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
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