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Technics EAH-AZ40M2

The AZ40M2’s spacious sound, alluring feature set and pleasing design make them worthy competitors, but a lack of musical oomph prevents them from truly troubling the best in class Pros + Open, spacious sound + Well-made and comfortable + Three-way Bluetooth multipoint Cons – Strong competition at this level – Bettered for timing and dynamics… Read more

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Audio Pro Link 2

There’s no arguing with the functionality that’s on offer here, but the sound of the Audio Pro Link 2 needs a bit more urgency Pros + Plug-and-play simplicity + Balanced, quite expansive sound + Good connectivity Cons – Feels a bit cheap even at this price – Sound lacks a little energy and detail –… Read more

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Lindy BNX-60XT

The Lindy BNX-60XT can’t quite deliver on their promise. They do a competent job but don’t bring much joy to your music Pros + Decently integrated midrange and bass + Acceptable noise-cancelling for the budget price Cons – Not a terribly enthusiastic listen – Bass heavy with ANC off – Noise cuts out if headband… Read more

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Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones

Bose has brought its ‘A’ game with the QuietComfort Ultra Headphones – they’re expensive, but they also deliver sound quality and noise cancelling straight from the top drawer Pros + Folding design + Rich, full-bodied sound + Punchy, dynamic delivery + Exceptional noise cancelling Cons – Immersive Audio is unconvincing – Expensive compared to key… Read more

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Ultimate Ears Epicboom

The burly Epicboom is a well-made and eminently likeable plus-sized portable, yet we have our doubts as to whether it can compete sonically with the market’s best. Pros + Broad, expansive sound + Attractive and well-made + Strong feature set Cons – A little artificial sounding – Rivals offer more insight and musicality Why you… Read more

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Amazon Fire TV Omni QLED QL50F601

Budget TVs are hard to get right, but the 50-inch Omni QLED succeeds where others have failed thanks to a consistent, considered performance and impressive feature set Pros + Balanced, consistent picture quality + App-packed, user-friendly OS + Surprisingly decent gaming specs Cons – Slightly smeary motion – Lacks the brightness of higher-end TVs Why… Read more

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Sonos Move 2

The Sonos Move 2 has carved its niche as a feature-packed portable wireless speaker, but there are better-performing rivals at this premium price point Pros + Sounds clearer, more detailed and more agile than predecessor + Big, bold sound + Excellent streaming features + Longer battery life Cons – Very expensive – Still too big… Read more

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Q Acoustics 5040

Take a bit of care with system matching and the Q Acoustics 5040 turns in a superbly insightful and entertaining performance Pros + Excellent clarity and detail resolution + Expressive dynamics + Fine build and finish Cons – Needs care in system matching – Not as forgiving as previous Q Acoustics models Why you can… Read more

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Hisense E7K Pro (55E7K Pro)

The Hisense E7K Pro packs plenty of features and good sound for £999 but comes up short in the picture department Pros + Good gaming features + Fair price for the specification + Dolby Vision and HDR10+ Cons – Some black level issues – Colours can look off Why you can trust What Hi-Fi? Our… Read more

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Beats Studio Pro

The Studio Pro are an adequate pair of wireless headphones, but we’d struggle to recommend them ahead of some truly formidable competition Pros + Competent, well-balanced sound + Cross-ecosystem compatibility + Robust, sturdy build Cons – Rivals offer more refined sonic presentation – Lacking dynamism and rhythmic engagement – Missing some key features Why you… Read more

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TCL 55C845

Early Verdict The 55C845 is loaded with facilities, but the main ‘wow’ remains that super-bright picture and everything you need to optimise it. Again we say of a TCL TV, it’s just hard to believe the quality you can get for the money these days Pros + Blazingly brilliant picture + Excellent motion handling +… Read more

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BenQ HT4550i

The HT4550i is fantastically bright, colorful and sharp – but these strengths come with one or two strings attached Pros + Spectacularly vibrant colors + Extremely bright + Good HDR tone mapping Cons – Can struggle with black levels – Wide Color mode limits light controls – No advanced gaming features Why you can trust… Read more

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Bowers & Wilkins 607 S3

B&W’s latest entry-level 607 S3 speakers win us over with a clean, refined and detailed sound that’s also entertaining in spades Pros + Improved clarity, refinement and openness + Punchy, dynamic and lively sound + Knows how to have fun + Classy build and finish Cons – Sweet treble can sound a touch forward –… Read more

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BenQ W4000i

The W4000i is fantastically bright, colourful and sharp – but these strengths come with one or two strings attached Pros + Spectacularly vibrant colours + Extremely bright + Good HDR tone mapping Cons – Can struggle with black levels – Wide Colour mode limits light controls – No advanced gaming features Why you can trust… Read more

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Cambridge Audio MXN10

The appealingly dinky MXN10 offers awesome sound and impressive specs for an entry-level streamer Pros + Brilliant all-round sonic performance + Fantastically affordable price + Great streaming features and file compatibility Cons – Somewhat basic physical controls – No MQA support via Tidal – No on-unit display Why you can trust What Hi-Fi? Our expert… Read more

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