The What Hi-Fi? Hall of Fame: the best tech products of all time

In 2016 What Hi-Fi? celebrated its ruby anniversary. After 40 years in the game, we took a moment for a nostalgic look back at four decades of home entertainment. And in so doing, we arrived at a list of our 40 favourite products of all time: the What Hi-Fi? Hall of Fame.

We've since been adding a product every year, assuming we find one worthy, as part of the annual What Hi-Fi? Awards

A lot has happened in the past decades. We've seen the birth and death of numerous products and formats - from Betamax to LaserDisc, Discman to MiniDisc.

Follow the links below to refresh your memory with our pick of some of the most influential consumer electronics products of the last 40+ years. This is the kit that went beyond good to achieve landmark greatness. This is the very best of hi-fi, home cinema and portable entertainment. Enjoy...

The Hall of Fame decade-by-decade

Joe Cox
Content Director

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys playing records and cycling (not at the same time).