Happy New Year! What an amazing year 2018 has been for all things audio. With everything from amplifiers to turntables evolving to embrace the way we want to consume music today, this bumper 164-page special issue celebrates the hi-fi high-points from the past 12 months. Flicking through the review and system pages demonstrates the strength of today’s audio industry and the diverse range of products available to cater for all kinds of music listener – from those just starting out to seasoned audiophiles – and feeding our passion for sound in increasingly innovative ways. Each of the products selected for this ultimate product guide is a coveted Hi-Fi Choice badge winner applauded by our team of expert reviewers for a winning combination of outstanding sound quality and value for money – prices shown are from the time of original publication.

Inside this 164-page issue you’ll find our pick of the greatest-sounding audio products to undergo our respected reviewing process in 2018. From hi-res digital players to turntables, loudspeakers and headphones, every product is a coveted Hi-Fi Choice badge winner applauded by our experts for a winning combination of outstanding sound quality and value for money. Plus, enter our competition to win an amazing Rega Planar 8 turntable package worth £2,440 fitted with the company’s Apheta 2 moving-coil cartridge. Enter here.

Lee Dunkley, Editor