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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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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.

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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.