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Best hi-fi systems 2022: micro, vinyl and streaming music systems for the home

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Best Hi-Fi Systems Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best hi-fi systems you can buy in 2022.

Whether it's an all-in-one microsystem complete with speakers, a single box of streaming, CD- or vinyl-playing electronics to which speakers must be added, or a pair of integrated stereo speakers housing everything you need, an integrated hi-fi system can save you money, space and – let's face it – a fair bit of time.

Hi-fi systems like the ones you'll see below essentially cover the roles of multiple electronics separates in just one box (or two in the case of stereo speaker systems), combining source and amplification together – and sometimes even speakers as well. To that end, they major on convenience and space efficiency.

Our pick of the best hi-fi systems on this page are all very different in terms of price, form and unique appeal. We have CD and turntable systems, wireless Bluetooth systems, and integrated stereo speaker systems – each compatible with an increasingly wide range of music streaming options from AirPlay to Bluetooth, Spotify to Tidal. 

But needless to say, whatever their differences, every combination below has great features, design and sound quality in common. All sound pretty special and will be much more satisfying than a solo wireless speaker.

Best hi-fi systems: Denon D-M41DAB

1. Denon D-M41DAB

Proof that a great entry-level hi-fi system needn't multiple components.

Power: 30W/channel
Bluetooth: Yes
Radio: DAB, FM
CD player: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Excellent sound quality+Bluetooth connectivity+Price
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing at this price

The default budget all-in-one system choice for years, this Denon multi-award-winner is still at the top of its game. 

You can buy it with or without Denon's own speakers. Without, the system is called RCD-M41DAB and can be found online for under £250 ($350, AU$500). The speakers are dubbed SC-M41. Put the two together and you have the D-M41DAB – we'd happily recommend Denon's speakers if you don't have your own already.

The inclusion of Bluetooth (which can be turned on or off to avoid affecting the D-M41DAB’s overall performance) is cause for celebration, as is the superb sound quality. In terms of performance, this system could hold its own against groups of separates at a greater cost. The drop in sound quality from CD to Spotify stream has no effect on the D-M41DAB’s sonic mastery – it remains graceful, insightful and expressive. A truly remarkable system for the money.

Read the full Denon D-M41DAB review

Best hi-fi systems: KEF LS50 Wireless II

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2. KEF LS50 Wireless II

Innovative, entertaining winners of a current What Hi-Fi? Award.

Power: 380W/channel
Bluetooth: Yes
Wi-fi: Yes
Inputs: Analogue, optical, ethernet
Hi-res audio: 24-bit/384kHz
Reasons to buy
+Big performance leap+Clean, punchy sound+All-encompassing connectivity
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing at this price 

The follow-up to the outstanding KEF LS50 Wireless speakers improve on greatness – no easy feat, even for an audio brand as sure-footed as KEF. 

Like their illustrious predecessors, the LS50 Wireless IIs serve as a superb all-in-one system by dint of their advanced connectivity. Improvements including upgraded components and a new KEF Connect app where you can access the likes of Tidal, Qobuz, Amazon Music and Deezer. 

Not that you'll need to reach for any of the aforementioned apps; these speakers are capable of streaming via AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast and Bluetooth, and are also Roon Ready.

KEF's striking design is matched by stunning sonics, enhanced by refreshed Uni-Q drivers and KEF's all-new MAT absorption technology. The presentation is spacious and the addition of the new MAT technology can be heard in the refined treble and clean mids.

Quite simply, if you're in the market for a high-fidelity all-in-one system packed with streaming smarts, this sophisticated sequel should be top of your list.

Read the full KEF LS50 Wireless II review

Best hi-fi systems: Marantz PM7000N

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3. Marantz PM7000N

A just-add-speakers system that delivers a fine sound in a neat package.

Power: 60W/channel
Bluetooth: Yes
Wi-fi: Yes
Inputs: Analogue, optical, ethernet
Hi-res audio: 24-bit/192kHz, DSD 5.6
Reasons to buy
+Spacious and insightful presentation+Clarity+Features
Reasons to avoid
-Some controls feel plasticky

Marantz's PM7000N may look like one of the company's stand-alone integrated amplifiers, but it's packed with streaming features to make it an ideal just-add-speakers system. 

