Top 21 Best HiFi Audio Brands On The Market 2022


For many HiFi enthusiasts and audiophiles, there's seemingly no end to the search for the “perfect” system. The relationships and compatibility between DACs, turntables, cartridges, tonearms, amplifiers, cables, headphones, speakers and other components (even power supplies) are of great concern in the quest to obtain the purest audio possible.

The rabbit hole of HiFi audio undoubtedly goes deep, and there are plenty of options on the market for the discerning audiophile. While many products are marketed as “HiFi,” knowing the market's top brands can help in determining what's right for your own setup.

Of course, the brand is far from the most important aspect of a piece of HiFi equipment, though it's still worth considering for general knowledge and judgement. In this article, I'll share my take on the top high fidelity audio brands.

Though obviously subjective and prone to biases, I’ve done my best to list out these brands based on the following metrics (in no particular order):

  • Company reputation
  • Performance and versatility of the HiFi equipment
  • Longevity of the HiFi equipment
  • Variety of HiFi equipment
  • Accessibility of the HiFi equipment (how easy they are to find/buy)
  • The company must currently be in operation

With all that being said, let's list out the brands.

The top 21 best HiFi brands for music and audio are:

  1. Audio Note
  2. Kronos
  3. Nagra
  4. Bricasti
  5. Spectral Audio
  6. Burmester
  7. Dan D'Agostino
  8. Kharma
  9. Verity Audio
  10. Marten Design
  11. Gryphon
  12. Wilson Audio
  13. Mark Levinson
  14. Abyss Headphones
  15. Tara Labs
  16. Oyaide
  17. YBA
  18. PS Audio
  19. McIntosh
  20. Isol-8
  21. Furutech

Let's get into each of these brands in greater detail and explain why they belong in the top 21 best HiFi audio brands for music and audio production. I'll share their country of origin, a bit of history, an example HiFi product, and a link to their official website.

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Audio Note

Besides being a natural-born innovator, inventor, and accomplished engineer, Hiroyasu is a confessed audiophile. Because of that passion and love for music, he decided to create the finest in Hi-Fi equipment so he and his fellow audiophiles could listen to music like never before.

As a result, Audio Note has become a synonym with state-of-the-art equipment that can transform any listening experience into a sonic journey. If you haven't already, try Audio Note out and feel the difference for yourself.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: Audio Note Conqueror (link to check it out at Audio Note)

Audio Note Conqueror

The Conqueror by Audio Note is a stereo valve amplifier. Although much has been said lately about the use of valve technology for sound applications, sound-wise, there isn't another technology capable of replacing it.

Indeed, this amplifier oozes valve power delivering beautiful musical harmonics keeping sound as organic as possible because of its Pure Class A, single-ended design. Moreover, the circuit even includes valve rectification, so the sound never goes through any transistors.

If you are after the best valve tone for your vintage records, this is it.

Audio Note was founded by Hiroyasu Kondo in 1976. In 1997, the company split up, and while Audio Note UK, with headquarters in Sussex, handles the European market, Kondo Labs handles the Asian market from Japan.

Official website: audionote.co.uk


Kronos

Louis Desjardins is bold enough to revise the design of conventional turntables and turn them into works of art. Moreover, all innovation done to the design was based solely on audio improvements; thus, every Kronos turntable is a beautiful, reliable, great-sounding machine.

Furthermore, in only a little over a decade, Kronos and Desjardins have received such critical acclaim that Kronos products can be found at any major store in the world dedicated to audiophiles products.

If you haven't already, and they fit your budget, try a Kronos turntable today.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: Kronos Pro (link to check it out at Kronos)

Kronos Pro

A revolutionary design made with counter-rotating discs makes this a one-of-a-kind creation that sounds as amazing as it looks. Furthermore, each unit ships from the factory with André Theriault's 12″ unipivot Black Beauty tonearm. As a result, the midrange is crystal-clear, lows are defined and powerful, and high frequencies shine through any mix, remaining musical and never stepping into the harsh territory.

The Kronos Pro is, to many audiophiles, the best place to put your favourite records on. Try one for yourself and hear the difference.

