Hi-Fi &amp; Streaming http://www.stuff.tv/hi-fi-streaming/all en-GB The £30 Gramofon turns your hi-fi into a socially connected, streaming jukebox http://www.stuff.tv/music/gramofone-music-streamer-makes-your-dumb-speakers-smart/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This tiny little jukebox will inject your speakers with wireless streaming powers </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Hey look, Sony shrunk the PS4!</strong><br />Honestly, that&#39;s what we thought at first too, but this is no miniature games console. This is a 21st century jukebox for the modern connected gadgeteer, just 8cm square.</p> <p><strong>It does music stuff?</strong><br />Eloquently put. Yes, it does music stuff. It does it very good in fact.</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"><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>Sounds neat. But streaming from my phone will drain its battery...</strong><br />No it won&#39;t. Your phone isn&#39;t actually streaming the music. Tunes are instead streamed directly from Spotify&#39;s servers, so your device is acting more like a glorified remote.</p> <p>Unlike Bluetooth streaming, that means that you can leave the room and not have to worry about the connection cutting out. Not only that, but your friends can get in on the action too.</p> <p><strong>Friends?</strong><br />Other human beings which you willingly spend leisure time with to talk about sports, babies, cats and other things of that nature.</p> <p>Up to 20 people can connect to the Gramofon at once, letting you all create one huge playlist without having to fight over a single connection. They can login with their Facebook password too, so no pesky Wi-Fi codes are required.</p> <p><strong>What if I don&#39;t use Spotify?</strong><br />Then you&#39;ll probably want to hold out a little while longer. There are a tonne of music services which will be added after the Gramofon launches, including Google Play Music, Grooveshark and Deezer.</p> <p>On the plus side, if you buy the Gramofon then you&#39;ll have access to free Wi-Fi in millions of places around the world. Not bad eh?</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="622" height="467" title="Plug it in, plug it in baby" alt="Gramofone music streamer makes your dumb speakers smart" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gramofon2.jpg?1397805943" /> </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="700" height="525" title="Support for more services is promised" alt="Gramofone music streamer makes your dumb speakers smart" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gramofone3.jpg?1397805943" /> </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><iframe frameborder="0" height="375" scrolling="no" src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fon/gramofon-modern-cloud-jukebox/widget/video.html" width="500"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Is this the part where you tell me that I can&#39;t afford it?</strong><br />For once, no. The Gramofon is actually rather affordable. You can currently pick it up for US$50 on <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fon/gramofon-modern-cloud-jukebox" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>, and it should be with you in July. Happy listening.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All of 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> <p>&nbsp;</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/gramofone-music-streamer-makes-your-dumb-speakers-smart/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/music/gramofone-music-streamer-makes-your-dumb-speakers-smart/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Hot Stuff Music Streaming Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:35:38 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435672 at http://www.stuff.tv Musaic hands-on: the multiroom audio system that's taking on Sonos http://www.stuff.tv/musaic-hands-multiroom-audio-system-thats-taking-sonos/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Musaic lets you control your smart home as well as your tunes </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="Musaic" alt="Musaic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/musaic-01.jpg?1397284590" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you want to stream your music to multiple rooms, you&#39;re spoilt for choice these days.</p> <p>Where previously it was <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos" target="_blank">Sonos</a>&#39; way or the highway, now every major manufacturer seems to be launching its own music-streaming speakers, from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/sonos-might-finally-have-proper-competitor-and-it-s-samsung/news" target="_blank">Samsung</a> to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/allplay/panasonic-and-qualcomm-take-aim-sonos/news" target="_blank">Panasonic and Qualcomm</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I can hear Musaic </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, the main thing you&#39;ll be using the speakers for is playing music, and the demo units on display at Gadget Show Live 2014 certainly pump out impressive sound when cranked up. In the echoing environs of the Birmingham NEC, it&#39;s hard to pick out the nuances, but the sound seems to have plenty of depth and dynamic range.</p> <p>Musaic streams over Wi-Fi, without the need for a Sonos-style bridge &ndash; there&#39;s also an option for Bluetooth streaming, if you have visitors and don&#39;t want to give them access to your home network. It plays lossless formats including FLAC, WAV and AAC, and will play nice with UPnP and DLNA servers, too.</p> <p>The speakers on display at Gadget Show Live have, we&#39;re told, been around the world &ndash; so a few scuffs and dings were in evidence. That aside, the units themselves are simple and solid, with an understated design. Buttons on top of the unit control volume and playback; they also perform double duty as radio preset buttons, so that you don&#39;t have to use the Musaic app to access your favourite internet radio stations. There&#39;s also a home automation control for smart lightbulbs, of which more later.</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="Musaic" alt="Musaic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/musaic-02.jpg?1397284590" /> </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="Musaic" alt="Musaic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/musaic-05.jpg?1397284590" /> </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"> An Appy home </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 Musaic app is simple and intuitive; you can browse albums on your smartphone or tablet, selecting songs and adding them to a queue. You can also select internet radio stations by genre and country (or both, if you have a hankering to listen to Azerbaijani disco tracks). Speakers can be grouped together easily &ndash; though at present there&#39;s no option for stereo pairing.</p> <p>You can also access streaming music services through the Musaic app; tapping on their logo will open the full version of the app. At present, Grooveshark, Aupeo, Rhapsody, Napster, SomaFM, Murfie and TuneIn are supported; we&#39;re assured that Musaic&#39;s talking to Spotify, too.