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You can build a great hi-fi system out of Cyber Monday deals

We love putting together the best hi-fi separates to create superb music systems at the best of times. 

But with some fantastic turntables, speakers, headphones and amplifiers on sale thanks to Cyber Monday (opens in new tab) and the Black Friday weekend, we turn our hand to finding the best deals, and suggest the best systems you can create out of these great offers. 

Whether your source is vinyl, CDs, music from your laptop, or a mix of all three, we've partnered up the kit that will work best together – both in operation and in sound performance. 

And best of all, you'll be able to make some great savings along the way.

Turntable system

Looking to get into vinyl? Ignore the trendy 'suitcase-style' decks and opt for this excellent Sony PS-HX500 instead. This Sony turntable has the party trick of converting your vinyl into hi-res files, but it’s also a lively, spacious and entertaining performer. It has a phono stage built-in, so you can plug it straight into the Marantz PM6006 UK Edition stereo amplifier's line level inputs. And finally, add the Monitor Audio Bronze 2s - their pleasing dynamics, even tonal balance and generous bass weight and scale will match the focused and full-bodied Marantz amp nicely.

Bonus: all three products here are current What Hi-Fi? 2018 Award-winners, so your system will be be entirely up to date and class-leading for this price.

Total price: £847 (save £400)

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Sony PS-HX500 £499 £229 at Sevenoaks (opens in new tab)

Want to rip vinyl to hi-res? Of course you do. This entertaining turntable with a phono stage built-in has that ability, sounds great while it's doing so, and these days is a serious bargain.

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Marantz PM6006 UK Edition stereo amp for £469 £299 at Sevenoaks (opens in new tab)

Big savings on this recently-crowned Award-winner. It has Marantz's characteristic full-bodied, focused and detail presentation - even more of it than the standard edition - with subtlety and musicality high on the agenda. Plenty of connections, too.

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Monitor Audio Bronze 2 stereo speakers for £279 £249 at Sevenoaks (opens in new tab)

Fancy an Award-winning speaker for your hi-fi system? You can save £30 on these beautifully finished Monitor Audios, which offer pleasing bass weight and scale, well-developed dynamics and impressive detail for the price.

CD player system

Now, these two Marantz units - the CD player and the stereo amplifier - are designed to worth together harmoniously. They're both the UK Edition (so are more detailed, focused and dynamically engaging than the standard versions) and are sonically tuned to match. 

For the speakers: the KEF Q350s (£530 £400) demand more refined source components and the big and punchy B&W 682 S2s (£499 £299) might overpower the Marantz pair's even balance, so we're going to opt for the Q Acoustics 3020i for their rich, warm sound, insightful and dynamic presentation, and bigger-than-it-looks sound. A great way to bring back life to your dusty CD collection.

Total price: £852 (save £315)

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Marantz CD6006 UK Edition for £449 £329 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

This 2018 Award-winning CD player has a crisp, exciting, insightful sound that's more informative than the standard version. Add in a solid build, smart finish and extensive connections, and this is a quality, well-featured player. A fantastic deal.

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Marantz PM6006 UK Edition stereo amp for £469 £299 at Sevenoaks (opens in new tab)

Big savings on this recently-crowned Award-winner. It has Marantz's characteristic full-bodied, focused and detail presentation - even more of it than the standard edition - with subtlety and musicality high on the agenda. Plenty of connections, too.

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Q Acoustics 3020i stereo speakers for £249 £224 at Sevenoaks (opens in new tab)

A £25 saving on these excellent Q Acoustics speakers? Perfect for your first speakers (or an upgrade), their warm, rich and insightful character is a joy to listen to. They sound bigger and freer than their smaller siblings, too.

Micro system

We have to admit: we love the Denon D-M41DAB micro system with its own SC-M41 speakers. But the central unit - which features Bluetooth, radio and CD player - is on a great sale, and gives you the chance to add your own or another pair of speaker that's also on a great discount.

