StereoNET Product Of The Year Awards 2021
6 December 2021
LOUDSPEAKER CABLE – TELLURIUM Q ULTRA BLUE II
Here’s a speaker cable that offers mature performance at a surprisingly modest price. It hails from a relatively new brand, one that has risen to popularity in just fifteen years or so. Ultra Blue II is a smooth, subtle and musical sounding speaker cable, with an impressive amount of detail considering its modest price – yet it never overwhelms or irritates. Indeed it’s a highly refined design that gives many more expensive rivals a hard time. Excellent construction quality seals the deal.
MC PHONO CARTRIDGE – HANA UMAMI RED
This premium-priced moving coil has generated big waves among analogue addicts, and for once, the hype is fully deserved. It’s an impressive flagship product for Japanese born-and-bred Hana, which has been making OEM cartridges for decades – but not under its own name. The Umami Red sounds open, clean, detailed, subtle and nuanced, yet has a highly propulsive character and is very dynamic too. A veritable record groove rejuvenator, it’s a fitting recipient of this year’s best cartridge gong.