Kronos Audio was founded by Louis Desjardins in 2010. Currently, the company's headquarters are in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Official website: Kronos.com


Nagra

Being only 22 years old, Stefan showed the world what a gifted engineer he is by designing and manufacturing a one-of-a-kind, ultra-small, and portable self-contained recorder in 1951. The Nagra I, now a museum piece, changed the world of audio as we know it overnight.

The same passion, innovational spirit, and quest for excellence are the pillars over which Nagra is built. Moreover, every piece of Hi-Fi audio leaving the Switzerland factory is another sample of extreme high-quality that can only make the brand's reputation grow.

Nagra has to be on your list if you are after the best.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: Nagra HD DAC X (link to check it out at Nagra)

Nagra HD DAC X

Not everything is turntables and records in the life of an audiophile; thus, when things get digital, you need a state-of-the-art DAC to make it sound as good as analog. In this case, the DAC X by Nagra is one step beyond most of the competition in terms of sound quality, low-to-non-existent noise floor, and enough connection options to integrate it into any system.

Furthermore, this unit packs the colour and sophisticated nuances of the Nagra HD Preamp; hence, your digital high-end audio will have similar depth, brilliance, and mid-range as your records. If you need a new DAC, you have to give this unit by Nagra a chance.

Nagra was founded by Stefan Kudelski in 1951. Currently, the company's headquarters are in Romanel-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland.

Official website: nagraaudio.com

Nagra is featured in other top brand articles at My New Microphone. Check out these articles here!


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Bricasti

After a long and successful career at audio giant Lexicon, Brian and Casey decided to venture into their own business. With the know-how and experience gathered working in one of the world's largest audio firms, they tried to improve on the great to create the best.

As a result, they released their first product, the M7 stereo reverb, to the market. This unit was received to such critical acclaim that the company set out to create the ultimate high-end audio collection.

Nowadays, Bricasti products are sold around the world, creating magical moments for audiophiles in every corner of the planet.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: Bricasti Model 20 Preamplifier (link to check it out at Bricasti)

Bricasti Model 20 Preamplifier

The preamplifier in any high-end audio setup makes a drastic difference. In this case, whether in a tuxedo black or shiny platinum finish, the M20 by Bricasti is sure to take your system to the next level. This is because it is engineered to deliver fully analog, tonally-balanced audio through completely isolated, independently buffered signals that maintain sound purity from one end to the opposite.

Finally, the ceramic circuit boards, triple dynamic Class-A transformers, and discrete resistor ladder attenuator make this an elite audio product you should check before buying anything else.

Bricasti was founded by Brian Zolner and Casey Dowdel in 2004. Currently, the company's headquarters are in Medford, Massachusetts, USA.

Official website: bricasti.com


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Spectral Audio

Soon after Richard Fryer started his psychology career, he found he was compelled to study human perception further. As a gifted student, he created investigation systems to understand further how we perceive sound.

The added ingredients of being an audiophile and having a passion for electronic engineering produced a company that took high-end audio one step beyond the competition.

If you're searching for great high-end components, accessories, preamplifiers, power amplifiers, and more, give Spectral Audio a chance.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: Spectral Ultralinear 2C3D Level 2 Speaker Cable (link to check it out at Spectral Audio)

Spectral Ultralinear 2C3D Level 2 Speaker Cable

An audiophile's high-end audio system is as strong as its weakest link. Therefore, the speaker cable is an item that most people overlook but plays a major role in the resulting sound. This is Spectral's reference speaker interface, designed specifically by MIT to be used with the high-speed, high-end equipment Spectral offers.

If you want your system to have more realism, transparency, and accuracy, you have to try this Spectral cable on it.

Spectral Audio was founded by Richard Fryer in 1975. Currently, the company's headquarters are in Sunnyvale, California, USA.

Official website: spectralaudio.com


Burmester

Dieter was an accomplished musician besides being a talented engineer. This first-hand experience of music was lost in the recordings he heard; therefore, he set out to make the type of audio equipment that could give life back to recorded music.

With that in mind, he fixed his own faulty preamplifier and used parts of medical machinery to overhaul it. As a result, the quintessential Burmester product was born: the 777 preamplifier.

