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The shortest of stacks

Marshall Hanwell

Leave it to those face-melting Brits over at Marshall to create something like the Hanwell ($800). Styled after the famed amps that have stuffed arenas with sound for half a century, the company’s first foray into home audio packs 200 watts of pure rock into one 25-pound body. Made of the same wooden construction and…

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Big bass, little package

Sjofn Hi-Fi The Clue Loudspeaker

Home theater buffs and audiophiles alike know that to achieve harmonic balance a quality low range is essential. For those who also seek balance in all things feng and shui, that usually means burying oversized towers under foliage of some sort or trying to stuff a subwoofer under a settee. To quell the dissonance, Seattle-based…

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Cool Bean

Denon Cocoon

The high-end speaker dock pool, already swimming with the likes of the B&W Zeppelin, B&O BeoSound 8, and the Bose SoundDock 10, just got more crowded with Denon’s Cocoon diving in. The Cocoon, available in home or portable models, represents Denon’s late foray into the iDevice market — while they have fielded systems with docks,…

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Sound it out loud

Aperion Aris Wireless Speaker

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. At least that’s what Da’Vinci said, and it still holds true today. What better way to show off your domestic affinity and audiophile prowess than with the Aperion Aris Wireless Speaker ($500). The Aris seamlessly integrates into your wireless, or wired home network to enable streaming music from any Windows…

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See right hear

Well Rounded Sound

Some of the best sounding speakers could use a pleasing aesthetic touch. A basic black box is nice and simple, but also a tad boring in the realm of desktop audio. If you have a desire for high fidelity and high-end looks, look no further than Well-Rounded Sound. Using full range drivers with 100 Hz…

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Turning it up to 11 starts with 3

P3 Amplifiers

An all-tube, hand-wired P3 Guitar Amplifier ($650+) isn’t just a nostalgic replica designed to look liked a bad-ass amp from the golden age of rock. It’s built like one too, which means blasting out loud, clear tones, no matter how hard they’re driven or clumsily treated by a half-cocked roadie. Unlike frailer mass-produced amplifiers of…

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Whipping your studio cans into shape

Schiit LYR Hybrid Headphone Amplifier

We covered Schiit’s audiophile grade products before, and now rejoice at the release of the extremely powerful LYR Headphone Amplifier. The LYR is a robust, tube-based amplifier with an incredible 6 watts of power, designed to satisfy the gluttonous needs of high impedance studio cans to unlock their full dynamic range. Just in case you…

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Fine Noise Makers

MT. Man Speakers by Carrot Grant

Etsy isn’t the first destination that comes to mind for audio gear, but stumbling across these jaw-dropping Mt. Man Speakers ($900) from Philadelphia-based maker Jesse Gerard, aka Carrot Grant, is a welcome surprise. Designed and made by hand from solid cherry, each speaker features twin copper-clad woofers, gold-plated binding posts for banana plugs or 12…

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Gift Guide 2010: The Technophile

As men, we’ll always be suckers for shiny things. There’s no point in fighting it. Particularly when they can help do things like battle our inbox(s), catch up on missed episodes of the shows we’re too busy to watch, or single-handedly sway the tide of battles using just our thumbs. This gift list is a…

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Das Beaut

2Raumfeld Multi-Room Audio System

We fully endorse Sonos’s line of high-end multi-room audio equipment, and honestly feel their competing systems provide more flexibility than the pricier 2Raumfeld ($1,794). That said, Raumfeld’s system certainly scores for its stylish Bauhaus looks, which can be more important to some, and gives Sonos a run for its money in sound quality. What’s included…

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Home Audio, Beyond Black and White

Yamaha MCR 140 Micro Component System

The Yamaha MCR 140 ($399) has two major things going for it. The first is that outside of performing the functions of your typical micro-audio system, thanks to Yamaha’s proprietary yAired technology, it can play uncompressed audio wirelessly from your iPod/iPhone using a simple dongle that eliminates the syncing hassles associated with other tech like…

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Aperion's First Move Into Space Conscious Audio

Aperion SLIMstage30 Soundbar & Subwoofer Bundle

Gear Patrol’s editors have always been fans of Aperion home theater systems mainly because they offer outstanding audio quality relative to their price. Recently the company has made significant strides though to expand their line of products outside of your typical 5.1+ speaker packages. Released today, the Aperion SLIMstage30 sound bar is the Portland Oregon…

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Get Robust Home Theater Sound in One Big A@# Box

Onkyo HT-S7200

Anyone in the market for a one-stop solution to great home theater, optimized for both music and movies need look no further. The Onkyo HT-S7200 is the latest from the company that’s praised continually for the quality of their home theater-in-a-box systems. Combining two separately sold components capable of solid performance into one convenient set…

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Sony NAS-Z200iR Compact Audio System

Complete Control in the Palm of Your Hand

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Tivoli Audio Music System

[Review from Wired.com] The Tivoli Audio Music System is exactly what an all-in-one system should be: a cinch to operate. Its uncluttered interface and elegantly integrated functions are so intuitive that you can ignore the user’s manual. (We had it up and running in two minutes.) The system comprises an AM/FM radio, a CD player,…