Gorgeous design plays almost as big a role as performance for all types of high-end products, including exotic audio gear.
Parrot Zik Bluetooth headphone
The Parrot Zik headphone ($400) is simply gorgeous, and when you hold it in your hands, it's hard not to be impressed with its solid build quality. Oh, and it's the first Bluetooth headphone that actually sounds good.
This battery-powered preamplifier is housed in a chassis precision-machined from solid ingots of aircraft-grade aluminum. The preamp offers unrivaled sonic transparency and clarity. Rowland is based in Boulder, Colo.
This 176-pound German turntable is causing quite a stir among well-heeled audiophiles all over the world. It features a 50mm thick solid aluminum platter, and the external platter drive unit has three motors built into one housing.