From that moment on, the company grew non-stop, and today, after Dieter's passing, it continues to pursue the same commitment to excellence it always has. If you want sound, performance, craftsmanship, and reliability in one package, you have to try Burmester out.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: Burmester BC350 (link to check it out at Burmester)

Burmester BC350

All the effort to buy records, turntables, amplifiers, and cables is nothing without a good pair of speakers. This pair by Burmester exceeds the “good” category to enter the “amazing” one.

To begin with, they are visually big and imposing yet modern and elegant. But beyond the looks, the heart of these speakers is how natural, effortless, dynamic, and wide they sound. Indeed, the lows get new dimensions, and the entire tonal palette of any recording instantly comes alive.

Perhaps, that is the best way to describe the sound of the BC350, like the lifelong dream of its creator: they add life to recorded music in a colourful, dynamic, precise, and powerful way.

Burmester was founded by Dieter Burmester in 1977. Currently, the company's headquarters can be found in Berlin-Schöneberg, Germany.

Official website: burmester.de


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Dan D'Agostino

After having founded and been the CEO of Krell for decades, Dan D'Agostino, a living legend for audiophiles and music lovers around the world, decided to create a brand with his name on it.

But this new adventure is not like Krell. In this company, Dan decided to go as far as he could with the design and manufacturing of the products. In other words, he set out to make the best audio components the world has seen so far.

In this quest that has been going on for more than a decade, Dan achieved a sought-after goal for most audiophiles in the world: high-end audio at low volumes.

If you are after the best money can buy, you have to try Dan D'Agostino products before buying anything else.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: Dan D'Agostino Relentless Mono Amplifier (link to check it out at Dan D'Agostino)

Dan D'Agostino Relentless Mono Amplifier

The flagship of a Company like Dan D'Agostino can't be anything less than groundbreaking. As you would expect, that is the exact adjective that can be used when describing this apparatus capable of being a “velvet hammer,” exuding as much musical finesse and nuances as power.

This is not just a company motto, but the truth since this amplifier is capable of 1,500 watts in 8 ohms, 3,000 in 4 ohms, and 6,000 in 2 ohms. If you are, by any chance, thinking so much power brings noise to the source, you'll be mistaken because the transformer is shielded in such a way that the noise floor is close to zero.

Power is something you'll never lack, adding one (or two) Relentless amplifiers to your system.

Dan D'Agostino was founded by its namesake in 2011. Currently, the company's headquarters are in Cave Creek, Arizona, USA.

Official website: dandagostino.com


Kharma

Kharma is regarded as the best in its field by connoisseurs and audiophiles around the world. Although many brands compete for that spot, especially in Europe, the reputation that Kharma has amassed in the past decades speaks for itself.

Moreover, such is the commitment to excellence that Kharma is now also designing the furniture to go with their audio products so your room can sound exactly as the company envisioned when designing the product.

If you are after the ultimate hearing experience, it is paramount that you try Kharma out. They might even offer you the integral solution you were looking for.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: Kharma Enigma Veyron 1D (link to check it out at Kharma)

Kharma Enigma Veyron 1D

The Enigma Veyron is the flagship for Kharma, which makes it a benchmark for the audio industry as well. It is fully equipped with in-house designed and built speakers, including Omega-F drivers and the biggest Diamond tweeter surface ever made.

Moreover, they are utterly elegant, combining dark wood, gold, and black in the same package. Also, it is completely decoupled from its surroundings because of the unique stand technology used by Kharma. Finally, the thickness of the wood utilized for the cabinet makes this a hard, durable, and great-sounding speaker for the accomplished audiophile.

Kharma was established in 1993 as the international subsidiary of Oosterum Luidspreker Systems, O.L.S., a company founded by Charles van Oosterum in 1982. Currently, the company's headquarters are in AL Breda, The Netherlands.

Official website: kharma.com


Verity Audio

The company gained a reputation for manufacturing some of the best loudspeakers in the world for decades. Moreover, they became the go-to option for audiophiles long before the groundbreaking new line of Monsalvat speakers was even imagined.

That critical acclaim by audiophiles translated into sales, and soon after, the company broadened its catalogue to include amplifiers and preamplifiers. Nowadays, after decades of hard work, dedication, and non-stop innovation, Verity Audio offers integral solutions for the most demanding audiophiles around the world.

