It's time to round up the news and reviews that have graced What Hi-Fi? this past week – including details of products and services from Apple, Cambridge Audio and Elipson.

This week on What Hi-Fi?, Apple reported record breaking financial results, we learnt that Woox Innovations and Onkyo were teaming up for a  strategic partnership and Sony and Spotify announced something similar - a collaboration that will bring Spotify to Sony devices in the guise of PlayStation Music.

On the reviews front, we have a pair of hi-fi speaker reviews for you to gaze upon - Cambridge Audio's Aeromax 2 taking centre stage and Elipson's Planet LW Bridge system providing the backing vocals.


Apple posts record $74.6 billion revenue; iPhone sales up, iPad sales down

Apple has reported its financial results for the first fiscal quarter of 2015 (which ended December 27th 2014) and, judging by the figures, it's not doing too shabby.

The Cupertino tech giant posted a record $74.6 billion in revenue, thanks in part to the launches of the iPhone 6 and 6S; the company selling a total of 74.5 million iPhones.

It wasn't all astonishingly good news, however, as sales of iPads were down to just 21.4 million - a drop of 18 per cent on the previous year.

Better keep that champagne on ice then…

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WOOX Innovations and Onkyo to launch wireless speakers and headphones

WOOX Innovations (formerly of Philips) and Onkyo are now part of the Gibson brand portfolio, and this week saw the two brands announce a partnership that'll see them collaborate on product development and distribution.

Initially, that partnership will cover wireless home audio - hi-fi speakers, headphones and such - in an attempt to take advantage of the growth that the sector has witnessed in recent years.

There was no mention of any forthcoming products at this stage, but we would think that it won't be too long until we see the fruits of WOOX/Onkyo's labours.

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PlayStation Music: Sony drops Music Unlimited for Spotify deal

Spotify and Sony have announced a collaboration that will see the ubiquitous streaming service appear on the latter's devices; a list that includes Sony's PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xperia smartphones and tablets. There was no mention of whether it would appear on the PlayStation Vita, though.

The service, which will be branded PlayStation Music, will replace Sony's existing digital music streaming service Music Unlimited and purges it from the collective conscience of all those who used it.

Music Unlimited is due to be retired on 29th March (current users will get the last month free), with the expectation that PlayStation Music will arrive not too long after.

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"They sound confident and composed – elements stay organised when things get complicated"

Cambridge Audio Aeromax 2

At first glance, these stand-mounters look like your average loudspeaker. But there's more going beneath the surface with this effort from Cambridge Audio. Literally.

They incorporate a 46mm BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator), which opens up a much wider frequency range than a conventional alternative. In terms of audio performance, we found the Aeromax 2s delivered a pleasingly large sense of scale.

They could do with a better sense of subtlety and command over low-level dynamics, but what we have here from Cambridge is a confident, assured speaker.

Read the full Cambridge Audio Aeromax 2 review

"We admire Elipson’s fresh approach to speaker design. It's a welcome change to the traditional options we normally see"

Elipson Planet LW Bridge

What's the most striking aspect of this Elipson system? The colour scheme? Or perhaps the rather spherical nature of the design?

Whatever it is, these Elipson's have the substance to go with the style. While they sound a little on the safe side, the presentation is balanced with some solid bass to go with it.

A commendable attempt at a wireless speaker system.

 Read the full Elipson Planet LW Bridge review