Hi-Fi &amp; Streaming http://www.stuff.tv/hi-fi-streaming/news en-GB Beta Yourself: hi-fi http://www.stuff.tv/music/beta-yourself-hi-fi/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Unleash the full potential of your ears by building your ideal hi-fi setup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beta Yourself: Hi-Fi" alt="Beta Yourself: How to build a Hi-Fi system from scratch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Beta-Yourself---Hifi-Main.jpg?1421856784" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So, your Grundig boombox has finally packed in and it&#39;s time to build a new hi-fi system. But where to start?</p> <p>Luckily for us<em>,What Hi-Fi? </em>editor Simon Lucas sits only a few desks away from the Stuff district, and we managed to get him to share his pearls of audiophile wisdom:</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/simon-lucas" title="View user profile.">Simon Lucas</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The basics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Start at source. </strong>Where is the music for your hi-fi coming from? Your huge collection of CDs? Those vinyl LPs that are finally coming back into fashion? The files on your computer and phone? Or a streaming service?</p> <p><strong>Choose your style.</strong> Is this hi-fi system confined to one room? Or do you want music to follow you wherever you go? Multi-room audio is booming, but it&#39;s not automatically your first choice where sound quality&#39;s concerned.</p> <p><strong>Set a budget. </strong>No matter if your idea of &#39;hi-fi&#39; is a single mains-powered speaker with a Bluetooth connection to your phone, or a whole rack&#39;s worth of amplifier, CD player, turntable, streamer, network-attached storage and a pair of speakers - stick to your budget.</p> <p><strong>Prioritise. </strong>Be honest: do you want your money to buy the best sound possible, or do you want it to buy as much futuristic gadgetry as it can? The best kit isn&#39;t necessarily the coolest.</p> <p><strong>Plan ahead. </strong>It&#39;s like a job interview: where do you see yourself in five years&#39; time? If you imagine your system expanding into more rooms, say, or incorporating some home cinema action, you need to factor it in now.</p> <p><strong>Audition. </strong>A hi-fi store is a rare sight these days, but there&#39;s no substitute for hearing the products on your shortlist before you commit the cash. And it&#39;s ultimately less of a pain than having to keep sending things back to Amazon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cambridge-audio-minx-xi/review" target="_blank">Cambridge Audio Minx Xi review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beta Yourself: How to build a Hi-Fi system from scratch" alt="Beta Yourself: How to build a Hi-Fi system from scratch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Beta-Yourself---Hifi-Turntable.jpg?1421856784" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Beta Yourself: How to build a Hi-Fi system from scratch" alt="Beta Yourself: How to build a Hi-Fi system from scratch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Beta-Yourself---Hifi-CDs.jpg?1421856784" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> System matching </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Check compatibility. </strong>If you have a record player, you&#39;ll need an amp with a phono stage. For wireless speakers, make sure your home network&#39;s up to the strain.</p> <p><strong>Don&#39;t overdo it. </strong>The bassiest amplifier, driving the bassiest speaker, will end up - yes - sounding too bassy.</p> <p><strong>It can all be hi-fi. </strong>Plugging a laptop straight into an amplifier seldom ends well. But using a dedicated off-board DAC like an AudioQuest Dragonfly (&pound;130, audioquest.com) turns your laptop into a hi-fi component.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ipod-hi-fi/cyrus-lyric-09/review-0" target="_blank">Cyrus Lyric 09 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beta Yourself: How to build a Hi-Fi system from scratch" alt="Beta Yourself: How to build a Hi-Fi system from scratch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Beta-Yourself---Hifi-System-Matching-3_0.jpg?1421856784" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Setting up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Get into position. </strong>Put the speakers as level with your head as possible and closer to each other than they are to you.</p> <p><strong>Don&#39;t interfere. </strong>Interference (electrical and physical) can ruin the sound of your hi-fi, so make sure equipment is isolated: ideally electronics on a rack and speakers on stands.</p> <p><strong>Care and attention. </strong>Don&#39;t play records that are thick with dust, CDs that are covered in thumb-prints or music on a speaker that&#39;s down to its last 3% of battery life. All these could create problems in your system.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-tv-stick/review" target="_blank">Amazon Fire TV Stick review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beta Yourself: How to build a Hi-Fi system from scratch" alt="Beta Yourself: How to build a Hi-Fi system from scratch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Beta-Yourself---Hifi-Setting-Up.jpg?1421856784" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Digital domain </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Archive properly. </strong>Digitising your music collection only needs doing once. <a href="http://www.rarewares.org" target="_blank">LAME</a> is a brilliant MP3 encoder - use it with <a href="http://www.exactaudiocopy.de" target="_blank">Exact Audio Copy</a> to keep it sounding pristine.</p> <p><strong>Pay the premium. </strong>The likes of Qobuz (qobuz.com) and Tidal (tidalhifi.com) stream CD-sized files rather than the compressed Spotify equivalents. They cost more, but they offer more detail.</p> <p><strong>Make the most of iTunes. </strong>Get into the &#39;preferences&#39; menu and have a proper experiment with the equalizer settings.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naim-mu-so/review" target="_blank">Naim Mu-so review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beta Yourself: How to build a Hi-Fi system from scratch" alt="Beta Yourself: How to build a Hi-Fi system from scratch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Beta-Yourself---Hifi-Digital-Domain.jpg?1421856784" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finishing touches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Keep tweaking. </strong>The spikes on your stands will need tightening. Your speaker cable will oxidise and need trimming. The arm on your record player will need realigning too.</p> <p><strong>Don&#39;t rush to judge. </strong>Most box-fresh electronics can take hours to reach their full potential, and speakers (which rely more on physical movement) can sometimes take days or even weeks.</p> <p><strong>Safe storage. </strong>Store your records vertically and, as with CDs, don&#39;t expose them to extremes of temperature.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bluesound/bluesound-multi-room-music-system/review" target="_blank">Bluesound multi-room music system review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beta Yourself: How to build a Hi-Fi system from scratch" alt="Beta Yourself: How to build a Hi-Fi system from scratch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Beta-Yourself---Hifi-Finishing-Touches.jpg?1421856784" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Level up with... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>The Website - </strong><a href="http://www.clarityalliance.co.uk" target="_blank">Clarity</a><br />A supergroup of the UK&#39;s biggest hi-fi nerds (that&#39;s a compliment) offers tips, expert guidance and (mostly) impartial advice on every aspect of researching, demo-ing, buying and maintaining your hi-fi kit. It&#39;s rather old-school, but none the worse for it.</p> <p><strong>The Book - </strong><a href="http://getbettersound.com" target="_blank">Get Better Sound</a><br />Billed as &#39;the setup manual your system wants&#39;, this guide written by Jim Smith, an audio consultant with over 35 years&#39; experience in the field, doesn&#39;t advise you to just spend more money. Instead, it discusses practical ways to get better performance from the kit you already own, in order to reach your full audiophile potential.</p> <p><strong>The Video - </strong><a href="http://bit.ly/roomsetup" target="_blank">Do&#39;s and Don&#39;ts of Room Set-up</a><br />It&#39;s a little on the dry side, but this free five-minute primer on hi-fi positioning is all good common-sense stuff. No room is perfect (unless all it has in it is hi-fi, of course), but there&#39;s a lot of practical advice on basic pitfalls and managing &#39;reflections&#39;.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6-dOSD1KoNU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/music/beta-yourself-hi-fi/feature#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Music Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:13:08 +0000 samharris1 1458092 at http://www.stuff.tv Opinion: Stupidly expensive audio kit isn’t music to my ears http://www.stuff.tv/stupidly-expensive-audio-kit-isn-t-music-my-ears/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Craig Grannell likes lossless but not madness, and remains baffled by the cause of the audiophile </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stupidly expensive audio kit isn’t music to my ears" alt="Stupidly expensive audio kit isn’t music to my ears" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/shutterstock_118574008.jpg?1421689691" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>&ldquo;Buy the second-cheapest.&rdquo;</p> <p>That was the advice once given to me by an audio technician during a conversation about wiring up sound systems. He&rsquo;d happily dealt with cabling for anything from home sound systems to concert halls, and his rationale remained the same throughout: the cheapest stuff is sometimes garbage due to attempting to win the race to the bottom, but whatever&rsquo;s sitting above that is usually fine for most tasks - and especially home use.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cables as expensive as cars </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Since then, I&rsquo;ve immersed myself deeply in the world of gadgets, largely through writing about them, partly by actually using them, and surprisingly regularly by being utterly bewildered by them - or at least by the way people seem to ignore the basics of reality and take leave of their senses when it comes to certain kit. Things get tribal when it comes to brands - Apple and Microsoft; Apple and Google; Apple and, well, anything that&rsquo;s not Apple - but nothing is crazier than venturing into the world of the audiophile.</p> <p>These are people that would grab the aforementioned sales assistant by the scruff of the neck, wrench him away from his beloved Teletubbies, and demand to know why he was offering an adapter that cost a mere &pound;50. Clearly, he should only be selling kit rolled in diamonds and truffles, making your ears orgasm with every single emitted note.</p> <p>And if you think that sounds absurd, it is; but if there&rsquo;s one thing the audio industry is increasingly fantastic at, it&rsquo;s the absurd. You get speaker cable akin to a garden hose, and insanely expensive cable &lsquo;risers&rsquo;, presumably designed to stop electrons being attacked by your carpet.</p> <p>The briefest of Google searches while writing this article unearthed a three-metre phono lead priced similarly to a typical hatchback. And even at the saner end of the spectrum, you find <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ces-2015/ces-2015-new-sony-walkman-slab-hi-res-audio-loveliness/news">Sony&rsquo;s new Walkman</a>, which costs a grand and claims to upscale music, or the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/pono-s-hi-res-music-service-be-powered-omnifone/news">PonoMusic shop</a>, with super high-resolution audio files that also have super high-end pricing compared to downloads available elsewhere.