.

  • Simaudio Moon Evolution 650D DAC-Transport

    Simaudio Moon 650DPrice: $9000

    Website: www.simaudio.com

    Doug said: What sets the 650D apart isn’t so much its build quality or features (though those are very good) as its distinctive sound, which is like nothing else I’ve heard. The 650D was able to resolve the finest details -- it’s hyper-revealing -- with the most musical and nonfatiguing sound I’ve heard from any digital source. The 650D’s soul is as analog as it is digital.

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    The gist: A modern digital reference.

  • Simaudio Moon Evolution 700i Integrated Amplifier

    Simaudio Moon Evolution 700iPrice: $13,000

    Website: www.simaudio.com

    Philip said: The 700i is a tour de force of audio engineering, exquisitely exclusive in its appeal. You can certainly spend less on an integrated amplifier and still get outstanding sound, but few products will leave a listener so completely satisfied with both sound and operation. The Simaudio Moon Evolution 700i is a statement product in every sense of the term.

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    The gist: A statement integrated from a well-respected Canadian company.

  • Simaudio Moon Evolution 740P Preamplifier

    Simaudio Moon Evolution 740PPrice: $9500

    Website: www.simaudio.com

    Doug said: The Moon Evolution 740P is a benchmark for preamplifier performance for under ten grand -- not for what it sounds like, but because it sounds like nothing at all.

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    The gist: If you want your preamp to simply disappear, this is one to get.

  • Simaudio Moon Evolution 750D Digital-to-Analog Converter-CD Transport

    Simaudio Moon 750DPrice: $11,999

    Website: www.simaudio.com

    Jeff said: When it comes to D/A converters, the Simaudio Moon Evolution 750D is at the top of the heap. It is transparent to the source, has extreme levels of resolution, and is dead-bang neutral in terms of tonality -- by these or any measures, it is a terrific-sounding piece of gear.

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    The gist: State-of-the-art DAC technology with a CD transport to boot.

  • Simaudio Moon Evolution 810LP Phono Stage

    Simaudio Moon Evolution 810LPPrice: $12,000

    Website: www.simaudio.com

    Graham said: At $12,000, the Moon Evolution 810LP phono preamplifier is not the cheapest way to create an entirely convincing musical event in my listening room, but to my ears it’s the best way. In it, Simaudio has created an effortlessly musical and utterly transparent window through which audiophiles can listen to and, more important, connect with their music. The word reference may continue to relentlessly rain down, but for me, the Moon Evolution 810LP will continue to be the parade.

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    The gist: As good as it gets for analog.

  • Simaudio Moon Neo 340i Integrated Amplifier-DAC

    Simaudio Moon Neo 340iPrice: $5450

    Website: www.simaudio.com

    Erich said: Simaudio’s Moon Neo 340i is an excellent example of just how good today’s integrated amp-DACs can be. It’s attractive, well built, easy to use, very easy to listen to for extended periods of time, and can provide nuanced sound at modest or high volume levels.

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    The gist: Mid-priced integrated with all the right attributes.

  • Smyth Research Realiser A8 Audio Processor

    Smyth A8Price: $3670 including Stax SRS-202 headphones

    Website: www.smyth-research.com

    Rad said: What Smyth Research claims the Realiser A8 does, with its intricate SVS algorithm, is to make the sound from the headphones like the sound in your room. It’s like taking a virtual-reality audio tour of the sound of your audio system in your room, one that you can commit to a digital file or preset, and preserve for your regular use.

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    The gist: Seems impossible, but it lives up to its claims.

  • Sonus Faber Chameleon B Loudspeakers

    Sonus Faber Chameleon BPrice: $899 per pair

    Website: www.sonusfaber.com

    Jeff said: This speaker is well named. It’s the consummate Chameleon, drawing the best from a wide variety of designs and techniques of sound reproduction. Through exquisite engineering, beautiful industrial design, world-class fit and finish, and superior inner detail and resolution in its ability to make music, this speaker is a marvel.

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    The gist: Under $1000 and made in Italy?!

  • Sonus Faber Chameleon T Loudspeakers

    Sonus Faber Chameleon TPrice: $1999 per pair

    Website: www.sonusfaber.com

    Philip said: If Sonus Faber’s goal was to attract a new crowd of consumers to high-end audio, they may well succeed with the Chameleon T, whose exquisite fit and finish were bettered only by its sound.

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    The gist: The least-expensive Sonus Faber floorstander offers a lot.

