It's time to round up the news and reviews that have graced What Hi-Fi? over the last week – including a look at the latest news and product reviews from AKG, Naim, Pioneer and WiMP HiFi.

It's been a busy week at What Hi-Fi? Towers with the CEDIA Expo taking place in Denver, Channel 4 announcing a rebranding of 4oD and with WiMP HiFi set to bring music streaming service TIDAL to the UK.

Review-wise, we've had a bevy of five-stars with Focal's Dimension soundbar, Monitor Audio's S300 wireless speaker and AKG's K812 headphones all receiving top marks.

News

WiMP to launch TIDAL CD-quality music streaming service

WiMP HiFi, the Swedish music streaming service, announced that it will be launching a new high fidelity streaming service in the UK called TIDAL.

Arriving in October, it will offer more than 25 million lossless tracks for a monthly susbscription, streaming to music players, Android and Apple devices alike.

READ MORE: WiMP to launch TIDAL CD-quality music streaming service

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Channel 4 outlines plans for new All 4 digital platform

Channel 4's 4oD is set to be rebranded next year, making way for a new on-demand service called All 4.

Catching up with the surge in watching content online, the service will be split into three sections, On Demand (past content), Now (present) and On Soon (future).

The new look service is set to be rolled out across all platforms by the end of March next year.

READ MORE: Channel 4 outlines plans for new All 4 digital platform

Spotify Connect added to Naim's Mu-So wireless music system

Naim Audio has confirmed that the Mu-so, the wireless speaker it launched back in April, will launch with Spotify Connect functionality.

Set to go on sale later this year, we've been looking forwards to testing the Mu-so for quite some time. Expect a review soon…

READ MORE: Spotify Connect added to Naim's Mu-so wireless music system

CEDIA Expo

Pioneer announces Elite Reference Blu-ray players

The CEDIA expo is taking place over in Denver, Colorado, and Pioneer has taken the opportunity to unveil two new premium Blu-ray players: the Elite BD-85FD and BDP-88FD.

Both players are capable of 4K passthrough, DLNA streaming as well as playback of high-resolution audio files.

Pricing and a release date for the UK has not yet been confirmed for either units.

READ MORE: Pioneer announces Elite Reference Blu-ray players

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Reviews

"Focal's Dimension delivers the goods in spectacular style"

Focal Dimension

With both Bowers & Wilkins and Monitor Audio offering high-end soundbars, it's no surprise that French company Focal are following suit with this mammoth-looking effort.

If you have the space (and a TV around 50 inches), then the Dimension is a good bet for improving your TV's sound.

It's a great first effort from Focal.

Read the full Focal Dimension review

"Android users have been cruelly left out of the party, but iOS uses should most certainly RSVP"

Monitor Audio Airstream S300

There's a pretty significant hurdle to jump over with Monitor Audio's latest wireless speaker.

It supports iOS mobile devices only.

Fans of Apple devices will rejoice, while others will feel left out by not being able to sample what is a great speaker.

Compatibility issue aside, the S300 is a terrific, room-filling speaker with bags of character.

Read the full Monitor Audio Airstream S300 review

 

"What makes these headphones so good? It's their transparency; that ability to reveal the recording for what it is…"

AKG K812

£1000+ on a pair of headphones? When they're this talented it's hard to make a case against them, even at that eye-watering price.

Made with professionals in mind, the detail and performance the K812s offering is staggering, never becoming unfocused or stretched and showing a great degree of composure when thrown demanding tracks.

Try them you won't fail to be impressed by the K812s

Read the full AKG K812 review