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-hi-res-audio/feature">Why you should be pumped about (and just a bit sceptical of) Hi-Res Audio</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Sony&#039;s &quot;upscaling&quot; ZX2 Walkman costs almost £1,000" alt="Stupidly expensive audio kit isn’t music to my ears" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-walkman-zx2-05_0.jpg?1421689691" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sounds like snake oil </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Most of this stuff feels like audio homeopathy - blind devotion combined with confirmation bias forcing you to believe that the music coming out of your speakers must sound amazing if you&rsquo;ve just blown TWENTY-TWO GRAND on a couple of leads.</p> <p>The thing that grates - as someone who loves listening to and making music - is that people into all this stuff have passion, but it could be redirected to fight battles that are genuinely damaging music.</p> <p>We live in a world of terrible earbuds, sporadic availability, low-quality streaming formats and awful mastering - a loudness war that seeks to grab radio listeners but in doing so strips nuance, subtlety and even many of the sounds from every recording. No overpriced cables, triangular music players, upscaling Sony kit, or audio files with specs far beyond the limit of human hearing will ever fix these things.</p> <p>Then again, that&rsquo;s just another set of demands the vast majority of people don&rsquo;t care about, isn&rsquo;t it? Oh no. I&rsquo;m an audiophile too, just one with different concerns about music. But pass me that expensive cable catalogue and I <em>will</em> still set fire to it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/30-greatest-audiophile-albums/feature">The 30 best audiophile albums ever</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Neil Young claims his PonoPlayer &quot;sounds like God&quot; – but that&#039;s just an opinion" alt="Stupidly expensive audio kit isn’t music to my ears" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ponoplayers.jpg?1421689691" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stupidly-expensive-audio-kit-isn-t-music-my-ears/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/stupidly-expensive-audio-kit-isn-t-music-my-ears/feature#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Hi-Res Audio Opinion Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:47:27 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1458002 at http://www.stuff.tv Bang & Olufsen's beautiful BeoSound Moment brings magical touch-sensitive wood into your living room http://www.stuff.tv/bo/bang-olufsens-beautiful-beosound-moment-brings-magical-touch-sensitive-wood-your-living-room/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Part work of art, part audio tablet, B&amp;O&#039;s magical colourful slate is a thing of beauty </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Utterly gorgeous. But what the hell is it?" alt="Bang &amp; Olufsen&#039;s beautiful BeoSound Moment brings magical touch-sensitive wood i" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/BSoMoment-14PK-A02%5B1%5D.jpg?1421319617" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Wood you mind explaining what this is?</strong><br />Oaky-dokey. But we&rsquo;ll start with what this isn&rsquo;t. The BeoSound Moment is not a speaker. You&rsquo;ll need one of Bang &amp; Olufsen&rsquo;s wired or wireless active speaker systems to get it to put any noise in your noiseholes. </p> <p>What this is, though, is an &lsquo;intelligent&rsquo; wireless music controller. It&rsquo;ll intelligently choose music &ndash; from your network-attached storage, or your mobile device, or via Deezer&rsquo;s online music service &ndash; and it&rsquo;ll play it. Intelligently.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>OK, I&rsquo;ll bite. What&rsquo;s the &lsquo;intelligent&rsquo; story?</strong><br />What? Oh, yeah. It&rsquo;s got smarts called &lsquo;PatternPlay&rsquo;, which is said to learn what music or radio stations you play at particular times of day. Press that magical touch-sensitive oak button on the controller and it should play something you&rsquo;re ready to hear.</p> <p>If not, you just lift it up &ndash; ta-daa! It&rsquo;s actually a tabletly wotsit &ndash; and on the other side is a more conventional looking aluminium control layout with a LCD screen. But there&rsquo;s more.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Wood you care for some music?" alt="Bang &amp; Olufsen&#039;s beautiful BeoSound Moment brings magical touch-sensitive wood i" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BSoMoment-14PK-01%5B1%5D.jpg?1421319617" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>More?</strong><br />More! On that LCD screen, you can display a Mood Wheel. The colours denote emotions. Touch a colour near the hub of the wheel and you&rsquo;ll hear appropriately emotive music from your own collection, but slide an exploratory finger further out the wheel and the Moment will go a-hunting on the interwebs for something new, surprising and/or horrifying.</p> <p>Either which way, it&rsquo;s all a bit unique, which is what we&rsquo;d expect from the Danish design dons. And what we&rsquo;d want from a &pound;1800 spend &ndash; this is Big Daddy B&amp;O, remember, not the relatively affordable headphone and Bluetooth speakers spin-off known as B&amp;O Play.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BSoMoment-14PK-10%5B1%5D.jpg?1421319617" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bo/bang-olufsens-beautiful-beosound-moment-brings-magical-touch-sensitive-wood-your-living-room/news#comments B&O Hi-Fi & Streaming Hot Stuff Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:37:58 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1457521 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: Tidal is bringing Hi-Res Audio streaming to the UK http://www.stuff.tv/meridian/ces-2015-tidal-bringing-hi-res-audio-streaming-uk/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Based on Meridian’s new MQA tech, it could be a Spotify for audiophiles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="CES 2015: Tidal is bringing Hi-Res Audio streaming to the UK" alt="CES 2015: Tidal is bringing Hi-Res Audio streaming to the UK" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tidal-macbook-pro.jpg?1421162656" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Premium music streaming service <a href="https://tidalhifi.com/" target="_blank">Tidal</a> is already available in the UK, where it offers CD-quality music on demand &ndash; a step above the more compressed audio offered by Spotify, Rdio and the like.</p> <p>However, it&rsquo;s going one step further in the near future &ndash; it&rsquo;s about to offer a fully lossless option.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tidal&rsquo;s Strategic Partnership Manager Pal Bratelund says that the technical side of the service is in place, but there&rsquo;s still work to be done: &ldquo;The technology is there, now it&rsquo;s about securing contents rights for Hi-Res music, which is a whole different game from Red Book CD quality.&rdquo; He makes a good point: if you can&rsquo;t offer songs that people actually want to hear, you&rsquo;re not going to attract customers &ndash; no matter how easy on the ears your audio tech is.</p> <p>Tidal&rsquo;s current CD-quality service features 25 million tracks, and will set you back &pound;20 a month (double the price of Spotify Premium). Bratelund suggests that this price may drop a little when the premium lossless option launches.</p> <p>Tidal works across multiple sources. As well as iOS, Android, Mac and PC, it&rsquo;s integrated into hi-fi hardware from the likes of Meridian, Sonos, Linn and Squeezebox. It&rsquo;s not clear whether or not its lossless service will be available on all these platforms, but more info is likely to emerge in the coming weeks. We&rsquo;ll keep you posted.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/news/ces-2015-tidal-to-launch-high-res-streaming-service-using-meridian-mqa" target="_blank">What Hi-Fi?</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-hi-res-audio/feature">Why you should be pumped about (and just a bit sceptical of) Hi-Res Audio</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CoFiZbJEnFE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meridian/ces-2015-tidal-bringing-hi-res-audio-streaming-uk/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/meridian/ces-2015-tidal-bringing-hi-res-audio-streaming-uk/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Meridian Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:24:17 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1457522 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: Party in the pool with Monster's floating speaker http://www.stuff.tv/monster/ces-2015/ces-2015-party-pool-monsters-floating-speaker/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Monster SuperStar BackFloat speaker brings beats to your bath </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Monster SuperStar BackFloat" alt="Monster SuperStar BackFloat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/monster-superstar-backfloat-01.jpg?1420508594" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You know how it is: you&#39;re lounging in your pool (you don&#39;t have a pool? Who doesn&#39;t have a pool?) but something&#39;s missing: your tunes.</p> <p>Monster has come to the rescue with its SuperStar BackFloat speaker, a wireless stereo speaker that floats on water.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We had a listen to the BackFloat speaker at Monster&#39;s CES 2015 press launch; although it was competing with the PA speakers right next to it, it delivered clear, punchy audio, if a little tinny and treble-heavy.</p> <p>We also got to see it performing its party trick, bobbing about in a tank of water; watching the water drops dance about on the speakers as it pumped out tunes is an entertainment in itself.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Monster SuperStar BackFloat will be available in black with blue or yellow detailing, priced US$170; there&#39;s no word yet on UK pricing or availability.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015" target="_blank">CES 2015&nbsp;&ndash; all the latest news</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Monster SuperStar BackFloat" alt="Monster SuperStar BackFloat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monster-superstar-backfloat-02.jpg?1420508594" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Monster SuperStar BackFloat" alt="Monster SuperStar BackFloat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monster-superstar-backfloat-03.jpg?1420508594" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/monster/ces-2015/ces-2015-party-pool-monsters-floating-speaker/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/monster/ces-2015/ces-2015-party-pool-monsters-floating-speaker/news#comments Bluetooth Speakers CES 2015 Hi-Fi & Streaming Monster Mon, 05 Jan 2015 19:38:16 +0000 Stephen Graves 1456736 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: Cambridge Audio unveils the CX series, a swanky new home cinema range http://www.stuff.tv/cambridge-audio/ces-2015/ces-2015-cambridge-audio-unveils-cx-series-its-brand-new-home-cinema-range <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want the essentials of a high-end home theatre or hi-fi setup? Cambridge’s slick new system should oblige </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="CES 2015: Cambridge Audio unveils the CX series, its brand new home cinema range" alt="CES 2015: Cambridge Audio unveils the CX series, its brand new home cinema range" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cambridge-audio-cxa80-lifestyle.jpg?1420652751" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>British hi-fi and home cinema stalwart Cambridge Audio has unveiled its all-new home cinema range at CES 2015, and there&rsquo;s plenty to get excited about.</p> <p>The CX series comprises six new products ranging in price from &pound;300 to &pound;2,000, so we&rsquo;re not talking entry-level here &ndash; this is a system designed to deliver &ldquo;class-leading sound, advanced networking capabilities, large colour displays and exceptional build quality and design&rdquo;.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Then there are the CXA60 and CXA80, two integrated stereo amplifiers each with a high-end Wolfson DAC and (in the case of the CXA80) the ability to stream Hi-Res 24-bit/192kHz music directly from a computer via USB. The systems are broadly similar, but the CXA60 offers 60W per channel while the CXA80 delivers 80W. The latter also has balanced XLR inputs.