</p> <p>Home automation controls can also be accessed through the app; at present, you can use Musaic to set up to four &quot;scenes&quot; with LightwaveRF light bulbs. Musaic also supports smart home devices using the open source AllJoyn framework, such as WigWag smart hubs. AllPlay-compatible wireless audio products will also play nice with Musaic.</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="Musaic" alt="Musaic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/musaic-internet-radio.jpg?1397284590" /> </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="Musaic" alt="Musaic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/musaic-music-libraries.jpg?1397284590" /> </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="1200" height="900" title="Musaic" alt="Musaic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/musaic-rooms.jpg?1397284590" /> </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="1200" height="900" title="Musaic" alt="Musaic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/musaic-home-control.jpg?1397284590" /> </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"> A sound investment? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Musaic&#39;s currently raising funds on <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1112831839/musaic-wireless-hifi-music-system-your-music-your" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>, where you can pick up the smaller MP5 speaker for &pound;160 and its bigger brother the MP10 for &pound;230.</p> <p>You can see Musaic for yourself at <a href="http://www.gadgetshowlive.net" target="_blank">Gadget Show Live 2014</a>. And while you&#39;re there, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/visit-stuff-gadget-show-live-2014/news" target="_blank">visit Stuff&#39;s stand</a> to pick up your free copy of the magazine.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/musaics-multiroom-audio-controls-your-smarthome-too/feature" target="_blank">Musaic&#39;s multiroom audio controls your smarthome, too</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="Musaic" alt="Musaic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/musaic-04.jpg?1397284590" /> </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/musaic-hands-multiroom-audio-system-thats-taking-sonos/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/musaic-hands-multiroom-audio-system-thats-taking-sonos/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:09:26 +0000 Stephen Graves 1435307 at http://www.stuff.tv Peaq is the latest hi-fi maker to support Caskeid audiophile-quality streaming http://www.stuff.tv/ipod-hi-fi/peaq-latest-hi-fi-maker-support-caskeid-audiophile-quality-streaming/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The German manufacturer joins Pure and Onkyo by including the Sonos-beating streaming technology in future products </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="Peaq is the latest hi-fi maker to support Caskeid audiophile-quality streaming" alt="Peaq is the latest hi-fi maker to support Caskeid audiophile-quality streaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/peaq-munet.jpg?1397228887" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>German AV kit maker Peaq Audio has joined Pure and Onkyo as a licensee of Caskeid, the wireless streaming technology that works a lot like Sonos &ndash; except that it supports the sort of lossless sound quality that&rsquo;ll have audiophiles joyfully weeping into their collection of first-pressing Charles Mingus LPs.</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>Peaq will feature the technology in a new range of Munet streaming systems which will not only be compatible with each other but with any other product supporting Caskeid. Pure Digital (owned by Caskeid creator Imagination Technologies) and Japanese hi-fi maker Onkyo have already announced that they&rsquo;ll be bringing the tech to future products. This makes Caskeid doubly interesting, because not only does it claim to offer higher audio quality than its rivals, it&rsquo;s also able to offer cross-brand support. So you could have a house filled with products made by different companies and stream the same music to all of them simultaneously using Caskeid.</p> <p>Sadly, for those of us in the UK, Peaq won&rsquo;t be one of the brands; its products aren&rsquo;t sold outside Germany and Austria. But we&rsquo;d be very surprised if we don&rsquo;t hear about more audio gear makers jumping onto the Caskeid bandwagon soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/30-greatest-audiophile-albums/feature">30 essential albums for audiophiles</a></strong></p> <p><iframe src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed/" frameborder="0" width="300" height="100"></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="Caskeid works across several brands&#039; products, unlike Sonos or Airplay" alt="Caskeid works across several brands&#039; products, unlike Sonos or Airplay" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/caskeid_0.jpg?1397228887" /> </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/ipod-hi-fi/peaq-latest-hi-fi-maker-support-caskeid-audiophile-quality-streaming/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hi-Fi & Streaming iPod Hi-Fi Onkyo Pure Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:22:49 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435282 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Play Music comes to Sonos http://www.stuff.tv/google-play-music-comes-sonos/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yep, the best music streamer around just got better... </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="Google Play Music on Sonos" alt="Google Play Music on Sonos" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sonos-google-play-music-001.jpg?1397184564" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Somewhere, there&#39;s a top Sonos exec with a list of streaming services missing from the platform. Well that list just got one shorter, because Google Play Music has now joined the ever-expanding Sonos family.</p> <p>As of right now, if you&#39;re a Play Music user with a &pound;10/month All Access account you&#39;ll be able to stream directly to any Sonos kit in your setup in one of two ways.</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/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-play-music-comes-sonos/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google-play-music-comes-sonos/news#comments Google Hi-Fi & Streaming Sonos Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:00:48 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435198 at http://www.stuff.tv Panasonic and Qualcomm team up to take down Sonos http://www.stuff.tv/allplay/panasonic-and-qualcomm-take-aim-sonos/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AllPlay makes Panasonic&#039;s multi-room system more open than most </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="Panasonic SC-ALL8" alt="Panasonic SC-ALL8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Panasonic_SC-ALL8_AllPlay.jpg?1395713588" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While many have previously dabbled, 2014 seems to be the year that every major manufacturer makes a concerted effort to take on Sonos in the multi-room music streaming domain. No, we&rsquo;re not sure why it&rsquo;s taken this long either.