  • Sonus Faber Olympica III Loudspeakers

    Sonus Faber Olympica IIIPrice: $13,500 per pair

    Website: www.sonusfaber.com

    Doug said: I believe that the Olympica III is an example of exactly what Sonus Faber stands for today: Italian-flavored build quality and styling combined with a signature sound that audiophiles the world over can appreciate. For those who want a speaker that thrills the eyes as much as the ears, Sonus Faber’s Olympica III gets my highest recommendation.

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    The gist: When sound and looks matter equally.

  • Sonus Faber Principia 3 Loudspeakers

    Price: $699 per pair

    Website: www.sonusfaber.com

    Sathyan said: In this competitive market for loudspeakers, with so many idiosyncrasies in terms of sound design and buyers’ personal preferences, listeners are well advised to try out speakers with their own ears in their own rooms. The Principia 3 should be included in that evaluative process -- it may well come out on top.

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    The gist: Sonus Faber goes even lower in price without sacrificing sound quality.

  • Sonus Faber Venere 3.0 Loudspeakers

    Sonus Faber Venere 3.0Price: $3498 per pair

    Website: www.sonusfaber.com

    Jeff said: At the end of the day, the Sonus Faber Venere 3.0 is the speaker I would unhesitatingly recommend to any friend shopping for a pair of speakers costing up to $4500/pair. While there’s stiff competition above that -- the aforementioned KEF R900, PSB’s Synchrony One, the Paradigm Tribute -- I can’t think of any other speaker I’d rather own at the price.

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    The gist: High style and great sound for a terrific price.

  • Sonus Faber Venere S Loudspeakers

    Price: $4999 per pair

    Website: www.sonusfaber.com

    Hans said: I enjoyed every minute that Sonus Faber’s Venere S loudspeakers spent in my system -- something that happens very rarely. With its stunning profile and attractive optional Wood finish, this shouldn’t surprise. What surprised me was that the Venere S allied that visual beauty with an involvingly vibrant and neutral sound, while offering thoroughly satisfying bass response down to about 35Hz.

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    The gist: Beautiful to look at and to listen to.

  • Sony XBA-H1 Earphones

    Sony XBA-H1Price: $149

    Website: www.sonystyle.com

    Brent said: I’ve worked on reviews of some 100 earphones, for websites including Sound & Vision and The Wirecutter, and I can’t think of anything I’ve tried for under $300 that I like better than the Sony XBA-H1 earphones.

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    The gist: The buck-fifty earphones to beat.

  • Soulution 711 Stereo Amplifier

    Soulution 711Price: $65,000

    Website: www.soulution-audio.com

    Jeff said: The Soulution 711 is everything you expect in a $65,000 power amplifier, and it’s everything and anything you need from any amp at any price. Its excellent Swiss build quality is exceeded only by its nigh-on perfect sound. I have no criticisms. This machine is awesome.

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    The gist: The state of the art in solid-state amplification.

  • Spin-Clean Record Washer Mk.II

    Spin-Clean Record WasherPrice: $79.99

    Website: www.spincleanrecordwasher.com

    Jason said: For $79.99, the Spin-Clean Record Washer Mk.II is a smokin’ deal. It does a fantastic job, it’s easy to use, it’s quiet and sanitary. I’m thrilled with it.

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    The gist: The one to get for the money.

  • Stanford Research Systems PERF10 Rubidium Audio Clock

    Stanford Research Systems PERF10Price: $3495

    Website: www.thinksrs.com

    Howard said: The bottom line is that the PERF10 and its lower-priced siblings, the FS725 and PRS10, will virtually eliminate clock jitter at a price -- $3495 or less -- that is nothing short of revolutionary.

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    The gist: Like they say, timing is everything.

  • Stax SR-507 Lambda Signature Earspeaker Headphones

    Stax SR-507Price: $1099

    Website: www.stax.co.jp

    S. Andrea said: If you value detail, transparency, openness, and timbres and textures just to the warm side of realistic, regardless of volume level or musical complexity, then the combination of Stax SR-507 Lambda Signature headphones and WooAudio GES amplifier is far and away the best I’ve heard. You may be able to do better, but I have a feeling that it will cost you a lot more.

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    The gist: The reference electrostatic headphones.

  • Stello Ai500 Integrated Amplifier

    stello_ai500Price: $3495

    Website: www.aprilmusic.com

    Philip said: It’s taken a long time for an integrated amplifier to come along that I’ve enjoyed as much as the Bryston B100 SST, but the Stello Ai500 has finally arrived, and with it, April Music has a clear winner on their hands. Although it’s not cheap, I suspect that significantly improving on its performance would require spending many multiples of its price, and in this sense the Ai500 offers excellent value.

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    The gist: Joins the upper ranks of mid-priced integrated amps.

