Hi-Fi &amp; Streaming http://www.stuff.tv/hi-fi-streaming/videos en-GB 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?1416418524" /> </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?1416418524" /> </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?1416418524" /> </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?1416418524" /> </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?1416418524" /> </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?1416418524" /> </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?1416418524" /> </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?1416418524" /> </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?1416418524" /> </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?1416418524" /> </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?1416418524" /> </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?1416418524" /> </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?1416418524" /> </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: 12 gadget gifts for Apple fans http://www.stuff.tv/apple/gift-guides/christmas-gift-guide-2014-12-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?1416484793" /> </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?1416484793" /> </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?1416484793" /> </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 (£400) </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 &ndash; no annoying wires or flakey Bluetooth connection required. 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?1416484793" /> </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" 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?1416484793" /> </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?1416484793" /> </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?1416484793" /> </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?1416484793" /> </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" 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?1416484793" /> </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?1416484793" /> </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. 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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?1416484793" /> </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"> 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?1416484793" /> </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/gift-guides/christmas-gift-guide-2014-12-gadget-gifts-apple-fans/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/gift-guides/christmas-gift-guide-2014-12-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?1416240926" /> </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?1416240926" /> </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?1416240926" /> </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?1416240926" /> </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?1416240926" /> </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?1416240926" /> </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 Monster takes on Sonos with SoundStage, its new wireless music system http://www.stuff.tv/monster/monster-takes-sonos-soundstage-its-new-wireless-music-system/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It delivers big sound from small boxes and works with pretty much any streaming 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="Monster takes on Sonos with SoundStage, its new wireless music system" alt="Monster takes on Sonos with SoundStage, its new wireless music system" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/monster-soundstage-bedroom.jpg?1410453212" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Monster isn&rsquo;t sitting around moping about getting no cash from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news">Apple&rsquo;s mammoth Beats deal</a>, despite essentially inventing Beats. Well, it might be a bit, but it&rsquo;s also found time to enter a whole new product sector: wireless multi-room audio.</p> <p>Despite being best known for its headphones, cables and other audio accessories, Monster has just unveiled a range of three wireless speakers called SoundStage &ndash; and says they offer something you won&rsquo;t get with rivals like Sonos.</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>And SoundStage is among the first products to work with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/allplay/panasonic-and-qualcomm-take-aim-sonos/news">Qualcomm&rsquo;s AllPlay media platform</a> (essentially the company&rsquo;s take on Apple&rsquo;s AirPlay or Google&rsquo;s Cast systems) which means you&rsquo;ll be able to play music not only through Monster&rsquo;s own SoundStage app but from a decent (and growing rapidly, according to Qualcomm) selection of other audio apps like Spotify, Napster, Rhapsody and Soma.FM. You&rsquo;ll also be able to connect older audio sources via 3.5mm and optical wired inputs, and all models also come with a USB port for charging connected devices.</p> <p>As we say, there will be three speakers in the initial SoundStage range: the S1, S2 and S3, all set for a 25th October launch in the US and priced at US$200, US$300 and US$400 respectively (we&rsquo;re waiting on confirmation for UK prices from Monster).