BBC Music Magazine



All-in-one or speakers? If you have the space in your home, I’d always go for a hi-fi system with separate speakers. Stereo just sounds better, helping to create a wider soundstage and a fuller performanc­e, especially with orchestral recordings. Features Choose at least CD, DAB/FM radio and Bluetooth to cover your main musical bases, but look for RCA inputs if you want to plug in a turntable. Optical can be used to enhance the sound from your TV while Wi-fi connected systems can often be used in multi-room and hi-res streaming. Which speakers? Make sure your speakers’ recommende­d power (in watts) is greater than the amplifier’s output. This will ensure you won’t damage the speakers at high volume, and there’s little point, either, spending thousands on a CD system and playing it through £50 speakers.

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