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It's all change in May, with no fewer than seven new entries storming into our Top Ten - and a sensational pair of Sony Bluetooth headphones finds itself back at the top of the pile.

The Sony WF-1000X wireless headphones launched in 2017 and they've been our go-to pair of truly wireless in-ears ever since. They combine neat design with sound quality straight out of the top drawer.

In second place is Samsung QE55Q9FN. It's fair to say Samsung's flagship 55in QLED TV for 2018 has left its mark on our review team, and if you want an alternative to OLED then this could be it.

Third spot goes to the Sony WH-1000XM2 noise-cancelling headphones. These over-ears are virtually a permanent fixture in our list and they're definitely worth a listen.

Denon's AVR-X44000H offers a tempting slice of home cinema action and finds itself in fourth place. It's one of the most talented AV amps we've heard this side of £1000.

The Sony KD-65AF8 comes from the company's cheapest range of 2018 OLED TVs and it puts in a solid showing, with a detailed picture and smooth handling of motion.

We were mightily impressed by the Schiit Audio Magni 3 headphone amp and its five-star rating sees it land in fifth spot, closely followed by another OLED TV (and new entry), the LG OLED55E8PLA.

Q Acoustics gets not one but two spots in our list with the 3020i and 3010i taking up eighth and ninth spots respectively. Both of these budget models have plenty to offer in the sound stakes, and offer fantastic value for money.

10th place on our list goes to the product that was top of the tree in April. The LG OLED55C8PLA could be the sweet spot of LG's OLED range in 2018 and it's put a marker down for other TVs to match.

 

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1. Sony WF-1000X

Tested at £200

A fantastic pair of truly wireless in-ears, and hugely popular if their position in our Top Ten is anything to go by.

2. Samsung QE55Q9FN

Tested at £3000

The Q9FN is a stunning achievement from Samsung and a worthy rival to the best OLEDs around.

3. Sony WH-1000XM2

Tested at £330

Sony is on a roll with its premium noise-cancelling headphones. This is another pair that's endlessly popular.

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4. Denon AVR-X4400H

Tested at £829

The AVR-X4400H is another stonking amp that combines fine sound with a solid feature set.

5. Sony KD65AF8

Tested at £3500

This OLED TV can't quite match Sony's outstanding A1 model, but it's still worth a closer look.

6. Schitt Audio Magni 3

Tested at £110

Want a simple, affordable, great-sounding headphone amp? This is it.

7. LG OLED55E8PLA

Tested at £3500

This 55in TV is another stunning LG OLED, even if it isn't the best-value model in its line-up.

8. Q Acoustics 3020i

Tested at £249

Deep in size, deep in sonic analysis, the 3020is will make great first speakers.

9. Q Acoustics 3010i

Tested at £199

If you're short on space, these petite standmounters are the perfect solution. And they sound sensational too.

10. LG OLED55C8PLA

Tested at £3000

Where do we start? The C8 OLED is a superb all-rounder and one of the best TVs you can currently buy. You can't fail to be impressed by its inky blacks and punchy, natural picture.

Comments

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

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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?

BikerKev1963's picture

Review of the Musical Fidelity NU-Vista 600 Amplifier

The June 2017 edition of the What Hi-Fi magazine asks if you would care to submit a review of your product but as hard as i try i can not find a link anywhere on the site that points you in the right direction to submit a review.

Anyway, for anyone who is interested, you can read my review here.

I was looking to replace my old Sony STR-DB2000 S-Master Pro digital amplifier with a Marantz PM-11s3 to match my Marantz SA11s3 disc player/dac but had left it to late for the Marantz amplifier which had been removed from the Marantz range.

I had a look around the internet and read of a fair few reviews and i settled on the Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 600.

I sent a email to my chosen dealer whom contacted myself directly with a price quote and a part exchange value for my Sony Amplifier which was equal to the original purchase price of the amplifier in 2004.

The Nu-Vista amplifier arrived on the 3rd May two weeks after the order was placed, it was delivered and installed perfectly by the dealer whom had travelled just over 120 miles from their premesis in Hull.

I have had the pleasure of owning Musical Fidelity amplifiers before and purchased the amplifier without even looking at a example in a shop let alone actually hearing the amplifier with my Marantz SA11s3/Mission 790 loudspeakers but had an aural picture inside my mind of what the amplifier would sound like.

