October issue on sale today, in print and online!

28 Aug 2013

What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision

Our October issue is packed with goodies, including brilliant wireless speakers, a 16-page Ultimate Guide to hi-fi speakers, 50in TVs for less than a grand and headphones to give your ears a treat.

Our cover feature this month is Wireless speaker docks. We've put together eight Bluetooth and AirPlay speakers from £250 that will make streaming music from your smartphone, tablet, PC or laptop a breeze.

Old favourites from B&W and Cambridge Audio go up against newcomers from Geneva, Panasonic and Sony. The winner may surprise you.

Next up is a round-up of £140 to £180 on-ear/over-ear headphones. These make a perfect upgrade for your hi-fi or portable device, with last year's Award-winning Philips Fidelio taking on new rivals from Beyerdynamic, JVC, Onkyo, Sennheiser and Meze.

If it's a new telly you're after, then did you know you can get a giant 50in+ TV for less than a grand? Oh yes. We've been sniffing out the best bargains, and discovered some cracking deals on big screens from LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Toshiba. If we tell you that the winner – a 51in plasma with smart functionality – costs just £700, you get the picture.

Of course, we haven't forgotten true hi-fi lovers, and so we bring you the Ultimate Guide to hi-fi speakers from £165 to £18,000. There's something for everyone here, from entry-level budget standmounters to flagship floorstanders costing five-figure sums.

And if you need a new stereo amp to go with your new speakers, this month's six-way Group Test provides the ideal upgrade as we look at models in the £1500-£1700 range. Last year's Award-winning Roksan Caspian M2 battles it out with Audio Analogue, Heed, Naim, Rega and Yamaha. Can the Roksan hang on to its crown?

Elsewhere in the issue you'll find a smorgasbord of First Tests as we run our eyes and ears a bevy of new products in the run-up to our 2013 Awards in October.

You'll find our verdict on the Marantz CD6005 (the replacement for the Award-winning CD6004), Sky's £10 Now TV set-top box, KEF's first pair of in-ear headphones, multichannel speaker packages from Cambridge Audio and Monitor Audio and a terrific new DAC from Arcam.

All this and more is in the October issue of the magazine, on sale now. 

Don't forget you can save 17% if you subscribe – choose from the print magazine alone, or pay just £2.99 extra every six months for access to our iPad/iPhone edition as well. Or head to the What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Newsstand page to buy a single copy of the new magazine...

By Andy Clough


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What about the marantz-nr1604? I would like as many others, to get an av receivers slimmer as I do not need all those "old" connections. The usual ones in your reviews are so bulky!

What do you want reviewed, then? What do "others" want?


But sorry it seems Whathifi is out of touch of what people want reviewed.. I think they have now gone into thier own little world of what they want & not what others want to see.

Well I don't think you can get more mainstream than hi-fi speakers (16 pages of them from just £165), stereo amps, headphones, wireless docks and cracking-value big-screen TVs for well under a grand.

Of course, we'll never please all of our readers all of the time, but we do have very sophisticated tools to tell us what people are interested in or looking to buy. The wireless speaker/dock market is exploding at the moment, as is the headphone sector, so I'd hardly say we're "in our own little world".

magnus 78, the Marantz M-CR610 on the list for the next (Nov) issue.

But sorry it seems Whathifi is out of touch of what people want reviewed.. I think they have now gone into thier own little world of what they want & not what others want to see.

I agree

No review for the Marantz M-CR610?

Hi i was wondering if you are going to review the geneva xxl?

Because we publish 13 (not 12) issues a year to fit the extra Awards issue in between the November and December ones, so our schedule gets quite tight at this time of year.

OK, so it's August 28th - why is October's edition on sale? It isn't even September yet!