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

January is the month of fitness fads, detoxing after the Christmas blowout and what feels like aeons between paydays. But thankfully, there was some top class hi-fi and home cinema kit to see us through the most depressing month of the year

So let's take a moment to look back at our most read reviews in January

Denon's AVR-X2300W amp retains its top spot, followed by the Cambridge Audio CXA60. Hot on the CXA60's heels is Oppo's first Blu-ray player, the UDP-203 (which is impressive, given that it was only reviewed right at the end of the month).

The Onkyo A-9010 amplifier takes fourth place, with one of the most hotly-anticipated record decks in recent memory - the Technics SL-1200GR - in fifth.

The Monitor Audio Bronze 2 standmount speakers come next, even though they're close to two years old. But considering their performance, we're not surprised they're still fresh in readers' minds.

After that it's Sony's KD-65A1 - the company's first 4K HDR OLED TV, and a suitably impressive one at that. It's followed by the Marantz PM6006 budget amplifier, the Denon D-M40DAB (an Award-winning microsystem), and rounding out the list, the Sennheiser Momentum M2 IEis.

It may have been cold and damp, but in terms of hi-fi kit - what a month!

 

1. Denon AVR-X2300W

Tested at £500 / Now £400 at various retailers

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

2. Cambridge Audio CXA60

Tested at £500 / Now £450 at Richer Sounds

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

3. Oppo UDP-203

Tested at £650

Oppo's first 4K Blu-ray player doesn't come cheap, but it sets a new standard in home cinema picture quality.

More after the break

4. Onkyo A-9010

Tested at £200

It may be a budget amplifier, but the Onkyo A-9010 is a real treat for the ears.

5. Technics SL-1200GR

A new SL-1200 was always going to be huge news, and from our hands-on, we're happy to report that the SL-1200GR doesn't disappoint.

6. Monitor Audio Bronze 2

Tested at £280 / Now £250 at various retailers

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.

7. Sony KD-65A1

Sony's first 4K HDR OLED TV is an absolute stunner, thanks to a ridiculously thin bezel and stand-less design. The picture quality isn't to be sniffed at, either.

8. Marantz PM6006

Tested at £400 / Now £280 at various retailers

This budget amplifier is more evolution than revolution, but is still a solid go-to for anyone setting up their first hi-fi system.

9. Denon D-M40DAB

Tested at £350 / Now £180 at Richer Sounds

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

10. Sennheiser M2 Momentum IEi

Tested at £90 / Now £65 at Amazon

These in-ear headphones won an Award last year, and deservedly so - they're comfy, attractive and produce wonderfully clear and detailed sound. Undoubtedly some of the best in-ears at this price.

Comments

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?