</p> <p>Next up is the CXC, a CD transport designed to work with either of the above stereo amps. The transport is designed to feature no on-board digital-to-analogue conversion (that&rsquo;s done on the amplifier side of things), and therefore no deterioration of the audio signal.</p> <p>Finally, there are two AV receivers, the CXR120 and CXR200. Both offer 7.2-channel surround sound and the ability to upscale all video content that passes through them to 4K resolutions. They also feature the same streaming capabilities as the CXN unit above, meaning they can play back the highest quality audio formats. The differences between the two models are fairly small: the CXR120 offers 120W per channel while the CXR200 offers 200W per channel, and the latter model has slightly superior connectivity.</p> <p>All the Cambridge Audio CX models will be on sale by the end of the first quarter of 2015.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-hi-res-audio/feature">Why you should be pumped about (and just a bit sceptical of) Hi-Res Audio</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="CES 2015: Cambridge Audio unveils the CX series, its brand new home cinema range" alt="CES 2015: Cambridge Audio unveils the CX series, its brand new home cinema range" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cambridge-audio-cxa80.jpg?1420652751" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cambridge-audio/ces-2015/ces-2015-cambridge-audio-unveils-cx-series-its-brand-new-home-cinema-range" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/cambridge-audio/ces-2015/ces-2015-cambridge-audio-unveils-cx-series-its-brand-new-home-cinema-range#comments Cambridge Audio CES 2015 Hi-Fi & Streaming Home Cinema Mon, 05 Jan 2015 17:28:29 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1456708 at http://www.stuff.tv Cambridge Audio Minx Xi http://www.stuff.tv/cambridge-audio-minx-xi/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Cambridge Audio Minx Xi is a micro system for the 21st Century. Just add speakers. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="596" title="Pocket-sized but feature-rich" alt="Cambridge Audio Minx XI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Cambridge%20Minx%20Xi%20v3.jpg?1419947319" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/whathifi" title="View user profile.">WhatHiFi</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Cambridge Audio Minx Xi is a great example of a new breed of music-playing device &ndash; the streaming system.</p> <p>Connect it to a NAS drive filled with your digital tunes, wire up some speakers and away you go. You can also stream to it using aptX Bluetooth, or wire kit in directly. It even has access to the world of internet radio. In short, it covers pretty much all the bases for modern music-listening needs. And it sounds good doing it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ipod-hi-fi/cyrus-lyric-09/review-0" target="_blank">Cyrus Lyric 09 review</a></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £600.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-review-url"> <div class="field-label">What Hi-Fi? review URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.whathifi.com/cambridge-audio/minx-xi/review </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sounds great for the money </div> <div class="field-item even"> Feature packed – you can play most things through the Xi </div> <div class="field-item odd"> A well-built and stylish little unit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It won’t play high-res tracks above 24-bit/96kHz </div> <div class="field-item even"> Could do with its own music apps </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Getting set </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When you consider all the features the Minx Xi offers, getting everything up and running is a remarkably easy process. It will connect to your network via either Ethernet (recommended for stability) or a wireless connection (via the dedicated aerial dongle). &nbsp;Connection is swift and simple whichever way you choose to go.</p> <p>The Xi has good file compatibility, so it should match up to your stored tunes without too much stress. It&rsquo;ll play FLAC, WAV and Apple Lossless files alongside AIFF, MP3 and AAC.</p> <p>The amplifier in the unit is rated at 40W per channel, and is plenty powerful enough for most needs and speakers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://Why you should be pumped about (and just a bit sceptical of) High-Res Audio">Why you should be pumped about (and just a bit sceptical of) High-Res Audio</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4570" height="2409" title="Awesome tech in a neat little package" alt="Cambridge Audio Minx Xi" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Cambridge%20Minx%20Xi%20v2.jpg?1419947319" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A plethora of choices </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can play tunes from your NAS &ndash; including hi-res files up to 24-bit/96kHz &ndash; stream to the device over aptX Bluetooth, or wire in units via the three USB ports, optical and coaxial digital inputs. If you&rsquo;ve still got some old-school kit, you can connect, say, a CD player via two pairs of RCA inputs. And, finally, there&rsquo;s a 3.5mm connection on the front of the unit.</p> <p>To control it all there&rsquo;s a decent remote control unit &ndash; although, as is often the case, we prefer using the app. Cambridge Audio&rsquo;s free Stream Magic app makes it easier to access tunes on your network.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review" target="_blank">Roku Streaming Stick Review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4785" height="1978" title="input any way you like it.." alt="Cambridge Audio Minx XI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Cambridge%20Minx%20Xi%20back_0.jpg?1419947319" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ready, steady, go with the flow </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Streaming quality files from a NAS device produces great results. Music is insightful and refined, displaying plenty of finesse and composure.</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t have its own onboard streaming services, but the built-in Bluetooth means you can send tunes from any that are on your phone - Spotify, Tidal, iPlayer Radio, etc.</p> <p>Streaming to your phone and then Bluetoothing to the Minx Xi suffers the expected little dip in sound quality, but tunes stay entertaining, which is crucial, and it&rsquo;s a fine performance with this relatively compromised connection.</p> <p>The analogue inputs reveal Cambridge Audio&rsquo;s hi-fi pedigree: detail levels are high and the results expressive and involving.</p> <p>Overall, the sound from the Minx Xi is more engaging than any other similarly priced product we&rsquo;ve heard.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cambridge-audio/cambridge-audio-minx-air-200/review" target="_blank">Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200 Review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4570" height="1870" title="ex-stream-ly good..." alt="Cambridge Audio Minx XI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Cambridge%20Minx%20Xi%20v1_0.jpg?1419947319" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Minx Xi is a terrific piece of kit that does a superb job for a very fair price. If you&rsquo;ve hankered after the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naim/naim-unitiqute-2/review" target="_blank">Naim UnitiQute</a> but can&rsquo;t justify spending well over a grand, this Cambridge Audio system will give you much of that quality for half the money.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hi-fi-streaming/top-ten" target="_blank">The best hi-fi and streaming systems in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A superb streaming system that offers excellent sound quality at a bargain price</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/cambridge-audio-minx-xi/review#comments Cambridge Audio Hi-Fi & Streaming Hi-Res Audio Tue, 30 Dec 2014 13:48:42 +0000 Emily P Burt 1453539 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Alternative Christmas TV Schedule http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-alternative-christmas-viewing-guide/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can&#039;t face the seasonal TV line-up? Switch on your streaming service and dial up some of these movies instead of watching The Great Escape for the umpteenth time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff&#039;s Alternative Christmas TV Schedule" alt="Stuff&#039;s Alternative Christmas TV Schedule" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/da4fa5f5f57e2db5521930c5f07899bfa4865160.jpg?1419415381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Christmas Day TV listings are numbingly predictable.</p> <p>Look at this year&#39;s spread: <em>Downton Abbey</em>, <em>Miranda</em> and &ndash; with metronome inevitiablity&nbsp;&ndash; soap specials. And you can&#39;t even go out and pick up a Blu-ray. Not to worry, though: we&#39;ve rounded up a selection of movies available on streaming services to add some fizz to your festive viewing on the big day.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-christmas-survival-guide/feature">Stuff&#39;s Christmas survival guide</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Morning </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&#39;ve been rudely awakened by the kids leaping up and down on your bed. Blearily, you haul yourself downstairs to oversee the unwrapping of presents, and maybe fix some breakfast.</p> <p>They&#39;re still jumping up and down. You need a distraction. Here it is.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Frozen (Blinkbox, Now TV) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If by some miracle you haven&#39;t already seen Disney&#39;s snowbound fairy tale, you can catch it from Christmas Day on Now TV. Blinkbox, meanwhile, has a &quot;sing-along&quot; version, so you can warble along to <em>Let It Go</em> to your heart&#39;s delight.</p> <p><a href="http://www.blinkbox.com/movies/frozen-(2013)-(55126)" target="_blank">Buy Frozen on Blinkbox (&pound;10)</a><br /><a href="http://www.blinkbox.com/movies/frozen-(sing-along-edition)-(66472)" target="_blank">Buy Frozen Sing-Along Edition on Blinkbox (&pound;10)</a><br /><a href="http://watch.nowtv.com/search?query=frozen" target="_blank">Watch Frozen on Now TV</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/moSFlvxnbgk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Christmas Visitor (BFI Player) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This charming little Christmas cartoon from the 1950s kicks off with a rendition of <em>The Night Before Christmas</em>, before spinning off into an adventure featuring living toys &ndash; including an entertainingly villainous Snidely Whiplash-type Jack in the Box. The retro stylings will conjure up visions of Don Draper, so pour yourself a whiskey and settle down to watch the rest of our schedule.</p> <p><a href="http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-the-christmas-visitor-1958/" target="_blank">Watch The Christmas Visitor on BFI Player</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Christmas Visitor (BFI Player)" alt="Stuff&#039;s Alternative Christmas TV Schedule" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-christmas-visitor.jpg?1419415381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wallace &amp; Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Netflix, Blinkbox) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Paying tribute to the Hammer Horror movies of old, Wallace &amp; Gromit&#39;s first full-length film finds them tackling a giant rabbit with designs on Tottington Hall&#39;s vegetables. But things are not quite what they seem&hellip;</p> <p>Aardman Animations&#39; plasticine heroes retain their quirky charm on the big screen, untainted by Hollywood interference. They&#39;re joined by a big-name cast including Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter &ndash; who throw themselves wholeheartedly into the silliness.