From systems that have speakers bundled in to those that can fit right in with your existing stereo set-up, we’ve selected the best hi-fi systems of 2016, whatever your budget.
Sure, a decent separates system will nearly always deliver better sound quality, but there’s real value - not to mention convenience - with a one-box solution, especially if you want more than what a simple wireless speaker can offer.
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Tested at £350
Denon continues to reign supreme on the micro systems front, with yet another musical and enjoyable performance for a very affordable price. It’s no wonder the D-M40DAB snagged a 2015 Product of the Year Award.
There’s no Bluetooth or any newfangled wireless features, but the sound quality and value more than make up for it.
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Tested at £550
This Onkyo network receiver may just represent one of the best bargains of 2016.
It’s fitted with every streaming feature you can think of, has a decent high-resolution DAC, a wealth of line level inputs, an MM phono stage, and native support for Spotify and Deezer.
To top it all off, the sound is very good indeed. It’s got great rhythm, is well detailed and the soundfield is spacious. Consider us sold.
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Tested at £1150
The epitome of a modern streaming system with roots firmly in hi-fi, Naim has perfectly bridged that tricky gap by offering a sophisticated performance in every way.
The UnitiQute 2 is capable of driving all sorts of speakers and getting the best out of them, it’s intuitive to use, and has had a 2015 update that’s ensured it keeps its Award-winning status.
The insightful, rhythmically precise and spacious sound is tremendous, too - and worth the high-end price.
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Tested at £1400
Cyrus expertly combines hi-fi credentials and streaming features with ease in this stellar system.
The design and screen feel a bit dated now, but that superb sound quality - stunning clarity, accuracy, openness and agility - is second to none at this price.
Tested at £3000
A strong style statement from Cyrus - and an even stronger sonic performance - help make the Lyric 09 a must-audition at this end of the market. It’s a superb, high-end hi-fi system.
What does it do? Well there’s a CD drive, something for which Cyrus is rather famous, wired, wireless and Bluetooth streaming, DAB/FM tuners, analogue, digital and USB connections - pretty much everything you’d want.
Sonically there’s bags of detail, plus all the musicality and agility we’ve come to expect from Cyrus products.
All-in-one systems can sometimes be a recipe for compromise, but the Lyric 09 is having none of that.
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Tested at £400
There’s very little this talented one-box system can’t do. Packed with extensive radio, network and streaming features, it’s a versatile system whose spacious, rich and dynamic performance is simply captivating.
Oh and it looks gorgeous, too.
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