With prices ranging from S$6,388 to S$15,888 (depending on the accompanying accessories), you'd expect the AB-1266 Phi to sound fantastic. And it does, with incredible transparency and great naturalness. Pictured here is the AB-1266 headphone with heavy aluminum extended height headphone stand.
Now here's an example of how an understated device can be incredibly powerful. The Absolare Passion (Signature version) here features a hybrid architecture, allowing it to bring the best of solid state and tube amplification. What's not understated though, is the price - US$36,500!
Looks good, sounds even better. The Invictus turntable is assembled with a total of 479 individual, hand-constructed parts with a base that's optimized for stiffness and low vibration. It features a six-motor drive system and can be fit with virtually every tone arm out in the market. The price for this quality and versatility? A cool S$85,000.
Need an amplifier, DAC, and media library, but only have space for one? Then you'll want to check out the Convert Tempus. There's support for up to 24bit/192kHz high resolution audio, is fully integrated with Tidal, Spotify and Qobuz, and takes a choice of 1TB or 2 TB HDD or SSD so it can act as a media library too. And it offers Class-A amplification too! All for a cool price of S$18,000.
New from Creative, is the Aurvana Trio a set of triple driver in-ear headphones that use two balanced armature drivers for quality highs and mids and matches that with a dynamic woofer for rumbling lows. This normally retails for S$399, but is going for a show special of S$199; some 50% off!
When you need to get your records absolutely clean, you probably can't do much better than this record cleaning machine from Clearaudio. It actually uses sonic vibrations to clean your vinyls, so you can be sure they'll get a deep clean without the noise. The cost for "record cleanliness"? S$8,000.
Thought the prices for those speakers were crazy? Well, these high-end speaker cables cost S$12,500 for a pair. For those times when only the best will do.
If you've got the space for them, check out Wilson Audio's Alexia Series 2 floor standing speakers. These massive towers measure 135 x 39 x 58 cm, and weigh 118kg each so you'll definitely want to get them shipped. They're only S$81,500 for a pair, but they really look as good as they sound.
Yamaha's latest flagship bookshelves speakers have bodies crafted from laminated plywood made from Japanese white birch (Hokkaido). They have a 12-inch 3-way bookshelf design with newly developed diaphragms for response that's comparable to beryllium. These are going for S$17,999 without stands.
If you absolutely want the cleanest signal going to your devices, then you'll want to invest in one of these. The Telos Grounding Noise Reducer has its own CPU to quickly calculate a high precision grounding voltage which it then uses to cancel out any noise in your system. The cost for electrical purity? Only S$8,400.
The BenQ CineHome W1700 is a 4K DLP projector that supports HDR10 and even 3D. While it doesn’t have a native 4K chip, it does use Texas Instrument’s newest 0.47-inch DLP DMD chip (full HD) and combines that with fast pixel switching tech to create the 8.3 million on-screen pixels. Brightness is rated at 2,200 lumens, and under normal use, the lamp can last up to 4,000 hours. The projector just launched in Singapore for S$2,499.
If you’re looking for value, take a look at the Pioneer VSX-LX302. A 7.2-channel (170W/ch) receiver, it supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, has six 4K-enabled HDMI inputs, and is capable of HDR10 and Dolby Vision passthroughs. Streaming fans will love this receiver, too: Spotify, Tidal, and Deezer are supported, and it even plays nice with Chromecast and DTS Play-Fi for whole-home wireless audio. Going for S$1,299 normally, it’s possible to pick one up for S$1,199 at ISSE.
The VPL-VW760ES is Sony’s newest cinema 4K (4,096 x 2,160 pixels) home theater projector. It supports HDR10 and HLG HDR formats, uses a laser light source that lasts up to 20,000 hours, has full bandwidth 18Gbps HDMI ports, and touts Sony’s SXRD panels with dynamic iris for a super-high contrast (“infinity” is what Sony’s saying). If you’ve S$23,799 to blow on a high-end projector, this is it.
Yamaha’s flagship AV receiver, the Aventage RX-A3070, is an AV fan’s wildest dream come true. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X playback with Yamaha’s Cinema DSP HD3 processing at the same time, a symmetrical power amp layout, uses a 32-bit ESS Sabre Pro DAC (ES9026PRO), and comes equipped with an XLR balanced audio input terminal. There’s also MusicCast for network audio and Bluetooth wireless audio streaming. And yes, 4K UHD at 60p, HDCP 2.2, Dolby Vision and HLG, and BT.2020 support are all onboard. Price? S$3,199.