MQA partners win big at What Hi-Fi? Awards 2020

With its annual awards, leading tech title What Hi-Fi? celebrates the very best hi-fi and home cinema products on the market. It was another back-to-back win for TIDAL in 2020, while MQA partners were recognised across a further 6 categories.

TIDAL retained its ‘Best music streaming service’ crown for an impressive sixth year running (since first winning in 2015, and boosted by the addition of MQA Masters in 2017).

“The best combination of sound quality, music selection and usability” 
TIDAL – What Hi-Fi Awards 2020

MQA partners scooped a further 6 awards in the following categories:

iFi Zen DAC won ‘Best DAC £100-£200’ 
AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt was awarded ‘Best DAC £200-£300
Astell&Kern, with its A&norma SR25 and A&futura SE200, collected gongs in the ‘Best portable player £500-£1000’ and ‘Best portable player over £1000’ categories
KEF LS50 Wireless II won for ‘Best all-in-one system over £1000
NAD C 658 was awarded ‘Best music streamer £1000-£1500

KEF's LS50 Wireless II, Astell&Kern's SR25 and TIDAL were also crowned Product of the Year in their respective categories.

Award winner quotes

iFi Zen DAC
“The iFi Zen DAC is a great budget performer and offers a huge upgrade over the sound of a typical computer.”

AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt
“If you loved the DragonFly Red as much as we did here at What Hi-Fi?, and you’re looking to make the next step up without compromising on size or form, the Cobalt represents something of a no-brainer.”

Astell&Kern A&norma SR25
“Notably more expressive and eloquent than any other portable music player we’ve encountered at this price, and far beyond anything that smartphones are capable of, the SR25 demonstrates just how good music on the move can sound, while also remaining reasonably affordable.”

Astell&Kern A&future SE200
“Whether we play Elvis Costello or Ludovico Einaudi, Mac Miller or Andrew Bird, the SE200 delivers the music faithfully. It captures its fine details and dynamic fluctuations and conveys it all on a crystal clear canvas that is as engaging as it is informative.”

KEF LS50 Wireless II
“As a new product following in the footsteps of such a huge success, the KEF LS50 Wireless IIs arrive with a world of expectation on their shoulders – but they well and truly meet those expectations. Make no mistake, this is a sequel of rare quality.”

NAD C 658
“A real Swiss Army knife….. this compelling all-round performer goes the extra mile to offer the most competitive features on the market.”

Read more on the What Hi-Fi? 2020 Awards


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