The secret? Verity Audio is a brand made by audiophiles and for audiophiles. If you haven't already, it is high time you give it a try.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: Verity Audio Monsalvat Loudspeakers (link to check it out at Verity Audio)

Verity Audio Monsalvat Loudspeakers

Once you go past the initial beauty shock these tower speakers generate, you get the ultimate hearing experience from the five midrange speakers and the tweeter. Although that might sound like a regular combination, this speaker is capable of reproducing anything between 60 Hz and 100,000 Hz, keeping a sensitivity level of 99dB throughout the spectrum.

Another striking quality of the Monsalvat loudspeaker is that it is capable of some serious low rumble. That is because the company utilizes patented technology to reproduce more lows than any other brand can offer.

If you want the best speakers for your system, you need to stop by Verity Audio to check the Monsalvat line.

Verity Audio was founded by Bruno Bouchard and Crissy Verner in 1993. Currently, the company's headquarters are in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Official website: verityaudio.com


Marten Design

The one thing that sparked the flame for Marten Design was music; moreover, live music. Leif wanted to find the correct audio equipment to hear music live as he had done in his family for generations.

While in his teenage years, he created speakers at home, as a hobby, to enjoy records more. From that same passion, a dream was born. Some decades of hard work and relentless innovation took that one-man dream and turned it into a company that also owns a record label and a studio to continue to capture live music in a recorded state.

Marten Design is all about passion and excellence; if that sounds like you too, check them out today.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: Marten Coltrane Supreme 2 (link to check it out at Marten)

Marten Coltrane Supreme 2

The Coltrane Series is the flagship for Marten Design, exuding every bit of the superior sound the company is capable of. Furthermore, the company presents this design as the ultimate speaker for any audiophile home in the world.

According to the company, what makes the difference from all competition is the company's recording studio. Engineers used it to test and make the final adjustments that turned this speaker into an instant classic.

For a full rundown of the specs, check the company's site here.

Marten was founded by Leif Mårten Olofsson in 1998. Currently, the company's headquarters are in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Official website: marten.se


Gryphon

Flemming E. Rasmussen is not an engineer, as you would expect. On the contrary, he holds a degree in painting and graphic arts from the Aarhus Art Academy. This artistic side, mixed with having worked in the competitive textile industry for decades, allowed him to create a one-of-a-kind company.

Moreover, it is the artistic background of its owner that sets it apart from all competition. Gryphon is a brand in constant development of new ideas that aim to transform any listening experience into a vibrant, lively session that can inspire the listener.

If you want a brand that can transform your sound system into an inspiration source, you have to try Gryphon before buying anything else.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: Gryphon Diablo 300 (link to check it out at Gryphon)

Gryphon Diablo 300

Having a brain in your sound system capable of going from stereo to surround (including a full-range subwoofer out) without recalibration is nothing short of an achievement.

Well, that is only the beginning because there is much more to the Diablo 300. For example, and in the same vein, the unit comes equipped with automatic level matching so you can seamlessly change sources protecting your ears and equipment. Finally, the unit also offers full protection of its system in case of a power failure, so your investment won't be at risk at any time.

If you want a preamp, power amplifier, switcher, and brain for your AV system, you need to try the Diablo 300.

Gryphon was founded by Flemming E. Rasmussen in 1985. Currently, the company's headquarters are in Denmark.

Official website: gryphon-audio.dk


Wilson Audio

Wilson Audio is a known company among audiophiles because they offer some of the best speakers in the market. Although they have a hefty price tag, Wilson Audio has always navigated the high-end audio market gracefully, making new fans from every buyer.

Indeed, this company is the pinnacle of stereo speakers for most audiophiles on the planet. The reason behind that is the obsessive attention to detail, relentless innovation, and decades-long commitment to excellence fuel every decision made by the brand.

Wilson Audio is the best-kept secret in the audiophile world. If they fit your budget, you need to give them a chance before buying anything else.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: Wilson Audio WAMM Master Chronosonic (link to check it out at Wilson Audio)

Wilson Audio WAMM Master Chronosonic

Chronos is, in Greek Mythology, the master of time. The reason this deity is named in this outstanding speaker line is not random. On the contrary, the entire design of this speaker line is based on the concept of the time domain and how it affects the reproduced sound. You can see and hear Dave Wilson explain the concept in this video.

