Purchasing a series of hifi separates will always bring you closer to your favourite songs and artists, and will offer a sound that's far truer to the original performance than all-in-one systems will be capable of achieving. Hifi Separates by definition includes a number of components than when combined make up a true high fidelity music system. These components include hifi amplifiers, CD players, tuners/DAB tuners, network streamers (such as Sonos zone players), stereo receivers, and digital-to-analogue converters. Of course, for these components to talk effectively to each other, dedicated interconnects, loudspeaker cables and furniture are necessary to the system.
The sound performance of these hi-fi separates will almost always be superior to a 'one box system' such as a mini system at a similar price, where all functions are housed in one enclosure. The reasons are that in a mini system, all components are sharing the same power supply, and noise created in one section then pollutes another section, which inevitably degrades the overall sound quality. Hifi separates also enable you to gradually upgrade your audio system piece by piece, without having to start all over again, which is a more affordable way to get more enjoyment from your music listening.
Our h-ifi separates start at prices below £100 per unit, and rise to many thousands of pounds per unit, and sound performance improves as you go up the range.
We are often asked what proportion of the overall system budget to spend on each item. Loudspeakers invariably make the biggest overall contribution to the sound of an audio system, so you would be unwise to save money on this item, however system balance is important too - don't waste excessive expenditure on say, fancy audio cables when you only have a budget CD player and amplifier, as you will not hear the benefit. If you have a budget of say £700, our advice would be to spend 30% on the speakers, 20% on the CD player, 25% on the amplifier and 25% on cables and stands/ rack.
Latest reviews for Hifi Separates
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Blown Away By The Quality Of This AMP
I just purchased this Power Amplifier from HI FI Gear for £795 & I can't begin to tell you how impressed I am with this model. I have an old pair of B&W floor standing Speakers DM 604 S3, they are a nightmare to power. My old NAD power amp gave up the ghost 2 years ago & I have had no amp for 2 years, I finally found a mid range power amp with the muscle to power my B&W Pair with plenty of muscle left in reserve. These 250 watts at 8 ohms effortlessly power the most stubborn of speakers. I just matched them with the Audiolab 8200 CDQ that I got for an amazing price of £875 from Vickers Hi Fi, they Complement each other perfectly. At the moment I am streaming music from my pc connected to my sony Bravia TV via HDMI ,connected to the Audiolab CDQ via spidif fiber optic ,connected to the Rotel Rb 1572 connected to the B&W DM 406 S3 speakers. I am amazed just how good Google play actually sounds when powered properly. I played a CD of Madonna's True Confessions on the Audiolab CDQ, the speakers started eat into the floor the bass was amazing the true flow was brilliant. The CDQ has no BASS, No TONE, No TREBLE, the sound you get out of the CD is how it was supposed to sound. I streamed the Crystal Method Album Tweekend through Google-play, the quality of the stream-Sound, made Madonna sound like a rank amateur. I am a very happy bunny, ;) Streaming movies or just watching TV with this amp & Preamp set up is an absolute joy. Sound quality over Bluray will blow you away,forget surround sound amps they suck, go for this instead you won't be disappointed.
Excellent Sound Quality And Built To Last
This is my first Marantz amplifier and I can genuinely say I am delighted with it's performance. Now saving for new speakers!
Excellent DAC, Even Better Price,
The Dragonfly is ideal for me as it's basically the same size as my USB flash drive, which makes it really easy to carry around with my laptop. The first version sounded excellent but unfortunately was just out of my price bracket. The new release sounds even better and is a lot cheaper, making it an ideal choice for me. Would highly recommend as I don't believe there is another DAC this portable and this good sounding at this price.
What An Upgrade!
Was using my CD5 XS with the built in dac and loved it, but having added the Naim DAC, there is simply no way back.
Sounds Great, Looks A Million Dollars
My old Marantz player recently developed a fault, so I looked for a fairly cheap but good sounding player, the DCD520 took my eye and I'm a fan having now installed it in my system - cracking sound quality, and built to last.