Editor's Choice Awards – Best Hi-Fi 2017
Superb sonics abound in our 2017 champions
Welcome to our first annual Editor’s Choice awards.
During the review process our editorial team can award badges to products that reach a certain level of performance from Recommended, Best Buy, Highly Recommended to Reference Status. These badges are awarded at the time of the review but do not offer a comparison or state if a product is the best of the best. Our reviews are a guide for our readers and members to use when putting together a shortlist of products to review. However we now think it is time for us to introduce an annual best of the year awards, so enter the Editor’s Choice awards. This is the first time the editor and editorial staff of the site has picked what they consider to be the best products reviewed this year. They will also state the reasons why they have chosen a particular product and why you should consider their choice when looking to demo or buy such an item.
With our two channel reviews, there is greater subjectivity to our findings than is the case with our TV and projector reviews – we can't point to them hitting a specific performance benchmark and their performance will be dependent in part on what you use with them. There are also unquestionably longer lifespans at work here too and one product that was in contention for an award has been in existence in one form or another since the seventies. Even so, the same rules apply as other categories. It must be a product that has been reviewed by AVForums in the last 12 to 18 months and it must currently be available as part of the official product range from a manufacturer and not discontinued before the end of 2017. This means that all the award winners have been fully tested and reviewed by the editorial team here at AVForums and are honestly presented as their favourites for the past year. Without further ado, here's what rocked our world in two channel:
Best HiFi Speaker Under £1,000 2017 – Mission LX-2
Best HiFi Speaker £1,000 And Over 2017 – Q Acoustics Concept 500
Best Turntable Under £1,000 2017 – Pro-Ject Essential III
Best Turntable £1,000 And Over 2017 – Rega Planar 6 and Ania Cartridge
Best All-In-One System 2017 – Naim Uniti Atom
Best HiFi Amplifier 2017 – Audiolab M-ONE
Best Headphone 2017 – Audio Technica ATH-SR9
Best Digital Product Under £1,000 2017 – Meridian Explorer 2
Best Digital Product £1,000 And Over 2017 – Chord Electronics Hugo 2
HiFi Product Of The year 2017 – Q Acoustics Concept 500
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