Although complex, the decades of refinement, the hours of hard work, and the passion behind each Chronosonic make adjustments super easy. Moreover, while previous incarnations adjusted the time domain every 10 milliseconds, engineers reduced that to 2 milliseconds giving the user more freedom of adjustment to achieve better results.

Finally, no other speaker in the market comes close in terms of looks either. If you want the best and your budget allows it, try the WAMM Master Chronosonic today.

Wilson Audio was founded by Sheryl Lee Wilson and David A. Wilson in 1974. Currently, the company’s headquarters are in Provo, Utah, USA.

Official website: wilsonaudio.com


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Mark Levinson

Mark Levinson was already a company with a long trajectory in the audio world by the time it was acquired by Harman, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics and one of the biggest audio brands in the world.

That unique mix of boutique-level high-end audio performance, craftsmanship, and attention to detail with the know-how, insight, and structure of a company like Harman makes Mark Levinson products reliable, affordable, and great-sounding.

Before buying anything else, you need to give Mark Levinson a chance; they are among the best in the world but without the hefty price tag.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: Mark Levinson 5909 (link to check it out at Mark Levinson)

Mark Levinson 5909

Audiophiles on the move are always searching for the best pair of headphones in the market so they can dive into music on the road as they do it at home.

This pair of headphones by Mark Levinson checks all the needed boxes a music lover needs. To begin with, they utilize adaptive noise-cancelling technology to reduce unwanted outside noise. Also, they employ state-of-the-art Bluetooth 5.1 technology delivering wireless high-resolution audio. Finally, the 40mm Beryllium-coated drivers offer pristine-clean results to the listener.

If you are on the move, you need to check these audiophile-level headphones.

Mark Levinson was founded by Mark Levinson in 1972. Currently, the company's headquarters are in Stamford, Connecticut, USA.

Official website: marklevinson.com

Parent company: Harmon International (Samsung Electronics)


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Abyss Headphones

Abyss Headphones' parent company, JPS Labs, sells some of the best performing high-end audio cables in the market. Indeed, the company is founded upon the staff's wide knowledge in the metallurgy, audio, and science fields. This is not a minor detail since this deep understanding of the elements that make audio, and the propagation of energy that results in high-end sound allowed them to build some of the best headphones the world has seen so far.

Abyss Headphones are designed and manufactured from scratch in the USA, utilizing only the finest materials. If you're an audiophile on the move, try a pair today and hear the difference.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: Abyss Headphones AB1266 Phi TC Audiophile Reference Headphone (link to check them out at Abyss)

Abyss Headphones AB1266 Phi TC

The TC in the name of these headphones stands for Total Consciousness. This is not just a random, marketing-based decision but the consequence of utilizing 66mm, planar magnetic speaker drivers. According to the company, these are capable of the highest resolution in history for headphones.

Adding to that, the aluminum frame keeps them luxurious and refined while being lightweight and sturdy. The audiophile on the go will fall in love with these headphones instantly; if you haven't already, try one today and hear the difference.

Abyss Headphones is a subsidiary of JPS Labs LLC, founded by Joe Skubinski in 1992. Currently, the company's headquarters are in Lancaster, New York, USA.

Official website: abyss-headphones.com


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Tara Labs

Cables play a crucial role when it comes to high-end audio. Regardless of how expensive your sound system is, if you're using cheap cables to connect it all together, you're not making the most out of your investment. That is exactly where a company like TARA Labs comes in to save the day.

Indeed, they are the only cables in the world utilizing a solid, extruded conductor with a cross-section in a rectangular shape. Since the mid-eighties, this company has been making the cleanest-sounding, strongest connections for audio systems and audiophiles in over 34 countries. If you want to make the most of your investment, connect it all with Tara Labs' high-end cables.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: Tara Labs The Grand Master Evolution (link to check it out at Tara Labs)

Tara Labs The Grand Master Evolution

Perhaps, the first thing to say about the Grand Master Evolution cable by Tara Labs is that it is like no other speaker cable in the world. This is because the gauge size for this cable is 000, making an area of 85,000 square millimetres per channel. Moreover, it offers the greatest current-carrying capability in the world, adding the linearity and the high-frequency extension of a 32-gauge conductor.

