Hi-Fi &amp; Streaming http://www.stuff.tv/my/hi-fi-streaming/news en-MY Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 14 gadget gifts for Apple fans http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadget-gifts-apple-fans/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Whether they’re into Macs, iPhones or iPads, these gift ideas will make any Apple fan grin on Christmas Day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 12 gadget gifts for Apple fans" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-gift-guide.jpg?1418200969" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">If history is anything to go by, Santa will be working overtime this year, delivering Apple kit to all the boys and girls (of all ages; if you&rsquo;re listening, big guy, we&rsquo;ve been very good and would love an iPad Air 2).</p> <p>But beyond the realm of iPhones, iPads and 5K Retina iMacs, there are plenty of gadgets and accessories to make an Apple fan squeal with joy. Read on for our list of the best Christmas gift ideas for Apple fans&hellip;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mophie powerstation XL (US$130 (RM455)) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">iDevices don&#39;t have removable batteries. Diehard Apple fans will tell you that&#39;s all part of their charm. But charm won&#39;t help you when you&#39;re stranded in Elephant and Castle at 3am with no way to call Uber. This huge 12,000mAh portable battery will let you juice two devices (including an iPad) at once, eliminating low battery anxiety for good.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mophie.com/shop/powerstation-xl" target="_blank">Mophie powerstation XL</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mophie powerstation XL" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Mophie-Powerstation.jpg?1418200969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple TV (RM349) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the face of it, the Apple TV looks like a missed opportunity, referred to by Apple as a &lsquo;hobby&rsquo; and lacking an App Store. Yet once you own one, you realise it&rsquo;s a great purchase; along with providing access to the iTunes Store and iTunes Match, it also enables you to beam audio, video and games to a TV from any iOS device via AirPlay, or you can pull and live-encode video from a PC or Mac if you invest in Air Video or StreamToMe.</p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://store.apple.com/my/appletv" target="_blank">Apple TV</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple TV" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv_3.jpg?1418200969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Libratone Loop (US$500 (RM1750)) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Circles are great. They&#39;re symmetrical, lack sharp edges, and they&#39;re the same shape as Wagon Wheels.This rather fetching example in particular manages to do all of the above, with the added bonus of blasting out your tunes with room-filling sound over AirPlay or Bluetooth. It&#39;s got brains to match its stylish coloured wool cover too, thanks to Spotify Connect smarts for multi-room listening and higher fidelity audio. Whether you mount it on a wall, snuggle it into a stylish mahogany bookshelf or slap it in the middle of your room as a statement, its simple design is one that all Jony Ive fans can get behind. Or in front of, rather. It&#39;ll sound better that way.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="https://shop.libratone.com/en-gb/speakers/libratone-loop/c-51/c-284/p-289/" target="_blank">Libratone Loop</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Libratone Loop" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/libratone-loop.jpg?1418200969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus (US$30 (RM105)) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This stylus sets itself apart from the rest of the flock by offering a fine tip and transparent precision disc which lets you track the path of your virtual ink for more accuracy. It&rsquo;s pressure sensitive too, and ideal for those looking for more precision in their sketches. Possibly wasted on stick men connoisseurs, but who are we to judge?&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.adonit.net/jot/pro/" target="_blank">Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/adonit.jpg?1418200969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nifty Drives MiniDrive (US$40 (S$140)) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s no point wasting word on the usefulness of USB sticks. But no matter how tiny yours is, it still sticks out, ruining the precision-crafted sleek lines of your MacBook. This microSD adaptor lets you slot it into the SD slot of notebook and sits completely flush. Ah, that&rsquo;s better.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://store.apple.com/uk/product/HF158ZM/B/nifty-drives-minidrive-for-macbook-pro-13-inch-with-retina-display?fnode=79" target="_blank">Nifty Drives MiniDrive</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nifty Drives MiniDrive" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nifty.jpg?1418200969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadricopter (RM1199) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, it&rsquo;s expensive; yes, it&rsquo;s got a stupid name; yes, you might tire of it more quickly than you&rsquo;d perhaps like. But this is a futuristic-looking helicopter that you control with your iPhone, and that includes an HD camera that records the flight (or, if you&rsquo;re a bit useless, horrifying crash) direct to your iOS device!</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hobbysportz.com/Parrot%20AR%20Drone%202.0%20Malaysia.