2020 Top Picks of the Year Top Values


Top Values

Top Value of the Year:

Hisense 65H8G Quantum LCD Ultra HDTV
(October/November) Read Review

With Dolby Vision HDR, quantum dots for extended color, and 90-zone full array local dimming, the Hisense 65H8G is incredibly feature-packed for a 65-inch 4K TV priced at just $800. Some minor vertical banding and typical LCD off-axis viewing limitations detracted from its performance a bit during our test, but reviewer Thomas J. Norton ultimately found he "never felt an irresistible urge to go back" to his reference LG OLED while using the Hisense as his main TV. $800, hisense-usa.com


Amazon Echo Buds True Wireless Earbuds
(September) Read Review

"At $129, the Echo Buds deliver above-average sound quality, firm fit, and better ambient audio adjustment than any other sub-$200 true wireless option," is how reviewer Stewart Wolpin characterized this budget offering from Amazon. You don't need to exist in an echo chamber to realize these buds are a good deal. $129, amazon.com

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.