  • Sumiko Oyster Moonstone Moving-Magnet Phono Cartridge

    Price: $299

    Website: www.sumikoaudio.net

    Thom said: If your budget can’t stretch to $299, check out the Rainier for half that. But if you can afford $299 and you want the ultimate in detail, smooth response, and great tracking from a MM cartridge, audition the Sumiko Oyster Moonstone. It’s fabulous.

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    The gist: Top of the Oyster series is solid buy.

  • Sumiko Oyster Rainier Moving-Magnet Phono Cartridge

    Price: $149

    Website: www.sumikoaudio.net

    Thom said: I think Sumiko might have a hit on its hands. The Oyster Rainier offered a lovely, warm sound with a wide range of recordings, but could still kick up its heels as required.

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    The gist: Sumiko hits a low point . . . in price, that is.

  • Sumiko Reference Starling Moving-Coil Phono Cartridge

    Price: $1899

    Website: www.sumikoaudio.net

    Jason said: The Reference Starling slapped me in the face. While I know that Sumiko has been in the cartridge business forever, and obviously should know by now how to make a good cartridge, I hadn’t expected this level of performance for a (pretty much) affordable price.

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    The gist: If you’re in the budget cartridge market, Jason thinks you should spend a bit more and get this.

  • SVS PB-3000 Subwoofer

    Price: $1399.99

    Website: www.svsound.com

    Diego said: It’s a snap to install, delivers the goods with rumbling authority, and can be modified to suit your needs and tastes in real time, from the comfort and convenience of your listening and/or viewing chair.

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    The gist: The app is the difference maker.

  • SVS Prime Pinnacle Loudspeakers

    Price: $1599.98 per pair

    Website: www.svsound.com

    Philip said: The Prime Pinnacle is also a speaker that people who review expensive audio gear should keep on hand as a benchmark for real-world performance.

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    The gist: Did you know a great floorstander could be bought for this low of a price?

  • SVS Prime Satellite Loudspeakers and SB-1000 Subwoofer

    SVS Prime Satellite and SB-1000Prices: Prime Satellite, $134.99 each; SB-1000 Subwoofer, $499.99

    Website: www.svsound.com

    Kevin said: The SVS combo of Prime Satellites and SB-1000 subwoofer should be terrific for any environment challenged by too little space and/or too much furniture, and that rewards nearfield listening. The Satellites’ sound was clearly articulate, squeaky clean, and utterly faithful to the music, and SVS has artfully managed their integration with the SB-1000 subwoofer to create a listening experience that is coherent, cohesive, and musically engaging.

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    The gist: Internet-direct combo that packs big sound in a small package.

  • SVS Prime Tower Loudspeakers

    SVS Prime TowerPrice: $999.98 per pair

    Website: www.svsound.com

    Vince said: The SVS Prime Tower competes favorably with models from such established names as Monitor Audio, Paradigm, and PSB. And with SVS’s unique Bill of Rights, it’s a no-brainer to recommend that you give the Prime Towers a home audition, especially if you’re in the market for a speaker with a small footprint and excellent low-frequency output.

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    The gist: Amazing value in a small floorstander.

  • SVS SB-2000 Pro Subwoofer

    Price: $799.99

    Website: www.svsound.com

    Diego said: In my relatively small room, its sound came very close to that of my reference SB-4000 at nearly twice the price, giving up only a few dB to the much larger sub in the lowest synth-bass notes.

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    The gist: Challenges the company’s larger, more expensive offerings.

  • SVS SB-3000 Subwoofer

    Price: $999.99

    Website: www.svsound.com

    Diego said: The bass I heard from this small box, unassuming yet nice to look at, bordered on the difficult to believe -- very fast, very tight, very deep, with more than enough output to fill my 15’L x 12’W x 8’H room with sound-pressure levels that would satisfy all but the most demanding bass heads.

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    The gist: Hard to believe you could do better in the sub department for the money.

  • SVS SB16-Ultra Subwoofer

    Price: $1999.99

    Website: www.svsound.com

    Roger said: The SVS SB16-Ultra is a fantastic subwoofer that offers exceptional performance for $1999.99, but it faces strong competition from other great subs, such as the aforementioned JL Audio and models from GoldenEar, Paradigm, Hsu Research, and Outlaw Audio, to name just a few.

    Reviewers' Choice

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    The gist: Tremendous bass-for-dollar proposition.

    Award: Reviewers' Choice

  • SVS Ultra Tower Loudspeakers

    SVS Ultra TowerPrice: $1998 per pair

    Website: www.svsound.com

    Thom said: The SVS Ultra Tower is a phenomenal accomplishment at the price; there’s just nothing I’ve heard for $2000/pair, or even for significantly more, that comes close.

