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