What Hi-Fi? December 2018

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
the synergy of the fivestar system

When is a five-star product not a five-star product? When it’s married to other kit that can’t allow it to shine. It’s an easy trap to fall into: root through the pages of What Hi-Fi?, pick the five-star things that both strike your fancy and meet your budget, and expect great things. Only to get it all home and be hugely disappointed. You might strike lucky, of course, but you might not. If you follow the advice and the equipment in our Systems special (p36), though, you can’t go wrong. We’ve put together seven systems that will truly sing, from turntables and streaming, through home cinema down to a mobile system for when you’re out and about. Also in this issue we’ve rounded up our favourite Standmount speakers (p55) at less than…

1 min
test centre

NEW ROOMS 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. Reference kit Naim NDS/555 PS/Uniti Core; Clearaudio Innovation Wood; Cyrus Phono Signature/PSX-R2; GamuT D3i/D200i; ATC SCM50; Sony DMP-X700; Cambridge CXUHD; Denon AVR-X6400H; Optoma UHD40; PMC Twenty5.23 5.1; KEF R50; Sky Q…

9 min
“there are class leaders within this family”

“The Node 2i streamer is now simply the best-performing product of its type available for less than half a grand” Bluesound Generation 2i | Multi-room system | £1547 FOR Improved Pulse Flex 2i and Node 2i; features; ease of use AGAINST Redesigned Pulse 2i lets the family down It’s been a while since we were last treated to new products from Bluesound – though, as the recipient of three consecutive Product of the Year Awards, the company has probably learned the value of not tampering with its own success. Since this time last year, however, Bluesound has lost a bit of ground. The introduction of cheaper but more sonically talented products to the market caused us to revisit our review. Ultimately the second generation lost a star. The star ratings might read the same for this…

4 min
a&k has all angles covered

View offers Astell & Kern A&norma SR15 | Portable music player | £599 | whf.cm/AnormaSR15 FOR Class-leading clarity; duties; intuitive interface AGAINST Design may not appeal to all A geometrically ambitious structure and an eye-catching name may draw attention to the Astell & Kern A&norma SR15, but given the company's track record of five-star reviews and Awards over the years, this midrange portable music player was always going to pique our interest. The SR15 features dual-DACs, 3.5mm and balanced 2.5mm headphone jacks, 64GB built-in storage (expandable via microSD card), and built-in Bluetooth, wi-fi and Tidal. Those specs are almost exactly the same as those on A&K’s AK70 MKII (£600) – the predecessor to the A&norma and a 2017 What Hi-Fi? Award winner. The A&norma shares many of its features too, but improvements have been made here…

6 min
sony takes television sound to another level

View offers Sony KD-65AF9 | 4K television | £3999 | whf.cm/KD-65AF9 FOR Superb detail; great sound; gorgeous design AGAINST Tough competition Sony's Master Series range is designed to get closer to the content-creator’s intention than ever before. To serve this goal, the company has launched two different models, available in two sizes, each using different panel technologies. That might seem illogical – surely one is more accurate than the other – but Sony says it is merely offering customers a choice. The AF9 could be the new benchmark for TV design. Like Sony's A1 model, it has an easel-like approach, with a thin main panel leaning against a chunkier stand section. The larger design contains two subwoofers, rather than the one housed in the A1. They fire to the side, rather than backwards, which Sony…

3 min
five-star quality with no reservation

View offers Klipsch R6i II | In-ear headphones | £90 | whf.cm/R6iII FOR Good build quality; tight timing; punchy bass; snug fit AGAINST Presentation could be more spacious When it comes to Klipsch’s headphones output over the past few years, its track record is particularly solid. The company is no stranger to a five-star review, and with the previous iteration of these headphones getting top marks, we are expecting great things from the Klipsch R6i IIs. Much like the original R6is, this updated version keeps a dual-magnet, moving-coil driver design, hidden behind patented oval ear tips. The seal these tips provide is particularly good – they fit snugly in the ear without ever becoming uncomfortable. Made of aluminium and elastomer, the housings are curved at the back, so your finger sits neatly in the indent when…