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My search is at an end  ;)  For vinyl, I've chosen the ultimate in LP playback, the Japanese-made TechDAS Air Force Zero turntable. The price is circa £450,000, but the quote given will be the "market value" of sterling to yen on the day. The record deck weighs more than 50st and occupies a space of 35 x 26 x 13in. It takes two days to install   ;)

From the DT :-

"The hi-fi system that costs as much as four Ferraris. Can you guess how much this top of the range audio set up costs? Alexa just won't do in the homes of high-rolling audiophiles By Ken Kessler 11 March 2021 • 7:00am

Those who demand the finest of everything can add to the list of supercars and complicated timepieces the best-kept secret in luxury indulgence: state-of-the-art sound systems.

Asking Alexa to play your favourite tune through a tabletop Bluetooth speaker is to sound what supermarket wine is to a 1945 Romanée-Conti. But unlike haut de gamme purchases such as Rolls-Royces and Patek Philippes, in the world of hi-fi, money and passion aren't enough. Forbearance is required because audio systems must be curated. The ultimate will consist of components approved by the audio equivalent of a Master of Wine: fastidious listeners known as "golden ears" or "audio gurus".

At its simplest, anything that makes music, from a mobile phone up, requires three elements: the source, which can be LP, tape, FM or digital radio, or streaming; the amplifier, which provides volume control and selects the source; and the part that the music comes out of, whether loudspeakers or headphones. No high-end audio manufacturer excels in every one of these areas - the best components come from specialists who deal with just one product type.

For vinyl, the ultimate in LP playback is the Japanese-made TechDAS Air Force Zero turntable. The price is circa £450,000, but the quote given will be the "market value" of sterling to yen on the day. This imposing record deck weighs more than 50st and occupies a space of 35 x 26 x 13in. It takes two days to install.

It accepts two tonearms whereas most can only handle one - so provides different listening experiences. Recommended are the SAT from Sweden (£40,000) and the Graham Phantom Elite (£10,600), each requiring a cartridge to hold the diamond-tipped stylus that reads the LP's groove. To provide a visual reminder of the artistry involved in high-end audio creation, Koetsu's Platinum moving-coil cartridges have bodies of semi-precious stone and diamond cantilevers (about £12,000). For critical listening, the DS Audio Grand Master cartridge with matching electronics (£50,000) uses infra-red LEDs to extract the signal from your LPs.

Digital sources can be accommodated by the Vivaldi system from dCS of Cambridge (£85,000). Its four components include a transport for CDs and SACDs, and it will transform the sound of streaming. This and the turntable feed the Dan D'Agostino Momentum HD preamp (£81,000 with phono stage) connected to a pair of matching powerful Relentless amplifiers (£250,000-£300,000, depending on the dollar exchange rate).

Finally, we come to loudspeakers able to fill a room worthy of such hardware. Legendary speaker designer David Wilson's last creation before he passed away in 2018 was a return to the model that established his eponymous company. The WAMM Master Chronosonic sells for approximately £750,000 per pair, and also requires a day for installation. Each speaker stands 85in tall, and the unit is finished in lacquer that wouldn't shame a Bugatti.

Completing the system, £100,000 will cover sufficient Transparent Magnum Opus cables, £30,000-£50,000 for Artesanía equipment racks, while headphone listening should be left to Sennheiser's HE 1 (£51,000). If this is starting to get worryingly expensive, the HE 1 includes the necessary headphone amplifier. In keeping with the elegance of the rest of the system, it sits on a block of solid Carrara marble.

Says David Wilson's son Daryl, who is the company's current CEO, "These deeply engineered, carefully hand-crafted and emotionally engaging audio creations bring your music and recordings to life, in your living room and heart, like a Ferrari's ability to transform the road in front of your wheels into a seductive call for exploration." Wilson knows of what he speaks: he drives a Ferrari.

If you have been teasing any nerdy audiophile you might know, 30 seconds in front of a system like this will open your ears, eliciting an apology for mocking him (and surely it is always a he). This is £2 million-worth of sonic bliss.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/technology/hi-fi-system-costs-much-four-ferraris/
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Oh to be so rich. No doubt they will find willing buyers....

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Wont skip a beat even in a 9.0 earthquake.  :)

It might even cause the earthquake...