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

February may be a short month, but there's still been plenty of time for hi-fi and home cinema fans to indulge their hobby - especially given the rather inclement weather we've had of late. After all, who wants to venture outside in the wind and the rain when you can curl up on the sofa with your favourite film or album?

A quick trawl through our analytics shows that there have been only a couple of changes in the most popular reviews in February.

Denon's AVR-X2300W AV receiver retains its top spot (again), followed by the Cambridge Audio CXA60 stereo amp. Oppo's first Blu-ray player, the UDP-203, slips from third place to fourth, with the Onkyo A-9010 amplifier moving back up to third spot.

Somewhat surprisingly the Technics SL-1200GR turntable  - which took the No.5 slot in January - drops out of the Top 10 all together. 

Taking its place at No.5 are the Sennheiser Momentum M2 IEis in-ear headphones, up five from last month. And in at No.6 are another pair of headphones, the impressive Sony MDR-Z1Rs, which we described as "the best closed-back headphones we've heard".

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.

Then it's another hit for Sony with the company's more affordable (and Award-winning) Bluetooth and noise-cancelling MDR-1000X headphones. They are followed by the ever-popular Marantz PM6006 budget amplifier, and the Award-winning Denon D-M40DAB micro system rounds off the list.

It may have been cold and damp, but there's no shortage of top-notch hi-fi and AV kit out there to keep you entertained.


1. Denon AVR-X2300W

Tested at £500 / Now £400 at various retailers

This AV amplifer has always been popular, thanks to its refined and subtle sound, so it's no surprise it tops the charts in February (as it did in November, December and January).

2. Cambridge Audio CXA60

Tested at £500 / Now £580 at Richer Sounds

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

3. Onkyo A-9010

Tested at £200 / Now £195 at Sevenoaks

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

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4. 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.

5. Sennheiser M2 Momentum IEi

Tested at £90 / Now £80 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.

6. Sony MDR-Z1R

Tested at £1700

Quite simply, these are the best closed-back headphones we've heard, which more than justifies their £1700 price. If you can afford them, you'll love 'em.

7. Monitor Audio Bronze 2

Tested at £280 / Now £280 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 they were Award-winners.

8. Sony MDR-1000X

Tested at £330

A stunning effort from Sony. These superb noise-cancelling cans are up there with the best, which is why we gave them an Award in 2016.

9. Marantz PM6006

Tested at £400 / Now £260 at Peter Tyson

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

10. Denon D-M40DAB

Tested at £350 / Now £180 at Richer Sounds (exc speakers)

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


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.

jjbomber's picture


Why is the Awards 2015 issue on sale now? It's a bit out of date isn't it?

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?