</p> <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"> Plays well with others </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 three players in the system - two all-in-one units (SC-ALL8 and SC-ALL3) and a connector for adding existing music systems (SH-ALL1C) - and one added bonus of AllPlay is that any other device with the tech built-in will also play nice with Panasonic&rsquo;s players.</p> <p>Panasonic&rsquo;s approach appears to be two-pronged. On the one hand you can stream to any one of the units directly from a music streaming app such as Spotify (presumably through Bluetooth), but to take advantage of the Party Mode that sends music to multiple speakers simultaneously you need to use the dedicated Panasonic Music Streaming App.</p> <p>What you can play via the second method will depend on specific partnerships being put together, but with AllPlay already having Spotify and Napster on-board it&rsquo;s off to a strong start.</p> <p>Will that be enough to tempt everyone away from Sonos? How about Samsung&rsquo;s system, which boasts a bigger family of devices and will be the first to take Spotify Connect multi-room? We&rsquo;re looking forward to finding out.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/sonos-might-finally-have-proper-competitor-and-it-s-samsung/news" target="_blank">Sonos might finally have a proper rival - and it&#39;s Samsung</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Panasonic SH-ALL1C" alt="Panasonic SH-ALL1C" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic_SC-ALL1C_AllPlay.jpg?1395713588" /> </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="Panasonic SC-ALL3" alt="Panasonic SC-ALL3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic_SC-ALL3_multiroom.jpg?1395713588" /> </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/allplay/panasonic-and-qualcomm-take-aim-sonos/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/allplay/panasonic-and-qualcomm-take-aim-sonos/news#comments AllPlay Hi-Fi & Streaming Panasonic Qualcomm Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:04:57 +0000 Tom Parsons 1434212 at http://www.stuff.tv New Sonos app brings universal search spanning every major music service http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/new-sonos-app-brings-universal-search/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And you can try the beta version now on Android </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 app controller" alt="Sonos app controller main" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sonos_app_family.jpg?1395196789" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&#39;ve got a Sonos music streaming system at home, you&#39;re already a lucky so-and-so.</p> <p>Now your life just got even better - because the multiroom maestro&#39;s new app introduces universal search.</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/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</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-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 app controller beta" alt="Sonos app controller beta" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sonos_app_search.jpg?1395196789" /> </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/sonos/new-sonos-app-brings-universal-search/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/new-sonos-app-brings-universal-search/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games Hi-Fi & Streaming iOS apps Sonos Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:27:02 +0000 Marc McLaren 1433886 at http://www.stuff.tv Sonos might finally have a proper competitor - and it’s Samsung http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/sonos-might-finally-have-proper-competitor-and-it-s-samsung/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s upcoming multi-room streaming system looks to offer more features than its rivals </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="Samsung M7" alt="Samsung M7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-m7.jpg?1394589792" /> </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/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</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>What&rsquo;s wrong with Sonos?</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos" target="_blank">Sonos</a> is awesome, but there&rsquo;s no denying it&rsquo;s had its own way in the multi-room music market for way too long. That looks set to change in 2014, with a whole bunch of big cheese brands trying to muscle in on the territory, and of all those we know of so far, Samsung&rsquo;s is sounding especially sweet.</p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s Samsung got planned, then?</strong></p> <p>The range starts, fairly unsurprisingly, with a couple of all-in-one music players, the M5 and M7. These will cost &pound;230 and &pound;330 respectively and can be used solo or combined in stereo pairs.</p> <p>But then it gets more interesting, because Samsung&rsquo;s soundbars, home cinema systems and even TVs are also getting in on the act. You can even link the HW-H750 soundbar to two M5s or M7s to create a completely wireless 5.1 surround sound system.</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>Do they link up to each other?</strong></p> <p>Not quite. You&rsquo;ll need the little WAM250 Hub (price TBC), which connects to your router and controls all of the players dotted around the house, and it can handle different tunes in every room or combine the lot in a perfectly synchronised party mode.</p> <p><strong>And what about all my existing audio gear?</strong></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t worry, it can join the party too! The Link Mate WAM270 (price TBC) can be used to plug in your older hi-fi components. It features optical and coaxial digital inputs, a set of analogue inputs and is capable of handling Hi-Res audio up to 24-bit/196kHz.</p> <p><strong>How do I control it all?</strong></p> <p>There&rsquo;s an app for that. Control is all handled via a free iOS and Android app (oddly &ndash; and coolly &ndash; you can use this to play music stored on someone else&rsquo;s phone, as long as you&rsquo;re sharing a Wi-Fi network) and you can combine music from your PCs, NAS devices, and apps such as Deezer and Spotify, all in the same on-the-fly playlist. And speaking of Spotify, Samsung says its system will be the very first to handle Spotify Connect multi-room.</p> <p><strong>So, Sonos should be scared?</strong></p> <p>Yep. Samsung&rsquo;s clearly studied Sonos in stalker-like detail and seems to have nailed just about everything that makes it great while adding a few neat twists all of its own. Colour us excited for the launch at the end of April.