Trying to predict what will be popular in 2017? Our most read reviews in December are a good place to start.

While some of us might be happy to leave 2016 in the dust, we can afford it one last look back to see the products that grabbed your attention over the festive season.

Denon's AVR-X2300W amp is here again, retaining its top spot, this month joined by the Sony MDR-1000X headphones and Cambridge Audio's CXA60.

December also seemed to be Sonos' month, with two of its products reaching peak popularity: the Play:1 and the Playbar.

Finally, completing the list is the £2000 Sony KD-55XD9305, a TV that's a technological tour de force because of its sharp picture and smooth motion handling.

1. Denon AVR-X2300W

Tested at £500 / Now £399 at Sevenoaks

This AV amplifer has always been popular, no doubt thanks to its refined and subtle sound, so it's a welcome chart-topper for December (as it was in November).

2. Sony MDR-1000X

Tested at £330 / Now £329 at Amazon

These noise-cancelling headphones are discreetly designed, and have a silky smooth sound that's crisp where it counts.

3. Cambridge Audio CXA60

Tested at £500 / Now £449 at Richer Sounds

This stereo amplifier delivers a solid, competitive sound that is going to be hard to beat at its price point.

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4. Denon D-M40DAB

Tested at £349 / Now £179 at Richer Sounds

Small in stature, but the D-M40DAB's sound is well balanced, detailed and full of character.

5. Sonos Play:1

Tested at £170 / Now £149 at Sonos

The entry-level Sonos speaker proves ever popular as one of the most affordable ways to start a multi-room wireless music system.

6. Samsung UE55KS7000

Tested at £1,500 / Now £899 at Currys

After the UE49KS8000 won our Product of the Year award, Samsung's UE55KS7000 continues the company's trend of putting out five-star televisions.

7. Onkyo A-9010

Tested at £200 / Now £199 at various retailers

Onkyo's A-9010 stereo amplifier is quite simply a stunner. 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.

8. Sonos Playbar

Tested at £600 / Now £512 at Sevenoaks

A product that has stood the test of time since we reviewed it in 2014, the Playbar can still massively improve the sound from your TV.

9. Monitor Audio Bronze 2

Tested at £280Now £249 at Sevenoaks

Bronze in name but gold in quality, Monitor Audio's speakers have deep bass and impressive detail for a product this size - no wonder it was an Award-winner.

10. Sony KD-55XD9305

Tested at £2000 Now £1399 at various retailers

This is what we want from an HDR 4K TV. It doesn't quite reach the absolute blacks or brightness of some rivals, but the Sony XD93 trumps most of them where it matters: subtlety and attention to detail.


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?