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What Hi-Fi?

What Hi-Fi? Awards 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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everyone’s a winner, baby

Another year zips by. And one of the few positives to come from that often-depressing inevitability is that it allows us the chance, once again, to celebrate the most amazing equipment that the home-entertainment industry has to offer. The annual What Hi-Fi? Awards are met with huge anticipation by our industry colleagues – and we take our responsibility to those manufacturers and to you, our reader, extremely seriously. Which is why, for the past few months, everyone at What Hi-Fi? has been focused on selecting the right products for every one of our 111 Best Buys, and, from those, our 26 Products of the Year in all the different categores – plus our five special Awards. It ought to go without saying that each of our Best Buys is a superb piece…

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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…

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naim mu-so qb 2nd generation

Wireless speaker | £899 | View offers whf.cm/Mu-soQb2 Though the first draft of this review was excellent, like every article we publish, it still had to go to the sub-editors: their job being to tinker and tidy up, retaining the character of the writing, while making it clearer and more exciting to read. And if these words still appear in this review, then we can be sure they’re confident that this is precisely what they’ve done. So, we know full well the value of revisions. Yet still it was quite the surprise when first we heard those made by Naim with its second generation of the Mu-so Qb wireless speaker. The previous iteration was great, earning five stars when it was first reviewed – but this version is truly phenomenal. Retentions and revisions Outwardly…

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klipsch t5 true wireless

Wireless in-ear headphones | £175 | View offers whf.cm/T5TrueWireless True wireless headphones are having quite a year. The lure of attractive wire-free sonic buds is so strong that, despite its historic branding (the firm was born out of an Arkansas tin shed in 1946), Klipsch has just released its first set of true wireless buds. The case weighs nearly 100 grams (about three times heavier than the Apple AirPods’ case), and is covered in brushed metal. It feels like an expensive lighter, the kind you’d get engraved as a gift to Jax from TV series Sons Of Anarchy. The buds themselves are black, with rose-gold coloured branding across the top of their elliptical housing. This is the only colourway available, and we’re not complaining; the T5 True Wireless headphones are exactly the kind…

6 min
samsung ue43ru7470

4K television | £429 | View offers whf.cm/UE43RU7470 The Samsung UE43RU7470 seems like impossibly good value. It ticks all the right tech boxes – HDR, 4K, an excellent smart platform and arguably the best TV user interface around – and all for just £429. At 43 inches, the UE43RU7470 is also a sensible size, making it, potentially, the kind of all-rounder that could be equally at home in the bedroom or living room. It’s worth noting that the Samsung UE43RU7470 is a Currys exclusive. Samsung says it is technically identical to the other TVs in the range, including the UE43RU7400 and UE43RU7410. While this is likely to be true, we cannot confirm that the performance will be identical. So – just to be clear – this review refers specifically to the Samsung…

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portable music players

View offers: whf.cm/BestPMPs2019 ▪ Astell & Kern A&norma SR15 £549 With its quirky design and even quirkier name, the Astell & Kern A&norma SR15 has dual-DACs, 3.5mm and balanced 2.5mm headphone jacks, 64GB of storage, and built-in Bluetooth, wi-fi and Tidal. Now it also has two consecutive Product of the Year Awards. The A&norma shares many of the features of its predecessor, the AK70 MKII, but also sports an improved interface and support for native DSD playback (to DSD64) in addition to PCM files up to 24-bit/192kHz. A 32-bit file with a 384kHz or 352kHz sampling rate is downsampled to 24-bit/192 kHz or 24-bit/176 kHz respectively for playback, and DSD128 is also playable through conversion to PCM 24-bit/176kHz. It also has an alter-ego as a preamp/source component, meaning it can be used solely as a…