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      26.03.2010 14:23
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      Excellent mag for the mainstream audience

      What Hi Fi has established itself as the number one brand in the audio magazines market. Despite what it's detractors say, they can not deny the immense popularity of the magazine.

      Recently of course there has been a name change to What Hi Fi Sound and Vision, this name change reflects the changes being seen in the consumer market. While traditionally it was hi fi only products which were the sole focus of the magazine, the fact is that times have changed and while the seperates market in particular remains the best choice for getting premium quality hi fi, many consumers are instead opting for all in one solutions i.e. the mini systems.

      So to counter this What Hi Fi still provides plenty of attention to the core products, i.e. speakers, cd players, amplifiers etc but now provides coverage and reviews of televisions, blu ray players, dvd players, mp3 players. The format of the magazine sees the first part introducing you to future products, as well as first tests for any given product. This is a very useful approach as only those who are deemed to be excellent both in performance and value for money, will then go on to a super test where they pit several rival products side by side.

      The reviews although well written can themselves can sometimes be a little generic but as they are reviewing literally hundreds of products, it's to be expected that sometimes the overall summary will not differ too much between one brand and another.

      Some traditionalists complain of course about this move away from Hi Fi and I can understand their view point of view, but from the magazines perspective, they simply had to adapt. It is something of a debate as to whether you embrace or reject this notion but from my perspective it does provide some variety and I was recently in the market for a new television it was beneficial to get some views.

      As with all reviews, you may find that your opinion will clash with theirs but it's at least a good guide, which provides you with some ideas of what to try out. What I dislike about the magazine is there a lengthy section which is an archive of their back reviews, I sometimes wish for a bit more content. The same goes for the advertisements but this is their life blood so it's just something you have to accept.

      This magazine is definitely not the last word in musical critique but they do provide added value with their excellent what hi website and overall I applaud their mainstream accessibility.

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      20.09.2007 01:10
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      Great read for all.

      Introduction
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      As a major hifi enthusiast I am always looking to find the latest news in the world of sound and vision and there really is only one magazine for that in my opinion. That magazine is What HiFi sound and vision. I have read this magazine for the past five or so years and have been very impressed with the quality of their content. This magazine has been at the forefront of the Hifi world for well over ten years and is still going strong.

      Reviews
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      The main reason I buy this magazine over all the other HiFi magazines is the quality of reviewing they have, every issue they deal with the latest amplifiers, cd players, tuners, speakers and all other things to do with HIFI. I am currently in the market for a new amp and through good reviews in this magazine I tested a Rotel RA04 a while back and have now decided to buy the amplifier to go with my Sony CD player and Mission 771 speakers whcih were both five star winners when they were rated in what hifi.

      The Reviewers
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      They have a fantastic team of reviewers who are the best in the business. They have a great number of fine reviewers. First off you have.

      I'll start off with Clare Newsome who is the editor of the magazine and every month she introduces the new products that are being reviewed and does editorials on new technologies coming through.

      Next there's Deputy Editor Andy Kerr who is also a very fine reviewer and is often involved in supertests which involve putting the top amps, speakers or any other products up against each other in a battle of the best products in the class.

      Ketan Bharadia is the technical editor and is more involved with the home cinema sector and also the latest new products coming from the various audio/visual companies.

      Simon Lucas is the first tests editor so he basically takes care of the reviews of the latest products to come from the production line of various hifi companies around the world.

      Joe Cox is the news editor and he takes care of all the latest news in the hifi world including release dates of new products and information about how you can contact the company if your product has a fault.

      Advertising
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      All the best hifi stores are advertised at the back of the magazine and there are some great sections further to the middle of the magazine that have pictures and prices of the latest products on sale at the shops.

      This is a great way of showing readers where you can get the latest products if you see a product you like from a review in the magazine you can search for it in the advertising section.

      Subscribing
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      It is very easy to subscribe to the magazine and you get a discount and often get something aswell like a pair of headphones free with your subscription. currently you can receive a pair of Goldring in ear phones that are five star rated.

      If you decide to subscribe you will get each three issues for £10.15 which is 15% cheaper than the £3.99 per issue that you pay individually. I still pay individually because I don't get every issue But if you will buy every issue it would be a good idea to get a subscription to save money.

