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By Christina DesMarais, PCWorld |  Hardware, digital cameras, slideshow

Precise: Sony SS-AR2 Loudspeaker

Audiophiles know that a speaker is more than a medium. In fact, Sony’s flagship SS-AR2 is an instrument.

Just like a piano, it’s crafted chiefly out of wood—and not any ordinary kind. As with the earlier SS-AR1, Sony sources the wood for the SS-AR2’s baffle board from the Japanese island of Hokkaido, where winters are extremely cold, resulting in hard maple with a tight grain. The speaker’s side and rear panels, however, are made from Finnish birch. Both materials hold together without glue; the units are the product of a cabinet-making company that provides precision components for musical instruments.

The SS-AR2 Loudspeaker is a four-unit, three-way, floor-standing, vented-box speaker system.

Sony SS-AR2 Loudspeaker System | $20,000 from select dealers

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