Hi-Fi &amp; Streaming http://www.stuff.tv/hi-fi-streaming/reviews en-GB 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?1418060519" /> </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?1418060519" /> </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?1417733807" /> </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 Naim Mu-so http://www.stuff.tv/naim-mu-so/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plenty of wireless speaker systems do a decent, musical job. But the Naim Mu-so can make a valid claim to be genuine hi-fi </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="1254" height="900" title="Naim Mu-so review" alt="Naim Mu-so review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Naim_Mu-so-06.JPG?1416801975" /> </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>There are some fine products emerging in the world of wireless speakers, but none that could really be called &lsquo;hi-fi&rsquo; &ndash; until now.</p> <p>British manufacturing stalwart Naim has thrown its hat into the ever-widening wireless speaker ring with the Mu-so. It&rsquo;s an expensive piece of kit, no doubt, but it also lays claim to being as close to real hi-fi as a wireless speaker has a right to get. Not only that, but it&rsquo;s beautifully built and feels like a quality piece of equipment too.</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"> £895.00 </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"> Beautiful build – especially that wonderful, tactile knob </div> <div class="field-item even"> Sounds great </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Chock full of streaming features </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&#039;s expensive </div> <div class="field-item even"> The sound can thicken up a touch - but only at serious volumes </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"> Looking good, feeling good </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>Make no mistake, this is a premium, stylish piece of kit. The brushed aluminium skin (over hi-fi speaker favourite MDF) lends a touch of class to proceedings &ndash; the aluminium has a practical purpose too, acting as a heat-sink at the rear of the unit.</p> <p>What wins it for us in the style-stakes, though, is the utterly gorgeous and tactile volume dial. It&rsquo;s illuminated and such a pleasure to use that you&rsquo;ll go out of your way to use it rather than the remote control. It&rsquo;s also the Mu-so&rsquo;s touchscreen interface, so as well as spinning it for volume, you can tap it for various functions &ndash; input select, pause/play, radio presets and so on. The display is clear, clean and classy, in keeping with the overall impression of the unit.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a choice of grilles too, if the standard black is a little too Hoxton for you. An extra &pound;70 will get you a replacement &ndash; there&rsquo;s a choice of colours: vibrant red, deep blue and burnt orange.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/these-gorgeous-spherical-speakers-look-good-they-sound/news" target="_blank">These gorgeous spherical kebab speakers should sound as good as they look</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="5760" height="3840" title="Look colourful, sound colourful " alt="Naim Mu-So" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Naim_Mu-so-19.JPG?1416801975" /> </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"> The ins and outs </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>Naim claims 450W of power lies under the Mu-so&rsquo;s hood &ndash; and we can quite believe it. The amps are driving high-tech speakers that use DSP technology developed from Naim&rsquo;s work with ultra high-end car manufacturer Bentley.</p> <p>You&rsquo;d expect plenty of options from such an expensive piece of kit, and Naim doesn&rsquo;t disappoint. The Mu-so will accept aptX Bluetooth, AirPlay, UPnP, and Spotify Connect &ndash; and it has internet radio on board too.</p> <p>If you want to go old-school and wire something in, there&rsquo;s a USB port that will charge and play Apple kit, an optical input and a 3.5mm analogue in. And, if your wi-fi signal&rsquo;s a bit flakey, there&rsquo;s an Ethernet port too.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naim/naim-unitiqute-2/review">Naim UnitiQute 2 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="5760" height="3840" title="Music whatever way you want it" alt="Naim Mu-So" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Naim_Mu-so-08.jpg?1416801975" /> </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-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>: 450W</p> <p><strong>Connections</strong>: Airplay, aptX Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, DLNA, Ethernet, internet radio, optical, USB</p> <p><strong>Remote</strong>: Yes</p> <p><strong>Finishes</strong>: Silver with black cover (coloured covers available)</p> <p><strong>Dimensions (hwd)</strong>: 12 x 63 x 25.6cm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 13kg</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-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"> Format factor </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 Mu-so has extensive file compatibility, supporting all the popular audio formats in which you might have your tunes stored, from low-res MP3s and Spotify streams to 24-bit/192kHz WAV, FLAC and AIFF files.