Introduced in 2007, Steinway Lyngdorf's Model D is arguably the finest 2-channel audio system money can buy. With a starting price tag of $188,000, It consists of two open-baffle dipole loudspeakers, a digital amplification unit complete with integrated CD player, and RoomPerfect™ digital room-tuning.
Peter Lyngdorf, the Danish digital audio pioneer who partnered with Steinway, said about the Steinway-Lyngdorf products, "We want to make people aware that if they spend $5–15 million on their home, and $2 million on decoration, it might not be a bad idea to spend $100,000 or more on sound," Lyngdorf told me before the three-system demo got underway. "Really good sound costs a fraction of interior decoration. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't realize this."
Steinway Lyngdorf loudspeakers are only sold as part of a complete system package whose components sport Steinway & Sons' eye-catching high piano-gloss lacquering.
All Steinway Lyngdorf systems are calibrated to the specific room in which they are installed. "We don't allow any dealer to sell a system," Lyngdorf explained, "and we never sell a system if we don't think it will work. We need to approve the project every time. Every final installation must be able to accurately reproduce the sound of a Steinway grand. I probably have 1000 tracks that I use to test a system. Once we set up properly, I know exactly what they'll sound like."
Those fortunate enough to attend a Steinway Lyngdorf product demo were first shown a Steinway piano or a band on stage. The musicians would start playing, then slowly fade away, and the same track would start playing on the Steinway Lyngdorf system with complete realism that astonished the audience.
Since its launch in 2007, Steinway Lyngdorf has added new products for small home theater (Model C), large home theater (Model LS), stylish concealed design (Model M), as well as the cheapest Model S at $22,000 which, according to Sound And Vision, "sounds amazing".
For the Ultimate Home Theater, check out this installation as seen on HGTV's "Million Dollar Room" --