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Following the Heard: The Best New Audio Products Of 2008

The audio business works on a different model than other electronics industries. That’s because unlike, say, the cell phone industry or printer trade, it’s not just a business, it’s a passion. The big North American audio shows-Festival Son & Image in Montreal and the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver-drew great crowds in 2008 despite a brutal economic climate. Audiophiles travel hundreds, even thousands of miles to hear a new speaker or amplifier. Can you imagine someone taking such a voyage to see a new LCD TV?

The solid support of diehard enthusiasts inspires audio entrepreneurs to create technical innovations as well as new takes on old classics. Even items you may have thought couldn’t be improved-turntables, amplifiers, tower speakers-still get better every year.

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