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Listen to the What Hi-Fi? playlist 2021

Listen to the What Hi-Fi? playlist 2021
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Every time a new issue of What Hi-Fi? is published – that's 13 times a year – we update our playlist with a new selection of the music we've been listening to (and testing with) over the past month.

And guess what? Now is that time.

The Awards 2021 issue of What Hi-Fi? is now on sale, with all the very best kit of the year listed, rated and reviewed in this bumper 156-page special issue.

You can subscribe or buy the latest issue here, or buy the digital edition on iPhone, iPadAndroid devices or Kindle edition.

What Hi-Fi? Awards 2021 issue

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Over the past 12 months, our expert and dedicated review team has tested and rated a multitude of new products and, for best-in-class performance, singled some of those out as being worthy of a What Hi-Fi? Award.

After weeks of discussion and debate, we named our 109 Best Buys – each product a winner in its own particular price category – but saved the best until last. In our special Awards 2021 issue of What Hi-Fi? magazine, we reveal which 26 products have been crowned Product of the Year – our pick of the very best hi-fi and home cinema kit of 2021.

Our product categories span all types of hi-fi and AV kit, and at all price levels. Whatever your needs or budget, there’s something here for you, from soundbars to smartphones, projectors to personal music players, AV receivers to amplifiers, and more.

But just because we’ve been busy celebrating the best AV kit of the last 12 months hasn’t stopped us from testing the very latest products too. In our First Tests section this month, we bring you full reviews of the 2021 Award-winning Sonos Beam Gen 2 and Sony HT-A7000 soundbars, the latter of which was also awarded Product of the Year. We also have a first review of Sony’s stunning XR-65X90J TV, which also picked up a Best Buy award in its category at 2021’s Awards. We also take a look at Apple’s latest smartphone, the iPhone 13, as well as the Chord Anni, Arcam ST60 and Cyrus CDiXR.

You’ll find our Buyer’s Guide, featuring a definitive list of all the best home entertainment kit you can buy. If you’re looking to purchase anything from a pair of wireless headphones to a speaker package, this section will tell you where to spend your money wisely.

And finally, if you’re looking for some high-quality music, past and present, to put your latest hi-fi purchase through its paces, we’ve got 20 songs – handpicked by our editorial team – that we’ve been using for our reviews this month.

Happy listening!

To listen to the playlist via the streaming service of your choice, just click on the relevant link below and load up on new music.

Listen: What Hi-Fi? Spotify playlist 2021

Listen: What Hi-Fi? Tidal playlist Awards 2021

Listen: What Hi-Fi? Deezer playlist Awards 2021

Listen: What Hi-Fi? Qobuz playlist Awards 2021



Mary is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi? and has over a decade of experience working as a sound engineer mixing live events, music and theatre.

  • Hifiman
    I know you have to draw the line somewhere, but it would be helpful to include Amazon and Apple Music links too.
  • Florin
    Hifiman said:
    I know you have to draw the line somewhere, but it would be helpful to include Amazon and Apple Music links too.

    I've created the same playlist for Apple Music, enjoy it!
    The drawback is the it will not get updated :/