If you are after the best cables in the market, Tara Labs needs to be on your list.

Tara Labs was founded by Matthew Bond in 1986. Currently, the company's headquarters are in Medford, Oregon, USA.

Official website: taralabs.com


Oyaide

Oyaide was born in the early 1950s, during the reconstruction of Japan as one of the leading technology forces in the world. This is not a minor detail since the company was built upon the pillars of extreme quality, hard work, and constant innovation that made the tag “Made in Japan” a synonym of cutting-edge technology and reliability.

Taking from that spirit and adding over 70 years of work on high-end sound results in a company that offers products made with the leverage of generations. Furthermore, Oyaide's insight about audio makes every product leaving the factory the greatest ally in your search for the perfect tone.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: Oyaide Black Mamba-Σ (link to check it out at Oyaide)

Oyaide Black Mamba-Σ

Although speaker cables play a major role in the resulting sound, power cables are just as important. Most people overlook this, but audiophiles generally know that investing in a top-notch power cable is just as important as investing in a pair of good speakers.

In this vein, this power cable by Oyaide, made with Beryllium copper blades and buff finishing, offers crystal-clear, colourless power to any sound system. In other words, all you'll get from your stereo system is the sound you love and no noise coming from the electricity socket.

The chain is always measured by the weakest link; try an Oyaide power cable today and make yours stronger than ever.

Oyaide was founded by Mr. Kazuji Oyaide in 1952. Currently, the company's headquarters are in Tokyo, Japan.

Official website: oyaide.com


YBA

Yves Bernard André is a big name in high-end audio. He had been working for over ten years on his own patents to groundbreaking designs when he decided to found YBA. That was over four decades ago, and the results of 40 years of honing the company's principles and working relentlessly toward excellence make YBA a well-kept secret among audiophiles.

Since the man himself is behind every design, hand-assembly is used for the high-end products, and a thorough quality check is performed in-house. Yves approves every product in the listening stage, so you can expect only the best results when buying YBA products.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: YBA Heritage D100 DAC (link to check it out at YBA)

YBA Heritage D100 DAC

Most electronic equipment today uses a DAC for sound reproduction. For example, your smartphone, tablet, computer, CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray player have a DAC. But why buy an external unit, then? Well, the answer is very simple: an external unit can offer noise-free, top-notch results that match your Hi-Fi stereo system.

In this vein, the D100 by YBA is the ultimate DAC to hear your digital sources with the same audio fidelity, depth, brilliance, and 3-d qualities your analog sources offer. Because of this, it is a needed addition for audiophiles who want to transcend their record collection with newer sounds.

YBA was founded by Yves Bernard André in 1981. Currently, the company's headquarters are in France.

Official website: ybahifi.com


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PS Audio

Paul McGowan is a man on a mission. He set out not only to create the kind of audiophile products he would like to use as one but also to make high-end audio understandable for the general public. In this vein, he has been working alongside a team of notables to create a series of YouTube videos sharing his vast knowledge and clarifying the doubts in his “Ask Paul” section.

This is not a minor detail but a description of the brand's mission, purpose, and foundations. Thus, you can expect state-of-the-art technology, reliability, and a strong commitment to excellence with outstanding customer support and without the hefty “audiophile only” price tag.

If you haven't already, try PS Audio products today, they will surprise you.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: PS Audio BHK Signature 250 Amplifier (link to check it out at PS Audio)

PS Audio BHK Signature 250 Amplifier

Bringing together the best of vacuum tube technology's warmth and musicality with the power and definition of MOSFET output makes it a one-of-a-kind amplifier that can take any stereo system to the next level. This is not only about sound quality; this amplifier is capable of 250/500 watts per channel which is enough power to fill almost any room with music.

Plugging this amplifier into your sound system is a one-way ticket to lush, powerful, elegant, and perfect-sounding music. If you want handmade perfection, the BHK 250 is for you.

