AU­DIO

From wire­less con­ve­nience to au­dio­phile heaven, this is the gear you need to make the most of your favourite mu­sic

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MULTI-ROOM SPEAK­ERS

SONOS ONE

Pound for pound, this is a hell of a lot of speaker for your money, eas­ily fill­ing a room, and ex­pand­able through the ver­sa­tile Sonos speaker range. Built-in Alexa sup­port clinches it for Sonos. $299, sonos.com

PORTABLE BLUE­TOOTH SPEAKER

CAM­BRIDGE AU­DIO YOYO M

These portable speak­ers are made for wire­less stereo sound and come as a pair (though you can use one on its own). They of­fer punchy au­dio in an im­pres­sively wide sound field, and look great, too.

$599, cam­bridgeau­dio.com

WIRE­LESS IN-EAR HEAD­PHONES

FLARES PRO

These head­phones plug into a mini-DAC you need to clip about your per­son, but the re­sult is truly amaz­ing sound for the size. It’s au­dio­phile stuff, with beau­ti­ful stereo chan­nel sep­a­ra­tion.

$545.35, flareau­dio.com

WIRED IN-EAR HEAD­PHONES

SENNHEISER MO­MEN­TUM M2IE The M2IE boast fan­tas­ti­cally de­tailed sound, plenty of bass and ded­i­cated ver­sions for both iOS and An­droid. They’re com­fort­able too, and im­pos­si­ble to beat for the price.

$169.95, en-au.sennheiser.com

HI-FISTREAMER

NAIM UNITI ATOM

An im­mensely stylish streamer with a great screen, that’s com­pat­i­ble with a host of mu­sic stream­ing ser­vices. It’ll play any­thing on your net­work and via Chrome­cast, AirPlay and Blue­tooth aptX. $3,150, naimau­dio.com

HI-FI STEREO AMP

CAM­BRIDGE AU­DIO AZUR 851A

Nine eas­ily se­lected in­puts and Cam­bridge Au­dio’s own patented Class XD am­pli­fier de­sign com­bine to make this a truly unique and spe­cial amp, one that can stand up to any mu­si­cal test.

$2,699, cam­bridgeau­dio.com

WI-FI SPEAKER

NAIM MU-SO

It’s ex­pen­sive, but there just isn’t a bet­ter sound­ing or look­ing wire­less speaker for the price. The sound is mon­u­men­tally ex­cel­lent, and it sup­ports a solid range of stream­ing op­tions.

$1,899, naimau­dio.com

WIRE­LESS OVER-EAR HEAD­PHONES

BOWERS & WILKINS PX

These stylish head­phones are also tech­ni­cal mar­vels, boast­ing ad­justable noise can­cel­la­tion via an app. They pause au­to­mat­i­cally when you take them off, last ages, and sound ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic. $549, bowers-wilkins.com

WIRED OVER-EAR HEAD­PHONES

SENNHEISER MO­MEN­TUM 2.0

The around-ear ver­sion of Sennheiser’s bril­liant range of­fers supreme com­fort, good porta­bil­ity thanks to a fold­ing de­sign, and – most im­por­tantly – fan­tas­tic sound qual­ity in all sit­u­a­tions.

$499.95, en-au.sennheiser.com

PORTABLE HI-RES PLAYER

ASTELL & KERN KANN

A sub­stan­tial au­dio de­vice at nearly 300g, but one that does in­cred­i­ble things. It’s a DAC in its own right, it’s an as­ton­ish­ing high-res player, and its mas­sive bat­tery will keep you rock­ing for days on end. $1,349, astellnkern.com

BOOK­SHELF SPEAK­ERS

WHARFEDALE DI­A­MOND 220

These are great value, yet of­fer up 13cm Kevlar mid/bass drivers, deep-dish tweet­ers and out­stand­ingly punchy sound. Place them next to a wall for the strong­est out­put from the rear-set bass port.

$549 (pair), wharfedale.co.uk

TURNTABLE

MARANTZ TT5005

Not a looker, but when it comes to prac­ti­cal­ity and sound, the TT5005’s au­to­matic tone arm and mov­ing mag­net car­tridge are un­par­al­leled. It even in­cludes a pre-amp for amps with­out phono in­put. $450, marantz.com

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