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Hi-Fi systems buying guide

Check out the top 5 things you need to know when buying a new Hi-Fi System with our helpful guide.

Packed with features and boasting amazing sound quality, Hi-Fi Systems are the perfect all-in-one solution to your home entertainment needs. Whether you’re entertaining friends or just relaxing at home with your favourite playlist, you’ll be able to enjoy crystal clear audio.

Sound quality

The clue is in the name. Hi-Fi is short for high-fidelity audio. Which, to you and me, means really good sound quality that is noticeably better than most other home audio equipment. You can get a good idea of the kind of volume each system can reach on our product pages. Just have a look in the specifications for the power output in Watts - the higher the number, the more powerful the sound. And for an extra boost of room-filling goodness, look out for the models that include a subwoofer for that booming bass or an amplifier for extra clarity and quality.

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Wireless streaming

Like all good tech, Hi-Fi Systems have moved with the times. Most models now let you wirelessly stream your favourite tracks. Whether it’s through Bluetooth or NFC (Near Field Communication), just hook up your compatible smartphone, tablet or other device. All that’s left for you to do is sit back and enjoy your music as it’s meant to be heard without the need for untidy wires or cables.

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Radio

If you’re after a Hi-Fi, the chances are you will want it to act as the main sound system for your home. So, it’s a good idea to look for a model with a radio tuner already included. You’ll find that a lot of systems have an AM/FM tuner as standard, so you can immerse yourself in your favourite show or sports commentary. If digital radio is your thing, DAB capabilities are becoming more and more common, giving you a wider selection of stations.

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CD player

One of the main advantages of a Hi-Fi system is the ability to play a range of formats and listen to anything from the radio to your personal playlists. Another big feature is the inclusion of a CD player in most models – the perfect excuse to rediscover your collection of old favourites. And, with unbeatable sound quality, you’ll hear every beat like never before.

Other cool features

Thanks to a range of cool new features, the latest Hi-Fi systems are the perfect party starters. On this Sony model, multi-colour speaker illuminations change colour and sync to the beat to create an amazing atmosphere. And, with innovative Gesture Control, you can change tracks, add DJ effects and pump up the volume all with the simple wave of a hand. If you and your friends like a sing-along, this system comes with a karaoke feature. We won’t be responsible for any complaints from your neighbours…