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Best of the Week: B&W 704 S2 speakers, 'the holy grail of vinyl', 4K World Cup and more

This week, Pro-Ject introduced its feature-packed FlexiRange of turntables, Cabasse's Murano Alto speaker packs in technology from its flagship (and much more expensive) hi-fi speakers and LG's premium TVs are set to receive a lossless audio update in the form of Dolby's TrueHD codec.

Elsewhere this week, there were many reviews, including B&W's 704 S2 speaker, Pioneer's N-70AE music streamer and Samsung's QE65Q7F 4K QLED TV.

There was also a new What Hi-Fi? magazine issue, as the December issue hits local newsagents, iOS (opens in new tab), Android and Kindle (opens in new tab) devices.

And it's a special issue, dedicated to the very best high-end kit. Whether it's turntables, hi-fi speakers or stereo amps, you'll find plenty of pricey pieces of kit to salivate over.

MORE: December 2017 issue on sale now!


Pro-Ject builds on Essential III turntable with feature-packed FlexiRange

Pro-Ject is to launch a new range of turntables, based on its Essential III.

The company is producing five new models under the name 'Essential III FlexiRange'. Each turntable differs in terms of features, but all five have high-gloss MDF plinths and platters, decoupling feel, aluminium tonearms and Ortofon OM 10 cartridges.

The five models go on sale at the end of October. To read more about each turntable's features, click the link below.

MORE: Pro-Ject builds on Essential III turntable with feature-packed FlexiRange

New Cabasse Murano Alto - flagship technology in compact cabinets

The idea behind Cabasse's Murano Alto floorstanders is to incorporate technology from its flagship L'Ocean and La Sphere speakers into a more compact and affordable package.

They boast the BC13 tweeter/midrange driver from the L'Ocean, alongside a miniaturised version of the 55cm honeycomb membrane woofers in the La Spheres.

The Murano Altos are available in three finishes, and priced £8000 per pair.

READ MORE: New Cabasse Murano Alto - flagship technology in compact cabinets

Dolby TrueHD support coming to LG 2017 OLED TVs via firmware update

LG's OLEDs were the first to implement Dolby Atmos, and now they're rolling out Dolby's TrueHD lossless audio format too.

That means that content with TrueHD soundtracks can be played through the TV's speakers without having to be passed through an AV amp.

This firmware update will shortly be available for LG's flagship TVs.

READ MORE: Dolby TrueHD support coming to LG 2017 OLED TVs via firmware update

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B&W 704 S2

B&W's 704 S2s are packed full of clever technology, and exude a sense of composure and superb clarity in the midrange.

However, they sound a little lifeless at low volumes and, in terms of rhythm and bass, don't quite hit the mark. It's not enough to stop us appreciating their many talents, though.

They mostly deliver on their promise, but aren't quite the superstars we expected.

Read the full B&W 704 S2 review

Pioneer N-70AE

Pioneer's N-70AE is among the most complete streamers we've seen at this price point.

It has vast file support, is easy to use and produces a solid, spacious and detailed sound that feels wonderfully balanced.

In terms of timing, it's as good as Cambridge's 851N and while the app can be problematic, it's a great music streamer - just not quite top of its class.

Read the full Pioneer N-70AE review

Samsung QE65Q7F

Samsung's latest QLED is another quality effort that delivers brilliantly punchy, vibrant and bright images, especially with HDR content.

As with other QLEDs, there are issues with relatively poor viewing angles and distracting backlight.

It's just a bit too close to its OLED rivals on price, but if you end up getting the QE65Q7F, you won't be disappointed.

Read the full Samsung QE65Q7F 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.