%20Support%20Android%20OS,%20Iphone,%20Ipad%20and%20Ipod%204th%20Gen" target="_blank">Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadricopter</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadricopter" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/parrot-drone_0.jpg?1418200969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> My First Computer (Byte Edition) (US$70 (RM245)) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The original Mac was a wonderful and strange, friendly little cuboid, at odds with its TV-like rivals. Its character is captured perfectly by Chris McVeigh&rsquo;s Lego construction, which even includes a slide-out logic board and cabling for the tiny keyboard and even tinier mouse. For people who want to go the whole hog, there&rsquo;s also a &lsquo;hello&rsquo; sticker accessory available for $6.50. (If you prefer older Apple kit, there&rsquo;s a <a href="http://powerpig.storenvy.com/products/1734393-my-first-computer-two-seeds-edition" target="_blank">Lego Apple II</a>&nbsp;from the same store.)</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://powerpig.storenvy.com/products/1165498-my-first-computer-byte-edition" target="_blank">My First Computer (Byte Edition)</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="My First Computer (Byte Edition)" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4-my-first-computer.jpg?1418200969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller (RM349) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It took Apple a while to bite the bullet and add support for physical game controllers to iOS. Now that they&#39;ve had time to settle in, there&#39;s finally a decent library of titles that&#39;ll support MFi controllers; including Bioshock and GTA: San Andreas. Turn an Apple fan&#39;s iThing into a mini games console with this dinky controller, which will tuck away into a bag or pocket for on-the-go gaming.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ipmart.com.my/main/product/SteelSeries_Stratus_Wireless_Gaming_Controller_White_462249.php?prod=462249" target="_blank">SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steelseries-stratus.jpg?1418200969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> olloclip 4-in-1 lens (US$80 (RM280)) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A quick look at Flickr&rsquo;s stats shows how insanely popular iPhones are as cameras. In the old days, this was down to apps (because the iPhone&rsquo;s camera was awful), but now it&rsquo;s a combination of a surprisingly good lens, apps and additional hardware. The olloclip 4-in-1 (newly reworked for the iPhone 6) provides fisheye, wide-angle and two macro options, for an instant injection of photographic performance.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pre-order the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.olloclip.com" target="_blank">Olloclip for iPhone 6</a>&nbsp;here (shipping late November)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="olloclip 4-in-1 lens" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/olloclip-iphone-6.jpg?1418200969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Twelve South PlugBug World Travel Charger (US$59 (RM205) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tokyo to New York, London to Berlin, and a few places in between. That&rsquo;s a lot of adaptors to keep track of, and you&rsquo;ve got far too many important business things to worry about. Take the hassle out of travelling with this multi-country adaptor that slots onto your existing MacBook charger, bestowing it with a USB socket to boot. Hello iPad charging.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/Twelve-South-PlugBug-World-MacBook-Global-Adapter-and-USB-iPad-iPhone-Charger-/151090109022" target="_blank">Twelve South PlugBug World Travel Charger</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Buy the Twelve South PlugBug World Travel Charger" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/plugbug.jpg?1418200969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mujjo Leather Wallet Case 80° for iPhone 6 (€45 (RM195)) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple Pay may have designs on your credit card, but for the time being you still need your flexible friend. Tuck it into this slick-looking leather case, and you can pretend that we have Apple Pay in the MY as you wave your iPhone imperiously over contactless payment pads.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mujjo.com/the-sleeves-collection/iphone-sleeves/leather-wallet-case-80-for-iphone-6-black" target="_blank">Mujjo Leather Wallet Case 80&deg; for iPhone 6</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mujjo Leather Wallet Case 80° for iPhone 6" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Leather-Wallet-Case-80-for-iPhone-6-Black.jpg?1418200969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adidas Originals Snap Case for iPhone 5s (US$35 (RM125)) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You treat your feet to the finest footwear, but why not throw some love towards your trusty iPhone too? Available in a cavalcade of colours (including national flags), these Adidas cases not only protect your iPal from scuffs and drops, but add +10 cool points to it in the process.</p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://store.apple.com/us/product/HFMT2ZM/A/adidas-originals-snap-case-for-iphone-5s" target="_blank">Adidas Originals Snap Case for iPhone 5s</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1000" height="1000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HFEG2.jpeg?1418200969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD (US$300 (RM1045)) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You know the type. They&#39;re rocking multiple monitors, stacks of hard drives, and more MacBooks than they know what to do with. They&#39;re editing hours worth of footage on 4K cinema displays, churning through tonnes of files and folders, and generally making your setup look paltry in comparison. We also know they&#39;ll definitely appreciate this Thunderbolt 2 dock which lets you connect up to eight Thunderbolt devices to it, serving up transfer speeds at a blistering 20Gbps. That&#39;s a lot of 4K cat videos.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.belkin.com/us/p/P-F4U085/" target="_blank">Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/belkin-thunderbolt-dock_1.jpg?1418200969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Susan Kare ICONS print (US$100 (RM350)) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You might not recognise the name Susan Kare, but if you&#39;ve got a few (or many) grey hairs you&#39;ve almost certainly seen her work. She&#39;s the artistic force behind the icons for the original Mac, and nothing will show an Apple fan&#39;s allegiance to the Cupertino Tech giant than a wall slathered with these pixellated classics.