Ten years ago, few of us could have predicted the major shift that would take place in the way we consume music and that we’d be able to stream CD-quality and hi-res music files straight into our homes via robust broadband services. To my mind, this is still the stuff of science-fiction fantasy and in a relatively short time, music fans like myself have gone from buying CDs from a high-street record store to streaming content directly to our home music systems with just the tap of a touchscreen. I don’t know about you, but I can’t remember the last time I purchased any physical digital media, although I know I am listening and discovering more music than ever.

Streaming services have undoubtedly revolutionised the way we experience music, and several now offer better-than-CD sound quality, while others are still serving something close to MP3-quality. Find out which services continue to cut the sonic mustard for true quality audio fans in this month's Group Test on six music streaming services from: Amazon, Deezer, High Res Audio, Qobuz, Spotify and Tidal.

Speaking of which, quality audio fans will be interested to know that preparations for the Hi-Fi Show Live 2018 are underway as it returns to the Beaumont Estate in Old Windsor, Berkshire, for the sixth consecutive year. Organised by our sister title Hi-Fi News & Record Review, the two-day event runs over the weekend of 10-11 November and is the UK’s biggest celebration of high-end hi-fi. Snap up an advanced ticket today at Eventbrite.

Also inside the September issue: Eclipse TD510ZMK2 and TD520SW 2.1 loudspeaker combo, Arcam CDS50 CD/SACD and networked music player, Cyrus ONE HD integrated amplifier, Spendor A7 floorstanding loudspeaker, Audiolab M-EAR 2D in-ear headphone, Monitor Audio Monitor 50 standmount loudspeaker, Pioneer A-40AE integrated amplifier, MrSpeaker Voce electrostatic headphone. Plus, Music Legends pays tribute to The Who, while Beautiful System mixes cutting-edge digital and more traditional hi-fi components all supplied by distributor Henley Audio, and much, much more!

Lee Dunkley, editor