PS Audio was founded by Paul McGowan and Stan Warren in 1973. Currently, the company's headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Official website: psaudio.com


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McIntosh

McIntosh is referred to as “the best money can buy” by most audiophiles in the world. Indeed, this company has been excelling since the early days of creating a “wall of sound” for The Grateful Dead. Nowadays, they use the same passion to build tube-driven sound wonders with modern specs ready for today's music equipment.

Moreover, the same attention to detail, reliability, and sound quality that made the company worldwide famous can still be enjoyed today in each product coming out of the same facility in New York.

If you are after excellence and McIntosh fits your budget, trying their products is a must before buying.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: McIntosh MA12000 (link to check it out at McIntosh)

McIntosh MA12000

With a total of 17 inputs (7 digital + 10 analog), 350 watts per channel, and a hybrid tube/solid-state construction, the MA1200 by McIntosh is the ultimate integrated amplifier in the market.

Moreover, the tone control with 8 bands and the DA2 Digital Audio Module as a factory-installed feature make this a great-sounding, highly versatile product that can take your records to the next level but also work as the brains of your sound system, integrating different modern and vintage sound sources.

No other company can offer you the sound quality of McIntosh in such a well-made, reliable, powerful, and versatile product.

McIntosh was founded by Fran McIntosh in 1949. Currently, the company's headquarters are in Binghamton, New York, USA.

Official website: mcintoshlabs.com

McIntosh is featured in other top brand articles at My New Microphone. Check out these articles here!


Isol-8

Nic Poulson became an accomplished sound engineer while working for the BBC for decades. During that time, he learned a lot about sound and discovered a gap that needed to be filled: power conditioning in high-end audio.

Thus, to make the kind of products that could end sound contamination, he founded Isol-8 and developed his ideas further. As a result, Isol-8 offers audiophiles and music lovers around the world a solution for the noise in their signal paths, solving a decades-long problem in households.

Your audio system is not complete without a state-of-the-art power conditioner.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: Isol-8 SubStation Integra (link to check it out at Isol-8)

Isol-8 SubStation Integra

Combining the company's flagship LC and HC technologies together in one product, the SubStation Integra is the ultimate solution for power-induced noises in the market today.

To begin with, the Integra offers two individual filter sections. Moreover, it also features 4 different outlets optimized for different applications; two for low-to-medium current needs (players, preamps, and other devices) and two for high-consuming products like power amplifiers.

Furthermore, each of these outputs features a dedicated transmodal filter enhancing overall performance through the reduction of cross-contamination between components. Finally, the high-consumption outlets are capable of filtering peak currents without any dynamic compression in the resulting sound.

If you want to get the most out of your prized investment, you need a power conditioner, and the best in the market is surely an Isol-8 model.

Isol-8 was founded by Nic Poulson in 2003. The company's headquarters are currently in the UK.

Official website: isol-8.co.uk


Furutech

Furutech was born to close a gap in the audiophile industry: faulty speaker cables eating up all the brilliance, low-end, and clarity of high-end audio equipment. Thus, after decades of innovation and hard work, the cables offered by Furutech will enhance your record collection's performance.

Using only the highest-quality materials and applying the know-how and leverage of a company that has been making and selling top-notch cables for many years, Furutech is ready to take your audio system's performance to the next level.

Enjoy music like never before using Furutech cables.

Notable Hi-Fi unit: Furutech Speakerflux High-Performance Speaker Cable (link to check it out at Furutech)

Furutech Speakerflux High-Performance Speaker Cable

The uncanny sound of the Speakerflux is nothing short of an achievement for the music industry. Indeed, the Alpha OCC pure transmission conductors and the high-performance, rhodium-plated, nonmagnetic pure copper spades protect the original sound source throughout the way.

As a result, the sound's resolution, punch, power, dynamics, and clarity are second to none. Moreover, the ultra-quiet sound stage accurately represents the original sound without any artificial frequencies ruining your music.

Furutech was founded in 1988 by Mr. Frank Hayama. Currently, the company's headquarters are in Tokyo, Japan.

