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Audio Files: Best Audio Gear of 2019

From affordable to audacious, here’s our favorite new stuff from this year

Polk Signature S15 bookshelf speakers
Polk Signature S15 bookshelf speakers

Polk Signature S15 bookshelf speakers

The S15 is what most people want in a speaker: a compact, 12-inch-high design with a warm yet detailed sound and a stylish but discreet look, and a remarkably affordable price of just $229 per pair. I’ve never heard a better budget minispeaker, and can’t think of another one that looks anywhere near this nice. The S15 sounds big and full on its own, but you can add a couple more S15s, the $299 S35 center speaker, and the subwoofer of your choice for a complete home theater sound system.

Brent Butterworth

Brent Butterworth has been a professional audio journalist since 1989, and has evaluated and measured thousands of audio products. He is currently a writer at Wirecutter and editor of the SoundStage Solo headphone site; served as an editor at such magazines as Sound & Vision and Home Theater; and worked as marketing director for Dolby Laboratories. He also plays double bass with several jazz groups in Los Angeles.