It's award season in the world of specialty audio/video and HomeTheaterReview.com has compiled our list of the best of the best. Our editorial staff selected the absolute best products of the year from our 28 total product categories and have given them a special place in AV history as Best of 2018 award winners. Here's the list of winners from least expensive to most expensive.
Sennheiser HD1 Wireless Headphones ($399) (Read our review)
These wireless over-ear headphones ended up being the pick of the litter from publisher Jerry Del Colliano, who reviewed a whole slew of headphones in this category. They are not heavy on your head or hot over time and have the most even-tempered, non-boomy sound out there at the price point.
Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless Headphones ($399) (Read our review)
These stylish over-ear wireless headphones are a close second to the Sennheiser HD1s. They have better industrial design and a really smooth sound for a wireless pair of cans. The bass performance is greatly improved over the company's previous P7 wireless headphones. (Buy it now at Amazon)
MartinLogan Motion 4i Bookshelf Speakers ($499 per pair) (Read our review)
Your TV likely sounds like crap. MartinLogans don't. And they have the solution to your speaker needs that match nicely with today's slim OLED, QLED, and LED 4K HDTVs that provides audio to match the quality of the best the video world has to offer.
PS Audio Sprout 100 Integrated Amp ($599) (Read our review)
Who says really sexy audiophile gear needs to be expensive? This $599 integrated amp is the perfect gateway into our hobby, with modern connectivity and simply operation. You have to start somewhere. and $599 isn't too bad for a component this nice and this well-connected.
Definitive Technology Demand D9 Bookshelf Speakers ($749 per pair) (Read our review)
These small, high-performance speakers were up to the test when playing in Scott Wasser's relatively large room. Great fit and finish, easy to drive, and a dynamic sound just scratch the surface of why they're one of our top picks.
Aperion Audio Verus II Grand Bookshelf Speakers ($799 per pair) (Read our review)
If you're looking for something a little more stylish, Aperion's Verus Grand II bookshelves pack a truly high end sound at a very, very affordable price, and that always goes over well with the HomeTheaterReview.com staff--not to mention our readers. It's hard to find a better overall value from speakers. (Buy it now at Amazon)
ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 Floorstanding Speakers ($799 per pair) (Read our review)
Just when you thought Andrew Jones and ELAC couldn't do better, they went like six levels better to take these flagship tower speakers to insane-land. This is a shark-infested part of the speaker market but ELAC is swimming inside of one of those steel cages with this design. Detail is through the roof and imaging is just sumptuous. Despite the tower design, you still need a sub to get truly impactful deep bass, but that's the only thing less-than-stellar we can say about these amazing value-busters.
Paradigm Monitor SE 6000F Floorstanding Speakers ($899 per pair) (Read our review)
Finished in a glorious gloss white, Paradigm's more entry-level floorstanding speakers just don't feel (or sound) that entry-level. These speakers can hang with the big boys and have the looks to match really well-appointed rooms. Whether you're rocking an AV receiver or are an audiophile with fancier electronics, these $899 speakers make a statement from north of boarder about who makes the best bang-for-the-buck speakers. (Buy it now at Amazon)
Monitor Audio Silver 100 Speakers ($1,049 per pair) (Read our review)
Sean Killebrew reviewed a number of speakers in the Monitor Audio Silver line, but the Silver 100 bookshelf speakers stand out as the best performer and still hold outright excellent value. Gold dome tweeters, C-CAM "rigid surface" woofers, and efficient crossovers make these speakers a top pick in the competitive world of value-based audiophile speakers.
Roon Nucleus Music Server ($1,398) (Read our review)
For those looking to leave the world of physical discs, this Linux-based server is a slick way to do so. With high-quality streaming and insanely good control of your ripped music, this $1,400 music server replaces an old Oppo, a Mac Mini, and more.
LG 55SK9000PUA Ultra HD LED Smart TV ($1,699) (Read our review)
Now hear this: the LG SK9000 is the first HDTV to ever spring from the box meeting SMPTE and ISF standards without a bit of fiddling. With its brightness and overall picture quality, it would have likely earned its way onto the list even if it didn't come pre-calibrated, but set it to the Technicolor Expert picture profile and this UHD TV eliminates the need for an ISF guru to come to your house and tweak its settings. It's perfect out of the box. Game changer.
SVS PB-4000 Subwoofer ($1,899) (Read our review)
Dennis Burger says that this is a "go big or go home" subwoofer that builds on SVS' strong legacy of high-performance subs. Yes, it'll peel the skin right off your skull, but perhaps more surprising is its capacity for subtlety. If you have a mid- to large-sized room, this is the sub to beat this year. (Buy it now at Amazon)
Sony X900F Ultra HD LED Smart TV ($1,995) (Read our review)
We spent a lot of time in late 2018 reviewing all of the reference 65-inch sets from all of the major display manufacturers, but this LED offering from Sony is so close in performance to the reference level sets that we couldn't believe it. Big, bright, smart, and sexy--you get nearly all the performance of a reference UHD display for less than half the price.
Tekton Design Impact Monitors ($2,000 per pair) (Read our review)
Tekton Design makes some of the most dynamic, easiest-to-drive speakers with a patented midrange driver system that is possibly the most open sounding money can buy. Coming in $1,000 below the insanely low-priced, floorstanding Double Impact speakers, the Impact Monitors give much of the DI's performance at a much lower price. Custom colors only help make these Utah-made speakers even cooler.
VIZIO PQ65-F1 P-Series Quantum 4K HDR Smart TV ($2,099) (Read our review)
Relying on quantum dot technology the likes of which you'll also find in Samsung's flagship displays this year, Vizio's 65-inch P Series Quantum offers absurd light output, perfect for HDR and so much more, at a Costco-tastic price. Never before could you put a TV of this quality in your cart next to a 32 pack of Quilted Northern and a 10-pound box of Cheerios. Seriously, this is an incredible display for the money even, if Samsung's smart TV interface is fancier and their form factors are much better. (Buy it now at Best Buy)
RBH SV-661R Bookshelf Loudspeakers ($2,700 per pair) (Read our review)
These beefy high-end bookshelf speakers are yet another success for RBH. In his review, Terry London raves about its proprietary AMT driver, wonderful tonality, delightful transparency, and precise soundstage.
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