What Hi-Fi? April 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
the best bang for your buck

FREE! STM Drifter backpack worth £89.95 – when you subscribe! p28 It’s a commonly accepted fact, in the world of hi-fi and home entertainment as well as life in general, that more expensive means better. And it holds true for the most part. But it’s also true that the higher up that scale you go, the less benefit you get for your extra money. So invest £150 in a pair of speakers to upgrade the supplied boxes that come with a system and you’ll notice massive improvements; but move up from, say, a £10,000 pair to a £15,000 pair? Not so much. The sweet spot for us at What Hi-Fi? is around the £500 mark. Which is why we have a round-up of superb standmount speakers (p34) between £300 and £650; if…

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…

7 min
linn series 3

View offers Wireless speaker | £2950 | whf.cm/Series3 FIRST TESTS EXCLUSIVE, IN-DEPTH VERDICTS ON THE LATEST KIT Linn was one of the first hi-fi brands to launch a music streamer back in 2007, so it’s surprising the Glasgow-based company has waited this long to launch its first wireless speaker. But here it is, and it’s called the Linn Series 3. While a newcomer in the market often faces an uphill battle to conquer established rivals (in the case of premium wireless speakers, that would be Naim) Linn’s entrant arrives exuding a cool confidence thanks to the company’s decade-plus experience producing highend network streamers. But the Series 3 is the most expensive wireless speaker we have tested. It’s more than three times the price of the Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge, twice that of the Naim Mu-so…

7 min
philips 65oled984

View offers 4K Television | £4499 | whf.cm/65OLED984 Few TVs arrive with higher expectations than the 65OLED984 (or OLED+ 984 as it’s often called). And for good reason – this is the most advanced TV that Philips produces and it’s partnered by B&W’s most advanced TV speaker system. This OLED TV supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ and has a Dolby Atmos audio system designed by one of the most well respected hi-fi companies around. It also looks gorgeous and throws Philips’ wonderful Ambilight tech into the bargain. What more could you ask for? But this degree of wishlist fulfilment comes at an eye-watering cost. The Philips 65OLED984 is vastly more expensive than the 65in version of Panasonic’s GX2000, which is itself much more expensive than the Award-winning LG C9. This screen needs to…

4 min
kanto audio tuk

View offers Powered speakers | £749 | whf.cm/TUK Though hardly a household name in the UK, Canadian speaker firm Kanto Audio makes some very eye-catching speakers. The company’s diminutive, wireless YU5 model even graced the White House during Barack Obama’s tenure. The TUK speakers take their name from Tuktoyaktuk, a remote hamlet in the Arctic Circle, where the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, can often be seen. Kanto claims to have emulated this thrilling visual experience in sound with its latest offering. No amp required These powered speakers carry many of the features you’d expect of a complete music system, including aptX HD Bluetooth and both digital and analogue inputs. There’s even a moving-magnet phono stage. In short, you can connect a range of kit, including your phone, tablet, TV and turntable. There’s also a headphone…

4 min
triangle borea br03

View offers Stereo speakers | £399 | whf.cm/BoreaBR03 At this level, the speaker market is a competitive arena and a potentially intimidating place to be for new entrants. Many of the usual suspects, including B&W, KEF and Mission have plenty of five-star speakers to offer, with a select few of them even having a What Hi-Fi? Award to their names. So, it’s going to take a special pair of speakers to stand out from the crowd. A pair of speakers exactly like the Triangle Borea BR03 standmounters. Preferred location As with any pair of new speakers, it pays to spend some time getting to know the Triangle Borea BR03s and their preference for placement. Triangle recommends a minimum of 2m between speakers and also between them and your listening position. It also suggests placing them…