I love the look of the Sonus Faber Extremas and the Classe equipment. Very modern yet refined.
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pathos makes some of the most beautiful modern electronics in the world. other manufacturers in this class include burmester and gryphon. on the top of the "retro" side, i'd put the kuzma xl turntable. it reminds me of an art deco sculpture. BTW, it sounds as fabulous as it looks. another company whose products would fit into either moderne or retro catagories is particular; they make unique audio/video racks and stands.
Gallo Reference speakers (in stainless steel) on the Barcelona stands which I would love to own someday for their modern sculpture aspect as well as their sound. I just purchased an Audion amp that has a very classic clean and simple appearance to it without looking industrial. My Musical Fidelity X series amp always gets a lot of looks due to it's 50's space age rounded cabinet (it's too bad that I did not like the sound of the X-Ray CD player or I would have put together a set of the X gear). There is also a turntable by Micro Seiki(spelling?) that I find attractive, it reminds me of a 3D chess board in concept. And last but not least the 47 Lab stuff for both looks and miniaturization. I am not really a "wood" person as you can tell by my choices.