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">READ MORE HOT STUFF STORIES RIGHT HERE</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung M5 speaker" alt="Samsung M5 speaker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-m5.jpg?1394589792" /> </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="Samsung WAM250 Hub" alt="Samsung WAM250 Hub" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-hub.jpg?1394589792" /> </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="1200" height="900" title="Samsung HW-H750 soundbar" alt="Samsung HW-H750 soundbar" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-soundbar_1.jpg?1394589792" /> </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 Hot Stuff Samsung Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:34:45 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1433579 at http://www.stuff.tv Neil Young's PonoPlayer is a pocket high-res audio Toblerone http://www.stuff.tv/treat-your-ears-studio-quality-sound-triangular-prism-shaped-ponoplayer/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Music Legend Neil Young wants to inject higher than high-fidelity audio directly into your lugholes </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="981" height="736" title="Treat your ears to studio-quality sound with the triangular prism PonoPlayer" alt="Treat your ears to studio-quality sound with the triangular prism PonoPlayer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ponoplayer.jpg?1394587451" /> </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>You can listen to music on Toblerones now?</strong><br />Quite possibly. We haven&#39;t had the pleasure of munching away on a duty free slab of Swiss chocolate for a while now, but either way, you&#39;re off the mark. This is music legend Neil Young&#39;s weapon in the crusade against low quality audio: the PonoPlayer.</p> <p><strong>So&hellip; it&#39;s an iPod?</strong><br />It&#39;s a dedicated music player, yes, but unlike the iPod (or smartphones for that matter), it&#39;s designed to provide studio-quality music at the highest fidelity possible.</p> <p><strong>So it&#39;ll make my music sound better?</strong><br />Not quite. It&#39;s designed to work with the upcoming PonoMusic service which will let users download Hi-Res albums from both major and independent labels. Your standard mp3s and headphones will still - in the words of many an audiophile - sound like tinny garbage.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/neil-young-shows-pono-audiophile-music-player/news" target="_blank">Neil Young shows off Pono audiophile music player</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-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>But I&#39;m perfectly happy listening to Avicii on my Dr Dre ear goggles&hellip;</strong><br />And you&#39;re exactly the type of person Mr Young is hoping to convert. Once your ears see (well, hear) the light then you&#39;ll be so blown away that you&#39;ll never touch a dirty MP3 file ever again.</p> <p><strong>Sounds&hellip; expensive. And heavy on memory</strong><br />You do pay for quality with larger file sizes, but the 128GB Pono will store between 100-500 albums of hi-res music, and it&#39;s got expandable storage for even more flexibility.</p> <p>As for the price? US$400 (&pound;240) on Kickstarter. Not exactly cheap then, but once you&#39;ve tasted the sweet highs and deep, beautifully balanced bass drops of a high-res album, your ears won&#39;t want to go back. The project will launch later this week.</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 little bit sceptical of) Hi-Res Audio</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">LISTEN UP &ndash; FOR MORE HOT STUFF, CLICK RIGHT HERE</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qL1ffo8TwGM" 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> Hi-Fi & Streaming Hi-Res Audio Hot Stuff Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:24:07 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433523 at http://www.stuff.tv Astell&Kern AK100 (Mk.2) high-resolution music player http://www.stuff.tv/ak100/astellkern-ak100-mk2-high-resolution-music-player/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iriver makes a comeback with a new name and a hi-res music player of serious quality </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="Astell&amp;Kern AK100 (Mk.2) high-resolution music player" alt="Astell&amp;Kern AK100 (Mk.2) high-resolution music player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Astell_Kern_AK100mk2_04.jpg?1394473802" /> </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/ced-yuen" title="View user profile.">Ced Yuen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hi-res audio: 4K for your ears! It&rsquo;s finally taking off in a big way. Or a small way, in this case, as we&rsquo;re now seeing portable listening devices dedicated to the cause.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve only just recovered from gushing about <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nwz-zx1-walkman/sony-nwz-zx1-high-resolution-walkman/review" target="_blank">Sony&rsquo;s NWZ-ZX1 Walkman</a>, and now another challenger appears: the Astell &amp; Kern AK100 MkII.</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"> £700.00 </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">8 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"> Hi-res music sounds awesome </div> <div class="field-item even"> Warm, rich delivery </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Lovely build </div> <div class="field-item even"> Expandable storage </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"> Volume knob can be inconvenient </div> <div class="field-item even"> More built-in storage would be nice </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Mighty, mighty pricey </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"> Lovely, smooth performance </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>Great sound is surely the point of getting a high-res audio player, and the AK100 MkII sounds amazing. In absolute terms, it utterly destroys the respectable sound from an iPod Touch. The performance is easily as strong as that from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nwz-zx1-walkman/sony-nwz-zx1-high-resolution-walkman/review" target="_blank">Sony NWZ-ZX1</a>, which automatically qualifies A&amp;K for a spot at the top of the audio tree.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-hi-res-audio/feature" target="_blank">Why you should be pumped about (and just a bit sceptical of) Hi-Res Audio</a></strong></p> <p>The most impressive element is the midrange reproduction, which is stunning. Here you get extraordinarily far-reaching dynamics. Combine that with a remarkable level of fluidity and you have a performance that feels smooth and organic. If you listen to vocal-based tracks a lot, you&rsquo;re in for a treat.</p> <p>Greater detail is the most obvious bonus of listening to high-resolution audio, and the AK100 MkII is no exception. There&rsquo;s plenty in the way of texture. We spent considerable time pointing out (to nobody in particular) all the instruments we&rsquo;d never noticed in our most oft-played tracks.</p> <p>When it comes to precision, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nwz-zx1-walkman/sony-nwz-zx1-high-resolution-walkman/review" target="_blank">Sony&rsquo;s NWZ-ZX1</a> has the edge. The A&amp;K just can&rsquo;t match it for rhythmic precision. But that&rsquo;s not necessarily a disadvantage: the A&amp;K has a more relaxed vibe that many will prefer.