Just hearing the word audiophile can be enough to make wallets tremble in fear, and if you dig deep enough you can easily find some gear that reaches astronomical prices. The sheer variety of uber-high-end gear is quite shocking, ranging from amps that look like spaceships to amps that look like they are 100 yrs old, the common factor between all of them being wallet busting prices and goosebump-inducing audio quality.
1. Pivetta Opera Only - $2,200,000
The Pivetta Opera Only is a truly ridiculous piece of gear. Part amplifier, part computer, part modern art, it is an engineering masterwork. The amp is also massive, it’s not something you’ll be placing under your TV, in fact it’s more likely you’ll have to give it a room all to itself. The asking price? Just a cool $2.2 million. If that is just slightly over budget check out the Pivetta Opera One for $650,000.
2. Ultrasound Otello - $600,000
The Ultrasound Otello is not cheap at $600,000, but it is truly an engineering marvel. Thermionic tubes, and OTL with 6 transformers with adjustable polarization, with zero feedback.
Rike Audio, a German manufacturer of high end audio products and capacitors, designed and manufactures the absolutely gorgeous Edzard monoblocks. Not only is the price astronomical at $490,000, the power supply for each block weighs an incredible 440 lbs!
The Abbssolute Intuition is handmade in Bulgaria. Each Monoblock is 4 ½ feet tall and weighs nearly 900 lbs! They use Russian GM100 tubes with pure tungsten cathodes that are the largest tubes ever made for audio, making the monoblocks look like something Nikola Tesla would have invented. The price? $380,000.
The Goldmund Telos 5000+ is a limited edition amplifier that has an insane 5,000 watts of class-A power. The specs claim a THD of 0.0005% and frequency response of 0 Hz to 300,000 Hz, the higher frequencies being far outside of human perception. But why not make a modern marvel of audio engineering instead of just limiting yourself just to mere mortal human perception? At just $375,000 you can not only get pristine audio and massive power, but also the satisfaction of knowing you own an amp that you’ll never be able hear everything it is capable of.