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kareprints.com/?p=691" target="_blank">Susan Kare ICONS print</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/christmas-2013/12-gifts-get-fitness-fanatic/feature" target="_blank">Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 12 presents for fitness fanatics</a></strong><br /> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for Apple fans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kare-2.jpg?1418200969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadget-gifts-apple-fans/feature#comments Apple Christmas 2014 Gift Guides Hi-Fi & Streaming Tue, 09 Dec 2014 11:16:01 +0000 Elissa Loi 1454459 at http://www.stuff.tv Meridian Explorer 2 is the world’s first MQA-compatible DAC http://www.stuff.tv/my/meridian/meridian-explorer-2-world-s-first-mqa-compatible-dac/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This tiny, affordable DAC promises to let you stream true studio-quality music through your computer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Meridian Explorer 2 is the world’s first MQA-compatible DAC" alt="Meridian Explorer 2 is the world’s first MQA-compatible DAC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/meridian-explorer-2-1.jpg?1418087333" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Meridian has unveiled a new version of its beloved Explorer DAC &ndash; and this time it&rsquo;s compatible with the company&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meridian/meridian-s-mqa-format-allows-streaming-studio-quality-music/news">new MQA audio format</a>.</p> <p>The UK-manufactured Explorer 2, available now for around &pound;200 (RM1095), will connect to virtually any computer through USB. It then converts digital audio signals to analogue, upsampling them to 192kHz in the process if necessary, for output to a pair of headphones or speakers.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>MQA claims to allow recordings to be highly compressed yet still listenable at the exact quality at which they were recorded, meaning there&rsquo;s no need to download huge uncompressed high-res audio files in order to get that &ldquo;fresh out of the studio&rdquo; sound quality. Indeed, MQA files can be compressed so effectively that they can apparently deliver that quality even when being streamed.</p> <p>You just need hardware or software capable of decoding them &ndash; and that&rsquo;s where DACs like the Explorer 2 come in. You&#39;ll also need some MQA files, of course - and right now you can&#39;t get any, as they can only be created direct from original studio master tapes. Meridian promises the first will be made available soon.</p> <p>The 50g Explorer 2 is the first MQA-compatible DAC on the market (and given that it&rsquo;s made by the company that actually invented MQA, that&rsquo;s not hugely surprising). We&rsquo;ll let you know our thoughts on it when we&rsquo;ve had some ears-on time.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/music/5-best-dacs-how-make-your-digital-music-sound-amazing/feature">5 of the best DACs: how to make your digital music sound amazing</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Meridian Explorer 2 is the world’s first MQA-compatible DAC" alt="Meridian Explorer 2 is the world’s first MQA-compatible DAC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/meridian-explorer-2-2.jpg?1418087333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/meridian/meridian-explorer-2-world-s-first-mqa-compatible-dac/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/meridian/meridian-explorer-2-world-s-first-mqa-compatible-dac/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Meridian Mon, 08 Dec 2014 17:08:24 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1454927 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The Naim Mu-So is the Hi-fi Gadget of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/my/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadgets-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-hi-fi-gadgets-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The multi-talented wireless speaker sucked up the Stuff team&#039;s votes in much the same way as it sucks up music from almost any source </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Naim Mu-So is the best hi-fi gadget of the year" alt="The Naim Mu-So is the best hi-fi gadget of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-hi-fi-naim-mu-so_FINAL.jpg?1417581181" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The world of hi-fi is a broad and beautiful beast, and 2014 has been an amazing year for new musical gizmos. </p> <p>Those traditional hi-fi companies are now fully aboard the streaming bandwagon, so serious sound quality and high-tech wireless action are far from mutually exclusive. And that&#39;s personified in the Mu-So, Naim&#39;s audiophile-friendly wireless speaker &ndash; a worthy winner of our gong.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Winner: Naim Mu-so </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might look a bit like somebody pushed over a robot&rsquo;s gravestone but Naim&rsquo;s Mu-so does anything but mark the death of hi-fi. Fundamentally it&rsquo;s a wireless speaker, but it&rsquo;s one with its sights set on audiophile excellence packed into one box. The Mu-so can stream anything over Bluetooth, AirPlay, Spotify Connect, or from a NAS or computer via UPnP, plus there&rsquo;s hi-res audio support if you go wired. It sounds incredible and, with its heavy duty heat sink and sci-fi-inspired control dial, looks like it was made in the same astral forge as the monolith in Kubrick&rsquo;s 2001. It might not change the trajectory of the human race, but it&rsquo;s changed how we feel about one-box hi-fi, and that&rsquo;ll do.