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Rockport's Avior has all of the earmarks of a speaker comfortably in the $50,000 price range -- including a high-tech cabinet and drivers -- but it costs $29,500 per pair. Andy Payor crafts cabinets that address unwanted energy head on; the Avior has a 6"-thick front baffle and panels of varying thickness that are aimed at creating a stiff enclosure with minimal resonances. The speaker's sandwich midrange and woofers use a new carbon-fiber fabric that increases the cones' ratio of stiffness to weight, and its tweeter has a beryllium dome. Each lovely, contoured Avior weighs 220 pounds.
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