</p> <p><a href="http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70021655" target="_blank">Watch Wallace &amp; Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit on Netflix</a><br /><a href="http://www.blinkbox.com/movies/wallace-gromit-the-curse-of-the-wererabbit-(53619)" target="_blank">Rent&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70021655" target="_blank">Wallace &amp; Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit</a><a href="http://www.blinkbox.com/movies/wallace-gromit-the-curse-of-the-wererabbit-(53619)" target="_blank">&nbsp;on Blinkbox (&pound;2.50)</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/BXYNHHj4KDw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Afternoon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&#39;ve somehow managed to cram most of a turkey and half a Christmas pudding inside you, to the protestations of your stomach. Time to flop down upon the sofa and vegetate with a couple of antacids. Here&#39;s some family viewing that&#39;ll keep you ticking over.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Netflix, Blinkbox) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;re assuming you&#39;ve already seen the first instalment in the Hobbit trilogy &ndash; if not, go and watch it now. The second part is classic adventure cinema at its finest, upping the stakes as Bilbo Baggins and the company of Thorin Oakenshield near their goal &ndash; the Lonely Mountain and the treasure buried in its halls.</p> <p>There is, of course, the small matter of the dragon sleeping on top of it. The film ends on the mother of all cliffhangers &ndash; but fortunately, the final instalment is in cinemas now, so you can dash straight out and catch it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70281532" target="_blank">Watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Netflix</a><br /><a href="http://www.blinkbox.com/movies/the-hobbit-the-desolation-of-smaug-(54832)" target="_blank">Buy The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Blinkbox (&pound;8)</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OPVWy1tFXuc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Guardians of the Galaxy (Blinkbox) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Your <em>Stuff</em> correspondent remembers watching <em>Star Wars</em> at Christmas, with Luke Skywalker&#39;s adventures interspersed with ads for the MFI sales. This intergalactic epic picks up where that film left off, with wannabe hero Star-Lord assembling a motley crew in search of a deadly superweapon.</p> <p>The unlikely duo of Rocket Raccoon and talking tree Groot grabbed all the attention, but it&#39;s Chris Pratt&#39;s Star-Lord who gives the film its heart; an &#39;80s kid who&#39;s getting to live out his fantasy of being Han Solo.</p> <p><a href="http://www.blinkbox.com/movies/guardians-of-the-galaxy-(66473)" target="_blank">Rent Guardians of the Galaxy on Blinkbox (&pound;3.50)</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/b7yOuhI1dzU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Lego Movie (Now TV, Blinkbox) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Emmet (Chris Pratt) is a bog-standard Lego minifigure, until he discovers that he&#39;s the chosen one who&#39;s destined to save the world&hellip; stop us if you&#39;ve heard this one before.</p> <p>Knowingly eviscerating adventure movie clichés, this clever kids&#39; film celebrates the imagination and the individual &ndash; while pointing a stern finger at the sort of adults who collect children&#39;s toys. You know who you are.</p> <p><a href="http://watch.nowtv.com/search?query=lego%20movie" target="_blank">Watch The Lego Movie on Now TV</a><br /><a href="http://www.blinkbox.com/movies/the-lego-movie-(58546)" target="_blank">Buy The Lego Movie on Blinkbox (&pound;10)</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/life-etc/movie-classics/25-best-alternative-christmas-movies">25 alternative Christmas movies</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/fZ_JOBCLF-I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Evening </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The darkness is closing in outside &ndash; settle down with your tipple of choice and fire up one of these films to see in Christmas evening.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Dark Knight Rises (Amazon Instant Video, Blinkbox) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The finale to Christopher Nolan&#39;s Batman trilogy has an appropriately wintery setting for the time of year, with the Dark Knight and his revolutionary nemesis Bane duking it out for the fate of a snowbound Gotham City.</p> <p>It&#39;s got a seasonal Dickensian flavour, too; Nolan was inspired by <em>A Tale of Two Cities</em> when writing the film, and it shows in the film&#39;s depiction of mob rule and kangaroo courts. Anne Hathaway&#39;s Catwoman, meanwhile, echoes Oliver Twist&#39;s Artful Dodger &ndash; though we&#39;re fairly sure he never sported heels and a leather catsuit in the original novel.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Knight-Rises-Christian-Bale/dp/B00I6L2JQI?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Rent The Dark Knight Rises on Amazon Prime Instant Video (&pound;2.50)</a><br /><a href="http://www.blinkbox.com/movies/the-dark-knight-rises-(37807)" target="_blank">Rent The Dark Knight Rises on Blinkbox (&pound;2.50)</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/g8evyE9TuYk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Cicerones (BFI Player) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>The League of Gentlemen</em>&#39;s Jeremy Dyson and Mark Gatiss conjured up this spooky short film, based on the story by Robert Aickman. It&#39;s an unsettling yarn, with Gatiss on fine form as a stuffy, Brylcreemed Englishman abroad &ndash; and makes for a perfect appetiser for Gatiss&#39; ghost story <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03n2rnf" target="_blank">The Tractate Middoth</a>, airing Christmas Day, on BBC Two at 9:30pm.</p> <p><a href="http://player.bfi.org.uk/player/watch-the-cicerones-150639777/s4NWx4ZDqc2lJ8dk_rAxoGUMILYHL4-h/default/search" target="_blank">Rent The Cicerones on BFI Player (&pound;1)</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="568" height="426" title="The Cicerones" alt="Stuff&#039;s alternative Christmas TV schedule" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cicerones.jpg?1419415381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Amazon Instant Video) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Christmas wouldn&#39;t be Christmas without a bit of Victoriana, and Guy Ritchie&#39;s action-packed take on the great detective certainly fits the bill. This slick adaptation pits Robert Downey, Jr&#39;s Holmes against Professor Moriarty &ndash; played to perfection by <em>Mad Men</em>&#39;s Jared Harris; it cleverly fleshes out Conan Doyle&#39;s stories, and it&#39;s packed with period detail and buddy-cop banter between Holmes and Watson.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sherlock-Holmes-Robert-Downey-Jr/dp/B00ET1ZSBC/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418832235&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=sherlock+holmes+a+game+of+shadows&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Rent Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows on Amazon Prime Instant Video (&pound;2.50)</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/V1OYiPa-eLg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fireplace for Your Home (Netflix) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Netflix has once again brought this cinematic classic back for Christmas. The imagery is compelling, even if the plot is somewhat lacking. Leave it on in the background while you play Scrabble or read a book.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Fireplace_for_Your_Home/70222873?sod=search-autocomplete" target="_blank">&#39;Watch&#39; Fireplace for Your Home on Netflix</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/n3Vuwop3MGA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Mistletoe Bough (BFI Player) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fancy something a bit highbrow? This classic Christmas horror story was first filmed in 1904 &ndash; and has been revived and restored by the BFI for its new video-on-demand service. A short treat for fans of silent film and Gothic scares. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://player.bfi.org.uk/player/watch-the-mistletoe-bough-150051974/tmam00aTqGYHEkE-Wr12_M2hvHpNmwPX/default/search" target="_blank">Watch The Mistletoe Bough on BFI Player</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/best-tech-drives-2014/feature">The best tech drives of 2014</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="589" height="442" title="The Mistletoe Bough" alt="Stuff&#039;s alternative Christmas TV schedule" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mistletoe-bough.jpg?1419415381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Later </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s pitch black outside, the sitting room is discarded with bits of cast-off wrapping paper, and the kids are in bed. Time to fire up some more age-appropriate fare for the grown-ups.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Die Hard (Now TV) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s been billed as an &quot;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/life-etc/movie-classics/25-best-alternative-christmas-movies">alternative Christmas movie</a>&quot; for so long now that it&#39;s starting to feel more festive than It&#39;s <em>A Wonderful Life</em>. <em>Die Hard</em>&#39;s action-movie heroics are still a great antidote to all the saccharine, sentimental piffle that&#39;s cluttering up the airwaves on the regular TV channels, though &ndash; particularly Alan Rickman&#39;s withering turn as villain Hans Gruber.</p> <p><a href="http://watch.nowtv.com/watch-movies/die-hard-1988/8459df40b23a8410VgnVCM1000000b43150a____" target="_blank">Watch Die Hard on Now TV</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QIOX44m8ktc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Black Christmas (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>He sees you when you&#39;re sleeping&hellip; this vintage horror movie finds a group of sorority sisters terrorised by a mystery killer. But this is no hackneyed hack &#39;em up &ndash; it&#39;s the original slasher movie, which (along with the similarly holiday-themed Halloween) begat the genre that spawned a thousand masked killers. Dated? Unquestionably. But it&#39;s a piece of horror movie history.</p> <p><a href="http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70057846" target="_blank">Watch Black Christmas on Netflix</a><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Christmas-Olivia-Hussey/dp/B00EU8G3KO/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418832575&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=black+christmas&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Rent Black Christmas on Amazon Prime Instant Video (&pound;2.50)</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature"> The 30 best movies and TV shows on Netflix</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4gNdplqmCcQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff&#039;s Alternative Xmas TV schedule </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-alternative-christmas-viewing-guide/feature#comments Christmas 2014 Film and TV Hi-Fi & Streaming Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:36:32 +0000 Stephen Graves 1430273 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The Naim Mu-So is the Hi-fi Gadget of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadgets-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-hi-fi-gadgets-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The multi-talented wireless speaker sucked up the Stuff team&#039;s votes in much the same way as it sucks up music from almost any source </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Naim Mu-So is the best hi-fi gadget of the year" alt="The Naim Mu-So is the best hi-fi gadget of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-hi-fi-naim-mu-so_FINAL.jpg?1418920538" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The world of hi-fi is a broad and beautiful beast, and 2014 has been an amazing year for new musical gizmos. </p> <p>Those traditional hi-fi companies are now fully aboard the streaming bandwagon, so serious sound quality and high-tech wireless action are far from mutually exclusive. And that&#39;s personified in the Mu-So, Naim&#39;s audiophile-friendly wireless speaker &ndash; a worthy winner of our gong.