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/naim-mu-so/review">Naim Mu-so review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Naim Mu-so" alt="The best hi-fi gadgets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-hi-fi-2014-Naim_Mu-so.jpg?1417581181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Audio Pro Addon T10 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Beautifully boxy and bassy, Audio Pro&rsquo;s Addon T10 is a Bluetooth speaker that could well replace your hi-fi entirely. It&rsquo;s mad for a party, happily chucking out chunky, room-filling beats with the sort of bottom-end that&rsquo;s entirely irresistible. We&rsquo;d heartily recommend getting it in the bright orange finish, but it also comes in black and white, and now blue and pink.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audio Pro Addon T10" alt="The best hi-fi gadgets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-hi-fi-2014-addon_t10.jpg?1417581181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Bluesound multi-room streaming system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sonos has had things its own way for far too long now, and in 2014 a whole armada of pretenders to the multi-room music throne appeared - and Bluesound is the best of the bunch.&nbsp;</p> <p>Like Sonos it has a range of all-in-one speakers and a couple of little units for adding streaming smarts to your existing dumb hi-fi. Unlike Sonos it&rsquo;s compatible with high resolution audio and has a CD-ripping-and-storing Vault in its range.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s not cheap, but Bluesound is a great way to fill your house with quality music.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bluesound/bluesound-multi-room-music-system/review">Bluesound review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4324" height="2424" title="Bluesound multi-room streaming system" alt="The best hi-fi gadgets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bluesound_Family_V2.jpg?1417581181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Cambridge Audio Go </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This might not be the ideal time to be thinking about picnics in the park and BBQs on the beach, but if this isn&rsquo;t still the best portable speaker in the world when the summer rolls around we&rsquo;ll eat our straw boater. And that&rsquo;s not to say it isn&rsquo;t useful in the winter months - who doesn&rsquo;t want a speaker that can travel from bedside table to kitchen counter or bathroom shelf on a whim?&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cambridge Audio Go" alt="The best hi-fi gadgets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-hi-fi-2014-cambridge-audio-go.jpg?1417581181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Cambridge Audio Minx Xi </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remember that old micro hi-fi you used to have in your room at university? This is like that, only with the CD player (or even tape deck if you&rsquo;re of a certain age) replaced with streaming and FM replaced with internet radio. Just add speakers and a hard drive full of music and you&rsquo;ve got a little next-gen hi-fi of awesome quality.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cambridge Audio Minx Xi" alt="The best hi-fi gadgets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-hi-fi-2014-Cambridge-Audio-Minx-Xi.jpg?1417581181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Monitor Audio Airstream S200 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wireless speakers are ten-a-penny now, but the Monitor Audio Airstream S200 stands out from the rest. And that&rsquo;s not just because it looks a little bit like a wonky skyscraper - although that does have the benefit of giving it a very compact footprint so you&rsquo;re more likely to be able to find shelf or table space for it.&nbsp;</p> <p>No, the real reason it stands out is because it has a rare combination of Airplay, Bluetooth and DLNA and sounds utterly brilliant however you send your tunes to it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/monitor-audio-airstream-s200/review">Monitor Audio Airstream S200 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Monitor Audio Airstream S200" alt="The best hi-fi gadgets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-hi-fi-2014-Monitor-Audio-S200.jpg?1417581181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Q Acoustics BT3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This may look like a simple pair of boring old speakers, but these are in fact aptX Bluetooth-toting wireless speakers, so you can fling any tune you like from your phone at them and they&rsquo;ll sound flaming fantastic. But old-fashioned wires haven&rsquo;t been entirely ditched - there are optical and analogue inputs, so the BT3s are as happy flanking a TV as they are a PC. Basically, they sound ace and are super flexible.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Q Acoustics BT3" alt="The best hi-fi gadgets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-hi-fi-2014-Q-acoustics-BT3.jpg?1417581181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Sony NWZ-ZX1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are now quite a few ways to listen to high resolution music at home, but what about when you&rsquo;re on the bus, beach or just mooching about town? That&rsquo;s where this next-gen Sony Walkman comes in. True, a few phones will now play Studio Master FLACs and WAVs, but none do it as well as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/nwz-zx1-walkman/sony-nwz-zx1-high-resolution-walkman/review">NWZ-ZX1</a> - just make sure you partner it with some properly capable cans. </p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-winners-announced-these-are-best-gadgets-year/feature">See all our Gadget Award 2014 winners here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony NWZ-ZX1" alt="The best hi-fi gadgets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-hi-fi-2014-sony-NW_Z__ZX1.jpg?1417581181" /> </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/my/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadgets-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-hi-fi-gadgets-year/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadgets-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-hi-fi-gadgets-year/feature#comments Gadget Awards 2014 Hi-Fi & Streaming Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:11:06 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1454524 at http://www.stuff.tv Naim Mu-so http://www.stuff.tv/my/naim-mu-so/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plenty of wireless speaker systems do a decent, musical job. But the Naim Mu-so can make a valid claim to be genuine hi-fi </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1254" height="900" title="Naim Mu-so review" alt="Naim Mu-so review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Naim_Mu-so-06.JPG?1416801975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/whathifi" title="View user profile.">WhatHiFi</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are some fine products emerging in the world of wireless speakers, but none that could really be called &lsquo;hi-fi&rsquo; &ndash; until now.