2018 Top Picks of the Year Top Values


Top Values

Top Value of the Year: Top Value of the Year: Jamo S 809 Speaker System
(September) Once he figured out how to pronounce “Jamo” (ya-mo), reviewer Daniel Kumin next directed his attention to this smart-looking 5.1.2 speaker system's impressive performance on Dolby Atmos soundtracks. Bottom line: you get a lot here for your money, though bass-heads may want to upgrade to one of the company's more capable subwoofer offerings. $1,497, jamo.com

Polk Audio Command Bar soundbar
(October/November) This wireless soundbar/subwoofer system offers good sound quality and flexible connectivity options paired with Alexa voice control. At just $300—or less if you catch one of Polk's frequent sales—it's a very attractive proposition. $300, polkaudio.com

Q Acoustics 3000i Series Speaker System
(February/March 2019) This latest tower-based system from England's Q Acoustics combines good looks with big, rich sound. While reviewer Daniel Kumin found that the included subwoofer didn't do much to augment the overall sound, the system is still very attractively priced for what you get. $1,499, qacoustics.com

Onkyo TX-NR787 A/V Receiver
(February/March 2019) Nine built-in amp channels, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X processing, Google Chromecast and AirPlay wireless streaming—Onkyo's TX-NR787 impressed us by offering all of that and more at a very reasonable price. Review coming soon to soundandvision.com. $699, onkyousa.com