Let’s talk about the new Hi-Fi+ website. Until recently, both The Absolute Sound and Hi-Fi+ had the same, unchanging website template for the last decade. The polite way of describing the Hi-Fi+ website was “tired”, but let’s be brutally honest here; our previous website sucked! It was outdated looking, hard to navigate and even harder to port over to mobile devices.
Our new site, rolled out last week, fixes those issues.
We have made the site easier to navigate. Tabs covering key sections of the site allow faster access to everything you need to see on the Hi-Fi+ website. Those sections allow greater ‘granularity’ than before, allowing you to search for specific types of products under reviews. Our search engine is also improved, making it easier to find that important review.
We have also integrated our store into the site itself. We have several special offers in the store, including hand-chosen CDs and books. More will follow.
Our music section is also significantly revamped. We have reintroduced our record reviews, including star ratings for music and sound that match those published in Hi-Fi+ magazine. More importantly, we have included links to music streaming services such as Tidal, Qobuz or Primephonic. You can now listen to the album as you read the review.
We have already moved reviews from the old site into our new website, updating links and details where possible. However, our archive has some older and smaller images and we cannot find bigger and better ones in all cases. Newer reviews will include larger images.
Our news section will continue to point to the latest stories from around the audio world. We hope the Hi-Fi+ website will be your one-stop-shop for all things audio.
The future of the new Hi-Fi+ website
Going forward, you will see new show reports; audio events are still rare, but we expect more in 2022. We will include more interviews with people in the audio industry. We also plan to embed videos and podcasts as soon as we find the right end of the microphone. As before, our site also supports blogging, but we often found our blogs were underperforming on our old site. We want blogging as a vibrant part of the Hi-Fi+ website and are actively monitoring what works… and what doesn’t.
It’s still early days, and we are still learning our way around the functions of our new site. We think the site already looks good and performs well, but we don’t want to sit still. As we add more to the Hi-Fi+ website, we hope to improve and refine over time.
We’re really excited about the changes to Hi-Fi+’s web presence today and tomorrow. If nothing else, it’s good to have a website that doesn’t run on 1970s time! There are a lot of changes taking place in audio and we’re looking forward to what tomorrow will bring. And we hope that the Hi-Fi+ website will be an important part of those changes. In the meantime… I hope you like and enjoy our new site.
Let us know what you think: [email protected]
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