      Readers
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      There is also readers section where readers can write in to ask questions about anything to do with hifi. some ask about partnering equipment as you want to get the right balance between your hifi kit. You can ask about anything including the benefits of speaker wire and interconnects.

      There's also a reader rescue which they have in the magazine every month when they go to someone's house and help them with getting new hifi equipment. This is often to do with people not knowing what to replace old kit with.

      Past reviews
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      In every issue there are thousands of reviews are mentioned in a little synopsis of the review. These reviews include everything from cd players, amps, speakers to Televisions, DVD players, speaker wire, interconnects and hifi racks.

      I find that This section is particularly useful if you have seen an older product that you would like to see just how good it really is before buying it. Great if you are putting kit together from different brands.

      HIFI Show
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      Every year there is a what hifi show where all the major companies get to show off their latest products to the public with some products not out till the beginning of 2008 or some beyond that. The show this year is in Novotel London West in Hammersmith on the 2nd November -4th November.

      Overall
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      What HiFi sound and vision is the best magazine of it's kind on the market because of many factors not least there amazing consistency in finding great products that become hugely loved by the public for years to come. The reviews are very informative and not over bearing like some other magazines in the hifi world.

      If you are looking for a new hifi or anything audio/visual then take a look through this magazine before you go shopping as you may be able to pick out a real bargain.

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        04.09.2001 03:48
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        I love music. When I listen to music, I like my equipment to reproduce the sounds as they were intended. Thats why I have invested heavily in Hi-Fi seperates. When I was choosing, I wanted some advice. I called in at my local W H Smith and after about 10 minutes flicking through the various magazines, I came away owning my first copy of What Hi-Fi. The information I have learnt from reading the magazine is amazing. So many reviews, so much information. All set out clearly and in such a way so easy for anyone to understand. They have certainly struck the balance between 'not so simple it patronises technically minded people' and 'so technical it goes straight over a lot of peoples heads'. The reviews in the magazine are great. Again, they have struck a balance between reviewing all the top of the range expensive Hi-Fi components for the lucky few, but they also review many cheaper budget or mid-range equipment for the majority of us who are going to be on a fairly strict budget. The buyers guide at the back of the magazine also deserves a mention. It offers lots of advice to buying Hi-Fi equipment and what the good and bad signs are especially if buying 2nd hand. In my opinion, What Hi-Fi is simply the best Hi-Fi seperates magazine in publication.

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          29.06.2001 19:57
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          I'm not one of those people who make more of a hobby of collecting the latest equipment than they do of doing anything with it. I don't need the latest stuff - in fact if formats didn't change all the time I don't think I'd ever buy another thing until mine melted down through overuse. But the time finally came when, as a composer, I had to acknowledge that surround is probably the future, and that I ought to be writing tracks in 5.1. I monitor my computer through my Hi-Fi, because I can't afford to own a separate Hi-Fi and studio equipment, so when I decided to go surround I started getting out the Hi-Fi mags rather than computer music mags... ...And after some trawling I realised that if I'd started with What Hi-Fi I wouldn't have had to look anywhere else. (Of course I looked on DooYoo first, but some of the A/V amps I was considering haven't found their way on to the site yet.) When it comes down to it, if you're a beginner, then some sections are extremely useful, and some are an utter waste of space. Reviews belong among the useless, because they can only cover so many products, and, actually, you want to know what products are out there, not how one or two of them shape up. Which is where this mag differed from the others I tried. Lots of mags are dedicated almost entirely to reviews of products you can't afford, or don't want. You could subscribe for months without being any wiser about a product you're considering buying. With What Hi-Fi, more than half the magazine is dedicated to a comprehensive Buyer's Guide, where all previously reviewed products are listed by category, and given a score from 1 to 5. OK I never take ratings too seriously -after all it's me the product has to please, not the reviewer - but if I'm considering buying something and it only gets a 2 then I might think again. Added to this is a section advising you on what you need to set up a Hi-FI; ad
          vice on combining products, acoustics, where to shop, etc. It runs every month, so no need to go out and buy back issues if you're starting from scratch and know nothing. And pages of ads from some of the most competetively priced dealers around, for when you've made your mind up. You just cannot go wrong. Do go listen to the products, rather than just buying them because the magazine says they're the best thing since sliced bread, but, used with some common sense, this magazine is a brilliant resource.