    Great Buy

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    The gist: A solid value in a full-range floorstander.

  • Synergistic Research Atmosphere Level 3 Power Cord

    Price: $2995 per 5’ cord

    Website: www.synergisticresearch.com

    Howard said: Although the changes wrought by the Atmosphere cords warrant a separate review, suffice it to say that, compared to the Elements, they significantly expanded soundstages and delivered more detail and a greater sense of rhythm and flow, all while further reducing noise.

    Reviewers' Choice

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    The gist: The power cords to round out your Synergistic-based cable setup.

  • Synergistic Research Atmosphere Level 4 Speaker Cables and Interconnects

    Prices: speaker cables, $4995 per 8’ pair; interconnects, $2495 per 1m pair

    Website: www.synergisticresearch.com

    Howard said: Kudos to Synergistic Research for earning Reviewers’ Choice awards for these products, and for being one of a very small number of companies that consistently and innovatively push the state of the art of high-end audio.

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    The gist: Howard says these are better than the more complex Synergistics he had been using.

  • Synergistic Research Element Copper, Tungsten, and Copper-Tungsten-Silver Interconnects and Speaker Cables

    Synergistic Research Element CopperPrice: $1200-$7500 depending on model

    Website: www.synergisticresearch.com

    Howard said: Are the Synergistic Elements the best cables that can be bought for the money? I have not heard all the cables out there, so I can't say for sure. What I do know is that they make my music sound better than any of the many other cables I’ve tried in my system.

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    The gist: A new generation of Synergistics for the Ted Denney fans.

  • Synergistic Research Galileo SX Speaker Cables and Interconnects

    Price: $17,500/8’ pair for speaker cables; $7500/1m pair (RCA) for interconnects

    Website: www.synergisticresearch.com

    Howard said: I’m smitten with the sound of Synergistic Research’s Galileo SXes: breathtakingly lively, exciting, and dynamic, yet gorgeously rich, musical, and accurately full-bodied.

    Reviewers' Choice

    Read the SoundStage! Ultra review.

    The gist: Howard says Synergistic has upped their game again.

  • Synergistic Research Galileo UEF Speaker Cables, Interconnects, and IFT Jumpers

    Price: $15,000 per 8’ pair (speaker cables), $7500 per 1m pair (RCA interconnects), $9500 per 1m pair (XLR interconnects), $2000 per pair (jumpers)

    Website: www.synergisticresearch.com

    Howard said: The Synergistic Galileo UEFs are serious contenders for the designation SOTA.

    Reviewers' Choice

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    The gist: The best cables Howard has heard in his system.

  • Synergistic Research Galileo Universal Speaker and Interconnect Cells

    synergistic_galileoPrices: $2500 per pair (Speaker Cells); $1500 per pair for RCA, $2000 per pair for XLR (Interconnect Cells)

    Website: www.synergisticresearch.com

    Howard said: If you want your system to really swing in the big leagues, these products may get it a good part of the way there. In short, these are remarkable products from a truly innovative company.

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    The gist: Don't know how, but apparently they work.

  • Synergistic Research High Frequency Transducer (HFT) and Frequency Equalizer (FEQ) Room Treatments and XOT Crossover Transducer

    Synergistic Research HFTPrices: $75 each, $995, $399, respectively.

    Website: www.synergisticresearch.com

    Howard said: They fundamentally improved the sound of my system. I suggest that you rush to a Synergistic dealer to give these remarkable products a listen. I doubt you’ll go home empty-handed.

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    The gist: Howard was simply blown away.

  • Synergistic Research PowerCell 12 UEF SE Power Conditioner

    Price: $5995

    Website: www.synergisticresearch.com

    Howard said: The PowerCell 12 UEF SE just might represent the state of the art of power conditioning. It is a testament to the long way Synergistic Research has come since Ted Denney felt that he had yet to discover a power-conditioning technology worth taking further.

    Reviewers' Choice

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    The gist: The best power conditioner Howard has heard.

  • Synergistic Research SR25 Limited Edition Power Cord

    Price: $20,000 per 5’ cord

    Website: www.synergisticresearch.com

    Howard said: If you choose to forgo the kids’ college educations for the silver-laden SR25, be prepared to experience what could very well be the state of the art of power delivery.

    Reviewers' Choice

    Read the SoundStage! Ultra review.

    The gist: Crazy expensive, but if you want the best power cord . . .

