Best Gear of November 2019

November may be gone but it has left us with a bevy of holiday deals to consider as well as a handful of new Top Picks to ponder, including a surprising entry in the world of 4K TV and two products that have serious gift potential.

Klipsch The One II Bluetooth Speaker: $289


Performance
Features
Build Quality
Value

The One II is a Bluetooth-only follow-up to Klipsch’s excellent Three wireless speaker designed for folks who want a simple, self-contained music system they can stream to from a smartphone or laptop/tablet. There’s no Wi-Fi-based multiroom capability but there is a minijack input for direct connection to an audio source. The speaker delivers surprisingly robust sound from a compact cabinet that will complement any décor. It just might be the perfect gift for that special someone on your shopping list.

AT A GLANCE

Plus

Elegant retro design
Excellent sound

Minus

No remote control
No internet radio or app
No multiroom capability

Full Review Here

Vizio 36-inch 2.1-Channel Soundbar System: $150


Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value

Vizio’s SB3621n-G8 soundbar has a solitary mission: Replace the awful speakers built into most TVs with an elegant, two-piece system that’s inexpensive and easy to set up. The low-profile subwoofer connects wirelessly to the soundbar so all you have to do is run an audio cable to the TV, select the appropriate input, and sink into the couch. For $150, you get the ability to stream music from your phone or tablet/laptop and a serious boost in sound quality, making the system ideal for a small bedroom or den. All in all, a great value and worthy candidate for your holiday shopping list.

AT A GLANCE

Plus

Decent sound for the price
Slim, wireless subwoofer
Bluetooth for music streaming

Minus

Confusing LED display
Lacks deep bass
Hard-to-read remote control

Full Review Here