</p> <p>As lovely as it sounds, there&rsquo;s still the issue of content to consider. High-resolution files are not easy to come by, and even then they aren&rsquo;t cheap. You won&rsquo;t find any on iTunes or Amazon&rsquo;s download store. Your best bet right now is <a href="http://www.hdtracks.com/" target="_blank">HDTracks</a>, a US site with some tracks downloadable in the UK, <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/news/hdtracks-high-res-music-store-to-launch-in-uk" target="_blank">and a promise of a dedicated UK store in the near future</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Astell&amp;Kern AK100 review" alt="Astell&amp;Kern AK100 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Astell_Kern_AK100mk2_07.jpg?1394473802" /> </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"> No frills design, but there is a knob </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 a block of metal that feels solid and weighty &ndash; befitting of the hefty price tag. There&rsquo;s a 2.5in touch screen: cramped but good enough to navigate the rather basic folder-style menus. The left edge of the device sports a trio of playback buttons, while the top edge has outputs and a power/wake key. So far, so unremarkable.</p> <p>Then you get to the right edge, which has a knob sticking out of it. This adjusts the volume in half-levels from 00.0 to 75.0. This is good if you&rsquo;re the type who likes to be really specific about how loud your music is.</p> <p>But this is a portable device, so it&rsquo;s likely to go in and out of your pocket. And we sometimes found ourselves unwittingly turning the dial up or down a couple of notches. There is a lock option, but this means turning the screen on every time you want to change the volume. We love its slightly retro feel, but it&rsquo;s also a touch awkward. And the knob rattles a little, too.</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="Astell&amp;Kern AK100 review" alt="Astell&amp;Kern AK100 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Astell_Kern_AK100mk2_02.jpg?1394473802" /> </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="Astell&amp;Kern AK100 review" alt="Astell&amp;Kern AK100 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Astell_Kern_AK100mk2_05.jpg?1394473802" /> </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"> It’s a trap (door for memory cards) </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>Look to the bottom of the device and you&rsquo;ll find a little hatch. This opens to take two microSD cards of up to 64GB each. Combined with the built-in storage of 32GB, that means you have a maximum of 160GB at a time.</p> <p>We like expandable memory. We like it so much that the thought of travelling with a fistful of cards and never running out of music makes us feel warm and fuzzy. But there are costs to consider.</p> <p>Average web prices have 64GB microSD cards at around &pound;40 each. The asking price of &pound;700 for the player is steep enough without the thought of shelling out even more for memory. Bundled cards would have been nice, or at least a built-in capacity of greater than 32GB. And you&rsquo;ll definitely need lots of storage if you&rsquo;re going with hi-res audio, as it takes up massive amounts of space (and is, conversely, also a little slow to load).</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="Astell&amp;Kern AK100 review" alt="Astell&amp;Kern AK100 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Astell_Kern_AK100mk2_03.jpg?1394473802" /> </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"> Astell&amp;Kern AK100 Mk.2 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>We have mixed feelings about the Astell &amp; Kern AK100 MkII. That price is a real issue, considering how little memory you get out of the box. It could also be a little slicker, both in operation and in design. And there&rsquo;s still the issue of where to find high-res audio files.</p> <p>But on the other hand it really does sound lovely, and the ability to hot-swap memory cards will make power-using audiophile hoarders very happy indeed.</p> <p>The real problem, though, is the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nwz-zx1-walkman/sony-nwz-zx1-high-resolution-walkman/review" target="_blank">Sony NWZ-ZX1</a>. They sound different, but just as good as one another, so unless you&rsquo;re especially drawn to a warmer, more fluid playback style, the lower cost and added usability of the Sony is likely to push your decision away from the A&amp;K.</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="4000" height="3000" title="Astell&amp;Kern AK100 review" alt="Astell&amp;Kern AK100 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Astell_Kern_AK100mk2_01.jpg?1394473802" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </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>There&rsquo;s plenty to like if you can get over that price tag, but it&rsquo;s also worth checking out the competition</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/ak100/astellkern-ak100-mk2-high-resolution-music-player/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ak100/astellkern-ak100-mk2-high-resolution-music-player/review#comments AK100 Astell&Kern Geek accessories Hi-Fi & Streaming Hi-Res Audio Sun, 09 Mar 2014 16:58:30 +0000 Tom Parsons 1433495 at http://www.stuff.tv Imagination Technologies and Onkyo are gunning for Sonos with audiophile streaming systems http://www.stuff.tv/onkyo/onkyo-and-imagination-technologies-gunning-sonos-audiophile-streaming-systems/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Imagination’s Caskeid and FlowCloud tech can wirelessly stream high quality music to several speaker setups around your home </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="Onkyo and Imagination Technologies gunning for Sonos with audiophile streaming systems" alt="Onkyo and Imagination Technologies gunning for Sonos with audiophile streaming s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/onkyo-system.jpg?1393943250" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Watch out, Sonos: Imagination Technologies and Onkyo are out for your blood.</p> <p>Imagine Technologies is the parent company of Pure, and is better known as the creator of the graphics tech used in iPhones, iPads and many other top-tier gadgets. It announced this week that it&#39;s collaborating with Onkyo on a new generation of wireless multi-room streaming systems &ndash; and that they&rsquo;re going to focus on audio quality.</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>Caskeid was announced last year, and can stream &ldquo;audiophile-quality stereo playback&rdquo; over your home Wi-Fi network. Using a unique combination of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, it can stream this music to multiple speakers simultaneously &ndash; much like an audiophile version of Sonos. All Caskeid-capable products are compatible with each other, even those manufactured by different companies, so you can mix-and-match your multi-room setup. Indeed, inside sources suggest that Onkyo is just the tip of the iceberg - many other manufacturers are planning to adopt Caskeid in the near future.&nbsp;</p> <p>FlowCloud connects audio products to the internet, enabling fuss-free software updates and access to online services like FlowAudio, Imagination&rsquo;s cloud-based music and radio platform that offers over 24 million tracks.