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What Hi-Fi? November 2018

What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision is the world's leading independent guide to buying and owning hi-fi and home cinema products. Our comprehensive tests help you buy the best equipment for your cash, with the magazine's advice sections giving you step-by-step information on how to get even more from your music and movies.

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Future Publishing Ltd
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coming out of the shadows – with oled

The picture produced by an OLED television is remarkable, the seemingly impossible depth to the blacks quite stunning. What we had thought of as good black reproduction from the top LED/LCD sets of a few years ago was revealed as shades of grey. But an OLED set, while undeniably tempting, was also hugely expensive. Now, though, there are some superb sets to be had for around £2000. Which is where our 55in OLED TV Group Test (p30), comes in, when four supremely talented sets, from LG, Panasonic, Philips and Sony do battle. To go alongside the TVs, we round up some terrific Soundbars (p48) from £200 to £800, so you can do your telly justice, with appropriately great sound. And, talking of great sound, we also have a round-up of some wireless portable…

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test centre

NEW ROOMS Experience. Heritage. We’ve been helping the world discover the best in hi-fi and home entertainment for more than 40 years, and have more than 100 years of reviewing experience under our collective belts – so you can count on our expert opinion. Dedicated test facilities We test every product against its peers in our brand new, bespoke reviewing facilities in London and Bath. We conduct all our tests as a team – our opinions and conclusions are always the result of collaboration. Reference kit Naim CDS3/NDS/UnitiServe/555 PS; Clearaudio Innovation Wood; Cyrus Phono Signature/PSX-R2; GamuT D3i/D200i; ATC SCM50; Oppo UDP-203; Panasonic DMP-UB900; Yamaha RX-A3060; Epson EH-TW7200; PMC Twenty5 23 5.1; KEF R50; Sky Q…

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success written in the stars

Naim Uniti Star | Streaming system | £3499 FOR Entertaining sound; extensive features, fine build AGAINST Nothing of note at this price “The Naim Uniti Star feels classy, as befits its premium price, and it is clearly built to last” It’s fair to say that Naim’s new generation of Uniti products has been something of a smash hit. We’ve already reviewed the Atom streaming system (£1999) and the higher-end Nova (£4199) from the range and loved them both. Now it’s the turn of the Star to impress us. The Star is a cutting-edge streaming system where all you need to do is add speakers to get a sound. It differs from its pure streaming siblings in having a CD player built in. This makes it ideal for anyone who wants to get involved in streaming…

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“an instantly likeable deck”

Fluance RT81 | Turntable | £250 FOR Weighty presentation; attractive and well engineered AGAINST Bettered elsewhere in a well-populated market Fluance is a Canadian hi-fi and home cinema brand that has been growing ever since it was founded in 1999. According to the company’s website, the prefix ‘Flu’ is Latin for ‘flowing’ or ‘wave’, while the suffix ‘ance’ is Latin for ‘a state of being’. While we’re not sure we fully understand quite what they’re getting at, this is the first time we can remember one of its products entering our test rooms and we very much hope that it won’t be the last. The RT81 is the more premium of a pair of turntables offered by Fluance, and certainly it looks, and feels, the part. A solid block of MDF with a convincing wood…

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“as musically cohesive as we’ve heard at this price”

ProAc Response DT8 | Stereo speakers | £1950 View offers whf.cm/ResponseDT8 FOR Agile, articulate sound; insightful midrange; fine build AGAINST Cosmetics lack slickness “The DT8s may be slim, but there’s no denying their ability to deliver basslines with conviction” It’s been several years since we last reviewed a ProAc speaker. But having spent some time with the new Response DT8 floorstanders, we wish we hadn’t left it so long. While not perfect, these towers turn in as musically cohesive a performance as we’ve heard at this price. The use of two types of 16.5cm mid/bass drivers working in tandem may be clever from an engineering point of view, but visually it unsettles us. It looks odd – as does seeing the company name plastered liberally on the front of the speaker. It’s easy to see the logo on…

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“brings some flair to the table”

Motorola Moto G6 | Smartphone | £240 FOR Punchy picture; good operating system; responsive AGAINST Image needs refinement; unexciting sound Since the range began in 2013, Motorola’s G series smartphones have always been good value for money and the new G6 is no exception. It’s hard not to be charmed by this budget dialler. At a time when many smartphone manufacturers are cutting features (or essentials, as some would argue), the G6 remains steadfast. There’s a fingerprint scanner, a headphone jack and a USB-C port for charging its 3000mAh battery that should last all day, even if you’re listening to music or watching videos on your commute. The G6 has a 5.7in Full HD+ display, with the same pixel density as a regular Full HD display, but slightly more pixels to accommodate the G6’s 18:9…

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