What Hi-Fi? magazine has had a complete design overhaul just in time for Christmas, making it the perfect gift for the audiophile in your life. There are more First Tests than ever and the Buyer’s Guide has been improved to help you make the best buying choices. The first issue sees a Group Test of HD download services, four supersize smartphones going head to head and a giant Sony TV complete a must-read issue!

If you turn to the Buyer’s Guide at the back, you’ll notice the second biggest change. We’ve taken out a lot of old products that we feel aren’t relevant anymore. Instead, you’re now presented with the just the best, most recent kit that we think deserves your money. 

First Tests

Our First Tests section is bigger than ever, with more in-depth reviews than before. Key features of each product on test are represented by icons to make it easier to single out the products you’re most interested in. In this month’s issue we start proceedings with a superb flat 4K OLED from LG, which is perhaps one of the best TVs we’ve ever laid eyes on.

We’ve also given Google’s Chromecast Audio streaming dongle a thorough going over. At the time of writing, Google hadn’t implemented a multi-room audio upgrade, but the company has recently confirmed it’s now possible to pair several dongles together, as well as stream hi-res audio.

HD download services

Of course, it wouldn’t be an issue of What Hi-Fi? without some Group Tests and this month is no different. If you’re in the market for a hi-res audio download service, as opposed to a streaming service, then you’d best pay attention. We’ve pitted seven of the best services against each other, testing them for catalogue quality, audio quality and ease of use. 

More after the break

Smartphone supertest

Large-screen smartphones, or phablets, are becoming increasingly popular. We’ve taken four of the best examples from Apple, Samsung, Motorola and Google to find out which is best. Can any of the contenders steal the Award-winning crown from the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ or will it remain top of the pack? All is revealed.

Wireless speakers

Wireless speakers are always a hot category as the market is constantly flooded with models of different shapes and sizes and with varying features. We’ve brought together three from KEF, Sony and Libratone, all of which have something the others lack, but which one is the best all-rounder? We decide.

Digitise your vinyl

We’re huge fans of vinyl at What Hi-Fi? Not only do we love the fluid analogue sound, but we also appreciate their look and feel. We just wish we could take a record player with us on the morning commute. Fortunately the technology is now in place to be able to digitise your record collection. We run through everything you’ll need to get your vinyl collection on to your computer and then to your portable music player. 

Insider

With CES 2016 just around the corner, we take a look at what tech and trends we expect to see in Las Vegas in January at the world's biggest technology show.

 

Temptations

Finally, we finish with our illustrious Temptations section, showcasing the very best tech money can buy. This month we’ve got a sensational CD player from Burmester and a huge 75in 4K TV from Sony. Do their price tags reflect their performance though?

And don't forget, you can download the digital edition of the magazine directly to your PC, smartphone or tablet at any time. Happy reading!

Comments

jacobmorrison's picture

New Design

I can't help but feel that getting rid of the older reviews is a mistake. Buyers don't always purchase new stock, it's often second hand or end of line and it's the historical reviews that are most useful in these cases. You're always saying that just getting four stars, or even three, should not discount something from being considered. This move to only show best buys seems to contradict this.

Also you say you've always  loved vinyl, yet there have been no cartridge reviews since 2011. If WhatHifi loves a good supertest then how about taking another look at these little critters?

Andy Clough's picture

New design

The Best Buys are a mix of four- and five-star reviews, and you're right, we often say a four-star product could work brilliantly in a particular set-up so that hasn't changed.

ALL the older reviews  (5000+), regardless of star rating, are still on the website so you can read them online. As for testing more cartridges, it's something we are happy to consider.

Peptdi's picture

About time, this magazine has

About time, this magazine has become staler than 3 week old bread!

21/12/2015, so I purchased said magazine and oh what a pile of rubbish, a HI FI magazine that does not have a single HI FI review other than a 14K CD player. So get a grip guys as you may as well call yourselves What iPone or Lap Top Monthly!!

Andy Clough's picture

Reviews

Hi Peptdi

We had to move offices at the end of November and as a result we are in the middle of building brand-new listening rooms. Unfortunately the contractors did not finish the new rooms before Christmas so we were very limited in what we could review during December. Hopefully the new rooms will be finished in January and we can get back to reviewing hi-fi and home cinema products as normal.

Kharma's picture

New look

By and large, I like the new design - clean, clear and easy to read. However, the buyer's guide at the back is a disaster. I don't know why magazine designers editors are obsessed with pretty summaries instead of useful information - in the previous version I could look at a simple tabular format and see (say) how many inputs a device had, and compare it to a stack of others to see how that aspect, and others compared to my requirements. Now all I can see is a vague summary of the item.