From wireless convenience to audiophile heaven, this is the gear you need to make the most of your favourite music
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.
WIRELESS IN-EAR HEADPHONES
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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