2020 Top Picks of the Year Source Components

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Source Components

Top Pick of the Year:

Kaleidescape Strato S 4K Ultra HD Movie Player
(October/November) Read Review

With a case half the height of the original Strato and now offering either 6 TB or 12 TB of onboard storage, Kaleidescape's latest movie player is a is a gorgeous-looking high-tech component. But the Kaleidescape experience is mainly about the onscreen interface, which lets you browse a digitally stored movie collection with unsurpassed elegance and ease. Another perk: K-scape's online movie store features Ultra HD movies with uncompromised A/V quality, including some titles that aren't available on disc. $5,995, kaleidescape.com

Finalist:

TiVo Edge DVR
(April/May) Read Review

TiVo's next-gen DVR adds support for Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos sound, along with a more sophisticated voice search feature. While our reviewer David Vaughn, a long-time TiVo user, was disappointed to see some key streaming apps missing from the interface, he had a positive experience overall with the Edge. $400 (plus service fees), tivo.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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