  • Synergistic Research Tesla Apex Interconnects and Speaker Cables

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    Prices: $3600 per 1m pair (Tesla Apex interconnects), $2600 per 1m pair (Precision Reference interconnects), $6500 per 8’ pair (Tesla Apex speaker cables)

    Website: www.synergisticresearch.com

    Norm said:  While no technology can ever be said to be fully perfected, the various Tesla Apex and Precision Reference cables I used are proof that Synergistic Research has taken what was, by all accounts, a very good set of products and propelled them into a whole new league.

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    The gist: Three reviews, one conclusion: these cables rock.

  • T+A Criterion TCD 110 S Loudspeakers

    T+A Criterion TCD 110 SPrice: $13,000 per pair

    Website: www.taelektroakustik.de

    Aron said: T+A’s Constant Directivity driver array is incredibly well implemented and does a commendable job of presenting aural images in space with appropriate levels of depth, texture, detail, scale, and focus. The innovative twin bass driver/transmission-line combination partners wonderfully with the CD array to deliver deep, accurate, powerful bass that remains palpable and controlled regardless of volume level. Add to that a cabinet built and finished to last a lifetime, and one of the most attractive and well-thought-out protective grilles in the business, and T+A has a winner.

    Reviewers' Choice

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    The gist: This smartly designed speaker from Germany provides a great price-to-performance proposition.

  • T+A Elektroakustik DAC 8 Digital-to-Analog Converter

    T+A DAC 8Price: $3250

    Website: www.taelektroakustik.de

    Garrett said: If you’re in the market for a desktop or console-top DAC, I strongly recommend checking out the T+A DAC 8. It can be the solo source for a superb three-piece system of DAC-preamp, power amp, and speakers. And as the hub of a digital system it’s completely flexible, accepting USB from a computer, S/PDIF and optical systems from other digital sources, and works terrifically with most any headphone out there. I loved it.

    Reviewers' Choice

    Read the SoundStage! Hi-Fi review.

    The gist: Highly configurable DAC is a product of fine German engineering.

  • T+A Elektroakustik E-Series Music Receiver

    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

    Read the SoundStage! Xperience review.

    The gist: Audiophile receiver with German engineering.

  • T+A Elektroakustik E-Series Power Plant Balanced Integrated Amplifier

    T+A E-SeriesPrice: $3100

    Website: www.taelektroakustik.de

    Jeff said: T+A Elektroakustik’s E-Series Power Plant Balanced is the finest piece of electronics I’ve ever had in my system, exerting a beautiful control over a wide range of musical demands: It can play loudly without strain, or quietly with force and solidity. In very little time, I fell in love with the E-Series Power Plant Balanced’s speed, grip, tautness, and punch. And it never felt warm to the touch, and never broke a sweat. Truly, it is one cool customer -- an integrated amp for all seasons.

    Reviewers' Choice

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    The gist: Classically styled, great-sounding solid-state integrated from Germany.

  • T+A Elektroakustik PA 2000 R Integrated Amplifier

    Price: $8500

    Website: www.taelektroakustik.de

    Hans said: From top to bottom of the audioband, it is a complete integrated amplifier, whose sound quality is matched by its impressively solid aluminum build. For a reviewer prone to cast a skeptical eye on everything that comes through his listening room, I’m at a loss. This thing is faultless.

    Reviewers' Choice

    Read the SoundStage! Hi-Fi review.

    The gist: Advanced German-made integrated amp could anchor your system.

  • T+A Elektroakustik PA 3100 HV Integrated Amplifier

    Price: $23,500

    Website: www.ta-hifi.de

    Jeff said: Not only did I really enjoy my time with the PA 3100 HV -- I could easily envision my no-compromise self living with one long term. I bet you’d feel the same way.

    Reviewers' Choice

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    The gist: Big, expensive, great integrated amplifier.

  • TAD Micro Evolution One Loudspeakers

    Price: 12,495 per pair

    Website:www.technicalaudiodevices.com

    Jeff said: The TAD ME-1 is one of the finest loudspeakers I’ve had in my room. From 40Hz up, it rivals anything else at any price.

    Reviewers' Choice

    Read the SoundStage! Ultra review.

    The gist: Best small speaker Jeff has heard.

  • TEAC CR-H500NT CD Receiver

    TEAC CR-H500NTPrice: $799

    Website: www.teac.com

    Thom said: It’s a great piece of gear, and I don’t want to return it to TEAC. It’s incredibly versatile, compact, and fairly full-featured, with enough power to fill with excellent sound a room of moderate size. It has all the latest kit -- USB port, Internet Radio, iPod connectivity, etc. -- while looking backward as well, with a competent FM tuner and a fine-sounding phono preamp. The CR-H500NT can serve as the foundation of a very fine stereo system, and for all it offers, it’s inexpensive. I heartily recommend it.