</p> <p>British manufacturing stalwart Naim has thrown its hat into the ever-widening wireless speaker ring with the Mu-so. It&rsquo;s an expensive piece of kit, no doubt, but it also lays claim to being as close to real hi-fi as a wireless speaker has a right to get. Not only that, but it&rsquo;s beautifully built and feels like a quality piece of equipment too.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beautiful build – especially that wonderful, tactile knob </div> <div class="field-item even"> Sounds great </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Chock full of streaming features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s expensive </div> <div class="field-item even"> The sound can thicken up a touch - but only at serious volumes </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looking good, feeling good </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Make no mistake, this is a premium, stylish piece of kit. The brushed aluminium skin (over hi-fi speaker favourite MDF) lends a touch of class to proceedings &ndash; the aluminium has a practical purpose too, acting as a heat-sink at the rear of the unit.</p> <p>What wins it for us in the style-stakes, though, is the utterly gorgeous and tactile volume dial. It&rsquo;s illuminated and such a pleasure to use that you&rsquo;ll go out of your way to use it rather than the remote control. It&rsquo;s also the Mu-so&rsquo;s touchscreen interface, so as well as spinning it for volume, you can tap it for various functions &ndash; input select, pause/play, radio presets and so on. The display is clear, clean and classy, in keeping with the overall impression of the unit.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a choice of grilles too, if the standard black is a little too Hoxton for you. There&rsquo;s a choice of colours: vibrant red, deep blue and burnt orange.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/these-gorgeous-spherical-speakers-look-good-they-sound/news" target="_blank">These gorgeous spherical kebab speakers should sound as good as they look</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5760" height="3840" title="Look colourful, sound colourful " alt="Naim Mu-So" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Naim_Mu-so-19.JPG?1416801975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The ins and outs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Naim claims 450W of power lies under the Mu-so&rsquo;s hood &ndash; and we can quite believe it. The amps are driving high-tech speakers that use DSP technology developed from Naim&rsquo;s work with ultra high-end car manufacturer Bentley.</p> <p>You&rsquo;d expect plenty of options from such an expensive piece of kit, and Naim doesn&rsquo;t disappoint. The Mu-so will accept aptX Bluetooth, AirPlay, UPnP, and Spotify Connect &ndash; and it has internet radio on board too.</p> <p>If you want to go old-school and wire something in, there&rsquo;s a USB port that will charge and play Apple kit, an optical input and a 3.5mm analogue in. And, if your wi-fi signal&rsquo;s a bit flakey, there&rsquo;s an Ethernet port too.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naim/naim-unitiqute-2/review">Naim UnitiQute 2 Review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5760" height="3840" title="Music whatever way you want it" alt="Naim Mu-So" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Naim_Mu-so-08.jpg?1416801975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Power</strong>: 450W</p> <p><strong>Connections</strong>: Airplay, aptX Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, DLNA, Ethernet, internet radio, optical, USB</p> <p><strong>Remote</strong>: Yes</p> <p><strong>Finishes</strong>: Silver with black cover (coloured covers available)</p> <p><strong>Dimensions (hwd)</strong>: 12 x 63 x 25.6cm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 13kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Format factor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Mu-so has extensive file compatibility, supporting all the popular audio formats in which you might have your tunes stored, from low-res MP3s and Spotify streams to 24-bit/192kHz WAV, FLAC and AIFF files.</p> <p>If you want full-fat high-res (and you do) you&rsquo;ll have to go through the Ethernet cable &ndash; wireless high-res tunes are limited to (a still mighty fine) 48kHz.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/philips/philips-fidelio-e5-s-wireless-speakers-take-stress-out-surround-sound/news" target="_blank">Philips Fidelio E5&#39;s wireless speakers take the mess out of surround sound</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5760" height="3840" title="Some fine-looking bodywork..." alt="Naim Mu-So" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Naim_Mu-so-11.jpg?1416801975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Remotely interesting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There is a remote control supplied with the Mu-so, and it&rsquo;s responsive and simple enough to use. Having said that, if we weren&rsquo;t going manual with the knob, we&rsquo;d generally use the control app (iOS and Android) instead. It&rsquo;s neat and gives you full control over your music collection across smart and NAS devices.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes, but how does it sound? