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(the) top of the line

The absolute best of a certain thing, often referring to a product that is of the utmost quality (and usually the most expensive). When used as a noun, it is preceded by "the." That store only sells top of the line gear. You may want to consider some lower-priced options. We will only accept the top of the line. It's the best or nothing.
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With views of downtown Manhattan, Central Park, and the Hudson River, these top of the line apartments at The Lucerne are perfect for families that want an elegant home amidst all of the schools, parks and culture nearby.
From complex satellite gateways and networks, to the top of the line SATCOM products and systems, Satellite Networks is the proven most reliable and cost-effective choice in the marketplace.
Effective immediately, the suggested retail price for the top of the line PDS-4222 has been reduced from $13,999 to $9,999, while the PDS-4214's suggested retail price has been reduced from $9,999 to $7,999.
and Europe on October 30, was created with top of the line components and with an "ergonomics first" attitude.
As a result of Sun's new architecture, the Enterprise servers offer ten times more I/O performance than HP's fastest and largest system, the HP9000 T520, and more than 16 times the I/O throughput of IBM's top of the line SMP server, the RS/6000 R30; they even rival the I/O throughput of the newest, top-of-the-line IBM CMOS mainframes that cost in the many millions of dollars for a similar configuration.
sustained I/O throughput, which is 10 times more I/O performance than the high-end HP 9000 T520 system and more than 16 times the I/O throughput of IBM's top of the line SMP server, the IBM RS/6000 R30.