What Hi-Fi? Awards 2019: the 26 Product of the Year winners revealed!

What Hi-Fi? Awards 2019: The 26 Product of the Year winners revealed!
(Image credit: Future)

The wait is over! It’s been four weeks since we announced our 111 Best Buy Award winners, and now, as announced at the What Hi-Fi? Awards ceremony on Tuesday 5th November, we have decorated 26 of them – one from each product category – with the even more prestigious Product of the Year accolade.

The 2019 Product of the Year winners represent our absolute favourite products across all the categories we cover, from TVs to turntables, speakers to music streamers, and everything in between.

The full list of 26 Product of the Year winners, plus our five 'special' annual awards, can be found below. And don't forget, the Awards edition of the magazine goes on sale on Wednesday 6th November!

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Naim Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation: proof that in hi-fi a second draft can be wonderfully transformative

Naim Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation: proof that in hi-fi a second draft can be wonderfully transformative (Image credit: Naim)

So, a quick rundown…

Apple takes three POYs this year for its consistent efforts in the phone (iPhone 11), tablet (iPad mini) and video streamer (TV 4K) categories, while Sony once again wins multiple gongs – this time for its tremendous WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones, and the “scintillating” VPL-VW270ES 4K projector.

Household hi-fi names are present and correct, with the KEF LSX heralded as the best-value system you can buy; Naim’s Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation triumphing in the wireless speaker category; Audiolab taking the plaudits for its 6000N Play’s music streaming masterclass; and Cambridge Audio knocking Rega off top spot to secure the stereo amplifier accolade with its all-new CXA81

As other tough contests go, Denon has outmuscled Sony this year to claim top honours in the AV receiver category thanks to the fruitful features and lean, punchy performance of its AVR-X3600H.

Bowers & Wilkins claims one of the most hotly contested awards, stereo speakers, with its 606 standmounts, which also won a place in The What Hi-Fi? Hall of Fame. Their big brothers, the 607s, also scoop this year's Readers’ Award – as voted for by you, our readers! Not a bad for haul Bowers & Wilkins' 600 speaker series, then.

Unsurprisingly, new kids on the block sit alongside resilient repeat winners that refuse to be outclassed. The Chord Electronics’ Qutest DAC, AKG Y50 headphones, Roberts Stream 94i radio, Tidal music streaming service, Astell & Kern A&norma SR15 portable music player and Audio Pro multi-room system all prevail once again.

Despite tough competition from Samsung’s Award-winning QLED TVs, LG’s 55in model in its C-series 4K OLED TV range (the OLED55C9PLA) gets a second POY nod in a row. And as sure as night follows day, Rega representatives followed their familiar route to the What Hi-Fi? Awards stage to claim the turntable Product of the Year trophy for its unbeaten Planar 3\Elys2.

LG's OLED55C9PLA, which we’d have it at home in a heartbeat

LG's OLED55C9PLA, which we’d have it at home in a heartbeat (Image credit: Future)

All 26 What Hi-Fi? 2019 Products of the Year

Best wireless headphones over £250
Sony WH-1000XM3 

Best in-ear headphones £50-£100
Klipsh T5M Wired

Best smartphone
Apple iPhone 11 

Best portable music player £500-£1000
Astell & Kern A&norma SR15 

Best portable on-ear headphones
AKG Y50 

Best video streamer over £100
Apple TV 4K

Best tablet over £200
Apple iPad mini

Best home wireless speaker over £500
Naim Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation

Best radio over £100
Roberts Stream 94i

Best CD player under £500
Marantz CD6006 UK Edition 

Best music streamer under £500
Audiolab 6000N Play

Best music streaming service

Best turntable £500-£750
Rega Planar 3 / Elys 2 

Best DAC £500-£1200
Chord Qutest

Best stereo amplifier £750-£1500
Cambridge Audiuo CXA81

Best standmount speaker £400-£750
B&W 606

Best all-in-one system

Best budget multi-room system
Audio Pro

Best speaker cable under £15/m
AudioQuest Rocket 11

Best 55-58in TV over £1000

Best soundbar £300-£500
Sonos Beam

Best subscription box
Sky Q

Best Blu-ray player £350-500
Panasonic DP-UB820EB 

Best home cinema amplifier £500-£1500
Denon AVR-X3600H 

Best speaker package £1500-£2000
Dali Oberon 5 5.1 system 

Best projector over £3000
Sony VPL-VW270ES 

The B&W 607s don't disappoint - they're a marvellously entertaining pair of standmounters

The B&W 607s don't disappoint - they're a marvellously entertaining pair of standmounters (Image credit: B&W)

The 5 What Hi-Fi? 2019 special awards

Readers Award
B&W 607 

Hall of Fame
B&W 606 

Innovation of the Year
Dolby Cinema

SME Synergy 

Outstanding Contribution
Ken Ishiwata

Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.