Behold the $860,608 stereo

Believe it or not, the price could be a lot worse.

Clearaudio's 'Statement' turntable Musical Surroundings

Well that didn't take long. Just after we thought we'd come across one of the weirder pieces of sound equipment seen in awhile, along comes another to beat it out in spades. Not only does this system featured at Berlin's IFA trade show have an exceedingly esoteric design, but it's even more exclusive because of its price: $860,608, to be exact, which makes it the "world's most expensive stereo system" in the estimation of BornRich.

The centerpiece of this monstrosity is the Clearaudio "Statement" turntable pictured here for $137,000, flanked by 5.1 JBL speakers at $68,700 a pair and four Velodyne subwoofers totaling $52,000. The Krell amps alone are worth $163,000, and a Mark Levinson pre-amp is priced at $54,000. Various other components make up the rest of the overall cost.

And here we thought the $150,000 "Transrotor Artus" was expensive; maybe now we'll start seeing it on sale at Costco. In the meantime, ponder this: If the Clearaudio set-up tacked on the "Grand Enigma" audio system, the total price tag would approach $2 million.

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