Inside the traditional-looking case lies 60W per channel of amplification, a DAC, network module, Bluetooth, HEOS multi-room support and AirPlay 2 for one-touch streaming from Apple devices. It's also capable of streaming hi-res 24-bit/192kHz audio. Quite the box of tricks.

Once up and running it delivers a spacious and insightful sound that keeps us listening well into the evening. Powerful, expansive and weighty, the PM7000N is a has the quality and dynamic ability to ensure that every note - at both ends of the spectrum – shines. 

Teaming old-school amplification with a digital streaming experience might not be ground-breaking anymore, but Marantz has done it better than most. Easy to use, great to listen to – a sure winner in its class. 

Read the full Marantz PM70000 review

Best hi-fi systems: Pro-Ject Juke Box E

4. Pro-Ject Juke Box E

Pro-Ject forces a little of the 21st century into a turntable.

Power: 25W/channel
Bluetooth: Yes
Cartridge: Ortofon OM 5E
Outputs: RCA analogue, speaker
Input: RCA
Reasons to buy
+True just-add-speakers convenience+Capable, even-handed sound+Good range of features
Reasons to avoid
-Some will hanker after more power-Baffling remote control

Here’s a record player – based on Pro-Ject’s well-regarded Primary turntable – that’s also tricked out with an Ortofon OM 5E cartridge, amplification and Bluetooth receiver in one handy package. All you have to do is add speakers. 

And when you do, you'll be rewarded with a sound that's always enjoyable to listen to, whatever your musical preferences. Sound is spacious and easy-going, with plenty of top-end shine and mid-range detail.  

Around the back of the deck, you’ll find the usual connections including stereo RCA outputs. There are also left/right speaker outputs and an aerial socket for the Bluetooth receiver. The supplied remote handset isn't the best, but does the trick.

For the money, this all-in-one vinyl system sounds great and offers a level of functionality that would cost much, much more to replicate with individual components. Impressive.

Read the full Pro-Ject Juke Box E review

Best hi-fi systems: Naim Uniti Atom

5. Naim Uniti Atom

A streamer that not only looks great but sounds great.

Power: 40W/channel
Inputs: USB, ethernet, HDMI (optional), optical, coaxial, analogue
Outputs: Analogue, headphone
Bluetooth: Yes, aptX HD
AirPlay 2: Yes
Chromecast: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Class-leading clarity and insight+Precise timing, impressive dynamic range+Looks as impressive as it sound
Reasons to avoid
-Really nothing notworthy

To describe the Uniti Atom as a streamer would be akin to describing Wagyu beef as sustenance. From the coffee-coaster volume dial on the roof – the pleasure of spinning it is almost enough in itself to justify buying this system – to its full-colour LCD front panel display exhibiting album art as it plays, Naim has nailed a gorgeous aesthetic.

All you need do is add a pair of suitable hi-fi speakers (Naim promises 40W per channel at 8 ohms, so a pair of £1000/$1000 standmounters, say, would be ideal). Once you've soaked up the delicious design cues, you'll be wowed by the Atom's performance – levels of clarity and insight and truly exceptional – and connectivity. Google Chromecast, Tidal, Spotify Connect and Internet radio are built-in, with further wireless connection available via AirPlay and Bluetooth aptX HD. You can also play music stored on a USB stick.

All in all, the talented Uniti Atom is everything we've come to expect from Naim. A superb blend of lifestyle product and premium hi-fi.

Read the full review: Naim Uniti Atom

Best hi-fi systems: KEF LSX


A neat, compact and entertaining all-in-one system of rare sonic quality.

Power: 200W/channel
Bluetooth: Yes
Wi-fi: Yes
Inputs: Analogue, optical, ethernet
Hi-res audio: 24-bit/192kHz
Reasons to buy
+Class-leading insight+Extensive connectivity+Neat, colourful design
Reasons to avoid
-Some app snags

KEF has shrunk its LS50 Wireless streaming system concept down to make a miniature, half-price version, the KEF LSX. The LSX shares its successful sibling’s blueprint as an all-in-one hi-fi system: a network streamer, Bluetooth receiver and amplification within a pair of compact stereo speakers. 

