A 12.5-pound block of softly curved brushed aluminum and black cloth, the A7 is designed to seduce. Its sound is equally alluring, with four speakers and a six-inch sub pushing out satiny-smooth audio laced with a surprisingly thick low end, not afraid to rear its head during bouncier tracks. While it lacks the warmth and authenticity of the McAire and the A9, the A7 is a beautifully designed mid-priced option. [$800; bowers-wilkins.com]
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