</p> <p>As yet there are no details on what form the Caskeid-equipped Onkyo products might take or any indication of when they&rsquo;ll arrive &ndash; but it&rsquo;s unlikely to be this year. Sonos, you&rsquo;ve got a bit of time to improve your audio quality.</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 little bit sceptical of) Hi-Res Audio</a></strong><br />&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="Caskeid logo" alt="Caskeid logo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/caskeid.jpg?1393943250" /> </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/onkyo/onkyo-and-imagination-technologies-gunning-sonos-audiophile-streaming-systems/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hi-Fi & Streaming Onkyo Pure Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:07:47 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1432992 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman http://www.stuff.tv/nwz-zx1-walkman/sony-nwz-zx1-high-resolution-walkman/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony reckons the way to resurrect the MP3 player is to ditch MP3s and go all high-end and high-res. Your ears will love it, but your wallet less so </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="Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review" alt="Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony_NWZ-ZX1_Walkman%29_1.jpg?1393380642" /> </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/ced-yuen" title="View user profile.">Ced Yuen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Since smartphones came along, more people have been using them as their sole means of listening to music on the go. Carrying multiple devices around is a pain, after all.</p> <p>But there are those who care more about sound quality than convenience, and they&rsquo;re in for a treat, because the latest Walkman sounds awesome. The Sony NWZ-ZX1 is a seriously premium player, and one that focuses on hi-res, Studio Master music. It&rsquo;s also the best sounding portable device we&rsquo;ve ever heard.</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"> £550.00 </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">8 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"> Amazing sound quality </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lovely looks and build </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Android means it does more than just music </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"> High-res music isn&#039;t easy to get </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"> Resolution revolution </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 what&rsquo;s high-res audio? Short version: it&rsquo;s a bit like 4K for you ears. It&rsquo;s better sound quality than CD (you do know they compress your music before they put it onto a disc, don&rsquo;t you?), with &quot;better&quot; meaning &quot;closer to what musicians and engineers intended in the studio&quot;. It&rsquo;s the Next Big Thing in audio.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-hi-res-audio/feature" target="_blank">Why you should be pumped about (and just a bit sceptical of) Hi-Res Audio</a></strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s all about reconstructing an analogue sound wave as accurately as possible, and this is where we introduce The Science Bit.</p> <p>You see a sampling rate is the number of samples taken per second when analogue sound waves are converted to digital. The more samples taken per second, the closer the sound is to the original sound wave. Meanwhile, bit depth describes the accuracy of that sample. A typical CD measures 16-bit/44.1kHz. A high-res audio track, meanwhile, may measure 24-bit/192kHz.</p> <p>Got it? No? Don&rsquo;t worry &ndash; just remember it all results in more data and therefore more detail and better sound and you&rsquo;re golden.</p> <p>High-res audio itself is nothing new. There are already smartphones around that can handle these files &ndash; <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 5</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3</a>, to name a few. What&rsquo;s new is that high-res audio has now taken off far enough for big companies to make dedicated players that sound way better than those phones.</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="Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review" alt="Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony_NWZ-ZX1_Walkman_5.jpg?1393380642" /> </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"> Enough numbers! 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>Load up a high-res track and you get an impressively refined sound with layers of subtle detail. You&rsquo;ll spend a lot of time noticing parts of your favourite songs you&rsquo;ve never heard before. The soundstage is wide, well organised and timing is spot-on.</p> <p>The ZX1&rsquo;s tonal balance is good, too, but the well-defined, hard-slapping bass deserves a special mention. Combine that with extended, punchy dynamics and it&rsquo;s a seriously engaging, exciting sound.</p> <p>We started comparing the ZX1 to an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipod-touch-5g-hands-review/news" target="_blank">iPod Touch</a> and things got ugly for Apple very quickly. The Sony is way ahead in every department, from its weighty delivery to its extraordinary precision. We&rsquo;ve always been keen on the iPod&rsquo;s sound, but next to the ZX1 it comes across as brash and unsophisticated. It comfortable beats those high-res-playing phones we mentioned, too.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not all down to the high-res tracks, either. We loaded up both devices with the same CD-ripped WAV files and it was still easy to pick the devices apart.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review" alt="Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony_NWZ-ZX1_Walkman_4.jpg?1393380642" /> </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"> A question of content </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 is still one fairly significant problem, though - high-res music might be the next big thing, but right now it&#39;s not that easy to get hold of. You can&#39;t get any on iTunes, and even Sony itself seems reluctant to go any higher than MP3 for its own download store. The likes of <a href="http://www.naimlabel.com/" target="_blank">Naim</a> and <a href="http://www.linnrecords.com/" target="_blank">Linn</a> have high-res music stores, but the selections aren&#39;t especially mainstream.</p> <p>For now your best bet is to go with <a href="http://www.hdtracks.com/" target="_blank">HDtracks</a>. It&#39;s officially US-only but there are easy ways to work around that, and a UK launch is expected in the next few months. A direct connection from player to download store and a whole load of new music is definitely needed if Studio Masters are going to make a proper impact, though.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/30-greatest-audiophile-albums/feature" target="_blank">30 Essential Albums for Audiophiles</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 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"> Unusually good looking </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 not just the sound that separates the ZX1 from the competition. If there ever was such a thing as an anti-iPod, this is it. Sony has clearly tried to distance itself from Apple&rsquo;s aesthetics, and the result is gorgeous. It&rsquo;s a striking design with a premium feel that rivals anything coming out of Cupertino, and feels less delicate, too.