And KEF has managed to squeeze much of its innovative system’s performance and feature set into a more modest stature, offering the convenience and versatility of the tried-and-tested package at a much more accessible price that is relatively budget for an all-in hi-fi system. 

You get KEF’s distinct-looking Uni-Q driver array, a classy woven fabric finish (in a choice of stylish colours) and the KEF Stream app. Spotify Connect, aptX Bluetooth and AirPlay 2 are also part of this package. The LSX might be a cheaper, scaled-down take on the LS50 Wireless II (above), but they're hugely impressive for the money.

Read the full KEF LSX review

Best hi-fi systems: Naim Mu-so 2

7. Naim Mu-so 2

A super-sounding and feature-packed premium wireless speaker.

Power: 450W
Bluetooth : Yes
Wi-fi: Yes
Inputs: Optical, HDMI ARC, USB
Hi-res audio: 24-bit/88kHz
Reasons to buy
+Impressive detail and dynamics+Solid, quality bass+Plenty of streaming features
Reasons to avoid
-That price

The Mu-so 2 combines amplifier, streamer and speakers in one stylish, sophisticated package. AirPlay 2, Chromecast and Bluetooth allow you to treat the Naim as a wireless speaker, while built-in services like Tidal and Spotify and support for high-res audio formats give it a serious arsenal of streaming skills. But it's not all about streaming; the presence of an HDMI ARC input allows you to wire up a TV and boost its sound at the same time.

Don't be put off by the price tag, though – this is a sensational system. It looks like a premium wireless speaker and it performs like one too with a confident, solid sound. Bass is generous and of a high quality. The sound is packed full of detail and delivered with immense rhythmic drive. If you want a do-it-all premium solution with an equal dose of convenience and quality, the Mu-so 2 could be the solution.

Read the full review: Naim Mu-so 2

Best hi-fi systems: Cambridge Audio Evo 75

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8. Cambridge Audio Evo 75

This premium just-add-speakers streaming system is a beauty

Power: 75W/channel
Inputs: Coaxial, optical, RCA, USB, HDMI ARC, ethernet
Outputs: 3.5mm, preamp, sub
Bluetooth: aptX HD
AirPlay 2: Yes
Chromecast: Yes
Music streaming: Tidal, Spotify, Qobuz, DLNA
Reasons to buy
+Open, articulate, punchy performance+Exhaustively featured+Seamless operation
Reasons to avoid
-Awkward remote buttons-No phono input

The Evo 75 is one half of Cambridge’s new two-strong Evo system offering, which includes a more extensively featured, 150W-per-channel model called – you guessed it – Evo 150 (which is also excellent).

Together, they mark Cambridge’s entrance into a burgeoning market of premium amplified streaming boxes that only require a set of speakers to form a complete system. 

There are now many streaming hi-fi products that sound great, look superb or are pleasant to use, but not many manage to nail all three as convincingly as the Cambridge Audio Evo 75. In the premium one-box streaming system market, nothing has before come this close to Naim’s Uniti range in offering the complete package.

If you’re looking for the ultimate convenience in a superb-sounding, well-featured parcel, and can’t stretch your budget to the Naim Uniti Atom (above), the Evo 75 is simply the best system of its kind to spend quality time with.

Read the full Cambridge Audio Evo 75 review

Read the full Cambridge Audio Evo 150 review

Music streaming system: Bluesound Powernode (2021)

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9. Bluesound Powernode

The latest Powernode is a superb streaming amplifier

Power: 80W per channel
Inputs: Mini TOSLINK/3.5mm combo x 2, HDMI eARC, USB
Outputs: 3.5mm, subwoofer
Bluetooth: 5.0, aptX HD
Hi-res audio: 24-bit/192kHz, MQA
Reasons to buy
+Punchy, musical performer+BluOS is a treat to operate+Inconspicuous design
Reasons to avoid
-Tough competition

If you can be a veteran in a hi-fi category that’s only truly been prevalent for a handful of years, then Bluesound’s Powernode can be considered one in the network streaming amplifier market. The model here is the fourth-generation model, which succeeds the 2018-released Powernode 2i and returns to the original suffix-less name as it does so. Those familiar with the Canadian company’s product line-up won’t be surprised to read that this Powernode remains an amplified version of the company’s Node music streamer, the latest version of which is a 2021 What Hi-Fi? Award winner at its entry-level price point.