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Winner: Naim Mu-so </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might look a bit like somebody pushed over a robot&rsquo;s gravestone but Naim&rsquo;s Mu-so does anything but mark the death of hi-fi. Fundamentally it&rsquo;s a wireless speaker, but it&rsquo;s one with its sights set on audiophile excellence packed into one box. The Mu-so can stream anything over Bluetooth, AirPlay, Spotify Connect, or from a NAS or computer via UPnP, plus there&rsquo;s hi-res audio support if you go wired. It sounds incredible and, with its heavy duty heat sink and sci-fi-inspired control dial, looks like it was made in the same astral forge as the monolith in Kubrick&rsquo;s 2001. It might not change the trajectory of the human race, but it&rsquo;s changed how we feel about one-box hi-fi, and that&rsquo;ll do.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naim-mu-so/review">Naim Mu-so review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Naim Mu-so" alt="The best hi-fi gadgets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-hi-fi-2014-Naim_Mu-so.jpg?1418920538" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Audio Pro Addon T10 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Beautifully boxy and bassy, Audio Pro&rsquo;s Addon T10 is a Bluetooth speaker that could well replace your hi-fi entirely. It&rsquo;s mad for a party, happily chucking out chunky, room-filling beats with the sort of bottom-end that&rsquo;s entirely irresistible. We&rsquo;d heartily recommend getting it in the bright orange finish, but it also comes in black and white, and now blue and pink.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audio Pro Addon T10" alt="The best hi-fi gadgets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-hi-fi-2014-addon_t10.jpg?1418920538" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Bluesound multi-room streaming system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sonos has had things its own way for far too long now, and in 2014 a whole armada of pretenders to the multi-room music throne appeared - and Bluesound is the best of the bunch.&nbsp;</p> <p>Like Sonos it has a range of all-in-one speakers and a couple of little units for adding streaming smarts to your existing dumb hi-fi. Unlike Sonos it&rsquo;s compatible with high resolution audio and has a CD-ripping-and-storing Vault in its range.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s not cheap, but Bluesound is a great way to fill your house with quality music.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bluesound/bluesound-multi-room-music-system/review">Bluesound review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4324" height="2424" title="Bluesound multi-room streaming system" alt="The best hi-fi gadgets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bluesound_Family_V2.jpg?1418920538" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Cambridge Audio Go </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This might not be the ideal time to be thinking about picnics in the park and BBQs on the beach, but if this isn&rsquo;t still the best portable speaker in the world when the summer rolls around we&rsquo;ll eat our straw boater. And that&rsquo;s not to say it isn&rsquo;t useful in the winter months - who doesn&rsquo;t want a speaker that can travel from bedside table to kitchen counter or bathroom shelf on a whim?&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cambridge Audio Go" alt="The best hi-fi gadgets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-hi-fi-2014-cambridge-audio-go.jpg?1418920538" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Cambridge Audio Minx Xi </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remember that old micro hi-fi you used to have in your room at university? This is like that, only with the CD player (or even tape deck if you&rsquo;re of a certain age) replaced with streaming and FM replaced with internet radio. Just add speakers and a hard drive full of music and you&rsquo;ve got a little next-gen hi-fi of awesome quality.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cambridge Audio Minx Xi" alt="The best hi-fi gadgets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-hi-fi-2014-Cambridge-Audio-Minx-Xi.jpg?1418920538" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Monitor Audio Airstream S200 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wireless speakers are ten-a-penny now, but the Monitor Audio Airstream S200 stands out from the rest. And that&rsquo;s not just because it looks a little bit like a wonky skyscraper - although that does have the benefit of giving it a very compact footprint so you&rsquo;re more likely to be able to find shelf or table space for it.&nbsp;</p> <p>No, the real reason it stands out is because it has a rare combination of Airplay, Bluetooth and DLNA and sounds utterly brilliant however you send your tunes to it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/monitor-audio-airstream-s200/review">Monitor Audio Airstream S200 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Monitor Audio Airstream S200" alt="The best hi-fi gadgets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-hi-fi-2014-Monitor-Audio-S200.jpg?1418920538" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Q Acoustics BT3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This may look like a simple pair of boring old speakers, but these are in fact aptX Bluetooth-toting wireless speakers, so you can fling any tune you like from your phone at them and they&rsquo;ll sound flaming fantastic. But old-fashioned wires haven&rsquo;t been entirely ditched - there are optical and analogue inputs, so the BT3s are as happy flanking a TV as they are a PC. Basically, they sound ace and are super flexible.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Q Acoustics BT3" alt="The best hi-fi gadgets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-hi-fi-2014-Q-acoustics-BT3.jpg?1418920538" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Sony NWZ-ZX1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are now quite a few ways to listen to high resolution music at home, but what about when you&rsquo;re on the bus, beach or just mooching about town? That&rsquo;s where this next-gen Sony Walkman comes in. True, a few phones will now play Studio Master FLACs and WAVs, but none do it as well as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nwz-zx1-walkman/sony-nwz-zx1-high-resolution-walkman/review">NWZ-ZX1</a> - just make sure you partner it with some properly capable cans. </p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-winners-announced-these-are-22-best-gadgets-year/feature">See all our Gadget Award 2014 winners here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony NWZ-ZX1" alt="The best hi-fi gadgets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-hi-fi-2014-sony-NW_Z__ZX1.jpg?1418920538" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadgets-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-hi-fi-gadgets-year/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadgets-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-hi-fi-gadgets-year/feature#comments Gadget Awards 2014 Hi-Fi & Streaming Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:35:41 +0000 Marc McLaren 1454384 at http://www.stuff.tv Meridian Explorer 2 is the world’s first MQA-compatible DAC http://www.stuff.tv/meridian/meridian-explorer-2-world-s-first-mqa-compatible-dac/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This tiny, affordable DAC promises to let you stream true studio-quality music through your computer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Meridian Explorer 2 is the world’s first MQA-compatible DAC" alt="Meridian Explorer 2 is the world’s first MQA-compatible DAC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/meridian-explorer-2-1.jpg?1418087333" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Meridian has unveiled a new version of its beloved Explorer DAC &ndash; and this time it&rsquo;s compatible with the company&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meridian/meridian-s-mqa-format-allows-streaming-studio-quality-music/news">new MQA audio format</a>.</p> <p>The UK-manufactured Explorer 2, available now for around &pound;200, will connect to virtually any computer through USB. It then converts digital audio signals to analogue, upsampling them to 192kHz in the process if necessary, for output to a pair of headphones or speakers.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>MQA claims to allow recordings to be highly compressed yet still listenable at the exact quality at which they were recorded, meaning there&rsquo;s no need to download huge uncompressed high-res audio files in order to get that &ldquo;fresh out of the studio&rdquo; sound quality. Indeed, MQA files can be compressed so effectively that they can apparently deliver that quality even when being streamed.</p> <p>You just need hardware or software capable of decoding them &ndash; and that&rsquo;s where DACs like the Explorer 2 come in. You&#39;ll also need some MQA files, of course - and right now you can&#39;t get any, as they can only be created direct from original studio master tapes. Meridian promises the first will be made available soon.</p> <p>The 50g Explorer 2 is the first MQA-compatible DAC on the market (and given that it&rsquo;s made by the company that actually invented MQA, that&rsquo;s not hugely surprising). We&rsquo;ll let you know our thoughts on it when we&rsquo;ve had some ears-on time.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/5-best-dacs-how-make-your-digital-music-sound-amazing/feature">5 of the best DACs: how to make your digital music sound amazing</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Meridian Explorer 2 is the world’s first MQA-compatible DAC" alt="Meridian Explorer 2 is the world’s first MQA-compatible DAC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/meridian-explorer-2-2.jpg?1418087333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meridian/meridian-explorer-2-world-s-first-mqa-compatible-dac/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/meridian/meridian-explorer-2-world-s-first-mqa-compatible-dac/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Meridian Mon, 08 Dec 2014 17:08:24 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1454903 at http://www.stuff.tv Meridian’s MQA promises studio-quality music in streamable file sizes http://www.stuff.tv/meridian/meridian-s-mqa-format-allows-streaming-studio-quality-music/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Now big time audiophiles don’t need big hi-res audio files, says Meridian [updated] </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Meridian’s MQA format allows the streaming of studio quality music" alt="Meridian’s MQA format allows the streaming of studio quality music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mga-logo.jpg?1420701791" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>British hi-fi and audio company Meridian has just unveiled a new music format called MQA: Master Quality Authenticated. And it claims it&#39;s going to shake up recorded music as we know it.</p> <p>The format, which Meridian says is the result of years of research and development, purportedly contains all of the sound of the original studio recording yet is so efficiently encoded that it can be streamed (or downloaded far more quickly than an uncompressed hi-res audio file).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Likely to upset a few Pink Floyd fans </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That&rsquo;s a lofty claim, and likely to put up quite a few backs: there&rsquo;s a school of thought among audiophiles that the only way to really achieve &ldquo;master recording&rdquo; quality digitally is to download huge uncompressed hi-res files. Meridian is saying they&rsquo;re wrong: that, done correctly, files can be compressed to much smaller sizes and that the listener will actually experience better sound reproduction as a result.</p> <p>According to Meridian, MQA fits into a 1Mbps stream - the same space taken up by a common or garden lossless CD-quality file. It&#39;s vastly less than a 24-bit/96KHz hi-res audio stream, which tips the scales at 4.6Mbps.</p> <p>So, how? Digital music has until now been captured in a way that places equal importance on frequency and timing data. Meridian suggests that studies in neuroscience and psychoacoustics prove that this is the wrong approach - focus more on the timing data, and the &#39;essence&#39; of music is captured in a vastly more efficient manner. The upshot is that hi-res audio music files, and any other existing digital music formats, are &#39;doing it wrong&#39; right from capture - which means that any MQA file will need to be encoded direct from studio masters.