</p> <p>If you want full-fat high-res (and you do) you&rsquo;ll have to go through the Ethernet cable &ndash; wireless high-res tunes are limited to (a still mighty fine) 48kHz.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/philips/philips-fidelio-e5-s-wireless-speakers-take-stress-out-surround-sound/news" target="_blank">Philips Fidelio E5&#39;s wireless speakers take the mess out of surround sound</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="5760" height="3840" title="Some fine-looking bodywork..." alt="Naim Mu-So" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Naim_Mu-so-11.jpg?1416801975" /> </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"> Remotely interesting </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>There is a remote control supplied with the Mu-so, and it&rsquo;s responsive and simple enough to use. Having said that, if we weren&rsquo;t going manual with the knob, we&rsquo;d generally use the control app (iOS and Android) instead. It&rsquo;s neat and gives you full control over your music collection across smart and NAS devices.</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-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"> Yes, but how does it sound? </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 Naim Mu-so is no &lsquo;style over substance&rsquo; fly-by-night. The power behind this unit is stunning, driving songs along with sure-footed rhythm, loads of detail and plenty of deep, rumbling bass, the like of which we haven&rsquo;t experienced before from a wireless speaker. The scale of sound is huge for the size of the box &ndash; but it&rsquo;s not all bombast; there&rsquo;s subtle detail too and superb resolution retrieval with high-res tracks.</p> <p>A minor niggle occurs when you really turn up the wick on the Mu-so, when the sound thickens up just a touch &ndash; but we&rsquo;re talking really loud here, and there&rsquo;s never any hardness or brightness to things. At regular volumes, it&rsquo;s a beautiful, well-constructed sound that you just wouldn&rsquo;t expect from a &lsquo;wireless speaker&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/monitor-audio-airstream-s200/review" target="_blank">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="5760" height="3840" title="We&#039;ll be hitting that rhythm stick.." alt="Naim Mu-So" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Naim_Mu-so-04.JPG?1416801975" /> </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"> Naim Mu-so 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 Mu-so is a superb piece of kit. Naim has chucked pretty much every feature you could want from this type of unit, and made it sound superb at the same time.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s pricey, yes, but it really is as close to hi-fi as we can imagine this type of unit getting &ndash; suffice to say, we think it truly does look, feel and sound its price.</p> <p><strong>REVIEWED IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR SISTER SITE <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/" target="_blank">WHATHIFI.COM</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.whathifi.com/naim/mu-so/review" target="_blank">Read their full Naim Mu-so 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 and Streaming Systems in the World right now</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="5760" height="3839" title="Naim Mu-so review verdict" alt="Naim Mu-so review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Naim_Mu-so-1.jpg?1416801975" /> </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"> 9 </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>The first proper &lsquo;hi-fi&rsquo; wireless speaker? We certainly think so: looks good, sounds superb.</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naim-mu-so/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/naim-mu-so/review#comments Docks and Speakers Hi-Fi & Streaming Hi-Res Audio Mu-so Music Naim Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:23:28 +0000 Emily P Burt 1453271 at http://www.stuff.tv Bluesound multi-room music system http://www.stuff.tv/bluesound/bluesound-multi-room-music-system/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Multi-room music has never sounded so good </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="1350" height="900" title="The Bluesound family photo" alt="Bluesound review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Bluesound_Family_V1.jpg?1416146581" /> </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/verity-burns" title="View user profile.">Verity Burns</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We don&rsquo;t make a habit of starting a review by talking about the reviewee&rsquo;s competition, but the Sonos-shaped shadow looming over the world of multi-room music is impossible to ignore.</p> <p>Not that we&rsquo;re complaining &ndash; Sonos has practically single-handedly shaped multi-room audio into what it is today, and it&rsquo;s done a ruddy good job of it, too. But after years of being largely unchallenged in the market, 2014 has delivered a number of promising competitors, and none more interesting than this one from new company Bluesound.</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"> £400.