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    The gist: A great foundational component for a small stereo system.

  • Technics Ottava f SC-C70 Music System

    Price: $999

    Website: www.technics.com

    Al said: With the Ottava f SC-C70, Technics has created a sleek-looking all-in-one system that combines wired and wireless streaming with CD playback.

    Reviewers' Choice

    Read the SoundStage! Simplifi review.

    The gist: Technics is something cool again!

  • Technics SU-G700 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

    Price: $2500

    Website: www.technics.com

    Hans said: As long as you don’t need a ton of power, the SU-G700 should be at the top of your list for an integrated amp at the $2500 price point.

    Reviewers' Choice

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    The gist: Tremendous sound quality with looks to match.

  • Theoretica Applied Physics BACCH-SP adio 3D Sound Processor

    Price: $34,430

    Website: www.theoretica.us

    Howard said: Theoretica’s BACCH-SP technology, which I highly recommend, is at the bleeding edge of IXTC’s continuing evolution, and so effective that it has convinced me that the future of audio playback is not in incremental advancements in electrical circuit design or the operation of mechanical hardware, but in DSP technologies that fool the brain in increasingly sophisticated ways.

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    The gist: Perhaps a transformative audio experience awaits your audition of this product.

  • Thiel Audio CS2.4SE Loudspeakers

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    Price: $8000 per pair

    Website:www.thielaudio.com

    Jeff said: The CS2.4SE is one of only a very few audio products I can recommend without the caveat of “. . . but first hear them for yourself.” I can’t imagine anyone not being thrilled with them. Get a pair while you still can.

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    The gist: A Signature Edition fully deserving of the name.

  • Thiel Audio SCS4T Loudspeakers

    Thiel SCS4TPrice: $3650 per pair

    Website: www.thielaudio.com

    Philip said: Thiel’s newest floorstander is a true reference product, and the attention to detail that has gone into both its construction and the execution of its design is extraordinary. Given the SCS4T’s neutrality, transparency, and wonderful balance, it is a loudspeaker that you’ll likely own and cherish for many years. It’s difficult to put a price on that.

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    The gist: Thiel’s smallest floorstander plays big performance-wise.

  • Tidal Piano Cera Loudspeakers

    Tidal Piano CeraPrice: $23,990 per pair

    Website: www.tidal-audio.com

    Jeff said: The Tidal Piano Cera is one terrific-sounding loudspeaker. It’s transparent and quick, and plays with more weight and depth in the bass than you would ever suspect from a glance at its driver array. In fact, looking at this speaker either on paper or in photos will give you no hint of the performance lurking beneath its rather simple but elegant appearance. There is a ton of clever engineering inside, and that technical expertise translates into audible results.

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    The gist: Tidal is here to stay as a force in high-end loudspeakers.

  • Tidal Piano G2 Loudspeakers

    Price: $39,900

    Website: www.tidal-audio.com

    Aron said: Yes, there are other speakers on the market that offer more in terms of deep-bass extension and utter neutrality for less money. But, as with a Bugatti, what you pay $39,900 for is not the highest sound quality alone. You pay for a bespoke visual and aural experience by way of musical seduction, and Tidal’s Piano G2 has seduced me as has no other speaker.

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    The gist: Aron thought the world of these.

  • Tribit Audio XFree Tune Headphones

    Price: $49.99

    Website: www.tribitaudio.com

    Brent said: If you want a cheap set of Bluetooth headphones to use in the office or on the bus or subway, these are a terrific choice.

    Reviewers' Choice

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    The gist: Good ergonomics and a slightly elevated treble.

  • TW-Acustic Raven 10.5 Tonearm

    TW-Acustic Raven 10.5Price: $5500

    Website: www.tw-acustic.de

    Garrett said: The Raven arm had so much extension, pitch definition, and responsiveness that it could render very deep, complex bass with ease and superb musicality. It was more, umm, lifelike. And ain’t that the point? So I bought it. The Raven 10.5 tonearm is mine. If you have a turntable comparable to my Raven Two, I strongly suggest you consider making a Raven 10.5 yours as well.

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    The gist: Ain’t German engineering great?

  • Tyler Acoustics Decade D4M Loudspeakers

    Tyler Decade D4MPrice: $2400 per pair

    Website: www.tyleracoustics.com

    Jeff said: The D4M was superlative with tubed and entry-level solid-state amplification, with CDs and with lossless digital files. I heard no flaws: It managed to retrieve the maximum amount of information from each recording, and deliver music with a flowing, nonfatiguing continuity, song after song after song.

