If music be the meals of affection, play on. Okay, if the Bard had lived by way of 2020 and into 2021 he would possibly nicely have tweaked the ending to “keep in and revel in it”, however the truth stays: music is the factor to show to proper now. As such, it is the best time to make a number of upgrades to your musical equipment and have it sounding its greatest, no matter your funds.
How does one grow to be correctly educated on all issues hi-fi and AV? We humbly recommend a cup of one thing heat (or a flute of one thing bubbly, in case you’re within the temper) and a replica of the newest challenge of What Hello-Fi? journal.
Need the bite-sized skinny? The March challenge of What Hello-Fi? – on sale on newsstands at present – incorporates a head-to-head between the 2 greatest turntables you should buy for £500, a three-strong flagship smartphone group take a look at between Sony, Apple and Samsung, a trio of prime dwelling cinema set-ups together with primary, mid-range and premium price-points, the most effective new hi-fi and AV package we noticed at CES 2021, the lowdown on a premium VPI deck and PMC floorstanding audio system in our common Temptations part, plus opinions of seven enormous hitters in our in depth First Exams slot.
Two turntables (and a microphone)
What if in case you have exactly £500 to splurge on a brand new vinyl-spinner? We would nudge you in the direction of considered one of these two splendid turntables: the Professional-Ject Debut Carbon Evo and the Rega Planar 2. That is all nicely and good, however since there’s solely £50 in it, which mannequin is greatest for you? That is why you want this in-depth characteristic.
We’ve gone the additional mile and performed the robust comparisons in order that when you choose considered one of these prime decks, you will comprehend it inside out lengthy earlier than you set it down in your chosen hi-fi rack.
There’s nothing fairly like cosy nights in entrance of the TV, eagerly gorging by way of the newest box-sets, dramas and films, to have you ever considering that maybe your audio-visual package might do with an overhaul.
That is why we have put collectively three big-screen AV techniques at varied worth factors. In any case, dwelling leisure is just about the solely form of leisure we will get pleasure from proper now, so whether or not you have got simply over £2K all-in, or might stretch to someplace nearer £10Okay, there is a full dwelling cinema set-up right here for you. We did not embrace the popcorn, so greatest funds for that too…
We purpose to provide the backside line on new hi-fi and audio-visual merchandise as and after they hit the cabinets. Our First Exams part is the place you will discover them: detailed, unbiased opinions noteworthy package coming into the hi-fi or dwelling cinema sector.
This month, you will get no fewer than seven of those no holds barred, star-rated studies, together with the follow-up to Cambridge Audio’s Award-winning Melomania 1 headphones, Panasonic’s high-end LCD TV, a bijou Bang & Olufsen Bluetooth speaker, Moon’s entry-level phono stage, Bowers & Wilkins’ 607 S2 Anniversary Version standmount audio system and naturally, Apple’s AirPods Max over-ears.
CES 2021: the highs
Our Insider characteristic this month is a deep dive into the 9 most revolutionary merchandise seen at CES 2021, the patron electronics extravaganza repeatedly held in Las Vegas however which was, for apparent causes, staged as an online-only marathon this 12 months.
CES is historically a soapbox for futuristic and far-out ideas, similar to Sony’s Airpeak drone or Samsung’s butler robotic, nevertheless it’s additionally a dependable launchpad for the next-generation expertise coming to our properties. It is no shock that TVs hogged the limelight, with LG, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and TCL all revealing model new TV applied sciences and fashions – however that is removed from the top of the story…
Time for temptation
This month, our Temptations part options PMC’s Twenty5 23i: a pair of premium floorstanders. Sure, they’re costly, however that is the great thing about this part – you possibly can study extravagant merchandise secure within the data that you simply’re below no obligation to order.
Additionally on this part, we go 12 rounds with VPI’s Prime 21+ – a £6500 turntable. Sure, it is fairly a premium plate-spinner, however why not deal with your self to a learn?
On prime of all this, you will additionally get our Insider High 5 (the definitive hi-fi or dwelling cinema merchandise that have to be in your radar this month), three flagship smartphones – Apple iPhone 12 Professional Max, Samsung Galaxy Notice 20 Extremely and Sony Xperia 1 II – in a head-to-head group take a look at (and sure, we have picked a winner), our choose of the 9 greatest hip-hop albums to check your system and don’t overlook our in depth and regularly-updated information to the most effective dwelling leisure your cash can purchase, our Purchaser’s Information.
Bear in mind: do not click on ‘try now’ – regardless of how massive the low cost – until you have consulted What Hello-Fi?‘s in depth again catalogue of opinions, shopping for guides and offers pages. We’re right here for you!