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </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/bluesound/multi-room-system/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"> High-res 24 bit/192kHz support sounds fantastic </div> <div class="field-item even"> Versatile with music sources </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Great user experience </div> <div class="field-item even"> Wide product range for all circumstances </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"> Expensive </div> <div class="field-item even"> Plastic design won&#039;t be to everyone&#039;s taste </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"> Strong heritage </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>Backed by bonafide hi-fi royalty (it has many of the same designers and engineers who set up respected British hi-fi brand NAD in the 70s), Bluesound champions sound quality above all else, offering support for high-resolution playback up to 24-bit/192kHz - that&rsquo;s way more data, and therefore detail, than &nbsp;even CD quality. It&rsquo;s basically the 4K of music, while those MP3s stored on your phone are the audio equivalent of a standard-def DVD.</p> <p>This is a big deal. People who care about music quality have long waited for a multi-room system that would make the most out of their high-res tracks, and in a year when high-resolution music is getting a surge of support, Bluesound has struck at exactly the right time.</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) 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="4915" height="3339" title="That&#039;s a handsome pair you&#039;ve got" alt="Bluesound review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bluesound_0.jpg?1416146581" /> </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"> Keeping it in the family </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&rsquo;s entered the market with a bang too, launching a whole family of products to suit the majority of setups and rooms, with an aim to offer a 360-degree solution to getting high-resolution music throughout your home.</p> <p>But while these units are all hi-fi on the inside, on the outside they&rsquo;re anything but, with a modern look and feel that would send any traditional hi-fi rack running scared. Aside from the range&rsquo;s tendency to harbour fingerprints, we&rsquo;re rather fond of the styling. It has an understated way of standing out, but we&rsquo;ve no doubt the shiny plastic finish won&rsquo;t be to all tastes, particularly when the range starts at a relatively pricey &pound;400.</p> <p><strong>Read More:<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/monitor-audio-airstream-s200/review" target="_blank"> 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="5197" height="3780" title="Quite the pretty penny " alt="Bluesound review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bluesound%20pair.jpg?1416146581" /> </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"> One-stop multi-room shop </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>So, the Bluesound family in detail. There&rsquo;s the Node (&pound;399), a simple music streamer that attaches to an hi-fi to make it wireless and multi-room ready. The Powernode (&pound;599) is similar, but it has a built-in amp so you just need to add speakers, while the Pulse (&pound;599) is Bluesound&rsquo;s &ldquo;one box&rdquo; integrated speaker option &ndash; rather like you&rsquo;d get with a Sonos Play:1, Play:3 or Play:5.</p> <p>Add to that the music-streaming, CD-ripping, 1TB-packing Bluesound Vault (&pound;899) and the Duo 2.1 speaker package (&pound;899) and there&rsquo;s no multi-room rock left unturned. From ripping to storage to playback, Bluesound has it covered &ndash; albeit at a price.</p> <p><strong>Read More: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/these-suitcase-speakers-pack-bags-sound/news-1" target="_blank">These suitcase speakers pack in bags of sound</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="4824" height="3918" title="The Node connects to an existing hi-fi system" alt="Bluesound review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bluesound%20Node_0.jpg?1416146581" /> </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="4227" height="2566" title="The Powernode has its own amplification - just add speakers" alt="Bluesound review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bluesound%20Powernode%20front.jpg?1416146581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="3750" height="2500" title="The Pulse is the all-in-one speaker unit. Plonk it anywhere and music happens!" alt="Bluesound review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bluesound_Pulse_WHT_Front.jpg?1416146581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="4795" height="3186" title="The Vault has a slot-loading CD drive - pop in your album and it&#039;ll be automatically ripped to the internal storage" alt="Bluesound review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bluesound%20Vault%20front.jpg?1416146581" /> </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"> To the wire </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>But it&rsquo;s the way it does it all that really makes the Bluesound system such a charming proposition. Setup is as simple as the quick start guide would suggest it to be, and unless you have the Vault, there&rsquo;s no need to hard wire any component to your network in order to get up and running.