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Audio Files: Gear of the Year

The best audio products of 2015

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HiFiMan HE-5 headphones
ELAC Debut B6 bookshelf speaker
Logitech X300 Bluetooth speaker
Parasound Halo integrated amplifier
RBH EP3 in-ear headphone
Schiit Audio Modi 2 Uber digital-to-analog converter
Wilson Audio Sabrina speaker

Many audio enthusiasts complain about the recent trend toward elite gear priced in the middle five figures, but 2015 saw a welcome renaissance in affordable audio. While the year did feature many extravagant, extraordinary new components, it also witnessed the launch of the best $299 headphones ever created, as well as terrific lines of speakers priced in the low three figures.

Here are the eight products from 2015 that most impressed me, including everything from a $69 Bluetooth speaker to a pair of loudspeakers costing nearly $16,000.

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