September issue on sale today with Ultimate Guide to High End!

Sept 2011 cover

This month we've got a bumper 2-for-1 special issue for you, complete with 52-page Ultimate Guide to High End.

And in the magazine itself we've published our biggest headphone megatest ever!

We've tested more than 40 pairs of headphones, from £20 to £1795, including on-ear, in-ear and high-end hi-fi models.

So whether you want a budget pair of in-ears to listen to your portable on the beach this summer, or some top-notch cans for your home hi-fi system, you know where to look.

Small-screen TVs
Elsewhere in the issue there's a Group Test of 26in small-screen TVs from £230, stylish 5.1 speaker packages from £400-£500 and a six-way test of tablets including the key Android rivals to Apple's iPad2.

In Temptations we take an exclusive first look at B&W's beautiful new PM1 stereo hi-fi speakers, and Linn's high resolution one-make Akurate hi-fi system capable of delivering 24-bit/192kHz sound.

As for First Tests, there are 15 pages packed with all the latest high-tech kit to enter our listening rooms.

That includes Yamaha's RX-V671 AV amp for £500, Pro-Ject's hot-rodded Debut S/E3 turntable, new budget Blu-ray players from Panasonic and Philips, plus 40in and 46in TVs from Sony and Panasonic respectively.

Hi-fi and AV kit galore
There's also a string of new speakers: B&W's classy CM8 floorstanders, Monitor Audio's Gold GX50 standmounters, Tannoy's Revolution DC6 T, Roth's budget Oli 10s and 5.1 packages from Klipsch and KEF.

Oh, and let's not forget Rega's compact and cute Brio-R stereo amplifier, Leema's high-end Antila IIS Eco CD player and Audiolab's intriguing 8200CDQ CD player/preamp, all of which get the full test treatment.

If you're thinking of installing a multiroom system, then the good news is that you can now do so for less than a grand, as we explain in our Insider section.

Ultimate Guide to High End
And for the hi-fi enthusiasts among you, there's a veritable smorgasbord of high-end kit for you to drool over in our special Ultimate Guide.

All that, and not one but two competitions, in which you can win a Monitor Audio Apex 5.1 speaker package – one of our 2010 Award winners – and a pair of Lindy noise-cancelling headphone. Click here to enter.

Check out the September 2011 issue of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision now, on sale in all good newsagents. Or download the digital edition for £2.99.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.