</p> <p>If you intend to go wire-free, we&rsquo;d definitely suggest checking your wi-fi is up to the job though &ndash; high-res music streaming is fairly hard going on your network and you might experience some dropouts if it&rsquo;s not strong enough. If you can, we&rsquo;d always recommend hardwiring to ensure your listening session goes uninterrupted. Or ethernet-through-mains Powerline tech.</p> <p><strong>Read More: YouTube <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/youtube-music-announced-ad-free-offline-music-and-full-albums-10-month/news" target="_blank">Music Key announced: ad-free, offline music for &pound;10 a month</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="4795" height="3186" title="With this many ports, wireless seems indulgent" alt="Bluesound review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bluesound%20Vault%20back.jpg?1416146581" /> </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"> ‘Appy days </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>As you&rsquo;d expect, there&rsquo;s a free iOS and Android app for controlling the whole system, as well as one for your desktop, and as long as your device is on the same network as your players, it will automatically find them as soon as it&rsquo;s opened.</p> <p>As well as controlling what&rsquo;s playing where (the same music in all rooms or different things in each), it&rsquo;s here that you&rsquo;ll control and build your music library, searching out NAS drives, shared music libraries and any other music stored on your network.</p> <p>You&rsquo;re also able to access some of the most popular streaming services, including Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, plus newer, lossless services Qobuz and Tidal, while TuneIn Radio is also available for those who love their radio.</p> <p>We tested it on both tablet and phone and found the experience to be seamless and intuitive on both, though the more spacious layout on the tablet certainly tops that on the phone.</p> <p><strong>Read More: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/shazam-teams-spotify-full-song-playback/news" target="_blank">Shazam teams up with Spotify for full song playback</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="900" height="675" title="Music anytime, anywhere " alt="Bluesound review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BluesoundTIDAL_Screenshot2.png?1416146581" /> </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"> Get NASty </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 you&rsquo;ve already got a NAS device full of music, the Bluesound will index the whole lot at a rate of about 1000 songs a minute over a wired connection. And once done, it&rsquo;s even quicker to re-index when needed.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re yet to commit your CD collection to NAS, the Vault is a great place to start, offering a simple way of making your physical music collection streamable over your home network.</p> <p>Place a CD into the drive and it&rsquo;ll take just a few seconds to rip the tracks to its memory, in a choice of FLAC, MP3 or both &ndash; you&rsquo;ll want to choose FLAC for the best quality.</p> <p>You can of course add high-res files manually from your computer too, or plug a music-filled USB drive into any part of the system (each player has a USB input) to make them accessible on any player in the home.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s even access to the high-res music download store HDTracks via the app, where you can browse and download albums, or sync your purchases to the Vault&rsquo;s hard drive with one click - that&rsquo;s real progress in the hi-res music world.</p> <p><strong>Read More: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/monster/monster-takes-sonos-soundstage-its-new-wireless-music-system/news" target="_blank">Monster takes on Sonos with SoundStage, its new wireless music system</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="902" height="674" title="You&#039;ll never rip to ITunes again" alt="Bluesound review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BluesoundTIDAL_Screenshot1.png?1416146581" /> </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"> Musically talented </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>Of course what&rsquo;s really important is how it all sounds, and the Bluesound system sounds nothing short of superb.</p> <p>Play a high-resolution recording and you&rsquo;ll immediately hear the uplift in detail, sounding more subtle and more spacious in its presentation, in a way that you just don&rsquo;t hear in competitor systems that are limited to CD quality.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re running a Bluesound unit through an existing hi-fi or separate pair of speakers it will obviously affect the sound to a degree, but there is a family sonic signature - plenty of power and bass that&rsquo;s rich but agile enough to never sound bloated or overpowering. The treble remains controlled without ever sounding hard or harsh.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s quite simply a hugely enjoyable listen, offering a wholly musical and full-bodied presentation that&rsquo;s easy to listen to for hours on end, no matter the genre.</p> <p>The precision and excitement with which it tackles high-res recordings doesn&rsquo;t falter when faced with lower resolution streams either, presenting them with the same level of punch, expression and enthusiasm as before.</p> <p>When it comes to multi-room audio, it really doesn&rsquo;t get better than this.