After owning an Naim Audio active crossover multi box amplifier system and eventually returning the said Naim Audio amplification to the dealer because i could not actually enjoy the sound from the Naim Audio stable, i lived with it four 6 years but eventually gave up.

Their is nothing wrong with Naim Audio amplifiers, anyone purchasing amplifiers from Naim Audio be prepared for a ''full on presentation'' all the time, i found myself so exhausted after a listening session that i would actually dig out my 1987 Musical Fidelity A1 amplifier and use that, i found the sound of the 'A1' more to my taste and 'equal' to the Naim for detail with a much more pleasing presentation with far better stereo seperation and far superior imaging so i ordered the Nu-Vista 600 from Fanthorpes HiFi with the expectation of 'more of the same' from Musical Fidelity.

The amplifier is massive, it will not fit inside a standard Hi-Fi stand so it sits on top of my Custom Design rack.

The build quality and finish again is stunning, a friend of mine comented that ''it needs to be for £5500.00'' but does it out perform any other amplifier system i have ever owned.

Well after ten days of use i can report that it is perfect.

Sound quality is superb, it is a warm, sweet sounding amplifier yet very powerful, detail is second to none in my opinion, stereo seperation and imaging, well, perfect, it's as though you can actually hold your hand out and grab the instrument or vocalist from the ultra wide aural image this amplifier projects.

The amplifier does run warm at the sides but no where near as warm as the Musical Fidelity A1 did.

The 4 Nu-Vista valves are illuminated which can be viewed from the top of the amplifier, the remote control has four settings for illumination of the valves, Red when the amplifier speaker outputs are muted, Green when the valves are at the optimum for audio playback or a bright amber glow when the valves are at 'warm up' stage or all illumination ''off' which also turns off the front screen which is a beautiful warm green glow.

The amplifier has a single balanced XLR input along with four single ended inputs via stunning RCA input sockets, it has two stereo output sockets, one for connection to a recorder which is a 'fixed' level output along with another pair which is 'variable' which can be used to send a signal to another amplifier.

I have come across two problems with the amplifier, firstly the finish on the heavy remote control, it feels like sand paper when it is touched, it is like a sandstone cream colour paint used on it, no idea how long the paint finish will last, i would have prefered polished alluminium, also the 'fixed level RCA output'  the signal sent to my CD recorder from the fixed level RCA output distorted in my CD Recorder. I am using the XLR output from the Marantz SA11s3 which has a claimed 4 volt output, the amplifier in itself can handle the 4 volt output from the Marantz SA11s3 XLR output, my CD recorder can not handle it so i have had to purchase two 'RCA attenuators' to put on the end of the RCA cable from the output of the amplifier to lower the signal power that was distorting recordings. the Musical Fidelity handbook could have warned of this.

This amplifier will be the last amplifier i will buy, its built like a tank, sounds stunning when run in, and in my opinion, looks as stunning as it sounds, i just wish the remote control had been of a better finish.

If like me you are looking for something that will last your lifetime then i can recomend the Musical Fidelity Nu-vista 600

 

BikerKev1963's picture

Hi-Res downloads

After purchasing two Hi-Res downloads over the past year and then purchasing the exact same recordings in 16bit-44.1kHz on Compact disc to compare the sound quality.

Well the first purchase 'Band On The Run' Paul McCartney And Wings, a full £18.00 from HD Tracks, downloading it, playing it back using Foobar 2000 (with all correct settings set for Hi-Res playback) via my Marantz SA11s3 DAC, which correctly showed a 24bit-96kHz playback, well i was not impressed.

I purchased the same 2010 recording from Amazon for £9.27 on CD and believe me the CD recording sounded better than the Hi-Res download.

Next, last weekend i downloaded the Diana Krall 'Turn Up The Quiet' from HD Tracks. A claimed 24bit-192kHz download. I paid my £13.00 and took a listen.

Superb, i must admit. Today the same recording arrived from Amazon on CD. (£9.00) and again it outperforms the Hi-Res download.

With these Hi-Res downloads we have record companies not even bothering to manufacture a product before selling us that product. 

I will be sticking to good old disc playback, if a artist wants to release their current releases on ether SACD or Blu-Ray Hi-Res audio then i will purchase them but the Hi-Res downloads have a far greater distance to cover before they make the disc redundant.

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