</p> <p>Perhaps most compelling of all is that MQA can be delivered inside existing lossless container file types such as ALAC (Apple Lossless), FLAC and WAV, and is streamed as PCM, just like the data on a CD. Meridian says it can be decoded by something as simple as a mobile app, but also that it&rsquo;ll play (albeit in lesser CD quality) on devices that don&rsquo;t have any means of decoding it too. Your in-car CD player, for example: MQA-encoded discs are eminently possible.</p> <p>Industry presence at the launch event suggests that there&#39;s huge support for MQA, both from record companies, digital music services and hardware makers. More details are promised at CES 2015. We&rsquo;ll let you know more about MQA and when it&rsquo;s arriving soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/how-hi-res-audio-rescuing-us-music-dark-age/feature">How Hi-Res Audio is rescuing us from a musical Dark Age</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meridian/meridian-s-mqa-format-allows-streaming-studio-quality-music/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/meridian/meridian-s-mqa-format-allows-streaming-studio-quality-music/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Hi-Res Audio Meridian Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:13:27 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1454669 at http://www.stuff.tv Cyrus Lyric 09 http://www.stuff.tv/ipod-hi-fi/cyrus-lyric-09/review-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s not cheap, but if you want the best all-in-one system for your music, the Cyrus Lyric 09 deserves serious attention </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Cyrus Lyric 09 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cyrus-lyric-09-review-main.jpg?1417525381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/whathifi" title="View user profile.">WhatHiFi</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Make no mistake, the Lyric 09 is proper hi-fi.</p> <p>You&rsquo;d certainly hope so, for the three grand Cyrus is expecting you to swap for it. But this is a CD player and streaming system like few others, with almost ridiculous power and stunning detail.</p> <p>Be prepared to get blown away.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £3,000.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Unbelievably detailed, powerful sound </div> <div class="field-item even"> Packed with functionality, both modern and reassuringly old-school </div> <div class="field-item odd"> A good control app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A slightly noisy CD loading mechanism </div> <div class="field-item even"> No built-in streaming services </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wiley Cyrus? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fans of the British brand won&rsquo;t recognize this as a piece of Cyrus kit. Where&rsquo;s the half-width casework that&rsquo;s been its signature for decades?</p> <p>This unit, though, is a departure from the conventional for Cyrus in more ways than one &ndash; so why not change things up in the style stakes as well? And the new look hasn&rsquo;t distracted Cyrus from providing all the features and functionality an all-in-one system at this price needs to have.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naim-mu-so/review" target="_blank">Naim Mu-so review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Still clinging on to those CDs? The Cyrus will play them, although its drive a little noisy" alt="Cyrus Lyric 09 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Cyrus%20Lyric%2009%20detail1.jpg?1417525381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cyrus Lyric 09 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Power</strong>: 2 x 170W</p> <p><strong>Connections</strong>: aptX Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, DLNA, Ethernet, internet radio, optical, USB</p> <p><strong>Remote</strong>: Yes</p> <p><strong>Finishes</strong>: Black</p> <p><strong>Dimensions (hwd)</strong>: 11 x 42 x 32cm</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Set-up to stun </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are physical inputs aplenty on the Lyric 09: two conventional USB sockets will accept external hard drives, MP3 players, Apple iDevices and the like, and a Type B USB input at the back will hook up to your computer or NAS drive, so you can stream music files to the unit and use the Cyrus&rsquo;s excellent on-board DAC.</p> <p>It&#39;ll play a whole bunch of formats and bitrates, too, including WAV, FLAC, and AIFF as well as those lovely, better-than-CD 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution files.</p> <p>You can, of course, stream to the Lyric wirelessly (via the supplied aerial), but if you&#39;re prepared to spend this sort of money on hi-fi kit you want to hear it at its very best, which means hardwiring if at all possible.</p> <p>But there&rsquo;s aptX Bluetooth on board for when you just want to fling something from your phone to your hi-fi, and DAB, FM and internet radio. And, of course, that good old-fashioned CD player for those who haven&#39;t already put all of their old discs in a dusty attic.</p> <p>The only disappointment is that the Lyric doesn&#39;t have streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal or Qobuz built-in. You can of course send music to it from any app you like with the Bluetooth feature, but that&#39;s not as good as the hi-fi having a direct link to the service.</p> <p>And also remember that you need to supply your own speakers. And make sure they&#39;re good ones - the Cyrus deserves nothing less.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-hi-res-audio/feature" target="_blank">Why you should be pumped about (and just a bit sceptical of) Hi-Res Audio</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Connect your fancy digital sources, add speakers, and the Lyric is good to go" alt="Cyrus Lyric 09 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Cyrus%20Lyric%2009%20back.jpg?1417525381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Getting a grip </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&rsquo;ve got two choices to control all this: the remote control that comes with the Lyric 09, and the now almost-obligatory control app.</p> <p>The remote is a fairly long unit, but it&rsquo;s a decent piece of kit &ndash; and it has a sensor in it so should light up when you pick it up. And it will, provided you don&rsquo;t sneak up on it &ndash; if you let it know you&rsquo;re there with a bit of a shake it will light up like a good &lsquo;un.</p> <p>The Cadence app isn&rsquo;t the most modern-looking piece of software out there, but it is intuitive to use, and makes locating and selecting tracks a simple procedure.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Cyrus Lyric 09 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Cyrus%20Lyric%2009%20remote.jpg?1417525381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Synergy for a sound investment </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Cyrus makes some impressive hi-fi separates, and it has borrowed from them to superb effect in the Lyric 09. The streaming engine comes from the (award-winning) &pound;2300 Stream XP2 QX, and the CD mechanism is from the &pound;700 CD.</p> <p>Suddenly the three grand asking price doesn&rsquo;t seem quite so outrageous. And the synergy between all these fine individual parts is something to behold. Play a CD and there&rsquo;s stunning musicality, enthusiasm for the music and all the punch and attack we&rsquo;ve come to expect from Cyrus hi-fi. The Lyric unearths fabulous detail no matter what the source &ndash; uncompressed WAV file from a NAS, or compressed Spotify stream over Bluetooth.</p> <p>Even with the lowest-res files it reveals subtleties that lesser machines simply can&rsquo;t pick out. The sense of scale is captivating, and there&rsquo;s a fine sense of precision and timing to tracks. There&rsquo;s power too, provided by a new hybrid amp design pumping out a claimed 170W per channel. This system will certainly leave an impression.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadgets-and-presents-music-lovers/feature" target="_blank">Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 12 Gadgets and Presents for Music Lovers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Cyrus Lyric 09 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cyrus-lyric-09-review-verdict.jpg?1417525381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cyrus Lyric 09 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Cyrus Lyric 09 stands out from the crowd in a number of ways &ndash; it doesn&rsquo;t look like a Cyrus product for a start.</p> <p>Far more importantly than that, though, it properly delivers on the next-gen all-in-one system promise, taking the best parts from a variety of Cyrus hi-fi kit and mixing it together to create a beautiful-sounding whole that can truly lay claim to the term hi-fi. All in one easy-to-use unit. Brilliant.</p> <p><strong>REVIEWED IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR SISTER SITE <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/" target="_blank">WHAT HI-FI?</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.whathifi.com/cyrus/lyric-09/review" target="_blank">Read their full Cyrus Lyric 09 review here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hi-fi-streaming/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Hi-Fi &amp; Streaming Devices in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It sits somewhere between traditional hi-fi and smart streamer, but the Lyric 09 sounds so good it hardly matters</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/ipod-hi-fi/cyrus-lyric-09/review-0#comments Cyrus Hi-Fi & Streaming Hi-Res Audio Lyric 09 Music Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:04:50 +0000 Sophie Charara 1454198 at http://www.stuff.tv Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 12 gadgets and presents for music lovers http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadgets-and-presents-music-lovers/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The perfect presents that&#039;ll give your muso friends a melodic, memorable Yuletide </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pump up the volume!" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-1.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>They ensure the Christmas carols are played in lossless WAV format and own Driving Home for Christmas on limited edition tinsel-rimmed vinyl.</p> <p>So what do you buy for the audiophile that has everything? We&#39;ve rounded up a selection of Christmas gift ideas for music lovers that&#39;ll have them rocking around the Christmas tree.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flexson VinylPlay (£330) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not many people know that it&rsquo;s possible to hook a turntable up to a Sonos system and have vinyl playing in every room of your house. Well you can. But you can&rsquo;t use any old turntable; it needs to have a phono stage to provide the necessary power in the absence of a proper amp. Flexson&rsquo;s VinylPlay has just that built in, plus an analogue-to-digital converter and all the cables required to plumb it into a multiroom system or a pair of powered speakers, so you can be up and running on Christmas morning. Just add records.</p> <p><strong>Buy the <a href="https://www.flexson.com/stores/single_product_view.do?pubID=8595&amp;itemID=903497" target="_blank">Flexson VinylPlay</a> here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Flexson VinylPlay" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-flexson-vinylplay.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sonos Play:1 (£150) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Don&rsquo;t let the Play:1&rsquo;s diminutive dimensions fool you, it&rsquo;s actually our favourite of Sonos&rsquo;s standalone speakers, with a big, poised sound, simple setup and operation, and a hefty build that belies its size. It&rsquo;s a shame it&rsquo;s not portable but when it sounds this good it&rsquo;s impossible to give it grief just for its three-pin plug. Buy two and you can even have stereo sound.</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.simplyelectronics.net/mainproduct.php?pid=24295" target="_blank">Sonos Play:1</a>&nbsp;here&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos Play:1" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-sonos-play-1.