It's an Apple invasion this month with the iPhone 7, 7 Plus and AirPods all featuring in our list of the most popular reviews for September...

Out top ten list for the month of September sees an impressive seven new entries in total. It's all-change at the top, with the first two places taken by the Apple iPhone 7 Plus and its stablemate, the iPhone 7.

Third place goes to Marantz's latest entry-level stereo amplifier, the £400 PM6006. Onkyo's A-9010 stereo amp, our top review last month, drops down to fourth spot.

Samsung's TVs have impressed across the board in recent months and the brilliant UE49KS8000 4K TV slots straight into our list at number five.

Apple's AirPods, the company's first ever wireless headphones, are next in the list, with the Cambridge Audio CXA stereo amp and Award-winning Sennheiser M2 in-ears hot on their heels.

A couple of new entries round off our list with the Amazon Echo wireless speaker, recently launched in the UK, entering at number nine and B&W's excellent P7 Wireless over-ear headphones completing the list.

1. Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Best price £99 (32GB) on Vodafone

The iPhone 7 Plus is more than a just a big screen. With a new camera in tow and a raft of improvements under the hood, the Plus could be one of the best big-screen smartphones of 2016.

2. Apple iPhone 7

Best price £99 (32GB) on Three

The lack of a headphone jack will grab the headlines, but this phone makes all round improvements on its predecessor - including its sound.

3. Marantz PM6006

Tested at £400 / Best price £399 at Sevenoaks

We've been waiting for a successor to the Award-winning PM6005, and it's finally here. The PM6006 is more evolution than revolution, but it's a solid go-to for someone nailing down their first hi-fi system.

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4. Onkyo A-9010

Tested at £200 / Best price £229 at Sevenoaks

Onkyo's A-9010 stereo amplifier is quite simply amazing. Its breadth of ability means that you don’t need to stick with similarly priced partnering kit, but whatever you do partner it with, it will deliver a sound that's cohesive and well balanced, delivering a sense of drive and attack well beyond what we would expect.


5. Samsung UE49KS8000

Tested at £1400 / Best price £1300 at John Lewis

This television squeezes a lot of tech into a sub-50in screen, making it a tempting buy for the size-conscious consumer wanting a high-end 4K upgrade. It's by far the best flat Samsung set we've seen this year.

6. Apple AirPods

Tested at £159

To coincide with the culling of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, Apple has launched its first ever wireless headphones. And, they manage to cram in some particularly interesting tech.


7. Cambridge Audio CXA60

Tested at £500

The CXA60 is a wonderfully musical amplifier that delivers a detailed, cohesive and enjoyable sound. It has a good range of connections and it's a joy to use. All this and more make it a highly recommended stereo amplifier.


8. Sennheiser Momentum M2 in-ear

Tested at £90 / Best price £70 at PC World

Sennheiser’s Momentum range has made a real impact and it’s fair to say this addition delivers on all fronts.

They are a step above their closest rivals, the Sony MDR-EX650APs, and definitely worth the jump in price. In fact, the Momentum In-Ears are easily one of the best pairs of buds we’ve heard at this price.


9. Amazon Echo

Tested at £150 / Best price £150 at Amazon

Echo adds a wireless Bluetooth speaker to Amazon's increasingly disparate spread of products and services. Echo is powered by Alexa, Amazon's virtual assistant and if our first impressions are anything to go by, it could be onto a winner.

10. B&W P7 Wireless

Tested at £320 / Best price £319 at Sevenoaks

B&W's Bluetooth headphones meet the high standard that we've come to expect from the company. They're an impressive pair that we'd certainly recommend for their sound quality, stylish design, and user-friendly controls.


Graham Luke's picture

What did the sad bloke say

What did the sad bloke say who lost his dinky little matt-black DAC/Amp down the back of the sofa on Saturday and found it again on Sunday...?

"I've got me Mojo back..."

cvalde's picture

More from Audiolab?

Is there any hope that WhatHiFi will review Audiolab 8300A?

Andy Clough's picture

Audiolab 8300A

We already did, the review is in the Awards 2015 issue of the magazine (p25), on sale now.

Graham Luke's picture

Bloomin' marvellous...

I've currently got 'Big Up Radio - Dub' thumping out of my Playbar/Sub combo and it's the dog's proverbials; the Sub was born to play Dub and it does it in a 'rub-a-dub stylee' (with apologies to the Brixton posse...)

Go on, treat yourself; you know it makes sense!

Bonajones38's picture

Future 4K Blu-rays players

Any planned for 2016, especially from Pioneer?