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The splashproof S1 might be ideal for the kitchen" alt="The splashproof S1 might be ideal for the kitchen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monster-soundstage-kitchen.jpg?1410453212" /> </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>We made some time to listen to them at Monster&rsquo;s IFA launch party last week, and found all of them impressive when it came to filling a room with sound (the tiny S1 especially so). Monster has developed an algorithm that it say creates a vast, imposing soundstage from a humbly-proportioned box &ndash; and of course as with other wireless systems you can team up several different SoundStage speakers to all play the same music at the same time (or, if you prefer, different tunes at the same time). All three are slim and compact, and the S1 is splash resistant to boot (ideal for the bathroom or kitchen).</p> <p>Look out for reviews soon, and we&rsquo;ve also got an interview with Monster founder and CEO Noel Lee coming later this week &ndash; check back for that if you want to know how he feels about missing out on a cut of the Beats/Apple deal.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The party never ends, according to Monster" alt="The party never ends, according to Monster" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monster-soundstage-lounge.jpg?1410453212" /> </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"> Monster&#039;s SoundStage takes on Sonos </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/monster/monster-takes-sonos-soundstage-its-new-wireless-music-system/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bluetooth Speakers Hi-Fi & Streaming Monster Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:40:12 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1447102 at http://www.stuff.tv Sonos ditches the wires with latest software update http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-ditches-wires-latest-software-update/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sonos has released software update 5.1, which removes the need for the first speaker to be connected to a router </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/sonos_wireless.png?1409844599" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sonos has released a software update which turns the multiroom music system into a true wireless set-up.</p> <p>Until now, Sonos users had the laborious task of either connecting the first speaker to their network router or buying a separate Sonos Bridge to do the same job.</p> <p>But now, thanks to update 5.1, those days are over.</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/max-langridge" title="View user profile.">Max Langridge</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>Sonos has been planning to go fully wireless for some time and had already released a beta for some users to test back in April.</p> <p>Previously, a Sonos system required the first speaker to be hardwired, with the rest of the speakers then creating their own &#39;mesh&#39; network rather than clogging up your home Wi-Fi. The Sonos Bridge allowed the first speaker to be moved away from the router, but ultimately still involved using wires somewhere and taking up valuable Ethernet ports on your router.</p> <p>With the 5.1 update, any speaker within a Sonos system - whether&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play1/review">Play:1</a>; <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play3/review">Play:3</a>; Play:5 or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos-playbar/review">Playbar</a>&nbsp;- can be set-up for wireless playback via the Sonos app for smartphones and tablets.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sonos says most home Wi-Fi networks should be able to support a multiroom system, but for those with weaker connections you can still use a Bridge, or go for one its new Sonos Boost units. This works in much the same way as the &pound;40 Bridge, but is a much beefier version and will cost &pound;80 when it arrives in the next few months.</p> <p>Users who want a 3.1 or 5.1 Sonos system will still need a Bridge to connect a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-reveals-sub-wireless-subwoofer/news">Sub</a> and/or a pair of rear surrounds.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/best-new-albums-spotify-so-far-year/feature">The best new albums on Spotify so far this year</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/sonos/sonos-ditches-wires-latest-software-update/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Sonos Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:26:19 +0000 Max Langridge 1446443 at http://www.stuff.tv Denon's miniature speaker system wants to be your all-in-one PC speaker solution http://www.stuff.tv/denon/dont-let-size-fool-you-denons-miniature-speaker-system-punches-well-above-its-weight/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Denon&#039;s tiny cubes promise to blast out sound without taking over your desk </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="Storm Trooper paint job" alt="Don&#039;t let size fool you: Denon&#039;s miniature speaker system punches well above its" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Denon-ceol-hot-stuff.jpg?1405993958" /> </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>Woo, speakers.&nbsp;</strong><br />Sarcasm isn&#39;t a good look for you. And the tiny insides of&nbsp;Denon&#39;s new Ceol Carino desktop speakers promise power, with brains to spare.</p> <p><strong>Such as?</strong><br />Well for starters, they pack in 25 watts per channel. Coupled with on-board digital signal processing, that means they should pack an auditory punch above what their minute appearance would suggest, though we&#39;ve yet to test them with our own ears.</p> <p>Denon also states that its bass radiators mean that you won&#39;t need a sub, although we doubt that they can match the booming bass of a dedicated unit. </p> <p>Still, if you really want to knock the paintings off the wall, you can hook a separate dedicated subwoofer up to it.