</p> <p><strong>Read More: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/how-hi-res-audio-rescuing-us-music-dark-age/feature" target="_blank">How hi-res audio is rescuing us from a music Dark Age&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>&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="3825" height="2550" title="The Duo is a 2.1 package" alt="Bluesound review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bluesound_DUO.jpg?1416146581" /> </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"> 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 Bluesound system doesn&rsquo;t come cheap, but then nothing this good ever does. When it comes to sound quality, you won&rsquo;t get a multi-room system that sounds better, and when it&rsquo;s topped off by a user experience as good as you get here, that price tag starts to make more and more sense.</p> <p>That said, if your multi-room ambitions go no further than Spotify streams, you won&rsquo;t be making the most of this system, and your money might be better spent on a Sonos.</p> <p>But for those with a NAS full of high-res music (or a plan to get one) and a penchant for serious audio quality, Bluesound&rsquo;s system is worth every single penny.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hi-fi-streaming/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Hi-Fi and Streaming Systems in the World right now</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 review verdict" alt="Bluesound review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BLS_FamilyShot_Updated.jpg?1416146581" /> </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"> 8 </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"> 10 </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 might cost a pretty penny, but we&rsquo;d pay it for a multi-room system that sounds as good as this</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bluesound/bluesound-multi-room-music-system/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bluesound/bluesound-multi-room-music-system/review#comments Bluesound Duo Hi-Fi & Streaming Node Powernode Pulse Vault Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:30:41 +0000 Tom Parsons 1452992 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: The story of music streaming http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promoted-story-music-streaming/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How music online has gone from murky underworld to mainstream joy </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="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/shutterstock_127328747.jpg?1415967863" /> </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-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> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promoted-story-music-streaming/feature#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming LG Promotion Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:24:24 +0000 Marc McLaren 1453187 at http://www.stuff.tv Monitor Audio Airstream S200 http://www.stuff.tv/monitor-audio-airstream-s200/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There are many ways to stream your music to the Monitor Audio Airstream S200 - but all sound great </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="899" title="As Hi-Fi goes, these guys have some serious heft." alt="Monitor Audio Airstream S200" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Stuff_Airstream_Main%20.jpg?1415892981" /> </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 new generation of wireless speakers need to do more than simply stream your tunes. They need to sound great too. Enter the impressive Monitor Audio Airstream S200</p> <p>This unusual-looking noise-maker has a long list of streaming features that really shouldn&rsquo;t be available in a unit that costs just &pound;200. And yet, not only can you get all those features for that money, you can get terrific sound while you&rsquo;re at it.</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"> £200.00 </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/monitor-audio/airstream-s200/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 brilliant for the money </div> <div class="field-item even"> Streaming ability - it ticks all boxes </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Simplicity itself to set up and use </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"> Looks a touch unconventional </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"> Tower bridge </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 wireless speaker that looks like a 1:1000 scale skyscraper might seem a touch unconventional, but the Airstream S200&rsquo;s unusual design means it can house all the necessary technical gubbins while fitting in to most rooms fairly easily, with a relatively compact footprint.</p> <p>Besides, it needs to be quite chunky to get the two 7.5cm mid/bass drivers inside. These sit alongside a 20mm tweeter and a techy-sounding &lsquo;race-track&rsquo; bass driver, in a combination that proves good and powerful.