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Top 10 Most Expensive Audio Systems in the World

Saturday, October 1st 2011. | Music

Audio system are made for several purposes. Designers take measurements so that they can specify the performance of a piece of equipment. Maintenance engineers make them to ensure equipment is still working to specification, or to ensure that the cumulative defects of an audio path are within limits considered acceptable. Most expensive audio system often accommodate psychoacoustic principles to measure the system in a way that relates to human hearing. Here is list of most expensive audio system in the world:

10. Sonance Kayak Speaker System – £1,500

Sonance Kayak Speaker System

Sonance Kayak Speaker System

The Sonance Kayak speaker is no ordinary sound system. In fact, just one look at the modern art design is enough to tell you it’s anything but ordinary. NACSound created this interesting speaker, which provides stereo sound from just one speaker. And it’s more than just good-looking. In fact, this speaker can really pump out the tunes. The cones on both the top and bottom of the device have coaxial driver array. Plus, the middle part is an acoustic reflector. This reflector allows the sound field to produce a near perfect stereo image. And you don’t have to hang it up like an old 70′s lamp. In fact, you can suspend it horizontally, if you’d like.

 

9. Jamo Reference R 909 Speakers – £7,500

Jamo Reference R 909 Speakers

Jamo Reference R 909 Speakers

Close your eyes, and you may think you’re listening to live music. Open them, and you’ll be looking at quite a large pair of speakers that may or may not blend into all decors. Placed atop a 26 kg cast iron base, the R 909 speakers stand at a fairly imposing 1276 x 488 x 541 mm (HxWxD). The 43 mm thick open baffle is made from a multi-ply construction which is available in three solid (and not a little macho) colours: Porsche black, Ferrari red and Lamborghini yellow.

 

8. Wilson Audio Alexandria X-2 – £67,500

Wilson Audio Alexandria X-2

Wilson Audio Alexandria X-2

The X-2 is heavy and massive, yet surprisingly manageable from a user’s point of view. As mega-speakers go, it is relatively easy to incorporate into a room. Its footprint is actually smaller than most six-figure “statement” speakers. Moreover, the X-2’s shape, aided by the subtly sculpted side panels, seems to minimize its formidable size. Although my listening room is only 14.5′ x 21′ x 9′, the X-2 never seemed imposing and had less of physical presence than rectangular box speakers of similar size.

 

7. AvantGarde Trio Classico with Bass Horns – £94,500

AvantGarde Trio Classico with Bass Horns

AvantGarde Trio Classico with Bass Horns

The TRIO Classico version incorporates a circular support. Contrary to static constructions the rounded shape of the TRIO Classico perfectly reflects the dynamics of the s pherical horns. Its unique shape has become the immense trademark of Avantgarde Acoustic for the past 10 years now. The Classico version is the logic visualization of the outstanding technical features of the TRIO: the art of simple music reproduction to become a voluptuous experience involving all senses. So thrilling and exciting as a real concert. The TRIO Classico version uses the same horns and drivers and is technically identical to the standard TRIO version with its straight frame structure.

 

6. Magico Ultimate – £114,500

Magico Ultimate

Magico Ultimate

For those of you who don’t follow the automotive press, Bugatti’s new Veyron 16.4 is an insanely over-the-top supercar with unprecedented performance—and an unprecedented price. The Veyron sports 1000 horsepower, a top speed in excess of 250 mph, and aerodynamic body panels that deploy at high speeds.

 

5. Marten Coltrane Supreme – £125,000

Marten Coltrane Supreme

Marten Coltrane Supreme

Each channel is served by two towers—one for the bass and the other for the rest of the sonic spectrum. Standing nearly six feet tall and tipping the scale at just under 200 pounds, the bass tower incorporates six 10-inch ceramic drivers in a sealed cabinet to reproduce frequencies from 15 to 100Hz (-3dB). The slightly smaller main tower includes four 7-inch ceramic woofers, one 7-inch ceramic low-mid driver, the world’s first 2-inch diamond midrange, and a ¾-inch diamond tweeter to encompass the range from 90Hz to 100kHz (±1.5dB). The crossover between the towers is a fully balanced, active, fourth-order design with digital room correction below 70Hz.

 

 4. Acapella Audio Arts Sphaeron – £162,500

Acapella Audio Arts’ Sphaeron Excalibur

Acapella Audio Arts’ Sphaeron Excalibur

Made for rooms that are at least 40m², Sphaeron Excalibur features three-dimensional sound and can handle 1,000 watts for 10 ms with no distortion. Handmade in Germany, these speakers are as pleasing to the eyes as they are to the ears.

 

3. CAT MBX Powered Speakers – £280,000

CAT MBX Powered Speakers

CAT MBX Powered Speakers

California Audio Technology (CAT) specializes in custom speaker systems that are better than studio quality. These are usually built into their surroundings for maximum subtlety and are programmed with the layout of the room in mind. For those who want to show off their speakers, though, CAT can also make their speakers with their own housing.

 

2. The Infinite Wisdom Grande – £300,000

The Infinite Wisdom Grande

The Infinite Wisdom Grande

Meant to be used in the largest of rooms, Infinite Wisdom Grande features twenty-four drivers per pair and an unprecedented number of transducers. They also happen to be over 13 feet tall and weigh almost two tons.

 

1. Kharma Grand Enigma – $1 million USD

Kharma’s Grand Enigma

Kharma’s Grand Enigma

Kharma, Dutch makers of top quality audio products, aren’t exactly forthcoming about the Grand Enigma. Reportedly, this expensive audio system is entirely unique. What we do know is that the system was tested by a team of specialists and installed in a cellar in Belgium.

 



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