Welcome to the March 2016 issue of Hi-Fi Choice – the essential guide to getting the best possible sound from your hi-fi, whether you're buying, tuning or tweaking...

What excites me about editing Hi-Fi Choice is not just getting my hands on all the latest audio components and new technology and sharing the experience with you, but also connecting with artists and bands in our Music Reviews and Labelled With Love features. Of course the latest turntable, speaker or streaming product reviews help us to achieve our passion for sound, but for me it’s just as much about the music I play, which after all was the reason I got bitten by the hi-fi bug in the first place.

I am often surprised by just how obsessive we hi-fi hobbyists can be in our quest to get the nth degree of detail from a system, that sometimes means we forget why it was we got into hi-fi in the first place.

From the day I first discovered my parents’ record collection I was hooked, listening to the eclectic sounds of Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, ELO and ABBA (to name a few). It was astonishing to hear just how good they all sounded on a proper hi-fi system compared with my portable mono record player, but it was my connection to the music rather than the perfect-sounding hi-fi setup that originally drew me in.

My taste in music has changed a lot over the years, and the surprise passing of one of the world's greatest musical influences has inspired this month's new Music Legends feature. It’s about the music that got us all started, so if there’s a band or artist you’d like to see featured here, get in touch at: letters@hifichoice.co.uk

Lee Dunkley (Editor, Hi-Fi Choice)


Also in the March issue: we put the Yamaha's MusicCast multi-room music system through its paces as well as Arcam's spectacular two-channel receiver






Group Test: Six superb standmount loudspeakers from DALI, KEF, Monitor Audio, Quad, Quadral and Totem battle it out, but there can only be one winner...