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/these-gorgeous-spherical-speakers-look-good-they-sound/news" target="_blank">These gorgeous spherical kebab speakers should sound as good as they look</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="2953" height="1969" title="Monitor Audio Airstream S200" alt="Monitor Audio Airstream S200" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/14928096144_ae6fb5f28f_o.jpg?1415892981" /> </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"> Island in the stream </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>And this unit streams via pretty much whatever method you would care to chuck at it. AirPlay and Bluetooth streaming aren&rsquo;t found together often, but here they share streaming duties with Monitor Audio&rsquo;s Airstream Direct (a handy way of creating its own wi-fi network if you&rsquo;re not already in a zone). There&rsquo;s a USB input that will charge your device as well as play back from your iPod, iPhone or iPad, and a 3.5mm input for everything else.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/deezer/sonos-and-deezer-elite-will-massage-your-eardrums-streaming-high-resolution-audio/news" target="_blank">Sonos and Deezer Elite will massage your eardrums with streaming High-Resolution 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="5760" height="3840" title="The pick-n-mix of ports" alt="Monitor Audio Airstream S200" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Monitor_Audio_S200-06.JPG?1415892981" /> </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"> In-play setting </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 buttons on the side of the unit to help with set-up as well as control volume and which input the S200 is using. A light on the front of the speaker shows which input is currently active. As there are so many possibilities you&rsquo;ll probably have to memorise a few, but it&rsquo;s not too taxing. We&rsquo;re relieved to report, for instance, that the &lsquo;Bluetooth&rsquo; input colour is a light blue.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/denon/dont-let-size-fool-you-denons-miniature-speaker-system-punches-well-above-its-weight/news" target="_blank">Denon&#39;s miniature speaker system wants to be your all-in-one PC speaker solution</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="5668" height="3779" title="Turn it right on up.." alt="Monitor Audio Airstream S200" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Monitor_Audio_S200-05_0.JPG?1415892981" /> </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"> Monitor Audio Airstream S200 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>Claimed power</strong>: 65W</p> <p><strong>Connections</strong>: Airplay, aptX Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, DLNA, USB, aux-in</p> <p><strong>Remote</strong>: No</p> <p><strong>Finishes</strong>: black, white</p> <p><strong>Dimensions (hwd)</strong>: 27x12x14cm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 2.25kg</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-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"> 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>All the inputs in the world would be irrelevant if the Airstream S200 sounded mundane. But, of course, it doesn&rsquo;t. It sounds remarkable for the money, belting out a spacious, confident sound that, while quite capable of being ballsy, is subtle too, when it needs to be. That authority is enhanced by a surprising and welcome amount of bass oomph &ndash; helped by the unit&rsquo;s innovative shape, no doubt.</p> <p>Stuff being Stuff, we pushed the S200&rsquo;s volume to see what it could do, and it goes impressively loud &ndash; easily room-filling &ndash; but never edges into harshness. It&rsquo;s very well-rounded even when being driven at full chat, with no uncomfortable bright edges to the sound.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/philips/philips-fidelio-e5-s-wireless-speakers-take-stress-out-surround-sound/news" target="_blank">Philips Fidelio E5&#39;s wireless speakers take the mess out of surround sound</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="5760" height="3840" title="Why opt for a quiet life?" alt="Monitor Audio Airstream S200" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Monitor_Audio_S200-03.JPG?1415892981" /> </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"> Monitor Audio Airstream S200 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 Monitor Audio Airstream S200 is a bit of a hero. It will handle pretty much anything you care to stream at it, and it sounds brilliant into the bargain.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s more it dares to look different at the same time as providing all the quality and features a modern wireless speaker needs to have.</p> <p><strong>REVIEWED IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR SISTER SITE <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/" target="_blank">WHATHIFI.COM</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.whathifi.com/monitor-audio/airstream-s200/review" target="_blank">Read their full Monitor Audio S200 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 and 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"> 9 </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"> 8 </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 wireless speaker that gives your music the care it deserves &ndash; and a superb streaming solution</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/monitor-audio-airstream-s200/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/monitor-audio-airstream-s200/review#comments Airstream S200 Docks and Speakers Hi-Fi & Streaming Monitor Audio Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:09:13 +0000 Emily P Burt 1452871 at