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What Hi-Fi?

What Hi-Fi? February 2020

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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United Kingdom
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English
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Future Publishing Ltd
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6 min
technics sl-g700

Technics may be better known for its iconic turntables, but the arrival of the new SL-G700 shows that the company has more than just analogue strings to its bow. The SL-G700 doesn’t fit into any neat category. It straddles across generations of digital formats by playing discs – in CD and SACD form – as well as streaming music from across a network or via Bluetooth. Airplay, Chromecast and even MQA are also firmly on the menu. Understated visuals At first glance, it looks just like a humble disc player with rather understated visuals. We love the build – this is a premium-priced product and feels it. The SL-G700 is hefty, weighing in at more than 12kg. That substance is backed up with rigid, nicely damped casework and a standard of finish few…

3 min
jbl reflect flow

JBL is a heavy hitter when it comes to true wireless sports earphones – and with the Under Armour Flash as its predecessor, the Reflect Flow is a hotly anticipated entrant to the flourishing, albeit rather niche, true-wireless-for-sports market. Extra juice These in-ears have a longer battery life than their predecessors, at 10 hours from the buds themselves and 20 more via the case. The whole lot can go from empty to fully charged in about two hours. The case itself is somewhat disappointing, though. It’s too big to take with you on a long run and, while the black-and-silver brushed plastic (also available in teal-and-silver) won’t show up fingerprint smudges, the silver coating in our sample begins to rub off slightly after only a few days of being carried around. The buds are…

4 min
audio technica at-lp60xbt

This isn’t the first Bluetooth turntable we’ve tested, nor will it be the last, but there was still a moment when walking round the What Hi-Fi? listening room with our wireless headphones on, that it struck us: this is all we need now for a fully fledged vinyl system – and there aren’t even any wires. Of course, the technology being available and it being worthy of our investment are two entirely different things, but that simplicity and greater accessibility to vinyl can only work in this Audio-Technica deck’s favour. Attractive pricing It is undoubtedly cheap. For only £179, the AT-LP60XBT gives you a built-in, switchable phono stage as well as its wireless connectivity, and it does pretty much everything at the press of a button. In fact, it’s almost like using a CD…

4 min
libratone zipp 2

Do you want a home speaker that responds to requests for Abba songs, and records what you say so that it can push ads for nappies and hair restoration products? Or would you prefer a portable speaker that does the job for rained-out BBQs and hastily arranged beach trips? The Libratone Zipp 2 does both. It’s a chunky portable wireless speaker with Bluetooth, wi-fi and support for Amazon Alexa, and that might be enough for you to overlook the fact that it’s not quite the best-sounding speaker in its category. Youthful energy You can’t miss a Libratone Zipp speaker. The zip running around the bottom allows you to remove the grille fabric and replace it with another design or colour. It’s a gimmick, but Libratone’s speakers have a youthful energy that means they look…

4 min
panasonic dp-ub820eb

On paper, the Panasonic DP-UB820EB looks like quite the prospect. This 4K Blu-ray player borrows much of the picture-processing technology that you find in the company’s flagship 4K machine, the DP-UB9000, but costs less than half the price. If the UB820 can produce a picture of a similar standard and nail the sound part of the equation, we could be looking at quite the home cinema bargain. A physical presence The Panasonic DP-UB820EB is a chunky rectangle of a deck. It’s a lot wider and taller than the usual budget Blu-ray player and the beefier dimensions give it a more substantial look. The bevel cut finish around its edges looks attractive, as does the brushed effect on the top panel. But up close, the player looks and feels a little cheap and plasticky. You…

4 min
mission zx-2

Judge the Mission ZX-2s on anything other than sound quality and they would be considered one of the class leaders. They sport clean, classy aesthetics and feature cutting-edge drive units to match or better those used on most price rivals. Add what appears to be highly aggressive pricing and you have boxes that should have the best at the price quaking on their stands. Yet, the star rating on this review makes it clear that they don’t. We’re surprised – Mission has been on a good run and has the resources to excel. That solid foundation is clear in the ZX-2’s engineering content, particularly the drive units. Ringing the changes Not long ago, only high-end speakers featured a ring dome tweeter such as that used here. A conventional tweeter dome is driven around…