2014 proved to be a great year for technology across all the hi-fi, home cinema and electronics categories that we test. From CES at the start of the year to IFA and even our Awards, it showed how many tech trends have gained real traction. Fingers crossed 2015 will be another year to remember for the AV industry and beyond.
High-res audio, 4K TV, multi-room technology - a small taste of what we saw emerge into the mainstream in 2014 and will no doubt continue to grow in 2015. We've brought together all the products that have made an impression on us below. If it's on one of these lists, then it's got the What Hi-Fi? seal of approval.
Best AirPlay speakers to buy in 2015
AirPlay speakers are designed and produced with Apple gadgets in mind. However most offer a hard-wiring option for other devices too. They come in all shapes and sizes and offer many design options for the style-conscious listener.
We've rounded up the best AirPlay speakers to buy in 2015, all of which offer impressive sound quality and exceptional build quality.
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Best Bluetooth speakers to buy in 2015
Bluetooth speakers are incredibly versatile. For some they can be the main source for home listening, while for others they're solely for portable listening.
Whatever your needs or budget, this list shows you the best wireless speakers available in 2015.
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Best Blu-ray players to buy in 2015
Blu-ray players have fast become the standard machine we use to watch discs at home. But there's a tremendous amount of choice, from budget decks for £80 to all-singing, all-dancing universal players at the top end of the price range.
Here's our round-up of the best Blu-ray players on the market in 2015, taking picks from both ends of the budget spectrum.
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Best budget tablets to buy in 2015
It's crazy to think you can now get a great tablet for under £200 and some pretty good ones for around £100 but thanks to an ultra-competitve Android tablet market, that is now a reality.
From the Google Nexus 7 to the Tesco Hudl, this is our round-up of the best tabelts under £200 - and some of the ones you should probably avoid.
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Best DAB digital radios to buy in 2015
If you're after a new DAB radio this year, then like most other categories, the choice on offer is vast. Portable, tabletop, hi-fi tuner, iPod compatible, in-car… the choice on offer can get incredibly confusing.
To help, we've pulled together our favourite DAB digital radios from the past year to help you decide which is the best option for you.
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Best headphones to buy in 2015
2014 was another competitive year for the headphones category, with a whopping twelve winners in our Awards. From £30 to over £400, there's something for everyone in this round-up that covers all headphone types.
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Best in-ear headphones to buy in 2015
In-ear headphones can offer great convenience, as well as decent sound quality and noise isolation. But the usual 'freebies' you get with most smartphones and MP3 players are usually of much lower quality; an upgrade is essential if you wish to get the best out of your device.
Here are the best earbuds on the market at the moment, with all budgets catered for.
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Best music streaming services 2015
Music streaming services are everywhere at the moment, but choosing the right one for you can be a daunting task. Thankfully, we've done the hard work for you. We've tested a whole range of services, from Spotify and Deezer, to Google Play Music and Sony Music Unlimited.
See them all: Best music streaming services 2015: Comparison review
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Best noise-cancelling headphones to buy in 2015
Noise-cancelling headphones are the only worthwhile option when you want to completely block out the hubbub.
They do far more than just cover your ears, too: noise-cancellers contain tech that actively filter out the riff-raff, leaving you with just the music you want to listen to.
See them all: Best noise-cancelling headphones to buy in 2015
Best over-ear headphones to buy in 2015
Over-ear headphones provide a much more immersive listening experience. Some are foldable and portable – ideal for the train. Others are huge and luxurious – perfect for eyes-closed listening at home.
We've brought together the best on-ear headphones you can buy in 2015, whether they be for on-the-go listening, or a listening session at home.
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Best smartphones to buy in 2015
The smartphone is without doubt one of the most important pieces of tech anyone can own. Like with tablets, each year sees manufacturers battle to claim the majority stake.
Whether you're an Apple fan, part of the Android army or more intrigued with Windows' Live Tiles, this list will guide you through the top smartphones released in 2014, and the ones you should be looking out for in 2015.
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Best soundbars to buy in 2015
One of the best ways to improve the overall sound of your TV, without the need for a full 5.1 surround sound set-up, is a soundbar. No wonder it's one of the most popular products on the market. 2014 saw an influx of models at various price points and 2015 is expected to bring with it even more in the way of simple sound improvement.
We've rounded-up the best soundbars from £250 budget options, all the way up to £1000 pieces of soundbar supremacy.
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Best tablets to buy in 2015
The tablet market has once again seen a hotly contested fight for dominance. 2014 saw the release of new models from Apple, Google and Amazon, as well as a handful of Windows tablets thrown in for good measure. 2015 will once again see the market awash with new tablet offerings.
Whether you want one for watching video on the morning commute, or as a go-to web-browsing machine at home, one of the tablets in this list will be for you.
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Best TVs to buy in 2015
The television is often top of the list of desireable home tech. But with such a wide range of screen sizes, resolutions and smart features available, it can be tough to decide upon the best one. That's where we come in.
After another year of TV reviews, we've rounded up the best TVs to buy in 2015. Plasma hasn't featured due to Panasonic, Samsung and LG all announcing they've shut down or will shut plasma production, but instead we've now got a genuine case for investing in 4K Ultra HD.
The 2014 Awards were the first for 4K to feature. The technology is available and gaining traction as we enter 2015, the only thing remaining to help it really take off is native content.
See them all: Best TVs to buy in 2015
Best turntables to buy in 2015
Turntables have recently seen a rise in popularity, with many favouring the more authentic, 'crackly' sound. They can also look pretty cool in the process. We've gathered together a list of our favourites and the ones you should keep an eye out for in 2015.
See them all: Best turntables to buy in 2015
Best wireless headphones to buy in 2015
Cables can get in the way, can tangle and can break with repeated use. Don't want the hassle? Consider a pair of wireless headphones.
Here's a list of 2015's best wireless cans, from £30 all the way up to £300 noise-cancelling monsters.
See them all: Best wireless headphones to buy in 2015