As we emerge from the most recent lockdown (fingers crossed) and begin venturing out to see family and friends once more, you will in all probability end up hankering after the nice music you have been capable of immerse your self in at dwelling. Getting out and about is nice, however if you happen to’re lacking the quiet, how about some noise-cancelling headphones for the journey? Now actually is the most effective time to think about upgrading your moveable musical equipment, no matter your finances.
How does one put together to return to a extra ‘regular’ way of life and dealing? We propose a fast saunter to your native newsagents to choose up your copy of the most recent challenge of What Hello-Fi? journal. We promise you will be glad you probably did.
The Could challenge of What Hello-Fi? – on sale on newsstands at present – additionally includes a three-strong group take a look at to seek out the most effective energetic audio system to your finances, 11 high wi-fi noise-cancelling over-ear headphones, six all-new First Take a look at opinions, the lowdown on Spotify’s new Hello-Fi tier streaming service, a private tackle noise-cancelling tech, a premium set of Audio Physic floorstanding audio system and Moon community streamer in our common Temptations part, plus a lot extra…
And remember to join us for the What Hi-Fi? Virtual Show on Saturday 24th April. You may hear tons extra in regards to the newest in hi-fi and residential cinema from the What Hello-Fi? group – and in addition from the largest names within the business.
Contemplate a conventional hi-fi system and also you nearly definitely consider a set of audio system, a pre/energy amp mixture plus a streamer and different sources all dotted round your listening room, related by numerous cables.
However that is 2021, and residential sound programs now not require a set of space-zapping containers and wires to deliver you high quality audio. Right here we current three slimline options – and we’ll even inform you which is our favorite.
What you will get is a set of all-in-one wi-fi stereo audio system, every driver boasting ‘energetic’ inbuilt amplification, plus a wi-fi streaming module that is both built-in or housed in a separate enclosure, with bodily connections so as to add both a turntable or CD participant.
The contenders are Dali’s Oberon 1 C, KEF’s LSX, and the Q Acoustics Q Energetic 200, however the winner? It is one of many ‘best examples of its form’, however to seek out out which one wins, you will have to purchase the magazine…
Over and out
Peace and tranquility have been two of the sudden joys of lockdown. Reside gigs and social gatherings are nice, however the 6pm race for the Underground, automobile horns and site visitors throughout rush hour, or failing to catch 40 winks on that long-haul flight? We did not miss these one bit.
Maybe a set of wi-fi over-ear noise-cancelling headphones is the best way to ease your self again into post-lockdown life? In contrast to in-ears, you will get passive noise isolation all the best way round your ear, however deploy noise-cancelling and you may primarily shut out the low-level fixed thrum of extraneous noise.
The 11 examples we’ve got examined all supply nice sound high quality, with costs starting from £200 (for AKG’s Y600NC) as much as the Apple AirPods Max for a cool £550. In case your finances sits someplace between these two figures, we assure you will discover your subsequent set of headphones inside these 11 pages.
First impressions final
We provide the good, the unhealthy and the ugly on new hi-fi and audio-visual merchandise as and after they hit the cabinets. Our First Assessments part, on the entrance of the journal, is the place you will discover them: detailed, impartial opinions on noteworthy package getting into the hi-fi or dwelling cinema sector.
This month, we have included six of those opinions, together with Wharfedale’s not-quite-budget Diamond 12.three floorstanders, over-ear headphones from the sensibly-named Austrian Audio, Samsung’s 65-in Mini LED TV, JBL’s inexpensive Bar 5.zero Multibeam soundbar, Clearaudio’s new £1900 Idea turntable and Panasonic’s first true wi-fi in-ear headphones.
We have executed the heavy lifting and given every product star scores for construct, options, sound and general efficiency, so whenever you come to purchase, you will know you are investing in high quality.
You might be so stunning…
It is 1991, earlier than MP3 recordsdata, social media, smartphones and Zoom conferences. You are in Veneto, a city in Vicenza, north-eastern Italy, and the sunshine within the piazza is breaking via as you sip your morning espresso.
We won’t fairly magic you again to less complicated occasions, however we can supply an excellent look again at these gorgeous Sonus Faber standmounters, which price £6k at launch and characterize every little thing their Italian producer had discovered in its first decade.
Not often can we come throughout audio system that supply such solidity and authority. For those who’re fortunate sufficient to personal a pair of those 30-year-old standmounters, please cherish them – they’re nigh-on inconceivable to switch.
(All I need) Temptation!
This month, our Temptations part options the Audio Physic Avanti 35, a pair of floorstanding audio system costing over £6,000. Sure, they’re costly, however that is the genius of this part – you will be taught all about high-end package protected within the data that you just’re below no obligation to hit ‘purchase now’.
Additionally on this part, you may get acquainted with Moon’s £8900 community streamer. Sure, it is actually fairly costly, however why not deal with your self to a learn and discover out whether or not we predict it is price that hefty price ticket?
On high of all this, you will additionally get our Insider High 5 (the definitive hi-fi or dwelling cinema merchandise that needs to be in your radar this month), a private view from What Hello-Fi?’s employees author as to why noise-cancelling headphones aren’t for her, what to anticipate from Spotify’s new HiFi tier, our choose of the 5 greatest musical soundtracks to check your system and don’t neglect our in depth and regularly-updated information to the most effective dwelling leisure your cash can purchase, our Purchaser’s Information.
Do not forget: regardless of how huge the low cost, except you’ve got consulted What Hello-Fi?‘s in depth again catalogue of opinions, shopping for guides and offers pages, don’t half together with your hard-earned money.