Friday, June 1, 2007

$150,000 Steinway Lyngdorf Model-D Music System

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The first thing you'll notice about the Steinway Lyngdorf Model-D Music System... is the price tag: a whopping $150,000.

What will make you forget this ludicrous sticker price are the sounds that emanate from it when it's plugged in...

The Model-D -- named after Steinway's hoary concert grand piano -- is among the first completely digital, ultra-high-end audio systems. It can process signals encoded at 104 MHz, even though the best studio equipment can currently only record at 192 KHz. Meanwhile, each speaker tower has a solid aluminum casing and weighs 500 pounds, so it won't vibrate when sounds pour from the four 12-inch drivers, two 5-inch midranges and single ribbon tweeter. "The system can reproduce a full symphonic orchestra with no compromises in sound," crows Lyngdorf.

It can also blast that sound in all directions, since the speaker towers are open in the back. To make sure they still sound good throughout every corner of your penthouse living room, Steinway will send a sound technician to install the system, then take a mike reading from the couch (or wherever you'll be listening to music most) followed by random readings throughout the room. The speakers' RoomPerfect technology then creates a 3-D model of the surroundings, and adjusts its output to ensure the best sound quality over the widest possible area.

Such remarkable sound quality puts any music collection in the peculiar spot of having to live up to the system...

Source : Wired

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