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From Steinway Lyngdorf to Sony, we give you some of the best home theatre speakers celebrity audiophiles prefer

YES, we all love listening to music and we have our own preferences for home theatre systems. But, let’s not get into that. From AR Rahman to Steven Wilson, we give you some well-known celebrity audiophiles and the brands they favour. What’s more interesting is that all these home theatre systems are easily available.

Made to fit
The Genelec 8020.LSE Espresso System is a surround sound masterpiece. It is not just a speaker but a 5.1 monitor system and can still provide accurate sound reproduction even if it is cramped into small spaces.Recording studios worldwide prefer Genelec monitors, including music director, A R Rahman’s studio at KM Music Conservatory in the city.  Rs 2.7 lakhs. Details: sweetwater.com

Devassy’s choice
Chennai’s very own musician, Stephen Devassy, is known for his experimental approach towards making music and his charged live performances. He says that clarity in sound is a priority to him. Maybe that is why he uses a Bose home theatre system. The Bose Lifestyle Soundtouch 535’s sound clarity and hi-fi control system is desired for an elevated experience. At the Chennai store,
Rs 3.3 lakhs. Details: 30083317

Recording right
Getting the correct equipment for your home studio can be tricky. You will never be satisfied with the sound output if you do not have good monitors. Take a leaf out of UK-based music producer Steven Wilson’s handbook and get a Yamaha HS series studio monitor system. Wilson uses a lot of these monitors to record his music. Rs 45,700. Details: in.yamaha.com

For all seasons
The Crestron AIR series outdoor speakers can make your party go wild within minutes. Its crystal clear sound and enriched bass are another plus. You can place it anywhere in your house since it is weatherproof. No wonder Tv host and producer Ryan Seacrest installed one for his home theatre system. Rs 1.2 lakhs collectively. Details: crestron.com

A 3D high
This 69-year-old brand has a follower in John Thomas, the drummer of Motherjane. He says he has preferred Sony for a very long time now. His choice is spot on. This Sony BDV-N9200W is a masterpiece that comes with Digital Music Arena Mode, Football Mode and also bluetooth and 3D blu-ray playback. Rs 58,990, Details: sony.co.in

Noise off
The most interesting part about the Harman Kardon HKTS 30 Speaker System is that it can give you an absolutely realistic listening experience while keeping unwanted noise at bay with its dual mid-range drivers. Don’t be fooled by its size. This speaker system is really loud. Former American football star, Jerry Rice, is known to prefer Harman speakers and has one installed in his home theatre system. Rs 64,990. Details: harmanaudio.in

Adding star value
Here is one from the house of Shah Rukh Khan himself. His wife, Gauri Khan, has a fabulous Steinway Lyngdorf speaker system installed in her design studio. The lady sure knows her audio as the company has delivered some exquisite audiophile speakers over the years. The D2 speaker system mentioned here is a perfect example. At the New Delhi store, Rs 1.3 crores. Details: 8879337801

Text: Arka Sengupta

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