Now the dust has settled, here’s a quick round up of some of our favourite products from this years What Hi-Fi Awards.
In the £400-£800 standmount speaker category the newly released Dynaudio Emit M20 knocked the two time winner the Bowers & Wilkins 685 S2 off its top spot, and claimed the Product of The Year award at the same time.
With the M20’s being priced at £599 a pair we may see this as the new entry price into the midrange speaker market.
Q Acoustics will probably need to start building some new cabinets after picking up yet another What Hi-Fi award, this tmie in the best floorstander between £500-£1000. The Q Acoustics 3050’s make it two years in a row as the go to floorstanding speaker under £1000.
What Hi-Fi praised the 3050’s for their ‘powerful and authoritative sound’, along with the ‘quality build and finish’.
The 2016 Speaker Packages Product of the year went to Monitor Audio for the talented Bronze B5 AV package.
The Bronze B5 AV setup is a little different to most that feature in this category as it uses a pair of Bronze FX speakers for rear surround duties that can be switched to work either in di-pole or bi-pole configuration.
The full set includes the Bronze 5 floorstanding speakers, Bronze centre channel, Bronze FX rear surrounds and the Bronze W10, and is priced around £1500.
If you prefer to keep things under £1000, or don’t have the space for floorstanding speakers, Dali picked up their second award for the Zensor 1 5.1 package.
Featuring two pairs of Zensor 1 bookshelf speakers, previous award winners themselves, the Zensor Vokal centre speaker and E-9F subwoofer, offering a lot of bang for not much buck. £980.
Moving over to the 2016 Television Awards and arguably the most fast passed and competitive category it was Samsung who scooped the product of the year with the UE49KS8000, Samsung’s flagship flat screen.
While LG was awarded the Best 65nch TV over £3000 for their OLED65E6V which comes in at a cool £4499.
If it’s portable audio that you’re after Bowers & Wilkins picked up not one, but two awards. Firstly the P5 Wireless was awarded product of the year status and best wireless headphones in the £200-£300 bracket.
Their bigger brother the P7 Wireless beat off stiff competition from Sennheiser to nab the award for best wireless headphones over £300.