Official website: furutech.com


Honourable Mentions:

  • AbysSound
  • Accuphase
  • Airtight
  • Arcam
  • Aesthetix Audio
  • Amphion
  • Anthem
  • Aqua
  • Aries Cerat
  • Astell&Kern
  • ATC
  • Audeze
  • Audia Flight
  • Audio Analogue
  • Audio By Van Alstine
  • Audio Consulting
  • Audio Solutions
  • AudioAlto
  • Audioengine
  • Audiofilia
  • Audiolab
  • Audion
  • Audioquest
  • Audiovalve
  • Audiovector
  • Auditorium 23
  • Auralics
  • Aurender
  • AVM
  • Ayre Acoustics
  • Baetis Audio
  • Balanced Audio Technology
  • Bang & Olufsen
  • Bayz Audio
  • Bel Canto
  • Bfly-Audio
  • Bladelius
  • Bluesound
  • Bob Carver
  • Border Patrol
  • Bose
  • Bowers & Wilkins
  • Bryston
  • Burson Audio
  • Cambridge Audio
  • Canton
  • Cardas
  • Cerwin Vega
  • CH Precision
  • Chord
  • Classe
  • Conrad-Johnson
  • Constellation Audio
  • Credo
  • Crown Audio
  • Cyrus
  • Dali
  • Definitive Audio
  • Denon
  • DeVore Speakers
  • Doxa
  • Dueland
  • Dynaudio
  • Dynavector
  • E.A.R.
  • Eggleston Works
  • ELAC
  • Emm Labs
  • Ensemble Experience
  • Esoteric
  • ETI Research
  • Exposure
  • Fluance
  • FM Acoustics
  • Focal
  • G.I.P.Laboratory
  • Gamut Audio
  • Gauder
  • Gigawatt
  • Gold Note
  • Goldmund
  • Grado Labs
  • Harbeth Speakers
  • Harmon Kardon
  • Hartung Amplification
  • Hegel
  • HiFiMan
  • Icon Audio
  • iFi Audio
  • iStreamer
  • Jadis
  • JBL
  • KEF
  • Kenwood
  • KLE Research
  • Klipsch
  • Krell
  • Lab 12
  • Lamm
  • Lampizator
  • Lavardin Technologies
  • Lawrence Audio
  • LD Systems
  • Le Son
  • Leben Amps
  • Leema Acoustics
  • Lexicon
  • Linn
  • Linnenberg
  • Loit
  • Luxman
  • Lyngdorf
  • M2tech
  • Magico
  • Magnepan
  • Marantz
  • Martin Logan
  • MBL
  • Meitner
  • Meridian
  • Metaxas Audio Systems
  • Metronome Technologie
  • Metrum Acoustics
  • Mission
  • MIT Cables
  • Moon By SimAudio
  • Monitor Audio
  • Musical Fidelity
  • NAD Electronics
  • Naim
  • Nakamichi
  • NOLA Speakers
  • Nuprime
  • Octave
  • Oswalds Mill Audio
  • Onkyo
  • Oppo
  • Origin Live
  • Panasonic
  • Pass Labs
  • PBN Audio
  • Peak Consult
  • Perreaux
  • Philips
  • Pioneer
  • Pivetta
  • Playback Design
  • Plinius
  • Primare
  • PrimaLuna
  • Procella Audio
  • Pro-Ject
  • QED
  • Quad
  • Quadral Aurum
  • Raidho
  • Redgum
  • Rega
  • Request
  • Revel
  • Revox
  • Rockport
  • Roksan
  • Rotel
  • Rowen
  • Schiit
  • Sennheiser
  • Sharp
  • Shindo
  • Silbaton Acoustics
  • Sugden
  • Tannoy
  • TEAC
  • Techdas
  • Technics
  • The Bespoke Audio Company
  • Thorens
  • Thorhauge
  • Thrax Amplification
  • Tobian Sound Systems
  • Totaldac
  • Townshend Audio
  • Trafomatic Audio
  • Troels Gravesen
  • Ultrasone
  • Unison Research
  • Van den Hul
  • Vandersteen
  • Vincent
  • Vitus Audio
  • Wharfedale
  • Yamaha
  • Yaqin Audio
  • Zesto Audio

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Arthur

Arthur is the owner of Fox Media Tech and author of My New Microphone. He's an audio engineer by trade and works on contract in his home country of Canada. When not blogging on MNM, he's likely hiking outdoors and blogging at Hikers' Movement (hikersmovement.com) or composing music for media. Check out his Pond5 and AudioJungle accounts.

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