Charged: Shindo Laboratory

Ken Shindo's sculpture-like amps and pre-amps turn the experience of listening to music into an emotion-packed one

The 2011 documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” at first appears to be a film about an 85-year-old sushi chef and his world-famous dishes, though it’s really about a man’s lifelong quest to continually make better sushi—to continually strive to master his craft. In the world of hi-fi audio equipment, Jiro’s counterpart, if there ever was one, would be fellow countryman Ken Shindo, whose hand-made tube …

AC1 Loudspeaker system

As new technology shrinks in scale by the day, isn’t it refreshing to know that OMA’s AC1 Loudspeaker system is taking a different approach, and paying tribute not only to the quality acoustics of the original loudspeaker, but also the inherent beauty of the towering object itself? This monumental speaker is hand-built from solid Pennsylvania hardwood and engineered for sound quality that cannot be matched, …