The su­per­sonic ex­pe­ri­ence

Here’s how to set up an af­ford­able high- end au­dio sys­tem in three easy steps


Here’s how to set up an af­ford­able high- end au­dio sys­tem in three easy steps

THERE’S A MIND-BOG­GLING AR­RAY of equip­ment within the scope of high-end au­dio. From turnta­bles and am­pli­fiers to speak­ers that cost hun­dreds of thou­sands, it’s easy to get over­whelmed. For­tu­nately, you don’t have to break the bank (or own one) in or­der to get your per­sonal high-end au­dio set up off the ground: We’ve gone ahead and made a se­lec­tion for you.

The speak­ers Klip­sch Corn­wall III Floor­stand­ing Speaker Dhs17,500

A lit­tle af­ter World War II, Paul W Klip­sch started mak­ing loud­speak­ers out of a tin shed in Arkansas. That small-scale oper­a­tion steadily grew into a ma­jor one but the cab­i­nets of these speak­ers are still hand­crafted in Hope. The three­way speaker has a horn-loaded de­sign re­spon­si­ble for the midrange and tre­ble, while the bass thumps through the 15-inch woofer, pro­duc­ing some big sound. The first edi­tion of the Corn­wall de­buted in 1959; now into its third gen­er­a­tion, it’s still go­ing strong. The name is no ac­ci­dent – these speak­ers are in­tended to be placed in ei­ther the cor­ner or against the wall.

The am­pli­fier Pri­maLuna Di­a­Logue Pre­mium In­te­grated Am­pli­fier Dhs13,740

It’s the only amp in the mar­ket that will al­low you to change the oper­a­tion us­ing a re­mote con­trol. Apart from func­tion­ing as a re­fined piece of au­dio tech­nol­ogy, this 36-watt ul­tra­lin­ear and tri­ode amp (you can switch be­tween the two us­ing the re­mote) is also a vis­ual de­light with those pre-amp and driver tubes adding to the sen­sory drama. En­gi­neered in Hol­land, there are com­po­nents from around the world that have made their way into this amp. The en­tire sig­nal path is hand-wired with Swiss-made sil­ver-plated oxy­gen free cop­per, the ca­pac­i­tors are made in Ger­many and the re­sis­tors are sourced from Ja­pan.

The turntable Clea­r­au­dio Con­cept Dhs10,879

The vinyl lives on. From soul and jazz to funk and blues, it is ar­guably one of the purest de­vices to play your mu­sic. This belt-driven turntable can be played at speeds of 33, 45 and 78rpm and has a hand­some build qual­ity. Clea­r­au­dio has tried to strip away the stress con­sumers are sub­jected to when set­ting up a turntable. This is al­most a plug-and-play de­vice – the nine-inch tone arm and mov­ing-mag­net car­tridge are pre-fit­ted and aligned and the coun­ter­weight is also fac­tory set pro­vid­ing the re­quired track­ing force.

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