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What Hi-Fi? April 2021

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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4 min
bose quietcomfort earbuds

£249 View online review whf.cm/QuietComfortEarbuds The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds take the legendary line into the world of true wireless earbuds, where they go toe to toe with some established rivals, such as the Sony WF-1000XM3, Apple AirPods Pro and Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2. Bose has launched noise-cancelling in-ears and true wireless headphones before, but this is the first time it has combined the two technologies. With plenty of tech to pack into the QuietComfort Earbuds, the buds are pretty stocky in appearance. The earpieces don’t protrude massively from your ears, but the main body of the headphone is curved, so it blends in easier to the side of your head. Our review pair came in a creamy Soapstone finish, but there is also this Triple Black option. Even some premium wireless earbuds can…

7 min
adding a music streamer to my hi-fi system has been a revelation (and a frustration)

At the beginning of March 2020, just weeks before the first national lockdown in the UK, I shuffled around my hi-fi system to accommodate a music streamer. I had been toying with the idea for some time – not least as, through reviewing for What Hi-Fi?, I was aware that the hi-fi streaming experience was only getting better. However, I had spent plenty of time and money on a decentsounding system and collection of music, and wasn’t in a rush to ‘downgrade’ my listening at home. For me, streaming until then had been (and still is) excellent for listening to music on the move – if only because you can’t take your vinyl on the bus – but it seemed like the right time to give it a proper chance in my…

4 min
sennheiser momentum true wireless 2

£279 View online review whf.cm/MomentumTW2 The original Sennheiser True Wireless headphones arrived in 2018, delivering a balanced sound, a decent smattering of features and good battery life in a solid, if pricey, package. The second generation of wireless earbuds promises improvements but, with new rivals from the likes of Apple, Sony and Samsung, the question is whether Sennheiser has done enough. The Momentum True Wireless 2 boast a few aesthetic differences from their predecessors. The earpieces have been trimmed down slightly, making them more svelte and a little less bulky in your hand and your ears. Fitting is still a case of sliding them in, then twisting to lock them into a decent seal. They’re smaller and protrude less than the Sony WF-1000XM3, but the new Momentums feel more comfortable over long listening sessions…

3 min
kef ls50 meta

£1000 KEF launched the original LS50 standmounters as an anniversary celebration back in 2012, and they proved a huge success – so much so that they have continued in production pretty much untouched since then. Eight years is a long run by any standards, but it was made possible by a combination of sound quality, build and aesthetics that remains highly appealing today. That hasn’t stopped KEF’s engineers from having a fresh look though, and the result is the LS50 Metas. The LS50 Metas don’t look any different from the LS50s, and in many ways they aren’t. The company considered revising that beautifully made enclosure but concluded that little could be improved. The only obvious changes are to the back panel, which has been tidied up. The cabinet shape and size still works well,…

9 min
25 of the best 1990s albums to test your sysyem

The 1990s has come of age. Like all decades, and like so many bands, it went through that period of mild embarrassment immediately following its heyday – the kind you feel now for the haircut you wore in 2006 – but is now very much back in fashion. Not that the music was ever really in question. In fact, when it came to cutting our choices down, this list presented our most difficult challenge yet. Snipping our recommendations to below three figures was a headache, and taking them to a quarter of that has inevitably led to a selection that many people might think reveals some glaring omissions. So be it. Some would say this was the decade the album said its final goodbyes as a format, before downloads, streaming and the…

7 min
panasonic tx-55hz2000b

View offers Television | £2299 | whf.cm/TX-55HZ2000B The HZ2000 sits right at the top of Panasonic’s current TV range, elevated above its siblings by a so-called ‘Professional Edition’ OLED panel and a speaker system that boasts genuine upward-firing Atmos speakers. We loved the HZ2000’s predecessor, with which it shares much of its design and technology, and we’re big fans of the more affordable HZ1000, so the omens here are very good indeed. Something, though, has gone rather wrong. The HZ2000 looks largely identical to the GZ2000 it replaces, and that makes it a fairly utilitarian aesthetic proposition. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – Panasonic has resisted the urge to push flashy designs, instead choosing to allow the performance to do the talking. A key part of the HZ2000 proposition is its advanced, Technics-tuned,…