Lis­ten up: Stereo equip­ment with se­ri­ous stage pres­ence

This sea­son’s head­lin­ers in­clude top-per­form­ing speak­ers and one sen­sa­tional turntable

Designlines - - Contents - BY ERIC MUTRIE

ACE OF BASE Sonos en­gi­neered its jack-of-all-trades Play­base bar to de­liver full-theatre sound dur­ing ac­tion movies and con­cert-hall clar­ity when stream­ing hits. Slot it un­der­neath your tele­vi­sion – it sup­ports up to 35 kilo­grams. $900, AT GREAT MET­RO­POL­I­TAN SOUND, 1146 CASTLEFIELD AVE GREATMET.COM

STAND­ING OVA­TION Bow­ers & Wilkins’ CM9 S2 in­cor­po­rates cus­tom tweeter tech to min­i­mize dis­tor­tion and en­sure pre­cise sound. Choose from gloss black, satin white or rosenut cas­ings, each with a play­ful yel­low top cone. $4000 FOR TWO, AT BAY BLOOR RA­DIO, 55 BLOOR ST W BAYBLOORRADIO.COM

FRESH SPIN The au­dio gu­rus at Kuzma remixed the typ­i­cal turntable de­sign by for­go­ing a flat plate in favour of vi­bra­tion-re­duc­ing brass rods. A translu­cent acrylic cover turns the unit into a dis­tinc­tive sonic sculp­ture when not in use. $2500, AT PLANET OF SOUND, 1020 QUEEN ST W PLANETOFSOUNDONLINE.COM

SCI-FIDELITY Re­sem­bling a fu­tur­is­tic space sta­tion, Bang & Olufsen’s high-gloss alu­minum Be­o­lab 5 speaker de­liv­ers out-of-this-world sound thanks to Acous­tic Lens Technology that spreads au­dio out across 180 de­grees. $37,000 FOR TWO, AT BANG & OLUFSEN, 100 DAVENPORT RD, STE #100 BEOTORONTO.COM

SINGING IN THE RAIN With a wa­ter­proof shell and 10-hour bat­tery life, the Won­der­boom by Ul­ti­mate Ears is ready to travel from beach day to bar­be­cue. Pair the 9.5-cen­time­tre-wide speaker with a sec­ond unit when it comes time to turn up the vol­ume. $130, AT INDIGO, 55 BLOOR ST W CHAP­TERS.INDIGO.CA

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