12 October 2017 by CMC PR
An incredible result for our clients Cambridge Audio and Bowers & Wilkins, both taking wins in some of the strongest categories in the What Hi-Fi? Awards with Cambridge Audio cementing their dominance in the Best Music Streamer category with the CXN and 851N, and Bowers & Wilkins making a statement with their first noise cancelling headphones - the PX - winning the award for Best wireless headphones over £300.
The What Hi-Fi? Awards have been running for over 30 years and are a culmination of the best tech in Hi-Fi. The awards are split into 25 categories, highlighting a huge range of class-leading products, from high-end speakers to affordable amps, budget headphones to top-of-the-range turntables, multi-room speakers to 4K HDR TVs.
Those of you who follow the awards each year may feel a sense of déjà vu with the CXN taking its third year win in a row for the category of best music streamer £500 - £1000, and the 851N taking its second year win for the Best musc streamer £1000 - £1500. That said, it is easy to see why they go uncontested when you get a chance to listen to them, or just hear what What Hi-Fi? Have to say in their reviews, commenting on the CXN’s, “hugely enjoyable sonic performance that really singles the CXN out. It sounds fantastic,” or the 851N’s, “muscular, full-bodied presentation, lathered in enthusiastic drive, bone-rattling punch and class-leading insight.” Even going so far as to say, “[the 851N] is the ideal high-end streamer.” It’s hard to find praise higher than when you hear people talking about Cambridge Audio’s legendary, five-time award winning streamers.
In the very hotly contested best wireless headphones over £300 category, Bowers & Wilkins take the win, beating out the Bose QC 35 II and the Sony WH-1000XM2, sequels to the dominating and extremely well received QC 35 and Sony MDR-1000X.
It’s important to mention that this is far from Bowers & Wilkins’ first attempt to make wireless headphones. In fact their P5 and P7 wireless are already both 2016 What-Hifi? Award winners, so it really comes as no surprise that even What Hi-Fi? Themselves found it, “difficult to call out the PXs on any aspect of their audio,” further securing its spot as the flawless top dog when it comes to higher budget wireless headphones.