Parasound Halo CD 1 CD player
In his August 2008 Follow-Up to Jon Iverson's and Kalman Rubinson's coverage of Sooloos's Source:One (which was the component in the Sooloos system of the time that output an analog audio signal), John Atkinson wrote: "Looking at the [inside of the] Source:One, at the front center you have the network interface card; on the left you have a switching power supply; at the rear center is an industrial PC with its familiar but unused I/O jacks at the front and its vertically mounted RAM board at the back; and at the right is
Stereophile's Products of 2013 Editors' Choices
Pioneer SP-BS22-LR loudspeaker ($129.99/pair; reviewed by Robert J. Reina and Stephen Mejias, July & September 2013, Vol.36 Nos. 7 & 9 Review)
In almost any other year, the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR loudspeaker would have easily walked away with the award for Budget Component of the Year. Despite an unusually strong group of contenders, it did well in the category, winning three first-place votes, including my own.
Stereophile's Products of 2013 Overall Component of 2013
Overall Component of 2013
KEF LS50 50th Anniversary Model loudspeaker ($1499.99/pair; reviewed by John Atkinson, December 2012, Vol.35 No.12 review)
This is the first time since . . . um . . . Hold on a sec. I have to consult the archives . . .
Well. Yes. This is the first time ever that our Budget Component of the Year has also been our Overall Component of the Year.
Have we mentioned that the components in our Budget category are awesome?
Stereophile's Products of 2013 Budget Component of the Year
Budget Component of the Year
KEF LS50 50th Anniversary Model loudspeaker ($1499.99/pair; reviewed by John Atkinson, December 2012, Vol.35 No.12 Review)
Jeez, man! This year, perhaps more than any other in the history of our competition, the Budget category was positively stacked with awesome contenders.
Stereophile's Products of 2013 Accessory of the Year
Accessory of the Year
Bowers & Wilkins P3 headphones ($199.99; reviewed by Sam Tellig & Stephen Mejias, December 2012, February & March 2013, Vol.35 No.12 & Vol.36 Nos.2 & 3 Review)
Thanks in large part to the success of the Beats by Dr. Dre brandwhich, last I checked, owned a shocking 64% of the $100-and-up headphone marketheadphones have become as much fashion as audio accessory, with a mainstream popularity that's impossible to deny.
Stereophile's Products of 2013 Digital Component of the Year
Digital Component of the Year
Audio Research Reference CD9 CD player ($12,999; reviewed by Fred Kaplan, October 2013, Vol.36 No.10 Review)
The finalists in this category included an A/D converter, three D/A processors, a media server, a portable media player, and a couple of Blu-ray playerssigns of the times, all. So it may come as a surprise that the clear winner is a single-disc CD player. A CD player? That's right.
Stereophile's Products of 2013 Joint Analog Components of the Year
Joint Analog Components of the Year
Spiral Groove SG1.1 turntable with Centroid tonearm ($31,000; reviewed by Michael Fremer, November 2012, Vol.35 No.11)
VPI Industries Traveler turntable and tonearm ($1399; reviewed by Stephen Mejias, November 2012, Vol.35 No.11 Review)
Another tiethis time between two components separated by almost 3000 miles and nearly $30,000. Yow! The flagship Spiral Groove SG1.1 was designed by Allen Perkins in Berkeley, California.
Stereophile's Products of 2013 Joint Amplification Components of the Year
Joint Amplification Components of the Year
Audio Research Reference 75 power amplifier ($9000; reviewed by Robert J.
Stereophile's Products of 2013 Joint Loudspeakers of the Year
Joint Loudspeakers of the Year
Wilson Audio Specialties Alexandria XLF ($200,000/pair; reviewed by Michael Fremer, December 2012, Vol.35 No.12 Review)
YG Acoustics Sonja 1.3 ($106,800/pair; reviewed by John Atkinson, July 2013, Vol.36 No.7 Review)
The race for Stereophile's Loudspeaker of the Year is always fascinating and often fiercely contestedand the s
Stereophile's Products of 2013
It's time to celebrate another memorable year in high-end audio. Each December since 1992, Stereophile has named a few special components its Products of the Year. These are components that not only define the present audio landscape, but that we hope will someday be seen as classicsthings you'll want to pass on to future generations of audiophiles and music lovers.