Our Product of the Year winners are those that, within their category, exemplify our performance-per-pound ethos. They’re the best of the best. They’re the ones that stood out during a year’s worth of testing; the ones that entertained and impressed us beyond expectation.
We have 29 Products of the Year in total this year, including our customary Temptation and Readers’ Award winners.
We're also giving out awards to a few new categories this year: Innovation of the Year, Hall of Fame and, for the first time, an Award for an individual for their Outstanding Contribution to the industry.
So without further ado, here's the full list of winners...
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Rega reigns again with a fantastic upgrade to its Planar 3 turntable. The engaging musical character of the last generation hasn’t been diluted at all. Pound for pound, it's the best turntable we've heard all year.
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Apple wins once again, not just due to its slick interface and design, but because it delivers the best sound we've heard on a smartphone this year. Bass is rich and detailed, midrange subtle and expressive, and treble superbly controlled.
More after the break
Innovation of the Year
We think it’s time to recognise the innovation happening in other aspects of the hi-fi industry, so we've handed our first Innovation of the Year Award to Bang & Olufsen’s BeoSound Shape.
This stylish, modular and bespoke wireless music system obliterates the line between traditional systems and interior design. If this is how the future of hi-fi is going to shape up, count us in.
Hall of Fame
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Last year, as What Hi-Fi? celebrated its 40th anniversary, we took a nostalgic look back at four decades of hi-fi and home entertainment. In so doing, we compiled a list of our 40 favourite products of all time.
This year, we’ve introduced a Hall of Fame for products that are instant classics and exemplary in their field. The first Hall of Fame honour goes to the KEF LS50 Wireless – a superb product that seamlessly blends traditional hi-fi values and modern streaming features into one glorious package.
And finally, our first ever non-product Award goes to a man who has worked harder, and with greater humour, than most. Steve Reichert has been a fixture in the UK Consumer Electronics industry for longer than decorum dictates we should mention here. (It’s 45 years...)
During long and successful stints at Arcam and Armour Home (where he’s been closely associated with Q Acoustics, Grado and QED, among other brands), Steve has never been less than committed and enthusiastic. Whether tweeting, YouTubing or demonstrating products to journalists, Steve’s passion for his subject is never in doubt.
Bestowing Steve Reichert with this inaugural What Hi-Fi? Award is our way of recognising his contribution to the industry: outstanding.