How Bang & Olufsen’s BeoLab 90 Became a Reality

We traveled to Denmark to learn what warranted the speaker's $39K price tag

Strange, beautiful, different. These aren’t the typical adjectives given to hi-fi speakers, and yet they’re the best words to describe Bang & Olufsen’s new contemporary masterpiece, the BeoLab 90 active loudspeakers. Years in the making, the finished product was unveiled to the public last week—and much of the resulting press focused on the price tag of $39,000 per speaker unit (and sold in a minimum …

Fern & Roby’s Cast Iron and Bronze Turntable

A sculptural work of art to satisfy audiophiles and design lovers

Fern & Roby, located in Richmond, Virginia, designs not only eye-catching furniture with vintage-inspired bases (made from cast iron, bronze or aluminum) but also stunning audio equipment that could double as sculptural works of art. With a dedication to American manufacturing and craft, Fern & Roby impress yet again with The Turntable—made up of a a 70-pound cast iron plinth and 35-pound bronze platter—to satisfy …

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 …