The fact that there aren’t many streaming amplifiers available at this modest price point almost means the Bluesound Powernode is among the best by default. But thinking that way undermines its obvious sonic talent and the leap it has made from its predecessor, not to mention the well-roundedness of the feature set that makes Bluesound products so appealing. 

In every way, the Powernode is now better than ever, and all told that is really, really good.

Read the full Bluesound Powernode (2021) review

Best hi-fi systems: Marantz Melody X

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10. Marantz Melody X

Great features, wide connectivity and good sound.

Bluetooth: Yes, aptX
Wi-fi: Yes
Radio: FM/DAB/DAB+/Internet
Inputs: RCA, digital, optical
Outputs: Headphone, RCA
Reasons to buy
+Open midrange+Multi-featured+Very easy to set up and use
Reasons to avoid
-Sound lacks excitement

As a mini system, the Melody X is a good option for those who already have a pair of speakers they’re attached to, or are desperate to invest in. It's a serious wi-fi streamer with built-in amps and a CD player. There's AirPlay 2, Bluetooth and hi-res audio support, plus HEOS multi-room support for connecting to other products from Denon and Marantz. 

Streaming-wise, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Deezer and Amazon Prime Music are all on the table – and you can use Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant virtual assistants to control the system through their respective apps. Sound is fairly detailed and the mi-range performance is clear and open. 

In the box, you get a decent remote that's easy to use. Build doesn’t feel rock solid (the unit is largely made of high-gloss plastic), but that's perfectly acceptable at this price. If you're after an affordable, feature-packed mini system that delivers refined sound, Melody X should be on your shortlist.

Read the full Marantz Melody X review

Best hi-fi systems: Revo SuperSystem

11. Revo SuperSystem

A beautiful sonic performance and retro looks make it a seriously tempting set-up.

Display: OLED
Bluetooth: aptX
Wi-fi: yes
Radio: FM/DAB/DAB+/internet
Inputs: 3.5mm, optical, USB, ethernet
Outputs: Headphone, RCA
Reasons to buy
+Authority+Scale+Plenty of connections
Reasons to avoid
-Not compatible with small rooms

This talented hi-fi system will fill your room with sound and, now that it can be had for less than the £550 ($600, AU$1400) we originally tested it at, is good value too.

A retro-styled walnut exterior belies the exhaustive list of modern features packed within. The list includes Bluetooth support, wi-fi, internet radio and Spotify Connect. The Revo's sonic performance doesn’t disappoint either. The 15cm bass driver provides tight low-end that makes for a pleasingly-warm presentation.   

There's a long list of connections, including a 3.5mm output, optical in, ethernet and USB, which can be used for both charging devices and playing music stored on memory sticks. If that's not enough, DLNA certification means you can play music from networked storage devices. There's no official control app, Revo uses the free Undok app to great effect. 

If you have the space and are after a one-box system to do it all, this will do nicely. Super by name, super by nature.

Read the full review: Revo SuperSystem

Best hi-fi systems: Arcam SA30

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12. Arcam SA30

Looks like a stereo amp but is an excellent just-add-speakers system

Power: 120W/channel
Inputs: USB, ethernet, optical x 2, coaxial x 2, analogue x3, MM/MC phono
Outputs: analogue, headphone
Bluetooth: No
AirPlay 2: Yes
Chromecast: Yes
Music streaming: Tidal, Spotify, Quboz, Deezer
Reasons to buy
+Smooth, open and detailed presentation+Useful Dirac Live room EQ+Exhaustive connectivity
Reasons to avoid
-Dedicated app is basic-No Bluetooth

We think Arcam has missed a trick with the SA30. The company refers to this as an amplifier, but with a built-in streaming module it is in fact a 'just-add-speakers' streaming system.

