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Audio Files: Best Audio Gear of 2019

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

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Marshall Stockwell II Bluetooth speaker
Marshall Stockwell II Bluetooth speaker

Marshall Stockwell II Bluetooth speaker

The Stockwell II ($249) isn’t the loudest, the flashiest, or the toughest Bluetooth speaker. But of the 50 or so I’ve tested this year, I think it’s the best for jazz fans. Its sound has a natural balance almost unheard of in a Bluetooth speaker, and a clarity that most lack. It also has bass and treble controls, so you can get a little more Ron Carter when you want it. Despite the prominent logo on the front, the suede-backed leather strap and slim design give it a refined look appropriate to sophisticated tastes.

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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.