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Audio Files: Best Audio Gear of 2019

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

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.

Originally Published

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.