California Audio TechnologY MBX Yosemite Speaker
California Audio Technology is known for its custom-made designs, and manufactures speakers of all sizes, shapes, colours and material (from stainless steel and concrete to marble and granite). Its Yosemite speakers are among the costliest in the Indian market; it has separate amplifiers for each woofer that give out a pulsating sound, and has 5.5-inch aluminium drivers that further refine the sound output. A real boom box, this.
Price: Rs 2.5 crore (a pair)
Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 4-85 Plasma
BeoVision 4 is an easily adaptable television set that brings you the ultimate cinematic experience within the comforts of your living room. Its advanced picture engines along with a full-HD plasma screen ensure that sharp details are captured in rich, life-like colours. Its physical frame is impressive, too: A brushed aluminium finish with diamond-cut joints make it elegant and classy. Price: Rs 48 lakhHeadphones
Sennheiser HD 800 – Dynamic Stereo Headphones
They incorporate Sennheiser’s most advanced driver technology that redefines reference-level (85-105 decibels) audio, and is almost a sound system fitted in the ears—the kind you read about in William Gibson’s cyberpunk novels where technology is permanently embedded in the bodies of characters. Price: Rs 95,000
NAD M50 Digital Music Suite
Here’s a composite music suite that is high on performance as well as utility, and will delight tech buffs. It comprises M50 (digital music player), M51 (direct digital DAC), M52 (digital music vault with a 2 TB storage space), and is entirely wireless, which means that music can be streamed and stored on the go. Price: Rs 4.3 lakh
Wolf Cinema Graywolf 4K SDC-12
Wolf Cinema is known for its high-end projectors that provide great flexibility, control and longevity to the end user. Subtly designed, the GrayWolf 4K is a 3D projector offering fine image quality aided by its VariScopeTM primary optics; it allows users to choose aspect ratios depending on the content being viewed. For film aficionados, this is just the perfect home theatre screen. Bonus: 3D shutter glasses are complimentary with it.Price: Rs 14.5 lakh to Rs 2.2 crore
O’heocha D2 Saturn MK2 Floorstanding Speakers
This state-of-the-art speaker was brought to life by Aonghus O’heocha, an Irish designer who worked as product manager at BMW. A unique design with three legs of each speaker tapering to a pinpoint to minimise any resonance transfer to the floor, coupled with a three-dimensional soundstage, make it a top-quality product. Price: Rs 6.8 lakh
AV Max, the home entertainment portal of Network 18 (publishers of Forbes India), was consulted for this selection
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(This story appears in the 14 November, 2014 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)