http://www.stuff.tv Arcam's Solo bar blasts out quality audio from beneath your telly http://www.stuff.tv/arcam/arcams-solo-bar-blasts-out-quality-audio-beneath-your-telly/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From movies to music streaming, this curvy soundbar wants to do it all </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="It&#039;s clearly not a breadstick" alt="Arcam&#039;s Solo bar blasts out quality audio from beneath your telly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/arcam.jpg?1415150978" /> </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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</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>That&#39;s the most technologically advanced breadstick I&#39;ve ever seen</strong><br />Except it isn&#39;t. What you&#39;re looking at here isn&#39;t a futuristic edible strip of crispy bread with a built-in screen. It&#39;s a soundbar.</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>Ohhhh. I knew that.</strong><br />Of course you did. The Solo bar is British high-end Hi-Fi brand Arcam&#39;s solution to the problem of how to pump the best possible sound into your living room, without messing around with a multi-speaker surround system setup.&nbsp;</p> <p>It forgoes artificially amplified booming bass and piercing treble for a more accurate, realistic sound, with four 4in and two 1in driver units, powered by a 100W amplifier.</p> <p>Arcam promises clearer dialogue in movies, which will be a very welcome feature for those of you fed up with having to strain to hear Tom Cruise natter away while bass-saturated explosions drown out his voice. But that&#39;s not all. It also...</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="1191" height="893" title="Beneath the veil" alt="Arcam&#039;s Solo bar blasts out quality audio from beneath your telly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/arcam-solo-1.jpg?1415150978" /> </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>...makes popcorn?</strong><br />No. Not yet, anyway. But it can double up as a high quality Bluetooth aptX speaker, enabling you to stream tracks from your phone, laptop or tablet.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s got four HDMI inputs too, so you&#39;ll have one for everything from your set-top-box to your various consoles, while an accompanying app for your Android or iOS device beams all the controls straight to your fingertips.</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="1782" height="1200" title="Ports!" alt="Arcam&#039;s Solo bar blasts out quality audio from beneath your telly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/arcam-back_0.jpg?1415150978" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>This is going to be expensive, isn&#39;t it?</strong><br />While it&#39;s not as expensive as some or Arcam&#39;s other wares (which can set you back thousands), it&#39;s still going to make a dent in your wallet with its &pound;800 price tag. The optional 300W wireless Solo sub for those that want room-filling bass is an additional &pound;500.</p> <p>Not cheap, then. But you can&#39;t put a price on deliciously crisp audio in a compact package.</p> <p><strong>Yes you can. It&#39;s &pound;800.</strong><br />Oh go away.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<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="1350" height="1013" title="Boom boom sub" alt="Arcam&#039;s Solo bar blasts out quality audio from beneath your telly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/arcam-sub_0.jpg?1415150978" /> </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/arcam/arcams-solo-bar-blasts-out-quality-audio-beneath-your-telly/news#comments Arcam Hi-Fi & Streaming Hot Stuff Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:59:29 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1452173 at http://www.stuff.tv B&O launches BeoPlay A2 portable Bluetooth speaker http://www.stuff.tv/bo/bo-launches-beoplay-a2-portable-bluetooth-speaker/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slim, affordable aluminium soundbox represents something of a departure for the Danish AV mavens </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="B&amp;O launches BeoPlay A2 portable Bluetooth speaker" alt="B&amp;O launches BeoPlay A2 portable Bluetooth speaker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bo-beoplay-a2-lifestyle.jpg?1414133760" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bang &amp; Olufsen is usually associated with large, eye-wateringly expensive hi-fi products that are as visually arresting as they are great-sounding, but now the Danish company has expanded its repertoire with a small Bluetooth speaker. Cue legions of angry audiophiles spitting out their Earl Grey.</p> <p>The BeoPlay A2 is slim and flat and offers a leather handle to boost portability, and according to its makers offers 24 hours of battery life per charge (and they say it takes only three hours to fully charge the power).</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>Engadget, who have had some hands-on time with the A2, point out that it&rsquo;s pretty heavy &ndash; but also that its build quality (high on aluminium and polycarbonate) is reassuringly sturdy.</p> <p>B&amp;O has designed the speaker so it can be laid flat, on one long edge or on its end &ndash; there is no &ldquo;right way up&rdquo; so to speak, with sound quality apparently remaining the same no matter the orientation. There&rsquo;s 180 watts of audio power in total, and the speaker sports a woofer, a tweeter and a passive bass radiator in its array.