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          18.06.2001 19:44
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          I think What HIFI is the best hifi magazine on the market as they give honest ratings and very good advice. It also has a very good buyers guide. The ratings are the same as dooyoo as in marks out of five done in the form of stars. The news sections is always accurate and up to date. Every month they have a supertest were they test some of the best products in a certain category such as budget amps. The magazine also has Richer Sounds vouchers advertised on the back pages of the magazine very month. These can save you a fortune. The thing I like best about What Hifi is that most other Hifi magazines reviews are written and auditioned by one person therefore the reviews are based on opinions. What Hifi doesn’t work like, they have a panel of judges that decide which products are the best and what the ratings should be. If there is a criticism is would be that the magazine seems to turning it’s back on true Hifi as more and more reviews on home cinema keep springing up every month. They do at least advice to keep to do separate though which is in true Hifi form. If it wasn’t for this magazine I would not have the separates system I have now, it would probably be on my tenth new minisystem this year! I would advise anybody who is interested in Hifi to buy a copy!

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            17.03.2001 20:20
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            What Hi Fi, now what does this title suggest. Does it mean, What Hi Fi?, hmm which stuff shall I choose, or is it What, Hi Fi? Do not be a silly chap this stuff is all too expensive do not bother with it? Or could the title be a strange greeting to a person called Fi! Well, it is as you will have all guessed a magazine to help you the consumer choose the right Hi Fi, equipment, to make your lounge sound like heaven when you play your music; unless of course you play Steps or S Club 7, when all decent music playing equipment throws a tantrum and jumps out of the window to stop it being subjected to such rubbish! In fact it is CD player and speaker hell to have such manufactured music played through it. Ohh how many teenagers did I just offend. As, you may know I recently needed new Hi Fi equipment and so my starting point was this magazine. I digress yet again, so what of this magazine, is it useful, is its advice good and does it have anything interesting to say? CONTENT Reviews The magazine starts with reviews of new equipment (entitled First Tests), CD players, Amplifiers, Speakers, DVD players, complete audio visual systems, personal hi-fi equipment (walkmans etc) and even Hi Fi furniture (i.e. racks and stands, I never knew that speaker stands were so important). Each individual review is very detailed and tells you what equipment they tested the piece with, how it sounded and what its technical spec is. In fact there is as far as I could see, no info left out that you would want to know. Another useful feature of the reviews is that the magazine lists the other equipment available in the same price range and how this new piece fairs against the established competition. Then there is an interesting section about technical developments and new ideas hitting the market that allows the reader to see what is cutting edge at the present time. Next we have a section about Hi Fi shows, wher
            e can you go, to see all the makers and leading shops together under one roof, what was shown that was new and if the show is yet to take place what you can expect to see. (These Hi Fi shows are much like the car shows from what I can make out.) There are more reviews in the form of a section on DVDs and CDs, taking the interesting stance of what style system will unlock the treasures hidden in each CD or DVD. That is it for reviews of new stuff, but the magazine every month analyses a section of the market, for instance what are the best speakers in the £400-£500 section and what are the duffers to avoid at all costs. Importantly the magazine looks at whether your current equipment will be compatible with the equipment reviewed. From the three issues I have they seem to concentrate on about three areas every month and analyse the market in good depth. Features There are features every month on a particular part of shopping for Hi Fi equipment, what shops sell the cheapest stuff, what shops offer the best service etc etc. In the latest edition there was a very useful article on Internet shopping for Hi Fi equipment. Another interesting feature section is the Temptation articles, these focus on those pieces of equipment that cost thousands, but of course are superb and waives them in front of the readers nose. Now, this may not be fair, but at least it shows you what you could have if you won the lottery! Advice Yes, there is an excellent advice section, with sections on what is important in buying Hi Fi equipment and what you should buy for your needs and tastes. This section was most useful as I am by no means an expert and was well educated after my little read. Of course there is a reader’s letters section, with advice dispensed on those subjects that have been vexing readers (that obviously spend far too long fiddling with tweeters!) by men who spend their life fiddling with twee
            ters. This section is excellent as you will have an idea of a budget that you need to spend to get what you want and what stuff will suit you and your needs and music tastes. The section explains all the technical jargon and you will know what each part of a Hi Fi system does and why certain aspects (such as good quality connecting and speaker cable is so important.) Buyers Guide Here is the bible to follow when buying, components that have been reviewed and are still available to buy are listed, with the basic technical specification and review rating, in accordance with component type and price. So for example you have CD players split into price ranges, which is useful as you can automatically see what you can afford. Adverts You may think it strange that I list this part, but boy can you find deals here, most major retailers have an advert and all seem to have constant deals on, I found a great deal from Richer Sounds, by virtue of the adverts in this magazine and it is good as it shows in even more detail what you can get for your money. USE This magazine is an excellent starting point, if you are thinking of replacing your stereo. My old integrated system went phut, so I thought I would test the separate market (thinking it would be too pricey) but instead found that for £400, you can get an excellent pair of speakers, Amp and CD player, which puts most of the systems that stores like Dixons sell to shame. The buying guide is very useful and even if you had little interest in the sound of your music, you will be amazed at how useful this magazine can be. For the £3.20 cover price, I think you will be able to use the information to save money and get a better sound than you thought you could afford. There were some deals listed that gave you CD player, Amplifier and Speakers for £149, whose sound quality would put a £300 integrated system to shame. Most of all I found the re
            views accurate and got exactly what I wanted and was not surprised by any aspect of what I had purchased. Well when I finally got the system! So some 3 months on, am I still impressed by the recommendations. YES YES AND YES. Geoffrey the mad mohican girraffe loves listening to soppy love songs, the sound is great and everything is as What Hi Fi said it would be. If only you could get such an accurate guide to life, but that would be boring! Go on inform yourself and say Pants to Dixons and Currys and Hi to Fi.