</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>How clever is it?</strong><br />It&#39;s no dunce. The system supports CD-quality aptX Bluetooth audio streaming, and it&#39;s even got NFC for easy one-touch pairing.</p> <p>It also supports USB-B DAC, which mean that you can bypass your laptop&#39;s inferior tinny speakers, and has a headphone jack for gaming and watching movies without disturbing snoozing partners.</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="Black goes with everything" alt="Don&#039;t let size fool you: Denon&#039;s miniature speaker system punches well above its" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/denon-ceol-3.jpg?1405993958" /> </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>You might have sold me...</strong><br />Excellent. Although you might find &pound;300 for computer speakers a little hard to swallow. Still, if you&#39;re after a compact, hassle-free, flexible system for your PC setup, then it&#39;s worth taking the system for an auditory spin before dropping the cash.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertical or horizontal?" alt="Don&#039;t let size fool you: Denon&#039;s miniature speaker system punches well above its" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/denon-ceol-2.jpg?1405993958" /> </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/denon/dont-let-size-fool-you-denons-miniature-speaker-system-punches-well-above-its-weight/news#comments Denon Hi-Fi & Streaming Hot Stuff Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:30:04 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1442734 at http://www.stuff.tv Philips Fidelio E5’s wireless speakers take the mess out of surround sound http://www.stuff.tv/philips/philips-fidelio-e5-s-wireless-speakers-take-stress-out-surround-sound/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cinematic audio on demand, minus the cables and the clutter </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="Philips Fidelio E5’s wireless speakers take the stress out of surround sound" alt="Philips Fidelio E5’s wireless speakers take the stress out of surround sound" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/philips-fidelio-e5-hot-stuff.jpg?1405995058" /> </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/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><strong>Surround sound systems are a pain in the you-know-what&hellip;</strong><br />Not this one. Philips knows that trailing cables around your living room can be a drag &ndash; not to mention a surefire way of making your floor resemble Spaghetti Junction &ndash; so it&rsquo;s made a 5.1 system that doesn&rsquo;t need much in the way of setup.</p> <p><strong>So is the Fidelio E5 wireless?</strong><br />Well, not so much a case of &ldquo;wireless&rdquo; as one of &ldquo;less wires&rdquo;: the system&rsquo;s front speakers will still need to be hooked up to a power source, but you won&rsquo;t need to trail cables from the front unit all the way to the back of your sofa, because the rear pair are battery powered (a charge is good for ten hours, according to Philips).</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>Wait a sec &ndash; shouldn&rsquo;t that be &ldquo;fewer wires&rdquo;?</strong><br />OK, Captain Grammar. But where were we? Oh yeah, so the Fidelio E5 can work either as a 2.1 or a 5.1 system. The tops of the front pillar speakers detach to become the wireless rear speakers. So if you want, you only need to set up the 5.1 array when it&rsquo;s time to watch a movie. There&rsquo;s a wireless subwoofer too, to provide those neighbour-bothering low-end bass sounds.</p> <p><strong>And the centre speaker?</strong><br />That comes courtesy of clever psychoacoustic tech. The two front speakers are able to use soundbar-style fakery to create a centre channel without the need for a separate speaker.</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="674" title="The rear speakers&#039; batteries last for 10 hours" alt="The rear speakers&#039; batteries last for 10 hours" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-fidelio-e5-3.jpg?1405995058" /> </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>Sounds good on paper. But what about in the flesh?</strong><br />Well, we did give the system a listen almost a year ago when <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/philips/ifa-2013/hands-review-philips-fidelio-e5-hi-fi-speakers-transform-home-cinema-demand/news">Philips first demoed it at IFA 2013</a>. But a huge hall full of hundreds of people milling about and talking isn&rsquo;t exactly ideal test conditions. So we can&rsquo;t say how well Philips has pulled it off until we&#39;ve given the E5 a proper review.</p> <p><strong>What else does it offer?</strong><br />A couple of HDMI inputs mean you can hook up two good quality sources &ndash; say a Sky box and a PS4 &ndash; and there&rsquo;s also Bluetooth for audio streaming, accompanied by NFC for easy pairing with suitably-equipped tablets and phones.</p> <p><strong>And availability?</strong><br />The Philips Fidelio E5 is on sale now, priced at &pound;600.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">PERUSE MORE HOT STUFF</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Philips Fidelio E5 is on sale now for £600" alt="The Philips Fidelio E5 is on sale now for £600" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-fidelio-e5-2.jpg?1405995058" /> </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> Hi-Fi & Streaming Home Cinema Hot Stuff Philips Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:20:42 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1442487 at http://www.stuff.tv