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Best of the week: all the news and reviews 07.02.14

This week on we've reported on several major news stories with Sony announcing yet another restructuring of their business, Microsoft revealing their new CEO and more rumours concerning HTC's upcoming smartphone.

On the reviews front the WHF test rooms were on the verge of spilling over with Sony's high-res streamer, take two of Audioquest's Dragonfly DAC and a wireless speaker from Ultimate Ears taking top billing


New HTC smartphone expected in March

It looks like @evleaks is at it again, this time revealing a few morsels on HTC's upcoming smartphone codenamed 'M8'.

Expected to be released after the 2014 Mobile World Conference, rumour has it that the new HTC will debut it at an event held in New York, much like the HTC One did last year.

READ MORE: New HTC smartphone rumoured for March release

Sony to restructure its TV division and focus on 4K TVs

Sony have been in a spot of bother for the last few years as its TV division struggles to cope with increased competition. Sony's solution? To split off its faltering division and operate it as a wholly owned subsidy from July 2014.

A good move? Time will tell as the Japanese corporation continues its attempt to return to profitability.

READ MORE: Sony splits off TV division

Microsoft appoints Satya Nadella as new CEO

After many months of speculation, Microsoft has announced the successor to outgoing CEO Steve Balmer and it'll be (drumroll) … Satya Nadella.

Formerly the Vice President of the company's Cloud and Enterprise group, this choice marks only the third chief executive officer in the history of Microsoft. In addition Bill Gates will be taking a new position as Founder and Technology Advisor on the board of directors

READ MORE: Microsoft announce Steve Ballmer's replacement

More news:

Acoustic Energy announces launch of 1-Series loudspeakers

Audio Research unveils new combined CD player and DAC

Wolfson launches hi-res chip to meet "growing trend for quality mobile audio"

Netflix to invest $3bn on expanding TV and film content in 2014 announces streaming music deal with Spotify

No 2K display for new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone

BT reveals plans to enter the Ultra HD 4K TV sport race

Beyerdynamic announces new DX Series in-ear headphones


Audioquest Dragonfly v1.2

Rewind to 2012 when the original Dragonfly was released and it instantly set our test rooms on fire (not literally of course) with its explosive performance. A winner at the 2012 WHF Awards, they were usurped in 2013 and now they're back.

And they're back with a vengeance. Will 2014 be the year the Dragonfly DAC reclaims its throne?

Read the full Audioquest Dragonfly v1.2 review here

Ultimate Ears Boom

Fun. Just pure fun. The new Boom speaker from Ultimate Ears is the kind of exciting, feature-laden, and most importantly, excellent-sounding piece of kit that we like to test at WHF.

A really impressive and compact speaker. It made quite an impression on us.

Read the full Ultimate Ears Boom review here


Part of Sony's continuing trend to pursue anything and everything in high-resolution content, this capable music streamer mixes the old and the new in a refreshing manner.

We were mightily convinced by the performance and while we have a few problems with it, it's a fine home audio solution.

Read the full Sony HAP-Z1ES review here


Monster Inspiration

Fiio E17

Tannoy Precision 6.4

Philips BDP3380

Pioneer SC-LX87

Cambridge Audio Minx Xi

Audeze LCD-3

by Kobina Monney

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Kob began his career at What Hi-Fi?, starting in the dusty stockroom before rising up the ranks to join the editorial and production team as the Buyer’s Guide editor. Experienced in both magazine and online publishing, he now runs the TV & audio section at Trusted Reviews where he keeps a beady eye on all the latest comings and goings in the hi-fi and home cinema market.