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What Hi-Fi?, founded in 1976, is the world's leading independent guide to buying and owning hi-fi and home entertainment products.
Our comprehensive tests help you buy the very best for your money, with our advice sections giving you step-by-step information on how to get even more from your music and movies. Everything is tested by our dedicated team of in-house reviewers in our bespoke listening rooms.

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For 30+ years, the What Hi-Fi? Awards have been the ‘Oscars’ of the hi-fi and home cinema industry, with a Product of the Year and Best Buys at a series of price points in every product category. The Awards results are announced online and in print immediately after a prestigious Awards ceremony in London.


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How we test

Our reference kit in the hi-fi room includes Naim, Cyrus, GamuT, Clearaudio and ATC

We’ve invested a six-figure sum in our state-of-the-art testing facilities, where our world-renowned reviewers put more kit through its paces than any other magazine. We can, and do, handle anything from the smallest portable speaker to the largest home cinema system.

We’re the only magazine in the UK to have a dedicated team of in-house reviewers, all working in the same suite of acoustically treated listening rooms, so we have complete control over how products are tested and the environment in which they are tested.

Between us we have more than 100 years experience of reviewing, testing and writing about consumer electronics.

More after the break

The test labs

We’re based in London and our test complex includes three bespoke listening rooms:

Room 1

The main hi-fi test room is used for all separates stereo components such as CD players, turntables, amplifiers and stereo speakers.

Our current hi-fi reference system is:

Naim CDS3 + Naim 555 PS power supply (£10k)

Naim NDS streamer + 555 PS power supply (£12k)

Naim UnitiServe (£2200)

Clearaudio Innovation Wood turntable (£13k)

Cyrus Phono Signature/PSX-R2 (£1900)

GamuT D3i preamp and GamuT D200i power amp (£14,800)

ATC SCM50 speakers (£7k)

Analogue, digital and speaker cables from Chord Company

We've installed a PMC Twenty 23 speaker package in the home cinema room

Room 2

The main home cinema room is currently equipped with:

Cambridge CXUHD UHD 4K Blu-ray player

Oppo UDP-203 UHD 4K Blu-ray player

Denon AVR-X6400H Dolby Atmos home cinema amp

Epson EH-TW7200 projector

PMC Twenty 23 surround speaker package with KEF R50 Dolby Atmos speakers

Chord Company cables

Sky Q, 4K streaming and Freeview HD

The TV test room has high-speed broadband so we can stream two 4K programmes simultaneously

Room 3

A dedicated TV test room which enables us to compare two screens side by side, and is equipped with Freeview HD, Sky Q TV and 4K streaming capability.

We also have our own dedicated photographic studio and in-house photographer, so all equipment is photographed to the highest standards. We don't just rely on standard press shots like other magazines.

All products are tested in comparison with rival products in the same price category. We have a warehouse full of kit, so even in a First Test a product will be reviewed in the context of other products in that sector of the market.

All review verdicts are agreed upon by the team as a whole – not an individual reviewer. Each product will be listened to and/or viewed by several members of the test team, who will then discuss the final verdict before it appears in the magazine or on the website. This avoids any individual bias creeping in.

No manufacturer or PR is EVER shown a review prior to publication – in fact, not even our own advertising department knows what the test verdicts are before the magazine is published or a review appears online.

So you can rest assured that all What Hi-Fi? reviews are fair, honest and accurate and brought to you by the most experienced team in the business.

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'Promoted content' is paid for and provided by an advertiser but is content that we believe is relevant to and of interest to our readers, and is written in the style of What Hi-Fi? It is not written by the editorial team.

'Sponsored content' is commercially supported by a third-party sponsor but is written by our own editorial team and may not include sponsor sign-off on the content or a direct product message.


nabster888's picture

Meet the TEAM


I was trying find out who the editor was! Clicked on Meet the team and it requests for username and password. surprisingly my login username and password is not accepted here, eventhough I logged in when i opened the website.

I want to "meet the team" looks like the team doesnt want to meet laugh



Andy Clough's picture

Meet the team

Sorry about that Nabeel. I'm the Editor-in-Chief, our web editor is Joe Cox and the magazine editor Simon Lucas.

nabster888's picture

Tks for the reply

Noted with thanks! Take care! all the best yes

ellisdj's picture

Are those the photos for the

Are those the photos for the new Test Rooms??