    Great Buy

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    The gist: Big monitor, factory direct, really good sound.

  • U-Turn Audio Orbit Plus Turntable

    U-Turn Audio Orbit PlusPrice: $299

    Website: www.uturnaudio.com

    Thom said: U-Turn Audio’s Orbit Plus is a fabulous effort for a new startup, and worthy of consideration by anyone who wants a good, very basic, but very capable turntable for getting back into vinyl or for trying it for the first time. And the Orbit Plus and Grado Prestige Black1 go together like coffee with cream. I recommend the Orbit Plus.

    Reviewers' Choice

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    The gist: All-around solid turntable value.

  • Ultrasone Edition 8 Headphones

    Ultrasone Edition 8Price: $1499

    Website: www.ultrasone.com

    S. Andrea said: Given the personal nature of listening to music, and especially of headphones, there will never be one design on which all can agree -- but Ultrasone's Edition 8 headphones clearly belong on that short list of contenders for World's Greatest Headphone.

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    The gist: Damn these are cool!

  • VAC Renaissance Mk.3 Preamplifier

    201009_vacPrice: $9900 (line stage), $11,900 (with phono stage)

    Website: www.vac-amps.com

    Garrett said: In the past few years I’ve auditioned a number of different preamps, some for review, some not. A few could be critiqued as being too incisive, too polite, too limited in features, not compatible with a wide enough range of amplifiers. Another few could be considered "serious" in terms of their sound. But of all these preamps, the VAC Renaissance Mk.3 boasts the most impressive combination of serious sound, first-class build, great looks, compatibility with a range of amps, and overall flexibility in its numerous features of any model I’ve yet had in my system.

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    The gist: Garrett's choice in an expensive tube preamp.

  • VAC Renaissance Mk.3 Preamplifier

    201009_vacPrice: $9900

    Website: www.vac-amps.com

    Garrett said: . . . the VAC Renaissance Mk.3 boasts the most impressive combination of serious sound, first-class build, great looks, compatibility with a range of amps, and overall flexibility in its numerous features of any model I’ve yet had in my system.

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    The gist: A great combination of qualities that should suit almost any music-loving audiophile.

  • VAC Signature 200iQ Stereo Amplifier

    Price: $14,000

    Website: www.vac-amps.com

    Garrett said: If you’re in the market for a powerful tubed stereo amplifier, and if you appreciate precision in sound, great looks, and the last word in tube reliability and performance, you must audition the Valve Amplification Company’s Signature 200iQ.

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    The gist: Garrett's new reference amp.

  • Vandersteen Audio Model Seven Loudspeakers

    201005_vandersteenPrice: $45,000 per pair

    Website: www.vandersteen.com

    Pete said: One dealer recently told me that the best $6000/pair speaker you can now buy is the $2200/pair Vandersteen 2Ce II. In keeping with the Vandersteen tradition, some might now say that the best six-figure speaker you can buy is the $45,000/pair Vandersteen Model Seven.

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    The gist: "Reference" doesn’t have to cost over 100 grand.

  • Vandersteen Audio Model Seven Mk.II Loudspeakers and M7-HPA Mono Amplifiers

    Prices: $62,000 per pair (Model Seven Mk.II) and $52,000 per pair (M7-HPA)

    Website: www.vandersteen.com

    Pete said: The quality of sound I’m hearing from them is beyond what I could have hoped for, let alone expected, even a year or two ago.

    Reviewers' Choice

    Read the SoundStage! Ultra review.

    The gist: Pete’s reference.

  • Vandersteen Audio Treo Loudspeakers

    Vandersteen TreoPrice: $5995 per pair

    Website: www.vandersteen.com

    Doug said: As I wrap up this review, I’m listening to Stars and Satellites, the latest album from Trampled by Turtles. I’m mesmerized by how natural the banjo sounds. It’s as if I’m listening to my own banjo being played by someone else. This doesn’t happen very often -- it takes a loudspeaker that gets everything right to sound this convincing.

    I love the sound of the Vandersteen Treo.

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    The gist: Reasonably priced high end lives on.

  • Velodyne Optimum-10 Subwoofer

    201011_velodynePrice: $1199

    Website: www.velodyne.com

    Kevin said: If there is a subwoofer out there that delivers the brand of honest sound that the Optimum-10 does, I want to hear it. But folks, I’m not sure it exists. The Optimum-10 is an outstanding audio product. Highly recommended.

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    The gist: Tiny sub that delivers big on bass and room friendliness.