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              06.02.2001 17:46
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              This magazine is absolutely great, it is the best magazine of its kind around. I look for any others and I just can't find them. This magazine is in a league of its own. It is full of the latest reviews to tell you what's hot and what's not in the hi fi world. If you need help buying a hi-fi, this is the magazine you should go for every time. It is packed full of information about everything you need to know. How good everything is, how compatible etc.. They nearly always put a five star system together every month to suggest what to buy and what to put it together with. It is ful of ads in the back which show you where you can get the goods for alot cheaper. I buy this magazine every month and I love to read it. It is great to read as well as look at to buy hi fi goods. I don't know why I haven't subscribd yet. So for all you hi fi first time buyers out there, this magazine is definately the one for you!!!! Even though I say that, first time buyers, or hi fi addicts, this is still a great magazine.

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                12.12.2000 20:55

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                WHAT HI-FI is a great magazine for all hi-fi lovers. The magazine itself is released every month comprising of many different areas of the hi-fi industry. Inside the magazine there are many reviews of the latest released systems. This release information can be very helpful for a new buyer who is looking for a good system to fulfil their music needs. This magazine is cheap and cheerful for anyone who finds the world of HI-FI's interesting. This magazine is a great buy for anyone looking for a bit of information over a weekend, and can also recommend good music.

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                05.10.2000 17:43
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                I have been a reader of What Hi-Fi Magazine for some years now and over those years, it has helped me with lots of problems and anyone who takes particular interest in their sound systems (especially seperates) will thank this mag! I have learned how to do things that I hadn't even heard of like Bi-amping and Bi-wiring. Thanks to some of their reveiws I have bought the best possible pieces of equipment for my money, and also set up my system and its surroundings to get the maximum efficiency from it. There are lots of competitions and prize draws every issue (monthly) which have lots of great goodies and gadgetry to win. All in all, I strongly reccomend this magazine and wish it many excellent future issues!

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                05.07.2000 18:27

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                Music lover? Always in the pursuit of high fidelity sound? Get yourself a system of hi-fi separates. You need 3 units: (i) source: CD-player of mini-disc (ii) amplifier (iii) a pair of speakers. These could be as cheap as £200, or as expensive as £200,000 !!! You'll also need an advisor/teacher. What Hi-Fi magazine is one of the best Hi-Fi magazine in the UK. All newly released hi-fi separates are reviewed and given a rating. What Hi-Fi has the tradition of putting up group test, for example testing a group of speakers in the £300 class. The stuff reviewed and tested are mainly aimed at the low to mid end of the market (£200 to £2000 system). Those who want to join the hi-fi world should read a few issues of What Hi-Fi to get an idea of what is available and how much they cost. Good Luck.

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