We on What Hi-Fi? have been rather nomadic this week: we went to Amsterdam to see the latest and greatest in pro audio, to London for Samsung's annual Galaxy Unpacked phone launch event, and to Maidstone to visit KEF and learn all things, well, KEF.
Despite the miles put in, we found the time to publish five reviews, including those on Panasonic, Technics and Rega kit. And, among other things, we listed 10 affordable ways to upgrade your hi-fi system...
Despite the threat of the coronavirus and Storm Ciara, the Integrated Systems Europe expo kicked off in Amsterdam this week as scheduled. The world's biggest pro audio trade show played host to some 1300 brands, including some very familiar names such as Bose, Bluesound, McIntosh, Monitor Audio, Sonos and Sony.
There days' worth of smart home systems, massive screens and custom install speakers to peruse, but our top highlights spanned Samsung's 583-inch 8K microLED version of The Wall, the Devialet Phantom Reactor Custom surround sound system, and NAD's new M33 flagship all-in-one streaming system.
Read in full: ISE 2020: all the news and highlights
Samsung announced four phones
On Tuesday, Samsung announced its three-strong Galaxy S20 series (S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra) in addition to its second-ever foldable, the Z Flip. The former, which was heavily leaked in the weeks building up to the event, marks Samsung's first 5G-enabled Galaxy line-up and goes big on specs – especially where cameras and batteries are concerned.
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Panasonic does it again
Towards the end of last year we heralded the Panasonic's 55in GZ2000 the best performing OLED TV we'd tested so far. This week it was the turn of the 65in variant – and it proved pretty damn impressive as well. With both an excellent picture and excellent sound, it is, we said, "the TV by which all others can be measured".
Read in full: Panasonic TX-65GZ2000B review
Got upgrade fever?
it's a thing, and we've heard it spreads. If you have hi-fi upgrade fever, you may want to put aside a few minutes of your weekend to check out our 10 suggestions of how to affordable upgrade your hi-fi system. Some you can even do at home without spending a dime!
Read in full: 10 affordable ways to upgrade your hi-fi system
Another must-hear Rega amp
The Rega Aethos integrated amplifier is a terrific proposition at £2999 and simply has to be heard. Need we say more? Probably not, but we've gone for it anyway in a comprehensive five-star review. In short, this 125-watt-per-channel amp offers a wonderful listen, even if it does come up shy of its rivals' feature lists. Not atypical for Rega, the Aethos is analogue-only, and there isn't even a phono stage.
Read in full: Rega Aethos review
An A-Z on KEF speakers
KEF has been making speakers for almost 60 years – and it has a museum packed with classic speakers to prove it. Want to see inside it? Of course you do! We took some snaps and have of course illustrated them with our typically (!) insightful commentary. Enjoy!