Audio Files: Best Audio Gear of 2019

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

Vizio S36512-E6 soundbar
Vizio S36512-E6 soundbar

Vizio S36512-E6 soundbar

Whether you’re listening to John Coltrane or watching John Wick, the S36512-E6 will make you think you’re hearing a big, complicated sound system, but it’s just a $499 soundbar, with a wireless subwoofer and a couple of surround speakers. The built-in Dolby Atmos simulates the sound of speakers in your ceiling, which not only makes movies more realistic but also gives music a more natural ambience—more like actually being at the Vanguard than hearing a performance from the Vanguard through your stereo. You can connect a TV or a streaming box for video, and stream music via Bluetooth or Google Chromecast.

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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.