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Arcam MiniBlink (£90) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a beard that big it&rsquo;s pretty obvious Santa Claus was the original audiophile, so he&rsquo;ll be more than happy to deliver a digital-to-analogue converter on Christmas morning. Especially one with aptX flavour Bluetooth. Plug it into your hi-fi and the music streamed from your phone will sound better than the crackle of bacon cooking on a Sunday morning. It won&rsquo;t smell as good though. Sorry.</p> <p><strong>Buy the <a href="http://www.sevenoakssoundandvision.co.uk/p-11770-arc-miniblink.aspx" target="_blank">Arcam MiniBlink</a> here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Arcam MiniBlink" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-arcam-miniblink.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AiAiAi TMA-1 Stones Throw (€200) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Home to J Dilla, Madlib and other indie hip-hop heavyweights, if any record label deserves its own pair of headphones it&rsquo;s Stones Throw. These minimalist TMA-1s have the label&rsquo;s logo embossed on the ear cups and a fetching purple cord, meaning they look as good as they sound, plus the cable comes with an integrated mic and music controls.</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aiaiai.dk/store/headphones/tma-1-stones-throw" target="_blank">AiAiAi TMA-1 Stones Throw</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/gift-guides/christmas-gift-guide-2014-12-gadget-gifts-apple-fans/feature" target="_blank">Christmas gift ideas for Apple fans</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="AiAiAi TMA-1 Stones Throw" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-aiaiai-tma-1-stones-throw.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cambridge Audio Minx Go (£100) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might not be the most exciting design but that should mean the Minx Go won&rsquo;t clash with the new Christmas jumper. Battery or mains powered it takes tunes from a phone over Bluetooth and is more than capable of squeezing them into all corners of a decent-sized room, with NFC built-in for out-of-the-box pairing. Just keep it away from the Christmas carols.</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.richersounds.com/product/wireless-docks,-speakers-and-portables/cambridge-audio/minx-go/camb-minx-go-whi" target="_blank">Cambridge Audio Minx Go</a> here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cambridge Audio Minx Go" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-cambridge-audio-minx-go_0.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ArtVinyl (£40) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both a storage solution and a neat way to display your favourite record, these frames allow easy access to their 12in contents so you can show off your impeccable taste and keep the place nice and tidy.</p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://artvinyl.com" target="_blank">ArtVinyl</a> here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="ArtVinyl" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-artvinyl.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flava Flav Action Figure (£20) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Being a music-lover doesn&rsquo;t automatically mean you have to be precious about it. And nothing says &lsquo;I know how to let my hair down&rsquo; like a 12-inch high poseable figurine of Public Enemy nincompoop and renowned clock-fancier Flava Flav. Especially as he comes with a choice of headgear. Yeah bwoy.</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fishpond.co.uk/Toys/Mezco-Toyz-Rap-Stars-Action-Figure-Public-Enemys-Flava-Flav-Public-Enemy/0696198335026" target="_blank">Flava Flav Action Figure</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Flava Flav Action Figure" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/flava-flav-action-figure.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Roberts Stream 93i (£145) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A whole globe&rsquo;s-worth of music accessed via a small, shiny box, the Stream 93i sounds a whole lot bigger than it looks. And if you get bored of listening to EVERY RADIO STATION ON THE PLANET there&rsquo;s DLNA streaming available plus support for Spotify Connect.</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.go-electrical.co.uk" target="_blank">Roberts Stream 93i</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-gadget-gifts-ideas-photographers/feature" target="_blank">Christmas gift ideas for photographers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roberts Stream 93i" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-roberts-stream-93i.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> B&amp;O BeoPlay A2 (£300) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While many Bluetooth speakers are beige anonyboxes, you can always rely on Bang &amp; Olufsen to put the effort in. The A2 has a hint of World War 2 field radio about it, with a leather strap for carrying it (which you&rsquo;ll probably need over the course of its 24-hour battery life) &ndash; though its aptX Bluetooth is bang up to date, giving you top-notch streaming quality.</p> <p><strong>Buy the <a href="http://www.beoplay.com/products/beoplaya2?gclid=CO-o-NKPh8ICFcrKtAod2WkA-Q#buy" target="_blank">B&amp;O BeoPlay A2</a> here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="B&amp;O BeoPlay A2" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-bang-and-olufsen-beoplay-a2.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kate Koeppel Design Record Dividers (from £150) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Keeping your vinyl organised is part of the joy of owning it in the first place. Do you alphabetise? Colour code? Sort by genre? You alphabetise, obviously, and you do it with the help of Kate Koeppel&rsquo;s Record Dividers. Available for both 7in and 12in collections and with a choice of typefaces, these wooden organisers will sort you right out.</p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://shop.katekoeppel.com/products" target="_blank">Kate Koeppel Design Record Dividers</a> here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kate Koeppel Design Record Dividers" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-kate-koeppel-design-record-dividers.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony MDR-EX650AP (£46) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For many, spending more than about &pound;25 on a pair of headphones that they&rsquo;re likely to lose or break within weeks is akin to throwing pound coins in the sea. So spend it for them instead. These Sony in-ears sound great, come with a remote and mic, and feel more expensive than you&rsquo;ll pay for them, which means everyone&rsquo;s a winner.</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.accessoryjack.com/sony-mdr-ex650ap-ex-monitor-in-ear-headphones-for-smartphone-brown.html" target="_blank">Sony MDR-EX650AP</a> here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony MDR-EX650AP" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-sony-mdr-ex650ap.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Personalised Favourite Song Soundwaves Print (£25) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unless you&rsquo;re a sound engineer most songs look broadly similar when you convert them to soundwaves, so even if your favourite tune is Paul McCartney&rsquo;s Frog Song, if anybody asks you can pretend it&rsquo;s Jet or Live and Let Die or something much less embarrassing instead. Just hope they don&rsquo;t check the title printed underneath.</p> <p><strong>Buy a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/houseofyve/product/personalised-song-soundwaves-print" target="_blank">Personalised Favourite Song Soundwaves Print</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gifts-those-constantly-faraway-look/feature" target="_blank">Christmas gift ideas for campers, wanderers and explorers</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-every-brilliant-gift-so-far/feature">All of Stuff&#39;s best Christmas gift ideas</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Personalised Favourite Song Soundwaves Print" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-soundwaves-print.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadgets-and-presents-music-lovers/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christmas 2014 Gift Guides Headphones Hi-Fi & Streaming Sonos Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:32:12 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1429303 at http://www.stuff.tv Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 14 gadget gifts for Apple fans http://www.stuff.tv/apple/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadget-gifts-apple-fans/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Whether they’re into Macs, iPhones or iPads, these gift ideas will make any Apple fan grin on Christmas Day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 12 gadget gifts for Apple fans" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-gift-guide.jpg?1418213975" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">If history is anything to go by, Santa will be working overtime this year, delivering Apple kit to all the boys and girls (of all ages; if you&rsquo;re listening, big guy, we&rsquo;ve been very good and would love an iPad Air 2).</p> <p>But beyond the realm of iPhones, iPads and 5K Retina iMacs, there are plenty of gadgets and accessories to make an Apple fan squeal with joy. Read on for our list of the best Christmas gift ideas for Apple fans&hellip;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mophie powerstation XL (£110) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">iDevices don&#39;t have removable batteries. Diehard Apple fans will tell you that&#39;s all part of their charm. But charm won&#39;t help you when you&#39;re stranded in Elephant and Castle at 3am with no way to call Uber. This huge 12,000mAh portable battery will let you juice two devices (including an iPad) at once, eliminating low battery anxiety for good.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://store.apple.com/uk/product/HE110ZM/A/mophie-juice-pack-powerstation-xl-external-battery" target="_blank">Mophie powerstation XL</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mophie powerstation XL" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Mophie-Powerstation.jpg?1418213975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple TV (£80) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the face of it, the Apple TV looks like a missed opportunity, referred to by Apple as a &lsquo;hobby&rsquo; and lacking an App Store. Yet once you own one, you realise it&rsquo;s a great purchase; along with providing access to the iTunes Store and iTunes Match, it also enables you to beam audio, video and games to a TV from any iOS device via AirPlay, or you can pull and live-encode video from a PC or Mac if you invest in Air Video or StreamToMe.</p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://store.apple.com/uk/ipod/ipod-accessories/apple-tv" target="_blank">Apple TV</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple TV" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv_3.jpg?1418213975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Libratone Loop (£350) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Circles are great. They&#39;re symmetrical, lack sharp edges, and they&#39;re the same shape as Wagon Wheels.This rather fetching example in particular manages to do all of the above, with the added bonus of blasting out your tunes with room-filling sound over AirPlay or Bluetooth. It&#39;s got brains to match its stylish coloured wool cover too, thanks to Spotify Connect smarts for multi-room listening and higher fidelity audio. Whether you mount it on a wall, snuggle it into a stylish mahogany bookshelf or slap it in the middle of your room as a statement, its simple design is one that all Jony Ive fans can get behind. Or in front of, rather. It&#39;ll sound better that way.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="https://shop.libratone.com/en-gb/speakers/libratone-loop/c-51/c-284/p-289/" target="_blank">Libratone Loop</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Libratone Loop" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/libratone-loop.jpg?1418213975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus (£27) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This stylus sets itself apart from the rest of the flock by offering a fine tip and transparent precision disc which lets you track the path of your virtual ink for more accuracy. It&rsquo;s pressure sensitive too, and ideal for those looking for more precision in their sketches. Possibly wasted on stick men connoisseurs, but who are we to judge?