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Naim Mu-so is no &lsquo;style over substance&rsquo; fly-by-night. The power behind this unit is stunning, driving songs along with sure-footed rhythm, loads of detail and plenty of deep, rumbling bass, the like of which we haven&rsquo;t experienced before from a wireless speaker. The scale of sound is huge for the size of the box &ndash; but it&rsquo;s not all bombast; there&rsquo;s subtle detail too and superb resolution retrieval with high-res tracks.</p> <p>A minor niggle occurs when you really turn up the wick on the Mu-so, when the sound thickens up just a touch &ndash; but we&rsquo;re talking really loud here, and there&rsquo;s never any hardness or brightness to things. At regular volumes, it&rsquo;s a beautiful, well-constructed sound that you just wouldn&rsquo;t expect from a &lsquo;wireless speaker&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/monitor-audio-airstream-s200/review" target="_blank">Monitor Audio Airstream S200 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5760" height="3840" title="We&#039;ll be hitting that rhythm stick.." alt="Naim Mu-So" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Naim_Mu-so-04.JPG?1416801975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Naim Mu-so Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Mu-so is a superb piece of kit. Naim has chucked pretty much every feature you could want from this type of unit, and made it sound superb at the same time.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s pricey, yes, but it really is as close to hi-fi as we can imagine this type of unit getting &ndash; suffice to say, we think it truly does look, feel and sound its price.</p> <p><strong>REVIEWED IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR SISTER SITE <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/" target="_blank">WHATHIFI.COM</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.whathifi.com/naim/mu-so/review" target="_blank">Read their full Naim Mu-so review here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5760" height="3839" title="Naim Mu-so review verdict" alt="Naim Mu-so review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Naim_Mu-so-1.jpg?1416801975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first proper &lsquo;hi-fi&rsquo; wireless speaker? We certainly think so: looks good, sounds superb.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/my/naim-mu-so/review#comments Docks and Speakers Hi-Fi & Streaming Hi-Res Audio Mu-so Music Naim Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1453799 at http://www.stuff.tv Spotify and Uber link up to enable in-car music streaming http://www.stuff.tv/my/music/spotify-and-uber-link-enable-car-music-streaming/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From 21st November, you can bring your playlists out on the road </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Spotify and Uber link up to enable in-car music streaming" alt="Spotify and Uber link up to enable in-car music streaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/spotify-and-uber.jpg?1416274110" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The app-driven taxi alternative Uber is (usually) cheap and (usually) convenient compared with a black cab and many minicab services &ndash; and music lovers are about to have another reason to use it: it&rsquo;s teaming up with Spotify.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re a Spotify Premium subscriber, you&rsquo;ll be able to link up Spotify to your Uber account and play your music through the cab&rsquo;s stereo system. Yep, that&rsquo;s right: those car journeys no longer have to filled with inane talk radio, soulless chart pop &ndash; or worse, awkward silence.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can either pick songs using your mobile from the Uber car&rsquo;s backseat (both the Spotify and Uber apps can be used to control the music), or simply whack on a playlist you&rsquo;ve already made. And the best part? It won&rsquo;t use any of your mobile data, because the driver will be the one streaming it.</p> <p>The Spotify/Uber mash-up will officially kick off on 21st November in 10 &ldquo;select cities&rdquo;. We&#39;ve reached out to Spotify and confirmed that London is among the 10 cities. In Asia, Singapore is the only city that&#39;ll enjoy this new collaboration. Not every car in Uber&rsquo;s fleet will support Spotify streaming, but the ones that do will be marked in the Uber app.</p> <p>It&#39;s the perfect excuse to update your &ldquo;Ultimate badass driving tunes vol. 1&rdquo; playlist, we reckon.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="https://get.uber.com/spotify/" target="_blank">Uber</a> and <a href="https://news.spotify.com/cz/2014/11/17/uber/" target="_blank">Spotify</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/music/best-new-albums-spotify-so-far-year/feature">The best new Spotify music of 2014 so far</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/tBY5Lbcc5wE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/music/spotify-and-uber-link-enable-car-music-streaming/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/music/spotify-and-uber-link-enable-car-music-streaming/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Music Spotify Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:41:16 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1453403 at http://www.stuff.tv Arcam's Solo bar blasts out quality audio from beneath your telly http://www.stuff.tv/my/arcam/arcams-solo-bar-blasts-out-quality-audio-beneath-your-telly/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From movies to music streaming, this curvy soundbar wants to do it all </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s clearly not a breadstick" alt="Arcam&#039;s Solo bar blasts out quality audio from beneath your telly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/arcam.jpg?1415150978" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>That&#39;s the most technologically advanced breadstick I&#39;ve ever seen</strong><br />Except it isn&#39;t. What you&#39;re looking at here isn&#39;t a futuristic edible strip of crispy bread with a built-in screen. It&#39;s a soundbar.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Ohhhh. I knew that.