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a proudly asymmetrical slab of aluminium that wants nothing to do with simplicity and rounded edges. The glass face drops off abruptly into a straight edge, where the physical controls make us happy by allowing us to change tracks in our pockets.</p> <p>The bottom edge of the ZX1 has a gleaming brass cylinder that&rsquo;s so big it rises slightly above the screen. We&rsquo;re not sure why: theoretically it allows internal cabling to be a bit thicker (and improve sound quality). Sony says it reduces contact resistance.</p> <p>The literally outstanding aspect of the ZX1&rsquo;s design is its bottom third, which protrudes at the back. This is because Sony felt like putting in a larger amplifier block, straight lines be damned. It&rsquo;s unusual, but it serves the handy secondary purpose of sitting in your hand quite nicely. It doesn&rsquo;t wobble on a table, but Sony has included a tiny wedge of plastic in case you&rsquo;re that worried about perfect flatness.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review" alt="Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony_NWZ-ZX1_Walkman_2.jpg?1393380642" /> </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"> Standard features </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 the ZX1 has been outstanding in its sound and design, its features are fairly normal. It runs on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android" target="_blank">Android</a> 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is safe but not particularly exciting these days. The 4in screen makes it easy to navigate the device. There are good colours, but the picture isn&rsquo;t sharp enough for proper movie watching or gaming.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also NFC at the back for easy Bluetooth pairing, as well as a tiny speaker masquerading as a Walkman logo. We&rsquo;re quite not sure why you&rsquo;d spend &pound;550 on a high-end audio device and then play music that way.</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s the matter of storage. You get 128GB on board, and that&rsquo;s it. There are no models with different capacities, and no slot for external memory. It&rsquo;s a pretty good offering for the money (the biggest iPod Touch has 64GB and costs &pound;330), but not including a memory card slot feels a bit silly, especially when you consider that hi-res music files are often absolutely massive.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review" alt="Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony_NWZ-ZX1_Walkman_3_0.jpg?1393380642" /> </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"> Sony NWZ-ZX1 Walkman 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>We love it. We love the design and we love the sound. And its features are pretty decent, too.</p> <p>The problem is how niche it is. No-one&rsquo;s buying dedicated MP3 players anymore because everyone&rsquo;s using their smartphone as their portable music player, and you&rsquo;re going to have to be seriously dedicated to the hi-res music cause to feel that it&rsquo;s not only worth carrying around an extra portable and going the extra mile to find and download high-res music, but also worth spending an extra &pound;550 on the privilege.</p> <p>If you are that seriously dedicated, we applaud you, and we know you&rsquo;ll love the way this pioneering Sony sounds. One day the rest of the world will catch up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The best-sounding portable device we&rsquo;ve heard, but it&#39;s only really for the most dedicated hi-res audio pioneers</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/nwz-zx1-walkman/sony-nwz-zx1-high-resolution-walkman/review#comments Geek accessories Hi-Fi & Streaming Hi-Res Audio NWZ-ZX1 Walkman Sony Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:22:34 +0000 Tom Parsons 1432690 at http://www.stuff.tv These vintage stereos are gutted and upgraded with Bluetooth innards http://www.stuff.tv/these-vintage-radios-are-gutted-and-upgraded-shiny-new-bluetooth-innards/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Retro tech gets injected with wireless streaming powers </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="726" height="545" title="These vintage radios are gutted and upgraded with shiny new Bluetooth innards" alt="These vintage radios are gutted and upgraded with shiny new Bluetooth innards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sanyo-ghettoblaster.jpg?1390593544" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>UK-based Newman Radios has taken it upon itself to breathe new life into old vintage radios by upgrading their insides with Bluetooth tech.</p> <p>While the original circuit board is tampered with to accommodate the Bluetooth receiver, the original speakers and buttons are untouched.</p> <p>One quick bit of surgery is all it takes, and you&#39;ll be hard pressed to notice a difference once it&#39;s all put back together.</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"><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"> Old School Cool </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>Each radio undergoes a unique operation, tailored to its internals. Some for example, will retain their original radio function, while others won&#39;t, and the amplifiers might be swapped out for newer ones too, if required. </p><p>There are currently three models available from Newman Radios&#39; Etsy store - a vintage Decca Radio, and two Roberts Radios.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;re personally holding out for another ghetto blaster though. It&#39;ll complement our breakdancing far better, we think you&#39;ll agree.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NewmanRadios" target="_blank">Etsy</a> via <a href="http://www.designboom.com/technology/newman-radios-revitalizes-vintage-bluetooth-loudspeakers-01-21-2014/" target="_blank">designboom</a>]</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="1334" height="1000" title="These vintage radios are gutted and upgraded with shiny new Bluetooth innards" alt="These vintage radios are gutted and upgraded with shiny new Bluetooth innards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vintage-roberts-radio.jpg?1390593544" /> </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"> Old stereo + Bluetooth = awesome </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/these-vintage-radios-are-gutted-and-upgraded-shiny-new-bluetooth-innards/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Hot Stuff Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:10:15 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1431609 at http://www.stuff.tv Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light http://www.stuff.tv/bluetooth-speaker-system/yamaha-relit-wireless-speaker-blasts-your-senses-sound-and-light/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yamaha packs pulsing lights and crystal clear audio into its magical totem pole </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="Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light" alt="Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/yamaha-relit.jpg?1389957581" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yamaha has announced that its wireless Relit speaker is now available for gadgeteers looking for an audio solution that&rsquo;s a little&hellip; different.