&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B00931DHKM?tag=adapas-21&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-15-gadget-gifts-coffee-addicts/feature" target="_blank">Christmas gifts for coffee addicts</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/adonit.jpg?1418213975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nifty Drives MiniDrive (£30) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s no point wasting word on the usefulness of USB sticks. But no matter how tiny yours is, it still sticks out, ruining the precision-crafted sleek lines of your MacBook. This microSD adaptor lets you slot it into the SD slot of notebook and sits completely flush. Ah, that&rsquo;s better.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://store.apple.com/uk/product/HF158ZM/B/nifty-drives-minidrive-for-macbook-pro-13-inch-with-retina-display?fnode=79" target="_blank">Nifty Drives MiniDrive</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nifty Drives MiniDrive" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nifty.jpg?1418213975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadricopter (£280) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, it&rsquo;s expensive; yes, it&rsquo;s got a stupid name; yes, you might tire of it more quickly than you&rsquo;d perhaps like. But this is a futuristic-looking helicopter that you control with your iPhone, and that includes an HD camera that records the flight (or, if you&rsquo;re a bit useless, horrifying crash) direct to your iOS device!</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/ardrone-20-elite-edition-snow-a20rn" target="_blank">Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadricopter</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadricopter" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/parrot-drone_0.jpg?1418213975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> My First Computer (Byte Edition) (US$70) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The original Mac was a wonderful and strange, friendly little cuboid, at odds with its TV-like rivals. Its character is captured perfectly by Chris McVeigh&rsquo;s Lego construction, which even includes a slide-out logic board and cabling for the tiny keyboard and even tinier mouse. For people who want to go the whole hog, there&rsquo;s also a &lsquo;hello&rsquo; sticker accessory available for $6.50. (If you prefer older Apple kit, there&rsquo;s a <a href="http://powerpig.storenvy.com/products/1734393-my-first-computer-two-seeds-edition" target="_blank">Lego Apple II</a>&nbsp;from the same store.)</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://powerpig.storenvy.com/products/1165498-my-first-computer-byte-edition" target="_blank">My First Computer (Byte Edition)</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="My First Computer (Byte Edition)" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4-my-first-computer.jpg?1418213975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller (£60) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It took Apple a while to bite the bullet and add support for physical game controllers to iOS. Now that they&#39;ve had time to settle in, there&#39;s finally a decent library of titles that&#39;ll support MFi controllers; including Bioshock and GTA: San Andreas. Turn an Apple fan&#39;s iThing into a mini games console with this dinky controller, which will tuck away into a bag or pocket for on-the-go gaming.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/SteelSeries-Stratus-Wireless-Gaming-Controller/dp/B00HSB2EZI?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gift-guides/petrolheads-christmas-gift-guide/feature" target="_blank">12 gadgets and presents for petrolheads</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steelseries-stratus.jpg?1418213975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> olloclip 4-in-1 lens (US$80) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A quick look at Flickr&rsquo;s stats shows how insanely popular iPhones are as cameras. In the old days, this was down to apps (because the iPhone&rsquo;s camera was awful), but now it&rsquo;s a combination of a surprisingly good lens, apps and additional hardware. The olloclip 4-in-1 (newly reworked for the iPhone 6) provides fisheye, wide-angle and two macro options, for an instant injection of photographic performance.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pre-order the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.olloclip.com" target="_blank">Olloclip for iPhone 6</a>&nbsp;here (shipping late November)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="olloclip 4-in-1 lens" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/olloclip-iphone-6.jpg?1418213975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Twelve South PlugBug World Travel Charger (£40) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tokyo to New York, London to Berlin, and a few places in between. That&rsquo;s a lot of adaptors to keep track of, and you&rsquo;ve got far too many important business things to worry about. Take the hassle out of travelling with this multi-country adaptor that slots onto your existing MacBook charger, bestowing it with a USB socket to boot. Hello iPad charging.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://store.apple.com/uk/product/HA808ZM/A/twelve-south-plugbug-world-10-watt-usb-global-travel-charger?fnode=79" target="_blank">Twelve South PlugBug World Travel Charger</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Buy the Twelve South PlugBug World Travel Charger" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/plugbug.jpg?1418213975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mujjo Leather Wallet Case 80° for iPhone 6 (€45) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple Pay may have designs on your credit card, but for the time being you still need your flexible friend. Tuck it into this slick-looking leather case, and you can pretend that we have Apple Pay in the UK as you wave your iPhone imperiously over contactless payment pads.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mujjo.com/the-sleeves-collection/iphone-sleeves/leather-wallet-case-80-for-iphone-6-black" target="_blank">Mujjo Leather Wallet Case 80&deg; for iPhone 6</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mujjo Leather Wallet Case 80° for iPhone 6" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Leather-Wallet-Case-80-for-iPhone-6-Black.jpg?1418213975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adidas Originals Snap Case for iPhone 5s (£25) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You treat your feet to the finest footwear, but why not throw some love towards your trusty iPhone too? Available in a cavalcade of colours (including national flags), these Adidas cases not only protect your iPal from scuffs and drops, but add +10 cool points to it in the process.</p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://store.apple.com/uk/product/HFMH2ZM/A/adidas-originals-snap-case-for-iphone-5s?fnode=47" target="_blank">Adidas Originals Snap Case for iPhone 5s</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1000" height="1000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HFEG2.jpeg?1418213975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD (£200) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You know the type. They&#39;re rocking multiple monitors, stacks of hard drives, and more MacBooks than they know what to do with. They&#39;re editing hours worth of footage on 4K cinema displays, churning through tonnes of files and folders, and generally making your setup look paltry in comparison. We also know they&#39;ll definitely appreciate this Thunderbolt 2 dock which lets you connect up to eight Thunderbolt devices to it, serving up transfer speeds at a blistering 20Gbps. That&#39;s a lot of 4K cat videos.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.belkin.com/uk/p/P-F4U085/" target="_blank">Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/belkin-thunderbolt-dock.jpg?1418213975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Susan Kare ICONS print (US$100) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You might not recognise the name Susan Kare, but if you&#39;ve got a few (or many) grey hairs you&#39;ve almost certainly seen her work. She&#39;s the artistic force behind the icons for the original Mac, and nothing will show an Apple fan&#39;s allegiance to the Cupertino Tech giant than a wall slathered with these pixellated classics.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kareprints.com/?p=691" target="_blank">Susan Kare ICONS print</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gift-guides/christmas-gift-guide-2014-12-gifts-get-fitness-fanatic/feature" target="_blank">Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 12 presents for fitness fanatics</a></strong><br /> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-every-brilliant-gift-so-far/feature">All of Stuff&#39;s best Christmas gift ideas, on one handy page</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kare-2.jpg?1418213975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadget-gifts-apple-fans/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadget-gifts-apple-fans/feature#comments Apple Christmas 2014 Gift Guides Hi-Fi & Streaming Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:26:18 +0000 Will Findlater 1428977 at http://www.stuff.tv Spotify and Uber link up to enable in-car music streaming http://www.stuff.tv/music/spotify-and-uber-link-enable-car-music-streaming/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From 21st November, you can bring your playlists out on the road </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Spotify and Uber link up to enable in-car music streaming" alt="Spotify and Uber link up to enable in-car music streaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/spotify-and-uber.jpg?1416274110" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The app-driven taxi alternative Uber is (usually) cheap and (usually) convenient compared with a black cab and many minicab services &ndash; and music lovers are about to have another reason to use it: it&rsquo;s teaming up with Spotify.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re a Spotify Premium subscriber, you&rsquo;ll be able to link up Spotify to your Uber account and play your music through the cab&rsquo;s stereo system. Yep, that&rsquo;s right: those car journeys no longer have to filled with inane talk radio, soulless chart pop &ndash; or worse, awkward silence.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can either pick songs using your mobile from the Uber car&rsquo;s backseat (both the Spotify and Uber apps can be used to control the music), or simply whack on a playlist you&rsquo;ve already made. And the best part? It won&rsquo;t use any of your mobile data, because the driver will be the one streaming it.</p> <p>The Spotify/Uber mash-up will officially kick off on 21st November in 10 &ldquo;select cities&rdquo;. We&#39;ve reached out to Spotify and confirmed that London is among the 10 cities. In Asia, Singapore is the only city that&#39;ll enjoy this new collaboration. Not every car in Uber&rsquo;s fleet will support Spotify streaming, but the ones that do will be marked in the Uber app.</p> <p>It&#39;s the perfect excuse to update your &ldquo;Ultimate badass driving tunes vol. 1&rdquo; playlist, we reckon.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="https://get.uber.com/spotify/" target="_blank">Uber</a> and <a href="https://news.spotify.com/cz/2014/11/17/uber/" target="_blank">Spotify</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/best-new-albums-spotify-so-far-year/feature">The best new Spotify music of 2014 so far</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tBY5Lbcc5wE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/spotify-and-uber-link-enable-car-music-streaming/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/music/spotify-and-uber-link-enable-car-music-streaming/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Music Spotify Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:41:16 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1453382 at http://www.stuff.tv