Now that we are in our fourth year, we are expanding the scope of our awards somewhat. We feel that we have spent enough time with a wide enough range of gear to hand out a few more awards going forward.

The Product of the Year Awards go to the products that we feel are the absolute best in class, irregardless of price, though the Wadia i170 is only $379, so this is by no means an award that only goes to the most expensive product in its class.

Make no mistake, nothing we’ve reviewed this year has been less than great, but our Exceptional Value Awards go to the products that we feel offer that little bit extra in their respective price point, and are only for one year.