True audiophiles are a rare, mysterious phenomenon. They scoff at what you and I consider top-of-the-line audio equipment and wouldn’t dream of touching an iPod. What do you buy for these strange creatures?
Wilson Audio Specialties MAXX Series 3 loudspeaker
Might as well start at the top: Wilson Audio Specialties current top-of-the-line loudspeakers weigh over 500kg per pair, are 170cm tall, look like giant metal praying mantises, and are guaranteed to make your music sound like angels singing on high. You’ll pay $US68,000 for the epiphanic joy these loudspeakers will bring, and that’s not even including the cost of shipping (which is probably high, given that they weigh about half a car). The list of specs and audiophilic descriptions of the sound it produces are too long to replicate, but suffice to say that these are the speakers that convinced us that we need audiophiles. $US68,000 a pair. [Wilson] [imgclear]
Sennheiser HD800: RRP $2499, Shure SE310: RRP $389.
his review32GB for $US260.
One year for $US13.Stereophile
Special thanks to Stereophile’s Best of 2009 guide.
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