Q Acoustics 3010i (£199 £179) standmounters would work, but we'd opt for the hugely enjoyable Mission LX-2s. They are fun, time well and have bags of insight. Put together, the Denon and Missions make for a great little system on a budget.

Total price: £328 (save £130)

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Denon DM41 micro system for £279 £179 at Sevenoaks (opens in new tab)

This darling of the micro system world continues to impress us with its detailed, musical and rhythmic prowess, and the addition of Bluetooth along with its CD player and radio will appeal to many. You can add your own speaker pair, but it works beautifully with Denon's own speakers.

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Mission LX-2 stereo speakers for £179 £149 at Richer Sounds (opens in new tab)

The LX-2s are one of the best budget speakers we've heard in the last few years. They deliver strong dynamics and fine timing. Worth every penny of its original price, they're an even better option now.

Laptop system

Do you do all of your listening through your laptop – either as hi-res (or not) music files or by using music streaming services? There are two ways to enhance your laptop listening sessions.

First, you need a good DAC to take over timing duties from the clock inside your laptop. The Audiolab M-DAC is a staple of the desktop DAC genre, has a USB port to connect to your laptop and you can plug in some great headphones. We'd opt for these excellent over-ear home headphones from AKG - they're comfortable and musical, and will sound even better thanks to the superb Audiolab.

Total price: £623.95 (save £175)

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Audiolab M-DAC for £599 £524 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Effortlessly talented and enjoyable, this DAC and headphone amp has got it all: punchy timing, seamless dynamics and plenty of space in a well-constructed stereo soundfield. It's well equipped with digital and analogue connections (including XLR and USB sockets) and a 6.3mm headphone jack. 


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AKG K550 MK3 headphones for £199.95 £99.95 (opens in new tab)
The AKG K550 MK3 headphones got our 2017 Awards honour and have since dropped in price by a whopping £100 in this deal. That gets you 50mm drivers in closed-back cans with accurate and clear sound. They're comfortable too.

The second option? If you're using your laptop as your music hub, plug it into this excellent Arcam irDAC's USB input. You won't want too many big boxes clogging up your space, so feed the signal into this compact NAD stereo amplifier, and to round off the system make space for these Wharfedale Diamond 220s. They're expressive and handle deep bass while keeping a fine balance, and are unfussy about partnering equipment.

If you want to save even more money, ditch the Arcam and spend the money instead on getting the right cables to feed a signal from your laptop into the NAD's line level or optical inputs.

Total price: £767 (save £280)

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Arcam irDAC II for £499 £299 at Richer Sounds (opens in new tab)

Save a whopping £200 on this talented and capable DAC. Featuring RCA analogue, optical and coaxial inputs, and 24bit/384kHz hi-res and DSD128 files through USB, it's a great little addition to your hi-fi system. Sound-wise, it has a spacious, smooth and even-toned performance with bags of detail.

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NAD D 3020 V2 stereo amplifier £399 £349 at Sevenoaks (opens in new tab)

With optical, coaxial and RCA inputs, a phono stage for turntable hook-ups, and a full-bodied performance capable of fine timing and dynamics, this five-star amp is all the better for its price drop. Deal ends 26th November.

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Wharfedale Diamond 220 stereo speakers for £149 £119 at Richer Sounds (opens in new tab)

These 2014 Award-winning speakers are still a budget marvel. Balanced and informative, the 220s juggle fine detail, expressive dynamics and deep bass with aplomb. They’re unfussy in nature, too, so will suit a wide range of partnering equipment.

Kashfia Kabir
Hi-Fi and Audio Editor

Kashfia is the Hi-Fi and Audio Editor of What Hi-Fi? and first joined the brand over 10 years ago. During her time in the consumer tech industry, she has reviewed hundreds of products, been to countless trade shows across the world and fallen in love with hi-fi kit much bigger than her. In her spare time, Kash can be found catching up with TV shows, tending to an ever-growing houseplant collection and hanging out with her cat Jolene.