Onkyo Integrated Amplifier A-9010 (£229)
What Hi-Fi gave this amplifier a glowing 5 star review and awarded it “Best Amplifier Under £300” in both 2016 and 2017. In their words: “The Onkyo’s superb timing and strong dynamic expression result in an amplifier that makes listening to music fun. That’s a rare quality at any price.”
It has its own phono input so you can connect a turntable, plus four pairs of RCA analog inputs to connect CD players, tuners, cassette decks etc. On the front there’s even a 3.5 mm analog input so you connect a phone or tablet. A 6.3 mm headphone socket allows you to plug in your headphones too. Great value for money!
Mission LX-2 standmount speakers (£159)
Another What Hi-Fi 5 Star review winner, these speakers were awarded the “Best standmount speakers under £200” accolade in their 2016 awards. “A seriously talented speaker with an energetic sound that’s an absolute bargain at the price”. These are well matched with the Onkyo A-9010 amplifier and Pro-ject Essential III turntable. Available in Walnut Pearl, Black Wood and White Sandex with a removable front grill.
Mission LX-3 Floor-standing speakers (£349)
The seriously sylish floor-standing big brother to the LX2. What Hi-Fi say “they communicate music with engaging energy and detail, bringing performances to life with all the vibrancy and finesse one expects of Missions speakers”. Just sit back and lose yourself in the sound! Like the LX-2, these are available in Walnut Pearl, Black Wood and White Sandex with a removable front grill.
Edifier R1700BT Bluetooth speakers (£119.99)
A very versatile bookshelf speaker with a sound quality well above its price tag. Besides Bluetooth there are two RCA inputs so that you can also plug in a turntable, gaming device or TV for great sound quality. There are treble and bass controls to adjust the sound just how you like it. A very popular speaker option for turntables such as the Lenco L85. What Hi-fi gave it 4 stars, loving the “warm, smooth, enthusiastic sound” and “smart finish and build”. Available in two finishes, black and maple.
Ruark Audio MR1 Mk2 Bluetooth Desktop speakers (£329)
These very stylish Bluetooth speakers are What Hi-Fi’s Best Deskop Speakers of 2017 and “breathe new life into whatever music you play through them.” Besides Bluetooth there are aux and optical inputs which means you can use them as TV speakers as well. Great sound, stylish looks and a quality build. Available in rich walnut or a soft grey finish.