Stereophile's 1999 Products of the Year Accessory

Accessory of 1999

Acoustic Sciences Corporation Studio Traps
($315 each; reviewed by Jonathan Scull, Vol.21 No.12, December 1998)

Runners-Up (in alphabetical order):
Argent RoomLens ($399 each; reviewed by Robert Deutsch, Vol.21 No.11, November 1998)
Audio Power Power Wedge Ultra 116 ($1499; reviewed by Wes Phillips, Vol.22 No.4, April 1999)
AudioPrism Foundation III AC line conditioner ($695.95; reviewed by Barry Willis, Vol.21 No.12, December 1998)
AudioPrism LF-1 QuietLine Parallel AC line filter ($224.95/set of 8; reviewed by Barry Willis, Vol.21 No.12, December 1998)
AudioPrism Noise Sniffer RFI/EMI detector ($195; reviewed by Barry Willis, Vol.21 No.12, December 1998)
Checkpoint SA-S P-700 laser alignment tool ($189.95; reviewed by Robert Deutsch, Vol.21 No.11, November 1998)
Electra Glide Reference AC cords ($1200; reviewed by Michael Fremer, Vol.21 No.11, November 1998)
Symposium Rollerblocks Series 2 ($250/set of 3; reviewed by Sam Tellig, Vol.22 No.4, April 1999)

Studio Traps are sound-absorbing and -reflecting closed cylinders—recording-studio technology adapted for the home listening environment. They come in a variety of colors, and are mounted on a tripod and spindled on a countersprung shaft so they're easy to rotate, raise, and lower. Send ASC your measurements (ahem) and they'll design a setup for you. Studio Traps have an immediate and profound effect on any soundfield they're introduced into. Learning to work their absorbing/reflective characteristics, the happy audiophile can practically eliminate the room as a factor in the sound. And once liberated from gross room interactions, you'll never go back!

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