As we made clear in our guide to 21 of the best affordable hardware synthesizers, you no longer have to pay megabucks to get your hands on a decent digital or analogue instrument. And yet, there's something enticing about those synths that cost a little more.
Frequently boasting improved build quality, more options, larger keyboards (if they have one) and, of course, better sound, these flagship instruments are the ones that many of us dream about owning. Unless you're super-rich then you'll probably never be able to justify buying more than one or two of them, but as they take pride of place in your studio and become objects of practicality as well as desire, their value to you is likely to become even greater than their initial cost.
Let's take a look, then, at some of MusicRadar's favourite high-end synths. They're not ranked in any way - we've listed them in ascending price order and given you an idea of the current street price pf each one - but we've lavished praise on every single one of them.