Trying to predict what will be the most popular products in 2017? Our most-read reviews in March are a good place to start.

Another month, another wave of product hits the What Hi-Fi? website, with March being a big month for movers, shakers and new entries.

A quick trawl through our analytics shows there's one particular product generating a serious amount of interest, while we also see a couple of new 2017 TVs from Sony appear in our top ten for the first time.

Straight in at number one is the Sonos Playbase, the newest member of Sonos' family of multi-room wireless speakers. A distant second is Sony's new KD-55XE9305 4K HDR television.

Denon's AVR-X2300W AV receiver drops from first to third with Onkyo's A-9010 amplifier bumped from third to fourth place.

The Cambridge Audio CXA60 stereo amp sits in fifth, closely followed by the ever-present Sennheiser Momentum M2 IEi in-ear headphones. Next comes another new 4K Sony telly, in the shape of the five-star KD-49XE9005. Sony's MDR-1000X noise-cancelling, Bluetooth headphones take eighth spot for the second consecutive month.

At number nine, there's a re-entry for the Award-winning Samsung UE-55KS7000 TV while our list is completed by Oppo's excellent 4K Bu-ray player, the UDP-203.


1. Sonos Playbase

Tested at £699

Sonos now has a soundbase option for those wanting to boost their TV's audio. The Playbase sticks to what Sonos knows and what the company still does best.

2. Sony KD-55EX9305

Tested at £2400

Stunning picture, great sound, and all the latest features - Sony's first 2017 4K TV is a resounding success.

3. Denon AVR-X2300W

Tested at £500 / Now £400 at various retailers

This AV amplifer has always been popular, thanks to its refined and subtle sound, so it's no surprise it tops the charts in February (as it did in November, December and January).

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4. Onkyo A-9010

Tested at £200 / Now £195 at Sevenoaks

It may be a budget amplifier, but the Onkyo A-9010 is a real treat for the ears.

5. Cambridge Audio CXA60

Tested at £500 

This stereo amplifier delivers a solid, competitive sound that is hard to beat at its price point.

6. Sennheiser M2 Momentum IEi

Tested at £90 / Now £80 at Amazon

These in-ear headphones won an Award last year, and deservedly so - they're comfy, attractive and produce wonderfully clear and detailed sound. Undoubtedly some of the best in-ears at this price.

7. Sony KD-49XE9005

Tested at £1500

Spend a bit of time getting the set-up right, and you'll be rewarded with a 4K gem that excels at any resolution.

8. Sony MDR-1000X

Tested at £330

A stunning effort from Sony. These superb noise-cancelling cans are up there with the best, which is why we gave them an Award in 2016.

9. Samsung UE-55KS7000

Tested at £1500 / Now £839 at PRC Direct and Reliant Direct

Remarkable picture quality at a very reasonable price, this 55in, 4K HDR Samsung is nothing short of spectacular.

10. Oppo UDP-203

Tested at £650

Oppo's first 4K Blu-ray player doesn't come cheap, but it sets a new standard in home cinema picture quality.


Graham Luke's picture

What did the sad bloke say

What did the sad bloke say who lost his dinky little matt-black DAC/Amp down the back of the sofa on Saturday and found it again on Sunday...?

"I've got me Mojo back..."

cvalde's picture

More from Audiolab?

Is there any hope that WhatHiFi will review Audiolab 8300A?

Andy Clough's picture

Audiolab 8300A

We already did, the review is in the Awards 2015 issue of the magazine (p25), on sale now.

jjbomber's picture


Why is the Awards 2015 issue on sale now? It's a bit out of date isn't it?

Graham Luke's picture

Bloomin' marvellous...

I've currently got 'Big Up Radio - Dub' thumping out of my Playbar/Sub combo and it's the dog's proverbials; the Sub was born to play Dub and it does it in a 'rub-a-dub stylee' (with apologies to the Brixton posse...)

Go on, treat yourself; you know it makes sense!

Bonajones38's picture

Future 4K Blu-rays players

Any planned for 2016, especially from Pioneer?