2020 Top Picks of the Year Extras

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Top Pick of the Year:

Harmony Elite and Pro 2400 Remote Control Systems
(October/November) Read Review

This pair of Harmony remotes, one aimed at the consumer market and the other at pros, offer extensive customization options and hardware support. They also proved to be incredibly easy to set up and use in our test. "Harmony's solutions make things simple by allowing for a fully customized experience that anyone comfortable with using an app on their phone could have up in running in a short amount of time," said reviewer Kris Deering. $350 (Harmony Elite), $550 (Harmony Pro 2400), logitech.com

Finalists:

Record Doctor VI Record Cleaning Machine
(April/May) Read Review

The vinyl revival is going strong with no end in sight. If you've recently jumped on the vinyl train, or never left it, you'll benefit from owning The Record Doctor VI. "A bare-bones wet record cleaning system that delivers superb results at a bargain price," is how reviewer and turntable expert Michael Trei summed up this gen-4 cleaning machine. $300, pangeaaudio.com

MantelMount MM860 Pro Series Motorized TV Mount
(September) Read Review

TVOF (TV Over Fireplace) syndrome is a thing, leading to neck stress and other discomfort. MantelMount's MM860 Pro solves TVOF via an automated, motorized mount that lowers and swivels your TV to an ideal, eye-level viewing position. In the words of reviewer John Sciacca, "Getting automation this reliable without having to depend on a third-party control system is awesome indeed, and a testament to the MM860's sophistication." $2,000, mantelmount.com

COMMENTS
SuicideSquid's picture

It's nice to see a range of pricing across your picks - good to see a mid-range priced bookshelf speaker as your top pick of the year, and a $700 set of B&Ws to sit alongside some of the $5,000 options. It's a lot more helpful to most readers than just leaning hard into the top-end.

The feature set of that Monoprice preamp looks amazing, but am I the only one who thinks it looks ugly as sin? The aesthetics of most of monoprice's gear makes me cringe.

mjmiller715's picture

Couldnt agree more.

I havent heard any of their products other than basic hdmi cables and the like.

I find it hard to believe they can copycat their way into such high quality but maybe im mistaken.

This coming from someone who uses an old anthem receiver that is not the prettiest girl at the party but it does quite well under most conditions.

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