Fluance RT85N
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Fluance RT85N

It’s a likeable product in many ways, and has some impressive aspects to its sound – but the Fluance RT85N can be bettered by quite a few price-comparable rivals. Pros Easy to set up and use Competitive specification Big, muscular sound Cons Blunt, lop-sided sound Strong competition Availability USARRP: $499 EuropeTBC CanadaTBC Australiaunavailable Key Features Read more

Cambridge Audio Alva TT V2
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Cambridge Audio Alva TT V2

The money you spend here could buy you a turntable that sounds a little more complete than the Cambridge Audio – but it won’t buy anything approaching the brilliance of the Alva TT V2’s specification. Pros Extensive specification by turntable standards Poised, detail and engrossing sound Built to last Cons Not the last word in Read more

Lenco LS-410
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Lenco LS-410

You can’t fault Lenco’s ambition with the LS-410 – but the reality is all too easy with which to find fault. Pros Great feature set A quite good-looking item Enjoyable, forthright sound when streaming Cons Can’t maintain a steady 33.3rpm Turntable sound is underwhelming Some components feel frail Key Features 33.3 and 45rpmPlays records at Read more

Lindy LTS-50
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Lindy LTS-50

Everything is relative, of course, but keep the asking price uppermost in your mind and you’ll find the Lindy LTS-50 – while hardly perfect – likeable and enjoyable in quite a few ways. Pros Inexpensive Rapid, organised sound Comfortable and properly finished Cons All over the place in tonal terms Battery life can easily be Read more

Mark Levinson No. 5909
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Mark Levinson No. 5909

Hugely expensive, hugely talented – but, thankfully, not physically huge. The No. 5909 headphones go quite a long way to justifying the asking price. Pros Rigorous yet easy-going sound Detail and nuance to spare Nice materials, expertly assembled Cons Expensive and then some Can be bettered for noise-cancellation Abbreviated control app Availability UKRRP: £999 USARRP: Read more

Pro-Ject A1
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Pro-Ject A1

There’s plenty to like about the Automat A1, especially where sound is concerned; but it stops just short of being the complete package. Pros Eloquent, poised and engaging sound Plug-and-play convenience for any system Integrated phono stage performs well Cons Can’t make the most of dynamic variations Doesn’t look or feel remotely special Phono stage Read more

Lenco L-92WA
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Lenco L-92WA

Decent looks, nice build and a fistful of functionality carry the Lenco L-92 so far… but the sound it makes can’t take it any further. Pros Extensive specification Makes listenable digital copies Decent build quality Cons Doesn’t enjoy dynamic variations Mediocre phono stage Matter-of-fact sound Key Features Phono stageFeatures an integrated switchable phono stage PC Read more

Cyrus i9-XR
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Cyrus i9-XR

Hardly the last word in ergonomics or operability – but if it’s sonic fidelity, excitement and entertainment you came for, well, the Cyrus i9-XR is the amplifier for you. Pros Brilliantly faithful, engaging and convincing sound Great specification and lots of input options Not as far off the ergonomic pace as previous Cyrus efforts… Cons Read more

Bose SoundLink Flex
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Bose SoundLink Flex

Not quite the complete package, but the SoundLink Flex might just have what it takes to satisfy your priorities…  Pros Sonic scale and confidence to spare Impressively hardy build and finish Good battery life Cons Loses some composure at volume ‘Only’ Bluetooth 4.2 No EQ adjustment Key Features SpeakerphoneBuilt-in microphone lets you take calls when Read more

Cleer Audio ALPHA
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Cleer Audio ALPHA

Unless you’re determined to achieve the best noise-cancellation this sort of money can buy, the ALPHA have plenty to recommend them – both in sound quality and pride of ownership terms Pros Engaging and informative sound, with non-gimmicky spatial audio as a bonus Nicely built and finished Impressive specification includes fine battery life Cons Can Read more