Both are talented products and similarly well-featured, though we can't figure out why Arcam didn't include Bluetooth. That apart, the SA30's connectivity is good –
Chromecast, AirPlay and UPnP streaming are all integrated – and there's even Dirac room equalisation to optimise the sound.  

It all works well with the SA30 delivering a refined and spacious sound that delivers plenty in the way of insight and scale. At a rated 120 watts per channel it is more than capable of powering suitable speakers to high levels.

If you can do without Bluetooth and a fancy display, the S30 is a fine example of how well music streaming can be discretely implemented into traditional hi-fi.

Read the full review: Arcam SA30

Best hi-fi systems: Naim Uniti Star

13. Naim Uniti Star

Great functionality and a thrilling sound to boot.

Power: 70W/channel
CD player: Yes
Bluetooth: aptX HD
Wi-fi: Yes
Chromecast: Yes
AirPlay: Yes
Music streaming: Tidal, Spotify
Radio: Internet, DAB/FM (optional)
Inputs: HDMI ARC, coaxial
Outputs: Analogue
Reasons to buy
+Entertaining and informative sound+Musical cohesion and excitement+Extensive features, fine build
Reasons to avoid

The Naim Uniti Star is a cutting-edge streaming system - all you need to do is to add speakers. It differs from its pure streaming siblings in having a CD drive built-in. This makes it ideal for anyone who still has a CD collection but also wants the ability to stream music in any manner they choose.

Naim’s engineers have taken care to ensure the level of dynamic subtlety, resolution and musical drive remains consistent whichever source you use. Connectivity is outstanding. Highlights include aptX HD Bluetooth, AirPlay (with AirPlay 2 coming soon) and UPnP network streaming, plus  support for Spotify, Tidal and Chromecast. It's also Roon-ready, and capable of working as part of a Naim multi-room set-up. There’s a generous spread of physical connections too, including  HDMI ARC to make connecting the Star to your TV easy. 

The Star is a great addition to Naim's superb Uniti range, and if you need CD replay is the obvious choice.

Read the full review: Naim Uniti Star

Best hi-fi systems: Naim Uniti Nova

14. Naim Uniti Nova

As complete and convincing an argument for one-box convenience as you’ll hear.

Power: 80W/channel
Hi-res audio: 24-bit/192kHz
Bluetooth: aptX HD
Wi-fi: Yes
Chromecast: Yes
AirPlay: Yes
Music streaming: Tidal, Spotify
Inputs: Optical, coaxial, RCA, USB, HDMI
Outputs: RCA analogue, subwoofer
Radio: DAB, FM, internet
Reasons to buy
+Purposeful build, elegant looks+Comprehensive functionality+Muscular, detailed, confident sound
Reasons to avoid
-Not cheap-So-so control app

Now, this is a lot of money to pay for a one-box, just-add-speakers system. Of course, the Uniti Nova looks good, is built to last and is lavishly specified. But by the time you’ve auditioned and purchased appropriate speakers you’re looking, realistically, at a total price of anything up to around £9000 ($9000). That’s nobody’s idea of a frivolous purchase.

But if you have the money and inclination, and want a product of overarching convenience that doesn’t compromise on performance in the slightest, you owe it to yourself to hear the Uniti Nova. It combines no-compromise performance with lots of connectivity, including wi-fi, AirPlay, USB and HDMI ARC. Bluetooth is of the AptX HD variety, which is a good as Bluetooth gets. 

Build quality would put many a bank vault to shame, while a 5in LCD that wakes when you approach is just one of a number of luxurious touches. Sound is dynamic, natural and confident – it barely breaks a sweat, even at high volume. 

If your budget stretches, the lavishly-specced Nova won't disappoint.

