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What Hi-Fi? Awards 2020: all the dates and details

What Hi-Fi? Awards 2020
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The What Hi-Fi? Awards will once again return in 2020 – but things are going to be slightly different. 

Our annual celebration of the very best products of the year will be back for a 38th time in 2020, showcasing winning products across a wide range of categories.

We will once again be announcing all the Best Buy winners online, this year on Monday 5th October. Unfortunately, this won't now be followed by the traditional What Hi-Fi? Awards night celebration dinner. Due to Covid-19, an in-person event to celebrate the AV industry just isn't possible. 

Instead, we'll be announcing the Products of the Year, and a few extra special awards, online. This will take place on Thursday 5th November. Look out for more details nearer the time.

The special What Hi-Fi? Awards issue of the magazine will of course still go on sale, in print and digital editions, on the following day, Friday 6th November.

Our dedicated team of reviewers remains hard at work testing equipment to our usual high standards in order to produce the definitive list of the very best products on the market in 2020. 

And we know that this year, perhaps more than ever, manufacturers have worked extra hard to deliver new and exclusive products to our test rooms for us to test in time for the Awards. We thank – and congratulate – all the companies who have made that happen.

Despite a year like no other, we will be bringing you winners across 29 categories, from speakers to streamers, headphones to TVs, as well as our five special awards (Innovation, Temptation, Readers' Award, Hall of Fame, Outstanding Contribution).

It's been a turbulent year but we think that makes our support for the companies, people and products that help make our lives more enjoyable, all the more important. There's never been a better time to treat yourself to an Award-winning audio or video experience. 

So mark your calendars, and look forward to our What Hi-Fi? Awards reveals in October and November.

  • djh1697
    Richer Sounds advertising budget = Cambridge Audio best buys?
    If Cambridge Audio is so great, why is it not available through other retailers who can do a positive comparison?
    Wait and see?
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  • nvHerman
    djh1697 said:
    If Cambridge Audio is so great, why is it not available through other retailers who can do a positive comparison?
    You do realise that Cambridge Audio are owned by Audio Partnership, which although not part of Richer Sounds, one of the founders was Julian Richer, and he owns 51% of AP
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  • djh1697
    I have checked the audio partnership website, seems you can only get there products from Richer Sounds, what an amazing coincidence!
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  • gel
    djh1697 said:
    I have checked the audio partnership website, seems you can only get there products from Richer Sounds, what an amazing coincidence!
    You can get them direct from Cambridge Audio website too.
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  • 12oner
    djh1697 said:
    I have checked the audio partnership website, seems you can only get there products from Richer Sounds, what an amazing coincidence!
    There are some independent reviews available online. I understand that their exclusivity may make you dubious but lots of other markets do the same thing. Have you listened to their products? If they sound good I don't really think it matters where they're from. If they sound crap surely they won't be purchased.

    I'm not speaking from the perceptive on a fan, just objectively.
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  • Sliced Bread
    Just ask them for a home demo if you want to compare.
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  • Monoblock
    It’s widely known that Richer Sounds and Cambridge Audio are linked but that does not make them a bad brand.

    What HiFi get revenue from Richer Sounds but they also do from the big audio companies, I’ve never read a favourable review for a poor product.

    I got a full setup from Richer Sounds years ago, top end pioneer AV unit, Dali speakers all round, only Cambridge recommendation was the Blueray player which was a rebranded Onkyo unit and it’s been top draw.

    If you look at reviews for the Cambridge ear buds what hifi have them but so do tech radar, pc mag and many other sites.
    Cambridge have the right idea, they can’t compete with the marketing power of Sony etc and if they went into the retail giants the margin would get pushed and pushed to allow the big boys to make their big cuts, as it is you have a brand, who people respect as someone who competes as the mid level, who does get reviewed and who you can go and Demo, Richer Sounds continually get good reviews from their customer base, I need a new TV soon and I want to buy it from them.

    I,d say to test it, then make your own decision
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  • djh1697
    I don't need a 'home dem' thank you.

    "Richer Sounds continually get good reviews from their customer base, I need a new TV soon and I want to buy it from them."

    I have bought TV's from them, unlike other retailers, they give you a 6 year guarantee, free! I doubt they make much money from there TV sales, however, convincing people they need to spend £50 on a gold plated HDMI cable is where there is a lot of profit! HDMI is a digital signal, want to try a £5 one from eBay and compare...!
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