WHAT HIFI? Award Winners 2019

We’re thrilled to see so many of the products we love awarded best-in-class at the WHAT HIFI? Awards 2019.

Rega once again nearly got a clean sweep in the ‘Best Turntable’ category – with the Planar 8 claiming top spot!

Our 2019 highlights include: the Bowers & Wilkins 606 stand-mounted speakers; Naim’s Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation and Rega’s mid-level  Planar 6 turntable with Aria MC.

Check the full list of our winners below:

Stereo Speakers ★★★★★

Bowers & Wilkins 606
Best standmount speaker £400-£750

The largest standmount/bookshelf in the new range, the 606 delivers refined, room-filling sound, perfect for those who want power from a smaller speaker.

Ruark Audio MR1 Mk2
Best desktop speakers

Award-winning MR1 Bluetooth speakers will provide remarkable sound in multiple applications. Flawless as computer speakers, ideal to use with a turntable and a fantastic way to improve the sound of your TV, MR1 Mk2 will fill any room with quality sound without dominating it, making them perfect for music lovers and the design conscious alike.

Turntables ★★★★★

Rega Planar 1
Best Turntable £200 – £500

The new Planar 1 is the most user friendly Rega turntable to date. Now with preset bias force on the brand new RB110 tonearm, the Planar 1 is set up in seconds after unpacking. Simply slide the balance weight onto the rear of the tonearm as far as it will go, remove the stylus guard and start spinning your favourite vinyl.

Rega Planar 3/Elys 2
Best Turntable £500 – £750

Replacing the multi award winning and five times What Hi-Fi? Product of the Year (RP3) was never going to be an easy task. It took Rega’s team of designers, headed up by Roy Gandy, two years to develop the all new Planar 3 following the biggest re-design of the iconic Three model ever seen.

Rega Planar 6/Ania
Best Turntable £1000 – £2000

The Planar 6 has one goal, to reproduce your vinyl as accurately as possible. Rega have engineered every aspect of this turntable to extract as much detail from the vinyl surface as possible. Advanced materials and engineering solutions have been used throughout the design to ensure the greatest level of performance. 

Rega Planar 8/Apheta 2
Best Turntable over £2000

The Planar 8 was inspired by the ultimate Rega turntable, the ‘Naiad’. Rega decided early on that instead of an evolution of the previous RP8, the new Planar 8 was to be developed and engineered to encapsulate the essence of ‘Naiad’ at an affordable price.

Wireless Speakers ★★★★★

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

Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation is the latest member of the award-winning Mu-so wireless music system family. Re-engineered from the ground up to create our best compact wireless music system yet.

Music Systems ★★★★★

Naim Uniti Atom
Best Hi-Fi System over £1000

Uniti Atom is a beautiful, compact multi-source music player that will seduce you with its amazing sound quality and outstanding feature-set. Its 40-watt integrated amplifier and high-resolution music streaming capabilities will fill your home with stunning high-fidelity sound.

Accessories ★★★★★

Rega Fono MM MK3
Best Phono stage under £250

The new Fono MM phono stage has been designed to be effective, easy to use, and above all, to reproduce music. The Fono MM uses a fully discrete, cascaded, complementary amplifier input stage, a configuration designed to optimise the performance of your moving magnet cartridge.

Chord Company C-line
Best analogue interconnect under £50

An original Chord Company design, high performance cable at an affordable price that still adheres to their exacting standards. What Hi-Fi? Award-winner 5 years running!

Chord Clearway Analogue RCA
Best Analogue interconnect over £50

Chord have taken the design from the award winning C-line and upgraded all the materials to produce an outstanding value for money, high-performance analogue interconnect.

Atacama Moseco 6
Best speaker stands

Moseco speaker stands combine all the aesthetic and sonic Benefits of Bamboo with the adaptability, strength and stability of twin carbon steel poles. These poles consist of a 50mm front column and a 28mm rear column which features cable management.

Stereo Amplifiers ★★★★★

Naim Nait XS 3
Best Stereo amplifier £1500-£2500

Naim’s NAIT XS 3, delivers greater pace, intimacy and musical delivery thanks to its upgraded power amp sections – whether it’s driving a pair of loudspeakers or a pair of headphones.

Naim Supernait 3
Best Stereo amplifier over £2500

Naim SUPERNAIT 3 has received significant performance upgrades, including a built-in phono stage, making it a perfect partner for turntables, as well as for streamers, CD players, or any other music source.

Multi-Room Systems ★★★★★

Sonos
Best premium multi-room system 

Speaker Packages ★★★★★

PMC Twenty5 23 5.1
Best speaker package over £5000

DACs ★★★★★

Cyrus SoundKey
Best DAC under £100

SoundKey is an award-winning revolution in mobile music. Hi-Fi streaming services like TIDAL mean fantastic quality is available to subscribers, but phones lack the necessary hardware to get the best from this data. SoundKey unlocks that data, using our years of expertise in high-resolution DAC and amplifier design. Cyrus quality audio is now available to everyone.

AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt
Best DAC £200 – £300

DragonFly Cobalt, their new flagship DAC, takes what music lovers around the world have come to expect from the multi-award-winning DragonFly family—naturally beautiful, seductive sound—and strips away fuzz and fog that weren’t even noticeable until Cobalt removed them.

Chord Mojo
Best DAC £300 – £500

Welcome Mojo, the world’s most advanced portable digital to analogue converter DAC/Headphone amplifier. Thanks to technology derived from the Hugo series units and Dave reference converter, the little powerhouse, that’s just the size of a pack of playing cards, will not only make your music sound better, but will effortlessly drive any pair of headphones wherever you are, no matter what.

Chord Qutest
Best DAC £500 – £1200

Qutest is a standalone DAC whose performance belies its compact dimensions. With DAC architecture based on the award-winning Hugo 2, Qutest offers class-leading digital conversio

Chord Hugo 2
Best DAC over £1200

Hugo 2 is a powerful DAC and headphone amp that builds on the ground-breaking original. Designed for both home and mobile use, Hugo 2 transforms headphones and audio systems sound quality with its cutting-edge proprietary DAC technology.

Soundsbars & Soundbases ★★★★★

Sonos Beam
Best Soundbar £300 – £500

  • The smart, compact soundbar for your TV.
  • Plays music, TV, movies, and more 
  • Clear dialogue from speech enhancement
  • Easily pairs with your TV & remote
  • Amazon Alexa voice control
  • AirPlay compatible with iOS devices

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