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Audio Files: Best Audio Gear of 2019

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

House of Marley Stir It Up turntable
House of Marley Stir It Up turntable

House of Marley Stir It Up turntable

Whenever I recommend a turntable, I always have to ask if the person’s stereo has the right connections … then explain how all those connections work. The $199 Stir It Up is the first turntable I’ve found that’ll work for anyone. It has Bluetooth wireless, a phono output, a line output, a USB output for dubbing onto a computer, and a front headphone jack, so it connects to anything from a $30 Bluetooth speaker to a $30,000 stereo. It’s also a beautiful design, with a plinth (top plate) crafted from solid bamboo and wrapped in an eco-friendly fabric.

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.