Top Audio Video 2011

At first I thought this (above left) was a speaker -- truncated pyramid, maybe there’s a driver firing downward -- but no, it’s a compact tube/MOSFET hybrid power amplifier. The Ulix Multi EL34 monoblock sells for only €960, delivers 100W and yet its footprint is only 7" x 7" and 15 3/4" high.

Bewith’s Monitor H-1 (above right) threw me at first, because €21,500-€31,000 per pair for a small Japanese-made minimonitor seems like a lot of money. Then it was explained that the sleek, front-ported enclosure is made of cast aluminum, which went some way toward explaining the cost. Finish and attention to detail were impeccable.

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