</strong><br />Of course you did. The Solo bar is British high-end Hi-Fi brand Arcam&#39;s solution to the problem of how to pump the best possible sound into your living room, without messing around with a multi-speaker surround system setup.&nbsp;</p> <p>It forgoes artificially amplified booming bass and piercing treble for a more accurate, realistic sound, with four 4in and two 1in driver units, powered by a 100W amplifier.</p> <p>Arcam promises clearer dialogue in movies, which will be a very welcome feature for those of you fed up with having to strain to hear Tom Cruise natter away while bass-saturated explosions drown out his voice. But that&#39;s not all. It also...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1191" height="893" title="Beneath the veil" alt="Arcam&#039;s Solo bar blasts out quality audio from beneath your telly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/arcam-solo-1.jpg?1415150978" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>...makes popcorn?</strong><br />No. Not yet, anyway. But it can double up as a high quality Bluetooth aptX speaker, enabling you to stream tracks from your phone, laptop or tablet.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s got four HDMI inputs too, so you&#39;ll have one for everything from your set-top-box to your various consoles, while an accompanying app for your Android or iOS device beams all the controls straight to your fingertips.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1782" height="1200" title="Ports!" alt="Arcam&#039;s Solo bar blasts out quality audio from beneath your telly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/arcam-back_0.jpg?1415150978" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>This is going to be expensive, isn&#39;t it?</strong><br />While it&#39;s not as expensive as some or Arcam&#39;s other wares (which can set you back thousands), it&#39;s still going to make a dent in your wallet with its &pound;800 (RM4263) price tag. The optional 300W wireless Solo sub for those that want room-filling bass is an additional &pound;500 (RM2665).</p> <p>Not cheap, then. But you can&#39;t put a price on deliciously crisp audio in a compact package.</p> <p><strong>Yes you can. It&#39;s &pound;800 (RM4263).</strong><br />Oh go away.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1350" height="1013" title="Boom boom sub" alt="Arcam&#039;s Solo bar blasts out quality audio from beneath your telly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/arcam-sub_0.jpg?1415150978" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/arcam/arcams-solo-bar-blasts-out-quality-audio-beneath-your-telly/news#comments Arcam Hi-Fi & Streaming Hot Stuff Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:59:29 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1452227 at http://www.stuff.tv B&O launches BeoPlay A2 portable Bluetooth speaker http://www.stuff.tv/my/bo/bo-launches-beoplay-a2-portable-bluetooth-speaker/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slim, affordable aluminium soundbox represents something of a departure for the Danish AV mavens </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="B&amp;O launches BeoPlay A2 portable Bluetooth speaker" alt="B&amp;O launches BeoPlay A2 portable Bluetooth speaker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bo-beoplay-a2-lifestyle.jpg?1414133760" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bang &amp; Olufsen is usually associated with large, eye-wateringly expensive hi-fi products that are as visually arresting as they are great-sounding, but now the Danish company has expanded its repertoire with a small Bluetooth speaker. Cue legions of angry audiophiles spitting out their Earl Grey.</p> <p>The BeoPlay A2 is slim and flat and offers a leather handle to boost portability, and according to its makers offers 24 hours of battery life per charge (and they say it takes only three hours to fully charge the power).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Engadget, who have had some hands-on time with the A2, point out that it&rsquo;s pretty heavy &ndash; but also that its build quality (high on aluminium and polycarbonate) is reassuringly sturdy.</p> <p>B&amp;O has designed the speaker so it can be laid flat, on one long edge or on its end &ndash; there is no &ldquo;right way up&rdquo; so to speak, with sound quality apparently remaining the same no matter the orientation. There&rsquo;s 180 watts of audio power in total, and the speaker sports a woofer, a tweeter and a passive bass radiator in its array.</p> <p>The BeoPlay A2 is available from today in three colours (green, gold and black) for &pound;299 (RM1570). Not what you&rsquo;d call cheap, perhaps &ndash; but a lot more affordable than the average B&amp;O product.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/23/b-and-o-play-a2-bluetooth-speaker/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-srs-x3/review">Sony SRS-X3 Bluetooth speaker review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We like the green one best" alt="We like the green one best" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bo-beoplay-a2-trio.jpg?1414133760" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The USB port can be used to charge other gadgets" alt="The USB port can be used to charge other gadgets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bo-beoplay-a2-usb.jpg?1414133760" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/bo/bo-launches-beoplay-a2-portable-bluetooth-speaker/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/bo/bo-launches-beoplay-a2-portable-bluetooth-speaker/news#comments B&O Bluetooth Speakers Hi-Fi & Streaming Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:48:20 +0000 Elissa Loi 1451210 at http://www.stuff.tv Spotify Family package gives you multiple Premium accounts and one low bill http://www.stuff.tv/my/music/spotify-family-package-gives-you-multiple-premium-accounts-and-one-low-bill/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Up to four extra people can be added to your streaming package, with each getting a 50 percent discount </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Spotify Family package gives you multiple Premium accounts and one low bill" alt="Spotify Family package gives you multiple Premium accounts and one low bill" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/spotify-nexus-4%20%281%29.jpg?1413846853" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Spotify has just announced Spotify Family, a new payment option that allows you to add up to four extra names to your Spotify Premium.