You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - WELCOME - Si­mon Lu­cas, editor

“I dream of wires,” sang Gary Nu­man in 1980 and it was dif­fi­cult to see how he could be any more mod­ern or fu­tur­is­tic. Th­ese days, of course, old Gary sounds ir­re­triev­ably quaint and the ex­act op­po­site is true. We dream of a lack of wires. But wire­less­ness can’t be the be-all and end-all, of course. Lib­er­a­tion from wires can’t be at the ex­pense of per­for­mance, oth­er­wise what’s the point? In this is­sue, we’ve es­tab­lished how easy (if not al­ways in­ex­pen­sive) it is to achieve a bril­liant-sound­ing wire­less ex­pe­ri­ence via seven de­sir­able pairs of wire­less head­phones (p28) and four as­ton­ish­ingly ca­pa­ble wire­less speak­ers (p49). Ab­so­lute free­dom of move­ment with no com­pro­mise where sound is con­cerned, and with the pride of own­er­ship that only comes from buy­ing a bit of cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy.

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