KEF LS50 Wireless review

Our Verdict: 5 Stars These KEF Wirelesses are way more than just active versions of the award-winning LS50s. They’re a complete system wrapped in a neat and brilliant package For Impressive clarity and insight Taut bass and strong dynamics Features and excellent build Neat package Against Some small usability issues When someone says the words ‘hi-fi system’, what do you think of? If you’re anything like us, you’ve just pictured a combination of separates comprising source – maybe a streamer, CD player or record player – an amplifier and a pair of speakers. If we could go back 40 years and ask the same question, we...

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Limited Edition Headphone Review

In September this year, Audio-Technica announced a new Limited Edition Red version of the ever-popular ATH-M50x. Reviewer, Matthew Jens, didn’t have to think twice and purchased a pair immediately. AUDIO-TECHNICA ATH-M50X LIMITED EDITION OVER-EAR HEADPHONES I have a problem. I can’t stop collecting headphones. My Fiancé thinks it’s “hoarding,” but I still hold on to the idea that I am a merely a “collector.” Admittedly, I’ve started to lose count of the number of headphones I own, but it’s somewhere north of twenty-five pairs. This madness all began when I was starting out mixing bands in the live audio industry. I required...

Bowers & Wilkins PX review

Bowers & Wilkins’ first noise-cancelling headphones are the real deal. Tested at £330 Our Verdict: 5 Stars The PXs are a fantastic package, boasting excellent sound quality, successful noise-cancelling and a smart design For  Transparent, detailed sound Excellent dynamics Impeccable sense of timing Clever, intuitive features Impressive noise-cancelling Good battery life Fine build Against  Nothing significant Bowers & Wilkins’ performance in the headphone market is the sporting equivalent of a Gaelic footballer arriving in the Premier League and picking up the Golden Boot in their first season. Sure, there are similarities, but essentially it’s a different game with different opposition, different...

Denon AVR-X1400H Review

Score: 4.5 Stars Pros  Tasteful design and robust construction  Slick HEOS multiroom streaming  Dolby Vision & HLG support  Sparkling sound quality Cons  Rivals offer more power and vigour  Low-res menus  Remote build quality Key Features Review Price: £429.00 7 x 145W power output HEOS multiroom streaming 4K/60p, Dolby Vision & HLG HDR support Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 and DTS:X decoding Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, internet radio, Spotify Connect and DLNA What is the Denon AVR-X1400H? Denon’s latest 7.2-channel mid-range receiver has an even more impressive set of features than its predecessor, the awesome Denon AVR-X1300W. Its snazziest new trick is support for...

Riva Festival Review

Pros  Can sound better than a Sonos Play:5  Excellent mids  Lots of wired and wireless options Cons  Needs to be positioned carefully  Subwoofer-style bass, not flat-friendly Key Features Review Price: £449 Google Home Wi-Fi Bluetooth Aux input Optical input Device charging What is the Riva Festival? The Riva Festival is a large £450 wireless multiroom speaker. It’s in the same price bracket as the Sonos Play:5 – and is from a name most people won’t have heard before. Confident. However, thee Riva Festival justifies its price through its even more realistic-sounding vocals than the Sonos, alongside a far more open approach to...

One Minute Review: Audio-technica ATH-PDG1

One of the best and most versatile headsets we’ve seen in a while. These cans are a revelation. After all my bitching and moaning in the last issue about how not one set of decent gaming headphones have come my way for a year, or more, these wonders arrive, and do it all. Comfort – check! You can wear them for hours and not for a second experience anything less than warm soft ear hugging bliss. Sound quality – big yes! Music is delicate and superbly balanced and defined, with tight bass doing what it should do and never making...

Sony WF-1000X Review

Score: 5 Stars Pros  Excellent noise cancellation  Adaptive noise cancelling totally works  Comfortable, stable fit  Auto-connect/disconnect  Great sound Cons  Charging case is a little chunky Key Features Review Price: £200 Wireless Noise cancellation Earbud design Adaptive sound control Charging case What are the Sony WF-1000X? Wireless earbud-type headphones are cool, but they don’t generally sound amazing. That’s because sound is often not the priority. The Apple AirPods, for instance, put a lot of emphasis on connection stability. The Jabra Elite Sport are designed for sports. But now we have the Sony WF-1000X, which happily take a sound-first approach. They’ve taken a few elements...

Denon AH-C160W wireless sports earphones review

Denon AH-C160W wireless sports earphones review. After fuss-free wireless headphones? Find out why the Denon AH-C160W wireless sports earphones fit the bill. Recommended price: £149, denon.co.uk Category : sports earphones Our rating: five out of five Key features: -Great sound quality -Secure fit -Practical packaging In a nutshell: The Denon AH-C160W wireless sports earphones are a sleek and practical entry into the sport accessory market, using unique Earhook technology to make sure they stay firmly in place during your workouts. Why we like it: As far as practicality goes, the Denon AH-C160W earphones definitely hit the mark. They’re wireless, connecting to...

Wharfedale Diamond A2 Review

Our Verdict 4 Stars A near-complete hi-fi system that’s pleasing to use and capable of a big, expressive sound For Big, authoritative and solid sound Expressive, fluid midrange Wired and wireless connectivity Against Treble needs refining Timing lets them down Not many floorstanders can claim to stand on their own two feet (well, in this case four) quite as independently as the Wharfedale Diamond A2 speakers. With built-in amplification, these powered speakers could be considered as a just-add-a-source hi-fi system – a compact and practical substitute for the multiple boxes and racks that make up a room-hogging set-up of separates. Only...

Sony WH-1000XM2 Review

Sony is flying high with this superb pair of noise-cancelling headphones… Tested at £330 Our Verdict: 5 Stars Sony’s on a roll with its premium noise-cancelling headphones. This is another pair that’s going to be tough to beat For Excellent timing Loads of detail Refined, smooth highs Punchy, confident lows Impressive noise-cancelling Against Touchpad controls take a little bit of getting used to With The Great British Bake Off returning to our screens, it only seems apt to start with a hi-fi based baking analogy. Sony had all the right ingredients in place with its MDR-1000X headphones. They mixed excellent audio quality over Bluetooth with...