...and the best is quite often pretty expensive.
From a 4K OLED TV that's quite possibly the best screen we've ever tested to one of the most expensive amplifiers we've had pass through our doors, these extravagant pieces of kit are arguably the most desirable around.
Tested at £4500 / Best price £3999 at Peter Tyson
4K HDR OLED is possibly the best thing to happen to TV in recent times. While conventional LCD 4K TVs can have great picture quality, they lack the contrast of OLED sets. This 65in 4K OLED set from Sony is one of the best we've laid eyes on, expertly delivering the differences between the lightest and darkest elements in a scene - helped in no small part by HDR technology. If you crave the finest TV on the market right now, here it is.
Tested at £35,000 / Best price £35,000 at Projection Center
An alternative to a TV is, of course, a projector - and this high-end JVC is the best we've tested, full stop. If you've got 4K content to feed through it (and fortunately more is becoming available all the time) then you will be rewarded with stunningly detailed images.
Tested at £35,840
Sure, we could have included something like the Roksan Caspian M2, because at nearly two grand it's still an expensive player. But as this is a money-no-object list, we've settled for one of the most expensive we've ever heard. Far from coincidentally, it also happens to be one of the best.
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Tested at £4200 / Best price £4199 at Sevenoaks
Of course, not everyone can set aside five figures for just one piece of hi-fi kit, so why not go for an all-in-one hi-res streaming system from Naim for just over four grand?
The new Uniti Nova is lavishly specified, looks gorgeous and sounds even better. All you need to do is add speakers - you’ll be enjoying your music collection in fine style and in no time.
Tested at £6280
Almost seven grand for a pair of floorstanders? Sure, they're expensive - though not gratuitously so - but considering what you get for the money, these ATCs are an absolute bargain. They're lovingly made and deliver exceptional sound quality no matter the genre.
Imagine all the streaming perks of Sonos combined with the tactility of vinyl – it’s a match made in audio heaven.
This Sonos-Wrensilva partnership is an all-in-one system that features a turntable and two Play:5s built into a lush wooden cabinet that can store 120 LPs. While this is the only product on the list we haven't heard ourselves, we think it’s still worth checking out.
Tested at £3250
Can any headphones be worth over £3000? It’s a question we asked ourselves when reviewing Focal's Utopias. By the end of the test period we had our answer, and it’s a positive one. Provided the source and amplifier are up to the job, the Utopias deliver detail levels and authority of sound we just didn’t think headphones could ever manage.
Tested at £8000
Chord's DAVE is conceivably the finest digital-to-analogue convertor money can buy. It uses a high-capacity FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) loaded with proprietary software to do all the signal processing, and the result is a degree of transparency and dynamism no rival we've heard can match. The headphone output is superb too.