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What Hi-Fi?

What Hi-Fi? October 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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it’s all about remote working

The first television remote control we had when I was a child was physically wired to the TV itself. How we marvelled at the convenience–and how little we realised in the mid ’70s that this wasn’t the pinnacle of remote communication with our electronic equipment. Four decades later, we’ve arrived at a point when a wireless connection is the preferred option for many people. And the joy is that, at last, we can say that any compromises in quality shouldn’t prevent purchase. This issue, then, sees us look at all sorts of wireless kit–from twin box systems (p30) that look like a pair of speakers, through turntables (p38), DACs (p48) and amplifiers (p54), via the more familiar wireless headphones (p44) and speakers (p62). There’s almost nothing out there now that hasn’t…

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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 any individual bias creeping in. OUR SCORES…

3 min
ortofon quintet blue

Since designing its first moving coil cartridge in 1948, Ortofon has made more than 100 different models over the intervening years. This experience shines through in the Quintet Blue, one of five models in the new range. It’s the step-up option in a family that is topped off by the Black (£679), with its fancy Nude Shibata stylus tip and sapphire cantilever. At around half that money, the Quintet Blue makes do with an elliptical tip and aluminium cantilever, but beyond that it shares much with its pricier sibling. Both use a conveniently squared-off ABS/body with captive threads that makes mounting the cartridge on an arm and subsequent alignment a breeze. Weighing just 9g, the Blue isn’t particularly heavy and so shouldn’t present any difficulty for most arms to balance out. Looking through…

7 min
benq w2700

Where HDR and 4K were once the sole preserve of high-end projectors, it’s now possible to pick up these top-notch technologies for little over £1000. The BenQ W2700 is one such 4K HDR projector, sitting in the middle of the company’s CinePrime Series devices. Its CinematicColor technology supports DCI-P3, the US movie industry colour standard, with BenQ claiming the images produced better reflect the colours intended by the film’s director. With a short-throw lens, built-in speakers and a relatively small footprint, the BenQ W2700 is portable and flexible enough to keep in the cupboard and bring out for movie night or a session on the games console. But priced just above the Award-winning Optoma UHD40, it’s up against some tough competition. BenQ claims the W2700 is a projector for any room, and we…

4 min
wharfedale d330

To the UK-based audiophile, Wharfedale needs little introduction. The game-changing Diamond speaker series from 1981 still tops the firm’s product list today–albeit in its 11th iteration. But here, we’re testing an even more budget-conscious line in Wharfedale’s arsenal. The D300 Series has been designed to run concurrently with the Diamond 11 range. According to Wharfedale, it harnesses the same key technology, but re-engineers and presents it at an even more affordable price point. The Wharfedale D330s are the range's smallest floorstander, combining a 25mm soft-dome tweeter with a pair of 13cm woven-Kevlar drivers in a 2.5-way configuration. The larger tower speakers in the range are true three-ways. The rosewood finish of our D330s is easy on the eye. With their curved edges and minimal branding, they look and feel more expensive than they…

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sony wf-1000xm3

Few pairs of headphones have been as eagerly anticipated as the Sony WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds. Their predecessors, the WF-1000Xs, were a superior-sounding alternative to the distinctly average Apple AirPods of the time, when they launched in 2017. But two years is a long time, and now there’s no shortage of true wireless in-ear options. Not only has Apple upped its game with new AirPods, it seems every manufacturer wants a piece of the action. That’s great news for the consumer–features, sound quality and expectations are increasing and manufacturers have to work to stand out from the crowd. Thankfully, the Sony WF-1000XM3s do just that, and for all the right reasons. Brand new design Sony has shied away from the hanging down teardrop designs favoured by the Apple AirPods and the RHA TruConnect, with…