</p> <p>The 1.1m metal tower promises clear CD-quality music streaming thanks to aptX Bluetooth support, and there&rsquo;s also an AUX-in for a more traditional cable setup.</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"><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>Available in a black or brown leather finish, the Relit also contains an internal light source which pumps out an &lsquo;aura of light&rsquo; that reacts to the music that&rsquo;s currently playing.</p> <p>An accompanying app also offers timer, sleep and playback controls if you don&#39;t fancy using the included remote, and six-step adjustable LEDs will let you crank up the brightness depending on your mood.</p> <p>If you feel like tripping out and unleashing your senses to the Relit&#39;s magic then you can snap one up now for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.johnlewis.com/yamaha-relit-lsx-700-bluetooth-speaker-lighting-system-black/p1115051?kpid=232566458&amp;s_kenid=48200682-29fb-70c8-5a95-00006000448a&amp;s_kwcid=ppc_pla&amp;tmad=c&amp;tmcampid=73#default" target="_blank">&pound;500</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="716" height="538" title="Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light" alt="Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/relit-close.jpg?1389957581" /> </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="716" height="538" title="Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light" alt="Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/relit-2.jpg?1389957581" /> </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"> Yamaha Relit speaker brings sound and light </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bluetooth-speaker-system/yamaha-relit-wireless-speaker-blasts-your-senses-sound-and-light/news#comments Bluetooth Speaker System Docks and Speakers Hi-Fi & Streaming Yamaha Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:53:54 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1431340 at http://www.stuff.tv Bang & Olufsen takes on Sonos with Essence multi-room music streamer http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/bang-olufsen-s-essence-one-touch-remote-ll-simplify-music-playback-sonos-does/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This pretty little thing looks set to give the dominant music streamer something to worry about </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="Bang and Olufsen Essence" alt="Bang and Olufsen Essence" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/b-and-o-essence-system.jpg?1389381892" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">We tend to be wary when companies use the word &quot;revolutionary&quot; to describe their products and services. But with Bang &amp; Olufsen&rsquo;s BeoSound Essence system, we&#39;re right on board.</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/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</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"> A smart, simple control system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The magic happens once these components are connected. The remote, acting like a light switch, turns the system on or off, changes the volume, skips tracks and switches radio stations. Re-activating the system won&rsquo;t reset everything - it remembers exactly where you left off and resumes playback. Multiple remotes can be connected to the system, so you can place them in each room and trigger your playlist when the fancy kicks in.</p> <p dir="ltr">There&#39;s also a new BeoMusic app for iOS and Android, which allows you to browse and play music through the system.</p> <p dir="ltr">This is a B&amp;O system, so don&rsquo;t expect it to be budget-friendly. The system costs &pound;695, with each additional control unit draining another &pound;130 from your wallet. B&amp;O is expecting a spring shipping date, with more details to be revealed closer to launch.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - the biggest news so far, live from Las Vegas</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature">2014 CES Hot Stuff Awards - the 10 best launches from the show</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Essence wall remote" alt="Essence wall remote" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/b-and-o-essence-wall-remote.jpg?1389381892" /> </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="1200" height="900" title="Essence lifestyle" alt="Essence lifestyle" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/b-and-o-essence-lifestyle.jpg?1389381892" /> </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/ces-2014/bang-olufsen-s-essence-one-touch-remote-ll-simplify-music-playback-sonos-does/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> B&O CES 2014 Hi-Fi & Streaming Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:51:12 +0000 Will Findlater 1430975 at http://www.stuff.tv Naim Audio launches hi-fi amp for the price of a one-bedroom flat http://www.stuff.tv/naim/naim-audio-launches-hi-fi-amp-price-one-bedroom-flat/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There’s high-end hi-fi… and then there’s the NAC S1 and NAP S1 setup </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="Naim NAP S1 and NAC S1" alt="Naim NAP S1 and NAC S1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/naim.jpg?1389381417" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What should the audiophile for whom money is no object buy? Well, he or she might start with the new NAC S1 preamp and NAP S1 poweramp combo from British hi-fi company Naim Audio.</p> <p>Looking like something from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the NAC S1 and NAP S1 are no-compromises pieces of audio gear, weighing in at 62kg and 101kg respectively.</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"> Naim your price... </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>Oh, and you&rsquo;ll need two of the NAP S1s if you want to listen to stereo music, because each is mono and capable of driving a single speaker (mind you, it is able to supply a staggering 746 watts of power to said speaker).</p> <p>The setup will go on sale in July, which gives you a few months to save up the US$200,000 (&pound;122,000) asking price. Or you could, you know, just buy a house or a supercar instead&hellip;</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/news/naim-audio-launches-new-high-end-prepower-amplifier" target="_blank">What Hi-Fi?</a>]</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - the biggest news so far, live from Las Vegas</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature">2014 CES Hot Stuff Awards - the 10 best launches from the show</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/p6o-R8Qp5Ps" 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> CES 2014 Hi-Fi & Streaming Naim Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:29:19 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1430895 at http://www.stuff.tv