  • Verity Audio Amadis Loudspeakers

    verity_amadisPrice: $30,000 per pair

    Website: www.verityaudio.com

    Jason said: The Amadis is a speaker for music lovers. I imagine that the typical Verity Audio buyer will end up keeping his set for a long time. Once you settle in to listen to these speakers -- and I mean really listen -- you’ll likely find the musical satisfaction that you knew was possible but had never before found.

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    The gist: Seriously musical loudspeaker for those looking to get off the merry-go-round.

  • Vienna Acoustics Mozart Grand SE Loudspeakers

    Vienna Acoustics Mozart GrandPrice: $3500 per pair

    Website: www.vienna-acoustics.com

    Doug said: Vienna Acoustics’ Mozart Grand SE doesn’t toe the line of accuracy to the nth degree, but it’s balanced well enough overall, and its genuine strengths include: generously full bass that belies the speaker’s size; silky-sweet, thoroughly extended highs; and a smooth, sultry midrange that gives the sound real presence and makes it an absolute joy to use for listening to all kinds of music.

    Reviewers' Choice

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    The gist: Voiced just like Doug likes them.

  • Vivid Audio B1 Loudspeakers

    Vivid Audio B1Price: $15,000 per pair

    Website: www.vividspeakers.com

    Doug said: Vivid Audio’s B1 is an extraordinarily good loudspeaker that has midrange and high-frequency neutrality, transparency, and refinement that are second to none. In resolution and detail in those mid- and upper ranges, every other speaker I’ve heard comes in second to it. Listening with the B1 was like training a microscope on my records -- it was truly revelatory in that regard. This makes the B1 a reference-caliber monitoring tool and a great home loudspeaker.

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    The gist: Vivid is now a force in super-high-end loudspeakers.

  • Vivid Audio Giya G1 Spirit Loudspeakers

    Price: $93,000 per pair

    Website: www.vividaudio.com

    Jeff said: The G1 Spirit reigns atop that fine line, a worthy flagship for a man and a company with histories as rich as Dickie’s and Vivid’s.

    Reviewers' Choice

    Read the SoundStage! Ultra review.

    The gist: Perhaps the best rock speaker available today.

  • Vivid Audio Giya G2 Loudspeakers

    Vivid Audio Giya G2Price: $50,000 per pair

    Website: www.vividspeakers.com

    Doug said: The Giya G2 is not only the best loudspeaker I’ve ever reviewed, it’s the best loudspeaker I’ve ever heard. It may be the best loudspeaker in the world.

    Reviewers' Choice

    Read the SoundStage! Hi-Fireview.

    The gist: Cleary one of the top loudspeakers available at any price.

  • Vivid Audio Giya G3 Loudspeakers

    Vivid Audio Giya G3Price: $40,000 per pair

    Website: www.vividaudio.com

    Pete said: While it hits the ball out of the park in all the traditional hi-fi categories of soundstaging, coherence, detail retrieval, etc., perhaps the Giya G3’s greatest strength is its total absence of cabinet-imposed colorations or character. The G3 performs a sonic disappearing act like no other speaker I’ve heard.

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    Read the Ultra Audio review.

    The gist: Funkified looks, SOTA sound.

  • Vivid Audio Giya G4 Loudspeakers

    Vivid Audio Giya G4Price: $30,000 per pair

    Website: www.vividaudio.com

    Hans said: This looker of a loudspeaker promises to deliver only the music in your collection -- nothing more, nothing less. Given their size, what they can do is nothing short of extraordinary.

    Reviewers' Choice

    Read the SoundStage! Ultra review.

    The gist: Even the smallest Giya plays with the big boys.

  • Vivid Audio Kaya 45 Loudspeakers

    Price: $18,000 per pair

    Website: www.vividaudio.com

    Jason said: Their combination of solid, forward-thinking engineering, unique appearance, excellent finish, and stunning sound make them a standout product.

    Reviewers' Choice

    Read the SoundStage! Ultrareview.

    The gist: If the Giyas look strange to you get these.

  • Vivid Audio Oval B1 Decade Loudspeakers

    Price: $28,000 per pair

    Website: www.vividaudio.com

    Doug said: When I heard that Laurence Dickie had begun revising Vivid Audio’s Oval B1, I didn’t think he’d be able to make much of an improvement. But the Oval B1 Decade doesn’t sound only a little better than the original model -- it sounds so much better that it now stands alongside Vivid’s very top models, the Giyas, all of which cost much more.

    Reviewers' Choice

    Read the SoundStage! Hi-Fi review.

    The gist: Hard to imagine a better midsized speaker than this.

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