What Hi-Fi Awards 2005

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What Hi-Fi is a magazine that knows it woofers from its tweeters (it’s all about dogs and birds ain’t it?) so winning one of its awards (which were officially announced yesterday) is quite a salute from the mag’s golden eared and eyed reviewers. Anyhow below are a few of our key selections from the winners of Product of the year from different categories:

Arcam Solo – Winner of All-in-one Systems
Forget Hi-Fi separates; the Solo does everything without dominating your living-room and it sounds amazing too, it has an integrated CD player and inputs for an MP3 player such as an iPod.
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Sony RDR-HXD710 – DVD and Hard Disk Recorders
Boasting everything you need in a recorder: huge storage capacity for short term recordings, removable DVD storage for keeping things longer and an integrated Freeview package to save you a few quid on a digital set top box.
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Monitor Audio i-Deck – MP3 3layers & accessories
Compatible with a decent range of iPod types, this docking station will add serious power to the portable unit and probably negates the need for traditional form of home audio entertainment.
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Click the link below to see the full list of winners from all eighteen categories.

All-in-one systems

Best hi-fi microsystem under £200
Goodmans
1104DAB

Best hi-fi microsystem £200-£500
Onkyo
CR-505DAB

Best hi-fi system over £500
Arcam
Solo

Best home cinema in a box under £500
Sony
DAV-DZ500F

Best home cinema in a box £500-£1000
Philips
LX7500R

Best home cinema in a box £1000+
Denon
Smart Life S-301

Product of the year
Arcam
Solo

 

Accessories

Best universal remote control
Logitech
Harmony H655

Best equipment rack
Atacama
Equinox range

Best speaker stands
Partington
Super Dreadnought

Best hi-fi headphones
Grado
SR60

Best phono stage
Trichord
Dino

Product of the year
Atacama Equinox Range

 

Cables

Best speaker cable
QED
Silver Anniversary XT

Best stereo interconnect
Merlin
Chopin

Best mains lead
Clearer
Audio Copper-Line

Best digital audio cable
Ixos
XHD-608-100

Best digital video cable
QED
Qunex HDMI-P

Best component video cable
QED
Qunex P-CV1

Best scart cable
QED
Sqart P2110

Best TV aerial cable
QED
Qunex TTV

Product of the year
QED
Silver Anniversary XT

 

CD players

Best CD player under £500
Cambridge
Audio Azur 640C v2

Best CD player £500-£1000
Cyrus
CD6s

Best CD player £1000-£1500
Cyrus
CD8x

Best CD player £1500-£2000
Primare
CD31

Product of the year
Cyrus
CD6s

 

Compact speaker packages

Best compact speaker package under £500
KEF
KHT1005

Best compact speaker package £500-£900
Wharfedale
Diamond 9 HCP

Best compact speaker package £900-£1500
B&W
MT-20

Best compact speaker package £1500+
B&W
MT-30

Product of the Year
B&W
MT-20

 

DVD & hard-disk recorders

Best subscription PVR
Sky+

Best Freeview PVR
DigiFusion
FVRT200

Best DVD recorder under £250
Panasonic
DMR-ES10

Best DVD/HDD recorder £250-£450
Sony
RDR-HX510

Best DVD/HDD recorder £450+
Sony
RDR-HXD710

Product of the year
Sony
RDR-HXD710

 

DVD players

Best DVD player under £150
Toshiba
SD-350E

Best DVD player £150-£300
Denon
DVD-1920

Best DVD player £300-£700
Yamaha
DVD-S2500

Best DVD player £700-£1500
Arcam
DiVA DV79

Product of the Year
Denon
DVD-1920

 

MP3 players & accessories

Best ultraportable MP3 player
Apple
iPod Nano

Best MP3 player
Apple
iPod

Best iPod audio dock
Monitor
Audio i-deck

Best MP3 speaker system
JBL
Encounter

Best iPod connector dock
Onkyo DS-A1

Best portable headphones
Sennheiser PX100

Product of the year
Monitor Audio i-deck

 

Projectors

Best projector under £1000
ScreenPlay 4805

Best projector £1000-£2000
BenQ PE7700

Best projector £2000-£4000
ScreenPlay 7210

Best projector over £4000
SIM2 HT300E

Product of the year
BenQ PE7700

 

Radios

Best handheld radio
Nevada ND-01

Best DAB portable
Pure Evoke 1XT

Best DAB/FM portable
Pure Evoke-2XT

Best hi-fi DAB/FM tuner
Denon TU-1800DAB

Product of the year
Pure Evoke-2XT

 

Speaker packages

Best speaker package under £1000
Epos ELS3 5.1

Best speaker package £1000-£2500
Monitor Audio RS6 AV

Best speaker package £2500+
B&W
805S/HTM4S/ASW825

Product of the year
Monitor Audio RS6 AV

 

Stereo amplifiers

Best stereo amplifier under £500
Cambridge Audio Azur 640A

Best stereo amplifier £500-£1000
Rotel RA-03

Best stereo amplifier £1000-£1500
Myryad MXI2080

Best stereo amplifier £1500-£2000
Primare I30

Product of the year
Rotel RA-03

 

Stereo speakers

Best stereo speakers under £250
Wharfedale Diamond 9.1

Best stereo speakers £250-£450
KEF iQ5

Best stereo speakers £450-£750
Epos M12.2

Best stereo speakers £750-£1000
Dali Ikon 6

Best stereo speakers £1000-£1500
ProAc Studio 140

Best stereo speakers £1500-£2000
B&W 805S

Product of the year
KEF iQ5

 

Subwoofers

Best subwoofer under £300
Wharfedale Diamond
SW150

Best subwoofer £300-£500
Velodyne CHT-12R

Best subwoofer £500-£900
Quad L Subwoofer

Best subwoofer over £900
B&W PV1

Product of the Year
Velodyne CHT-12R

 

Surround amps/receivers

Best surround receiver under £350
Denon AVR-1906

Best surround amplifier £350-£750
Yamaha DSP-AX757SE

Best surround receiver £750-£1500
Yamaha RX-V4600

Best surround amplifier £1500-£2500
Primare SPA21

Product of the year
Yamaha DSP-AX757SE

 

Technology

Best Buy
Uvem 200/10000 RA
Classic

Best Buy
Yamaha Digital Sound
Projectors

Best Buy
Sonos Digital Music
System

Best Buy
Nevo SL

Best Buy
Sony PSP

Best Buy
Denon DVD-A1XV &
Denon AVC-A1XV

Product of the year
Yamaha Digital Sound
Projectors

 

Televisions

Best CRT TV
Panasonic TX32DTM1

Best 26-30in flatscreen TV
Panasonic TX26LXD500

Best 30-36in flatscreen TV
Philips 32PF9830

Best 36-40in flatscreen TV
Panasonic TH37PV500

Best 40in+ flatscreen TV
Pioneer PDP-436XDE

Product of the year
Philips 32PF9830

 

Turntables

Best
turntable under £150

Pro-ject Debut III

Best
turntable £150-£500

Goldring GR2

Best
turntable £500-£1000

Clearaudio Emotion
Package

Best
turntable £1000-£3000

Wilson Benesch Full Circle

Product
of the year

Clearaudio Emotion
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