It's time to round up the news and reviews that have graced What Hi-Fi? the past week – including details of new products and services from Grado, Linn and Roksan.

This week on What Hi-Fi?, Linn announced that it would be offering free 24-bit tracks in the run up to Christmas, Sony put in place plans to restructure its TV and smartphone divisions and the vinyl record market saw more gains after a bumper year of sales.

On the reviews front, there was plenty to consider for hi-fi and home cinema enthusiasts: Grado's SR125e headphones, Pro-Ject's lovely looking 2-Xperience 2-Pack turntable and Roksan's Darius S1 standmounters were the highlights of a very good week in reviews.

News

Linn offers free 24-bit Studio Master Christmas downloads in December

Christmas is coming, so the good people over at Linn have decided to indulge in some early festivities by offering free 24-bit music downloads.

From 1st December to Christmas Eve, the hi-fi specialist will be offering a complimentary Studio Master track a day - and they'll be yours to download and keep.

To take advantage, go to www.linn.co.uk/christmas from next week onwards to get the free tracks.

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Sony reveals plans to launch fewer TVs and smartphones

Throughout the year, we've reported on the financial woes suffered by Sony and it now looks like the company has a plan in place to stem the losses.

On the horizon is a more streamlined focus on its TV and smartphone ranges, developing fewer, but more profitable, products.

It's not all bad news for the company, as its PlayStation division has been a source of great success since the launch of the PS4 a year ago. Sony intends to keep that going with the release of PlayStation Vue.

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Annual vinyl album sales exceed one million for first time since 1990s

Don't call it a comeback, it's been here for years…

Sales of vinyl records have seen a resurgence in the past few years, and the format managed to push through the one million barrier for the year just last weekend, the first time that's happened since the mid-1990s.

With Christmas around the corner, sales are expected to continue, with the figure for the year set to plateau around the 1.2 million mark.

MORE: Annual vinyl album sales exceed one million for first time since 1990s

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Reviews

"Put it together and you have a wonderfully capable performance for the money, with detail, precision and endless musicality"

Grado SR125e

If you enjoy listening music in the comfort of your own home, then these Grado's are definitely the headphones you should go for… unless you're happy for everyone else to hear what you're listening to.

These are very leaky cans. The upside to that is the sound which, as we put it, is astonishingly good. An excellent pair of headphones that won't cost a fortune.

Read the full Grado SR125e review

 

"This is a very fine effort, from a fine-looking deck"

Pro-Ject 2-Xperience 2-Pack

The first thing you'll say when you assemble the 2-Xperience 2-Pack should be 'wow'.

It's a striking-looking turntable and it plays very well, too. It doesn't quite uncover the depths and subtleties of a track as well as its rivals, but what we have here is a very fine turntable. Very fine indeed.

Read the full Pro-Ject 2-Xperience 2-Pack review

"These new Darius S1 are good enough to change that perception"

Roksan Darius S1

We've had fair few amplifiers and CD players from Roksan, but it's been a while since we've had one of their speakers in our test rooms.

And while other products from the company may hog the limelight, the Darius S1 is a chance to change that perception. They're fantastic to listen to and hugely likeable to boot.

Read the full Roksan Darius S1 review

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