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Audio Files: Best Audio Gear of 2019

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

Revel Performa F226BE speaker
Revel Performa F226BE speaker

Revel Performa F226BE speaker

At $7,000 per pair, the new F226BE doesn’t come cheap. But based on the very brief listen I got at the recent Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, it can hold its own with speakers costing 10 times that price. Revel is the high-end speaker brand from Harman International, parent company of JBL and Infinity, so it benefits from that company’s famed research division as well as some of the world’s most experienced speaker designers. The result is a speaker with utterly natural tonality and a super-spacious sound.

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.