With so much great kit out there to choose from, build­ing a new sys­tem can seem daunt­ing. So we thought we’d lend a hand

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We’ve said it be­fore, but it bears re­peat­ing: there’s more to build­ing the op­ti­mum hi-fi or AV sys­tem than sim­ply putting a few Award win­ners in a room and let­ting them fight it out.

That’s why we de­cided to work out the part­ner­ships we thought would per­form best to­gether at dif­fer­ent pop­u­lar price points, then write a bit about them.

But there is also more to the term ‘sys­tem’ than your tra­di­tional stereo or sur­round-sound set-up: that’s why this par­tic­u­lar sex­tet be­gins with how to get the best sound out of your smart­phone.

From there we do go rel­a­tively tra­di­tional, with three stereo sys­tems and a pair for your TV room, hope­fully help­ing you get the most per­for­mance for your money and of­fer­ing a cou­ple of al­ter­na­tives or add-ons for each along the way.

Whether you’re beginning from scratch, look­ing for a bet­ter com­pan­ion to some ex­ist­ing kit or just in it for a lit­tle as­pi­ra­tional read­ing, the next dozen pages ought to have some­thing to catch your eye.

SYS­TEM 2 Ar­cam rplay £400 Onkyo A-9010 £230 Q Acous­tics 3020 £190 TO­TAL BUILD: £820 SYS­TEM 1 Sam­sung Galaxy S8+ £645 Chord Mojo £400 AKG K550 £150 TO­TAL BUILD: £1195

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