Loudspeakers are easily the most popular sector of the hi-fi market right now, with more models vying for our attention than we can shake a stick at. A quick flick through the pages of this month’s issue is testament to this flourishing sector, with models of all different shapes and sizes designed to help you find the one that best fits your environment and meets your particular music needs. From the new Q Acoustics Concept 500 flagship floorstander using the latest cabinet construction and resonance control techniques, to seventies retro cool with the first model from Tannoy’s new Legacy line and the rebirth of the Eaton standmount, there’s plenty of different designs to tantalise the audio taste buds. But it’s the speaker that first got us started along the hi-fi path that so often holds a special place in our hearts. With this in mind, this month’s Group Test, looks at six entry-level standmount designs to help those starting out on a conventional path to high fidelity – with a straightforward philosophy that reaches back to the dawn of domestic hi-fi itself.  

Of course, if you’re a dedicated audio fan you’ll also want to know about the The Hi-Fi Show Live 2017 coming to the Beaumount House Estate, Old Windsor for the fifth consecutive year. The two-day show runs from the 21st to 22nd October and is the UK’s biggest celebration of high-end hi-fi. Snap up an advanced ticket today at: eventbright.co.uk.

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