What Hi-Fi?, founded in 1976, is the world's leading independent guide to buying and owning hi-fi and home entertainment products.
Our comprehensive tests help you buy the very best for your money, with our advice sections giving you step-by-step information on how to get even more from your music and movies. Everything is tested by our dedicated team of in-house reviewers in our custom-built test rooms.
For 40+ years, the What Hi-Fi? Awards have been the ‘Oscars’ of the hi-fi and home cinema industry, with a Product of the Year and Best Buys at a series of price points in every product category. The Awards results are announced online and in print immediately after a prestigious Awards ceremony in London.
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How we test
We have state-of-the-art testing facilities in London and Bath, where our world-renowned reviewers put more kit through its paces than any other brand. We can, and do, handle anything from the smallest portable speaker to the largest home cinema system.
We’re the only brand in the UK to have a dedicated team of in-house reviewers delivering all of our reviews, all working in the same suite of acoustically treated listening rooms. This gives us complete control over how products are tested and the environment in which they are tested.
Between us we have more than 100 years experience of reviewing, testing and writing about consumer electronics.
The test labs
Our London test room:
The main hi-fi test room is used for all separates stereo components such as CD players, turntables, amplifiers and stereo speakers.
Our current hi-fi reference system is:
Naim NDS streamer + 555 PS power supply (£12k)
Naim UnitiServe (£2200)
Clearaudio Innovation Wood turntable (£13k)
Cyrus Phono Signature/PSX-R2 (£1900)
ATC SCM50 speakers (£7k)
Analogue, digital and speaker cables from Chord Company
Our Bath test room:
The main home cinema room is currently equipped with:
Cambridge CXUHD UHD 4K Blu-ray player
Oppo UDP-203 UHD 4K Blu-ray player
Denon AVR-X6400H Dolby Atmos home cinema amp
Epson EH-TW7200 projector
PMC Twenty5 23 surround speaker package with KEF R50 Dolby Atmos speakers
Chord Company cables
We also use the Future photographic studio and in-house photographers, so all equipment is photographed for the magazine and website to the highest standards.
All products are tested in comparison with rival products in the same price category. We have a warehouse full of kit, so even in a First Test a product will be reviewed in the context of other products in that sector of the market.
All review verdicts are agreed upon by the team as a whole – not an individual reviewer. Each product will be listened to and/or viewed by several members of the test team, who will then discuss the final verdict before it appears in the magazine or on the website. This avoids any individual bias creeping in.
No manufacturer or PR is ever shown a review prior to publication, and our advertising department never knows what the test verdicts are before the magazine is published or a review appears online.
So you can rest assured that all What Hi-Fi? reviews are fair, honest and accurate and brought to you by the most experienced team in the business.
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