Read the full review: Naim Uniti Nova

Best hi-fi systems: Dan D’Agostino Progression Integrated

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15. Dan D’Agostino Progression Integrated

This integrated amplifier certainly lives up to its name

Power: 200W (8 Ohms)
Remote control: Yes
Phono stage: Optional
Digital inputs: Yes
Wi-fi streaming: Yes
Headphone output: 6.3mm
Dimensions (hwd): 18 x 43 x 43cm
Reasons to buy
+Staggering clarity and detail+Superb build and finish+Modular nature
Reasons to avoid
-Headphone socket on the rear panel

At its most basic, this is a line-level analogue integrated amplifier, but add the optional digital module for an extra £5600 ($5000, AU$8995) and you get a good range of digital inputs alongside network streaming capabilities, making it a fully fledged just-add-speakers streaming system. Regardless of whether you’re after a straight high-end integrated or something more fully featured, the Progression Integrated is something that must be heard.

Our time with the D’Agostino had us trawling through our music collection, impatient to hear what all those familiar tracks sound like through it. It’s rare to find such a powerful amplifier sounding so transparent and responsive.

Ultimately, it delivers a superb all-round performance. And its modular nature means it offers far greater flexibility than most rivals, too.

Read the full Dan D’Agostino Progression Integrated review

Music streaming system: HiFi Rose RS201E

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16. HiFi Rose RS201E

This versatile streaming system is a treat for the eyes as well as the ears

Power: 100W per channel
Inputs: RCA, optical, HDMI, USB-A, USB-C, microSD card
Outputs: 3.5mm
Bluetooth: 4.0
File support: DSD256, 32-bit/384kHz, MQA
Music streaming: Tidal, Qobuz, DLNA, AirPlay
Reasons to buy
+Unique ‘hands-on’ user experience+Responsive touchscreen+Clear, tonally balanced sound
Reasons to avoid
-Falls short of class-leading performance-Bluetooth not aptX

To simply look at, the HiFi Rose RS201E has nothing obvious about it that screams “touch me”, and yet during our time with it we’ve been more ‘hands-on’ with it than any other product we’ve tested this year, bar phones and tablets.

That’s because this just-add-speakers streaming system has been designed to be physically interacted with. Whereas on-unit control of such products is usually a last resort if we’ve misplaced our app-toting phone down the sofa and the batteries in the remote have died, the HiFi Rose is lovely to physically use – providing it’s within comfortable reach of where you’re seated. That’s down to the fact that nearly its whole fascia is a wide-view 8.8-inch touchscreen that is a gateway to navigating music playback and more. 

Even if video playback and on-unit control aren’t core features for a music streaming system and won’t be for everyone, such a responsive, interactive touchscreen and video capabilities are things we wish rival products had.

Purists looking for the most insightful and musical performance to deliver their streaming service’s streams or their networked audio should probably look elsewhere, but if you like the RS201E’s quirks and don’t mind sacrificing a little sonic transparency to get them, we very much doubt you’re alone in that.

Read the full HiFi Rose RS201E review

How we choose our best hi-fi systems

Here at What Hi-Fi? we review hundreds of products every year, from TVs to speakers, headphones to hi-fi systems. So how do we come to our review verdicts? And why can you trust them? Allow us to explain.

The What Hi-Fi? team has more than 100 years experience of reviewing, testing and writing about consumer electronics. We have state-of-the-art testing facilities in London and Bath, where our team of expert reviewers do all our in-house testing. This gives us complete control over the testing process, ensuring consistency. We always ensure we spend plenty of time with the speakers, trying them with different electronics, in different positions and with different music. 

All products are tested in comparison with rival products in the same category, and all review verdicts are agreed upon by the team as a whole rather than a single reviewer, helping to ensure consistency and avoid individual subjectivity. That's why our reviews are trusted by retailers and manufacturers as well as consumers.

From all of our reviews, we choose the top products to feature in our Best Buys, such as this one. That's why if you take the plunge and buy one of the products recommended below, or on any other Best Buy page, you can rest assured you're getting a What Hi-Fi?-approved product.


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Joe Svetlik

Joe has been writing about tech for 17 years, first on staff at T3 magazine, then in a freelance capacity for Stuff, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Men's Health, GQ, The Mirror, Trusted Reviews, TechRadar and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include all things mobile, headphones and speakers that he can't justifying spending money on.