Entry Guidelines

  • What Hi-Fi? Awards 2019 categories: Accessories, CD players, DACs, Hall of Fame, home cinema amplifiers, in-ear headphones, Innovation of the Year, multi-room systems, music streamers, on-ear headphones, Outstanding Contribution, portable music players, projectors, radios, Readers' Award, set-top boxes and streamers, smartphones, soundbars & soundbases, speaker packages, stereo amplifiers, stereo speakers, streaming services, systems, tablets, televisions, Temptation, turntables, wireless headphones, wireless speakers.
  • All our product tests are conducted by the most dedicated and experienced team of full-time, independent, expert reviewers, testing products together, as a team, in our bespoke suite of test rooms.
  • We test the widest range of consumer electronics products and accessories, from the smallest in-ear headphones through to huge TVs, state-of-the-art high-end audio and home cinema components. Our Awards highlight the best in each of these categories, price-banded to suit every budget.
  • Every Awards contender – be it a new product submitted during the judging process or an existing class-leader – is tested comparatively alongside its relevant peers.
  • Any product that has already received a five-star review, and that will be on sale at the time of the Awards in November, is automatically considered for entry and need not be resubmitted.
  • Any new products entered for the Awards must be on sale in the UK when the Best Buys are announced on the website on Monday, 7th October. 
  • Winning a What Hi-Fi? Award has a major influence on what consumers buy, and what retailers choose to stock.
  • Sporting our distinctive Award-winner’s logo on your packaging and promotional material is a clear, instant and trusted indicator of excellence.
  • If you have any questions, or need any other information about the entry process or the event itself, please don’t hesitate to contact Joe Cox, Global Editor-in-Chief at or +44 (0)20 7042 4533.