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What Hi-Fi?

What Hi-Fi? August 2019

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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1 min.
how we test

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. HOW WE SCORE All review verdicts are agreed upon by the team as a whole – not an individual reviewer. Each product will be listened to and/or viewed by several members of the test team, who will then discuss the final verdict before it appears in the magazine or on the website. This avoids…

5 min.
google pixel 3a xl

View offers Smartphone | £469 | whf.cm/Pixel3aXL In a market dominated by Samsung and Apple, Google’s Pixel smartphones may not top the class but, since their arrival in 2014, they have unquestionably offered the best and purest Android user experience. No bloatware, no over-the-top Android skins, just pure Google OS. And the latest Pixel 3 and 3 XL flagships didn’t buck that trend when they arrived last October, offering typically impressive screen and camera performances. But at a usually quiet time of the year, Google surprised everyone with the introduction of mid-tier models for the first time. The newest additions are the 3a (£399) and, tested here, the 3a XL (£469) – both reasonably priced in an age where smartphones have smashed through the four-figure barrier. The 3a XL has more modest specs than its…

4 min.
yamaha r-s202d

View offers Stereo amplifier | £199 | whf.cm/R-S202D For a while, we’ve struggled for any great wealth of budget stereo amplifiers we can wholeheartedly recommend. Yamaha appears to have taken it upon itself to expand that list in recent months, however, and its latest integrated amplifier, the R-S202D, is another welcome addition. In other situations, the term ‘budget’ might signify a stripping back of features or a scaling down of the attention to detail, but the R-S202D is budget only in terms of its price tag. Yamaha has taken the same care building this amp as it would any more expensive component. There are signs in the weight of its volume dial and the sheen of its brushed-aluminium fascia that this has not been cobbled together to cater for the mass market. Where the R-S202D…

5 min.
sony ps-lx310bt

View offers Turntable | £200 | whf.cm/PS-LX310BT “For anyone wanting a fully automatic deck with built-in phono stage, the Sony PS-LX310BT is one of the best we’ve heard” For many people, the prospect of shelling out for various bits of highly involved and potentially incompatible hi-fi can turn the happy notion of Sundays spent chilling with your music into a headache. It's a particular problem for those wishing to listen to vinyl – Cartridge, phono stage, alignment gauge, tracking weight scales, long-nosed pliers, set of allen keys? It can be a daunting technological assault course. And yet, having done little more than plug Sony’s PS-LX310BT turntable into the wall socket, we are listening to Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run through Bluetooth headphones. The whole set-up process takes about the same time it takes to…

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samsung qe55q85r

View offers 4K television | £2299 | whf.cm/QE55Q85R In the battle of QLED versus OLED, Samsung’s campaign got off to a rip-roaring start in 2019, with the company’s flagship 4K model receiving a five-star review and praise for improving QLED performance across the board. But not everyone can afford or justify forking out for a top-of-the-range model, which is why the QE55Q85R looks mighty appealing. It sacrifices a little of the Q90R’s brightness and a good number of its backlight dimming zones, but also shaves £500 off the price. All good things Straight out of the box, we have only good things to say about the Q85R. Like most modern TVs, it’s designed to be as unobtrusive as possible, and its 4mm bezel certainly helps. The effect is a virtual edge-to-edge experience that makes the…

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soundmagic e11bt

View offers In-ear headphones | £70 | whf.cm/E11BT Does any situation better justify an adult tantrum than leaving the house only to realise your Bluetooth headphones’ battery is completely flat? Of course, recharging is a downside of any pair of wireless headphones, but needless to say, the less often you need to recharge, the better. By giving its new E11BT in-ears an exceptional 20-hour battery life that few rivals at this price can boast, SoundMagic is aiming to reduce the problem to one that happens only on a weekly basis instead. The E11BTs are Bluetooth versions of the five-star wired SoundMagic E11Cs, but are much more than simply two buds, a cable and a Bluetooth transmitter. They sport a comfortable, pliable neckband design, are sweat- and water-resistant to IPX4 (meaning they should survive being…