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Best of the Week: Sharp ramps up OLED production, special edition KEF LS50, five-star Musical Fidelity and more

This week Sharp put plans in place to move into production of OLED TVs, KEF launched a special edition of its LS50 speaker and Cyrus launched its affordable, compact OneLinear speaker.

Elsewhere, we had reviews of Beyerdynamic's Aventho Wireless headphones, Musical Fidelity's LX2-LPS phono amp and Burmester's 100 Phono preamplifier.


Sharp prepares to take OLED production fight to LG

Sharp is stepping up its involvement in OLED panel production.

This comes after Universal Display announced the extension of its partnership with Sharp, which includes producing materials for OLED displays.

This will give the Taiwanese brand a bigger foothold in the OLED display market, and put it into direct competition with LG.

MORE: Sharp prepares to take OLED production fight to LG

KEF unveils special LS50 Black Edition speakers

Celebrating five years since its inception, KEF's LS50s now come in a brand new finish and sport a number of new touches.

Now available in a matte black coat, each speaker comes with its own diamond cut deco plaque and unique laser-etched serial number.

The internals mirror the Award-winning LS50s and the pricing is the same too.

MORE: KEF unveils special LS50 Black Edition speakers

Cyrus launches new OneLinear speakers

The new OneLinear is Cyrus's attempt to create a compact, affordable bookshelf speaker.

Designed for use with the Cyrus One amplifier, it uses a kevlar bass driver and soft-dome tweeter,

The OneLinear will be available from the end of February, priced £350. Or you could also buy them as part of a bundle with the One amp for £1050.

MORE: Cyrus launches new OneLinear speakers

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"Well made headphones with a lot of good ideas behind them"

"Well made headphones with a lot of good ideas behind them"

Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless

An interesting feature of the Aventho Wireless headphones is its use of personal sound profiles. Through a companion app, it measures how well you hear frequencies and tailors your audio accordingly.

The Aventho Wirelesses offer a sound that's insightful, with a smooth treble and punchy bass. However, they could be tighter in terms of timing, and the sound does lack dynamism.

They're likeable though and the personalised sound is a nice touch. Impressive, but they just fall short of the best.

Read the full Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless review

"This is a classy little product"

"This is a classy little product"

Musical Fidelity LX2-LPS

Musical Fidelity's LX2-LPS is an phono amp that's both affordable and caters to MM and MC cartridges.

That's something of a rarity at this price. Impressively, the LPS retains the same character for both with its open, full-bodied presentation and fluid dynamics.

It lacks some punch and drive when compared to the class leader, but even so, it's an engaging performer.

Read the full Musical Fidelity LX2-LPS review

"A beautifully made and engineered product that sounds lovely"

"A beautifully made and engineered product that sounds lovely"

Burmester 100 Phono Preamplifier

After the best phono stage money can buy? Then put the Burmester on your list.

In short, it's a fluid, dynamic and informative performer, with an impressive sense of sonic scale and stability.

Those with deep wallets will find the Burmester a beautifully made product that sounds great.

Read the full Burmester 100 Phono Preamplifier review

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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.