The What Hi fi Awards 2017 saw coveted awards go to some of
Billy Vees favourite brands
Coming out on top was Essex' finest Rega Research who won a massive 6 awards. They picked up gongs for 3 of their excellent turntables, the Planar 1, Planar 3 and the new Planar 6. The company also scored twice in the amplifier category with wins for their Brio R and Elex R amplifiers. Finally they picked up an award for their Fono MM Phono stage in the accessories category.
Suffice to say, were extremely happy for Rega. All the awards are thoroughly deserved and its great to see the company going from strength to strength.
Nice one guys!
Next up are our friends in Salisbury, Naim Audio. The company picked up 2 awards, the first for the Mu-so, in the wireless speaker category and the second went to the spectacular Uniti Atom which won the Best Hifi System trophy.
Of course this puts a big smile on our faces as were sure it does all who work at Naim headquarters. The Atom award must be especially satisfying as the company has worked very hard to bring this great sounding, innovative product to market.
In the tradition of all good awards ceremonies we will move swiftly on to our next winner. Arcam.
The Cambridge based outfit also picked up 2 awards which both go to show the companies diversity in the modern Hifi market. Their first award was for for their RPlay Digital Streamer, a cute, clever box which is a brilliant introduction to the world of digital streaming. This was followed by an award for their RPhono mm/mc phono stage.
Hats off to Arcam. Smart products deserve recognition. Well done!
Next lets talk Loudspeakers; Two of Billy Vees favourite brands picked up statues here. Firstly, Neat Acoustics were awarded for their brilliant Iota Alpha and then Spendor won best speaker in the plus £2000 category for the A4.
Congratulations to both companies!
Closing out our round up of the Hifi Oscars we must give a mention to the following;
OPPO won best Bluray Player with the UDP203 (no surprise there), Sonos won best Multiroom system starting under £500 (again, no surprise). Finally B&W enhanced their reputation in the headphone market with a win for their PX wireless headphone.
So felicitations to all these winners. Its good to see these companies excellence recognised. We wish them all the best in their future endeavours