As the year wraps up, this is the time when we look back at the best stuff we’ve come across in 2021, awarding them based on several criteria, including value for money, design/build, innovation, and of course superior sound quality!
In this post, we present our 2021 Product Of The Year Award winners for Best Analog Audio/Turntable Components and Best Audio Accessories!
This year we have the flagship Turntable system from Andover Audio, the Model-One, an all-in-one stereo system that really wowed us this year, just like its little brother did last year. We also have an excellent affordable hi-fi rack that will let you store a lot of gear in a small space. Check out our winners below!
Best Analog Audio/Turntable Components-Andover Audio Model-One Turntable System With Speakers ($1999)
The $1999 Andover Audio Model One Turntable System is an alluring music system built around a wonderful Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Espirit SB turntable with an Ortofon 2M Moving Magnet cartridge. It also has a light carbon fiber tonearm that won’t wear out your records. The music produced by its four aluminum woofers and two advanced AMT tweeters is rich, detailed, and balanced for a non-fatiguing listen, plus its built-in DSP allows it to play big like a large stereo system.
While it plays vinyl with aplomb, the Model One also has several digital inputs to support modern devices like TVs, PCs, and Music streamers, plus it also has aptX Bluetooth for CD Quality streaming from your smartphone.
This is all housed in a beautiful furniture-grade hardwood cabinet with aluminum trim so it can take a prized place in your home. BTW, you can also expand the system with a matching stand (with record storage) and matching subwoofer if you wish.
This is no finer turntable system with built-in speakers on the market today, so we are happy to give this remarkable product the 2021 Product of The Year Award for Analog Audio/Turntable Components!
Best Audio Accessories-Pangea Audio Vulcan 5 Shelf Rack ($249)
Back in July of last year, we spent a Sunday afternoon assembling the $249 Vulcan 5 Shelf Rack from Pangea Audio, and we found it to be super easy to put together, as well as a sleek and sturdy way to display your audio gear. The tough finish and thick MDF construction also ensure it will resist vibration and last for a long time.
This rack is very reasonably priced and holds a lot of stuff, so we highly recommend it for those who are short on space! It also comes in several other configurations to meet your needs.
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