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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
pana triumphs in panel game

It’s not often we highlight a single product on our cover and trumpet its abilities – normally we’re announcing a group test or round-up of desirable pieces of kit. But the Panasonic TX-55GZ2000B (p6) simply had to be an exception to our rule. It’s a stunning piece of kit that shows a TV is more than simply an LCD or, in this case, an OLED panel. (And we’ll have more on the future of TV in our next issue, when our team returns from CES, the consumer electronics show, in Las Vegas this month.) To complete the video content this issue, we also have a roundup of video streamers (p48) – useful little pieces of kit that will help you enhance your TV’s smart capabilities. We haven’t ignored music this issue either…

1 min
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…

8 min
panasonic tx-55gz2000b

FIRST TESTS EXCLUSIVE, IN-DEPTH VERDICTS ON THE LATEST KIT It can be easy to become fixated on a product’s standout feature to the extent that you overlook something else that’s ultimately far more exciting. So it proves with the Panasonic TX-55GZ2000B. The headline-grabbing feature is a speaker system that includes rear-mounted, upward-firing drivers for Dolby Atmos sound – and impressive it is, too. But it takes attention away from the picture upgrades that Panasonic has bestowed upon this flagship OLED. Those upgrades are so special, in fact, they make the GZ2000 a better performer than LG’s 2019 sets – meaning this has the best picture of any OLED we’ve tested. No-nonsense design Panasonic sees itself as sitting at the pro end of the TV market, and the design of its TVs reflects that. As with…

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…