Best product 2021 – 2022

Hi-Fi PRODUCTS OF THE YEAR

26 Dec 2021

EVERY YEAR, A PANEL OF JUDGES FROM THE EXPERT IMAGING AND SOUND ASSOCIATION CONVENES AT SOME EXOTIC LOCALE TO HEAR PRESENTATIONS BY COMPANIES VYING FOR THE AWARDS IN A RANGE OF CATEGORIES—HOME THEATER (AUDIO AND VIDEO), PHOTOGRAPHY, MOBILE DEVICES, IN-CAR ELECTRONICS, AND HI-FI—TO LISTEN, AND TO VOTE. IT’S A GATHERING OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SPECIALIST PUBLICATIONS WORLDWIDE, FROM THE UNITED STATES, EUROPE, INDIA, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA, RUSSIA, CANADA, AND HONG KONG.

Except that this year, just like last, COVID-19 rendered international travel unwise and often impossible. So, for the second straight year, we all stayed home, and the contending components came to us. Manufacturers delivered their product presentations over Zoom—often, due to time-zone differences, at absurd hours. We listened, deliberated, and voted. The results are presented here.

Several of these products have already been reviewed in Stereophile and recognized in our list of Recommended Components, which appeared in print last month and can be viewed online at bit.ly/3BhohaO. Reviews of other EISA Award winners will appear in future issues. The EISA awards, though, reflect the collaborative verdicts of an international panel of hi-fi experts. We share much, and yet each participant—every member of the Hi-Fi Expert Group—offers values and approaches that are usefully and refreshingly different from our own. Those differences make our deliberations both useful and enlightening, even over Zoom.

These past few difficult months have been good for our industry. They have demonstrated just how important hi-fi is. Even as the economy tanked, the industry has thrived, because more people came to realize what it has to offer: the profound pleasure of great music experienced in the privacy of our own homes.

We owe this luxury to the people who design and make our speakers, amplifiers, players, and so on, so there’s no better time than now to honor them. Congratulations not just to the winners but to all the people whose hard work and talent bring the pleasure of music into our homes.—Jim Austin

Speakers

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KEF KC62 Review – KEF sub thinks inside the box

KEF KC62 Mineral White Subwoofer Highly Recommended

KEF’s new subwoofer is calling out for a slick nickname. From the brand that brought us the Blade and Muon speakers, …
8.7
MONITOR AUDIO SILVER 500 7G Review – Hi ho Silver!

Monitor Audio Silver 500 7G Ash Floorstanding Speaker (Pair) Highly Recommended

MONITOR AUDIO HAS unveiled the seventh generation of its Silver Series loudspeakers, which were first introduced …

WILSON AUDIO SabrinaX Review

Wilson Audio, which operates out of Provo, Utah, first gained fame for building the first speaker system in the world …
10
Bluesound Node Review

Bluesound Node (2021 Edition) – Black Best buy

Upgraded with a new DAC and processor, proximity-sensing control panel and HDMI eARC, Bluesound’s affordable hi-res …
9
KEF LS50 Wireless II Review – Big hitters

KEF LS50 Meta Carbon Black Speakers (Pair) Recommended

KEF has revised its innovative wireless active speaker system and Ed Selley gets to put it through its …
10
SVS 3000 MICRO Review – Sub specialist’s micro machine

SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer Piano Gloss Black Highly Recommended

Mark Craven doesn’t have to make too much space for big bass with this dual 8in woofer. Read our SVS 3000 MICRO …
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KEF LS50 META Review – Meta Made

KEF LS50 Meta – Bookshelf Speaker (Carbon Black) | HiFi | Home Theatre | 40-100 Watts Highly Recommended

KEF’s popular LS50 gets a facelift to Meta form. John Pickford pricks up his ears. Read our KEF LS50 META Review. …

Turntable

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PRO-JECT DEBUT CARBON PRO Review – Proformance

Pro Ject Debut Pro Turntable Highly Recommended

Pro-ject’s new Debut Pro has performance worth hearing, thinks Noel Keywood. Read our PRO-JECT DEBUT CARBON PRO …

Thorens TD 124 DD Turntable Highly Recommended

In 1957, Switzerland-based Thorens introduced the TD 124 turntable, a record player destined to become a classic. (TD …
£7,975.00 £7,995.00 Buy It Now
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Projector

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