Stars of CES Awards 2015 winners revealed

The What Hi-Fi? team has been scouring the rooms of the Venetian Hotel at CES 2015 to uncover the hottest equipment that are set to make waves in the tech year ahead.

Not for the first time, our team members have been spoiled for choice, and selecting these 10 products hasn't been easy – but here they all are, listed in alphabetical order...

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Arcam Solo Movie


This all-in-one home entertainment solution with a disc drive that can handle a variety of formats - Blu-ray, DVD, CD and SACD, as well as aptX Bluetooth wireless streaming and HD audio decoding. Not only that, but it packs in 250W of amplification across five channels. It's due on sale in June.

CES 2015: Arcam previews next-gen Solo Movie home cinema in a box

Astell & Kern AK500N


Do you want flawless CD ripping? Wired or wireless DLNA compatibility? A huge amount of memory for storing your music? Or every input and output you could conceivably think of? Introducing the AK500N, the first desktop audio product from Astell & Kern that's due on sale in "early 2015".

CES 2015: Astell & Kern to unveil AK500N desktop network audio player


£6280 per pair

ATC struck upon success with its five-star SCM40s and the indications are that the active version of the speakers is going to prove equally as favourable. The SCM40As feature ATC's tri-amplifier pack, which makes them worth of an Award alone. The SCM40As are due on sale imminently.

CES 2015: ATC to introduce SCM40A active loudspeaker

AudioQuest Nighthawk


"Liquid Wood" is a new one to us, but nonetheless is a thing. Not least because AudioQuest has made liberal use of it when constructing the earcups of the Nighthawk headphones. 3D-printing technology and a semi-open configuration are also prominent features.

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment


The BeoSound Moment music system is another demonstration of Bang & Olufsen doing things differently when it comes to audio products. It's as stylish as you'd expect from B&O kit, but its ability to learn what you like to hear - and when you like to hear it - makes it an intriguing prospect. It's due on sale on 30th January.

CES 2015: Bang & Olufsen introduces BeoSound Moment music system with "mood control"

Cambridge Audio 851N


A "no compromise" machine for digital music, the 851N is the new flagship network music player from Cambridge Audio. Boasting 24-bit/384kHz upscaling from all sources, it also offers complete digital connectivity, including Spotify Connect, AirPlay and Bluetooth. It's due on sale in Q1 2015

CES 2015: Cambridge Audio 851N is flagship network music player

Chord Electronics 2 Qute


Chord's Hugo DAC/headphone amp picked up a What Hi-Fi? Award in late 2014, but its Qute DAC wasn't upstaged either. Now the manufacturer has taken its Hugo's DAC technology and packed it into the Qute's delightful casing to make the Qute 2. It promises to be quite the star.

CES 2015: Chord Electronics unveils Hugo TT and 2 Qute

Dan D'Agostino MLife


Is this HG Wells' hi-fi in the flesh? Dan D'Agostino's MLife amplifier integrates built-in Bluetooth, AirPlay and DLNA into the company's Momentum amplifier, while adding an LCD display too. It also comes with 24-bit/192kHz support as well, making it seemingly deserving of that hefty price tag. It's due on sale in March.

CES 2015: D'Agostino unveils MLife integrated amp with built-in streaming

GamuT RS7


Another product that might seem expensive on the face of it, but has every chance of proving its worth when put to the test. GamuT claims that the RS7s pack the kind of technological punch that will deliver accurate, dynamic and full-range performance. Will that be the case? We can't wait to find out...

Meridian Audio MQA

Not strictly a product, but still very much deserving of an Award nonetheless. Meridian Audio's MQA is a new way of packaging high-resolution audio in a way that's so innovative that it takes up no more bandwidth or broadband data capacity than a CD-quality FLAC file. The biggest advance in audio quality for decades? Quite possibly.

MORE: Meridian Audio MQA paves way for high-res streaming

CES 2015: Caskeid platform to support Meridian Audio's MQA technology

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Pete was content editor on What Hi-Fi?, overseeing production and publication of digital content. In creating and curating feature articles for web and print consumption, he provided digital and editorial expertise and support to help reposition What Hi-Fi? as a ‘digital-first’ title; reflecting the contemporary media trends. He is now a senior content strategist.