In with the old – and in with the new, too

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - Welcome - Jonathan Evans, ed­i­tor

One of the joys of be­ing a mu­sic lover in 2017 is the sheer num­ber of ways we can ac­cess our mu­sic. For us at What Hi-fi? – and for many of you, judg­ing by the re­mark­able buoy­ancy of the vinyl mar­ket – not much can beat the cer­e­mony of putting a 12-inch disc onto the plat­ter of a turntable. Sales of record decks are ris­ing along with the discs we play on them, so in this is­sue we bring you a round-up of mid-range decks (p36) that we rec­om­mend for when your hobby starts to get se­ri­ous. Along with vinyl comes the brave new world of high-res­o­lu­tion au­dio. And (who’d have thought it?) we love that too. To get the very best from hi-res files, though, your smart­phone won’t cut it. So we’ve also rounded up a va­ri­ety of Per­sonal Mu­sic Play­ers (p53) that should re­veal to you pre­cisely what all the fuss is about: with a PMP, you can en­joy great hi-fi both at home and on the move.

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