</p> <p>The BeoPlay A2 is available from today in three colours (green, gold and black) for &pound;299. Not what you&rsquo;d call cheap, perhaps &ndash; but a lot more affordable than the average B&amp;O product.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/23/b-and-o-play-a2-bluetooth-speaker/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-srs-x3/review">Sony SRS-X3 Bluetooth speaker review</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="We like the green one best" alt="We like the green one best" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bo-beoplay-a2-trio.jpg?1414133760" /> </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="The USB port can be used to charge other gadgets" alt="The USB port can be used to charge other gadgets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bo-beoplay-a2-usb.jpg?1414133760" /> </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/bo/bo-launches-beoplay-a2-portable-bluetooth-speaker/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bo/bo-launches-beoplay-a2-portable-bluetooth-speaker/news#comments B&O Bluetooth Speakers Hi-Fi & Streaming Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:48:20 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1451157 at http://www.stuff.tv Spotify Family package gives you multiple Premium accounts and one low bill http://www.stuff.tv/music/spotify-family-package-gives-you-multiple-premium-accounts-and-one-low-bill/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Up to four extra people can be added to your streaming package, with each getting a 50 percent discount </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="604" height="453" title="Spotify Family package gives you multiple Premium accounts and one low bill" alt="Spotify Family package gives you multiple Premium accounts and one low bill" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/spotify-nexus-4%20%281%29.jpg?1413846853" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Spotify has just announced Spotify Family, a new payment option that allows you to add up to four extra names to your Spotify Premium.</p> <p>Each of these additional people will save 50 percent on the regular Premium price (currently &pound;9.99 per month) while receiving the same ad-free, higher-quality, mobile app-friendly streaming service.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/deezer/streams-spotify-deezer-and-more-count-towards-uk-music-chart/news">Streams from Spotify, Deezer and more to count towards UK music chart</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/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"> £30 a month for five accounts? </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>So, essentially, it&rsquo;s one subscription with multiple accounts. By our maths, a five-account Spotify Family setup would cost just under &pound;30 a month, which represents a pretty decent saving on the &pound;50ish it&rsquo;d cost if they were all bought separately.</p> <p>Spotify says the service will be up and running and available in the coming weeks.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://press.spotify.com/us/2014/10/20/introducing-spotify-family-now-the-whole-band-can-play/" 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 2014 albums (so far) on Spotify</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> http://www.stuff.tv/music/spotify-family-package-gives-you-multiple-premium-accounts-and-one-low-bill/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Music Spotify Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:28:46 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1450881 at http://www.stuff.tv Sonos and Deezer Elite will massage your eardrums with streaming High-Resolution Audio http://www.stuff.tv/deezer/sonos-and-deezer-elite-will-massage-your-eardrums-streaming-high-resolution-audio/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Streaming speakers to deliver pin-sharp tunes with French music service </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="Sonos and Deezer Elite will massage your eardrums with streaming High-Resolution Audio" alt="Sonos and Deezer Elite will massage your eardrums with streaming High-Resolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sonos-family.jpg?1410452930" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Streaming music services are convenient &ndash; but for vinyl-bothering audiophiles like our chums at <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/" target="_blank">What Hi-Fi</a>, the compression of digital music formats is like nails on a chalkboard.</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-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> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><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"> Sonos streams Hi-Res Audio with Deezer Elite </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/deezer/sonos-and-deezer-elite-will-massage-your-eardrums-streaming-high-resolution-audio/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/deezer/sonos-and-deezer-elite-will-massage-your-eardrums-streaming-high-resolution-audio/news#comments Deezer Hi-Fi & Streaming Sonos Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:11:28 +0000 Stephen Graves 1447218 at http://www.stuff.tv