</p> <p>Each of these additional people will save 50 percent on the regular Premium price (currently RM14.90 per month) while receiving the same ad-free, higher-quality, mobile app-friendly streaming service.</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="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £30 a month for five accounts? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So, essentially, it&rsquo;s one subscription with multiple accounts. By our maths, a five-account Spotify Family setup would cost just under RM45 a month, which represents a pretty decent saving on the RM75 it&rsquo;d cost if they were all bought separately.</p> <p>Spotify says the service will be up and running and available in the coming weeks.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://press.spotify.com/us/2014/10/20/introducing-spotify-family-now-the-whole-band-can-play/" target="_blank">Spotify</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/music/best-new-albums-spotify-so-far-year/feature">The best 2014 albums (so far) on Spotify</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> http://www.stuff.tv/my/music/spotify-family-package-gives-you-multiple-premium-accounts-and-one-low-bill/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Music Spotify Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:28:46 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1450934 at http://www.stuff.tv Sonos and Deezer Elite will massage your eardrums with streaming High-Resolution Audio http://www.stuff.tv/my/deezer/sonos-and-deezer-elite-will-massage-your-eardrums-streaming-high-resolution-audio/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Streaming speakers to deliver pin-sharp tunes with French music service </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos and Deezer Elite will massage your eardrums with streaming High-Resolution Audio" alt="Sonos and Deezer Elite will massage your eardrums with streaming High-Resolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sonos-family.jpg?1410452930" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Streaming music services are convenient &ndash; but for vinyl-bothering audiophiles like our chums at <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/" target="_blank">What Hi-Fi</a>, the compression of digital music formats is like nails on a chalkboard.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sonos streams Hi-Res Audio with Deezer Elite </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/deezer/sonos-and-deezer-elite-will-massage-your-eardrums-streaming-high-resolution-audio/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/deezer/sonos-and-deezer-elite-will-massage-your-eardrums-streaming-high-resolution-audio/news#comments Deezer Hi-Fi & Streaming Sonos Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:11:28 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1447264 at http://www.stuff.tv Monster takes on Sonos with SoundStage, its new wireless music system http://www.stuff.tv/my/monster/monster-takes-sonos-soundstage-its-new-wireless-music-system/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It delivers big sound from small boxes and works with pretty much any streaming service </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Monster takes on Sonos with SoundStage, its new wireless music system" alt="Monster takes on Sonos with SoundStage, its new wireless music system" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/monster-soundstage-bedroom.jpg?1410453212" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Monster isn&rsquo;t sitting around moping about getting no cash from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news">Apple&rsquo;s mammoth Beats deal</a>, despite essentially inventing Beats. Well, it might be a bit, but it&rsquo;s also found time to enter a whole new product sector: wireless multi-room audio.</p> <p>Despite being best known for its headphones, cables and other audio accessories, Monster has just unveiled a range of three wireless speakers called SoundStage &ndash; and says they offer something you won&rsquo;t get with rivals like Sonos.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And SoundStage is among the first products to work with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/allplay/panasonic-and-qualcomm-take-aim-sonos/news">Qualcomm&rsquo;s AllPlay media platform</a> (essentially the company&rsquo;s take on Apple&rsquo;s AirPlay or Google&rsquo;s Cast systems) which means you&rsquo;ll be able to play music not only through Monster&rsquo;s own SoundStage app but from a decent (and growing rapidly, according to Qualcomm) selection of other audio apps like Spotify, Napster, Rhapsody and Soma.FM. You&rsquo;ll also be able to connect older audio sources via 3.5mm and optical wired inputs, and all models also come with a USB port for charging connected devices.</p> <p>As we say, there will be three speakers in the initial SoundStage range: the S1, S2 and S3, all set for a 25th October launch in the US and priced from US$200 (RM640).&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="The splashproof S1 might be ideal for the kitchen" alt="The splashproof S1 might be ideal for the kitchen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monster-soundstage-kitchen.jpg?1410453212" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We made some time to listen to them at Monster&rsquo;s IFA launch party last week, and found all of them impressive when it came to filling a room with sound (the tiny S1 especially so). Monster has developed an algorithm that it say creates a vast, imposing soundstage from a humbly-proportioned box &ndash; and of course as with other wireless systems you can team up several different SoundStage speakers to all play the same music at the same time (or, if you prefer, different tunes at the same time). All three are slim and compact, and the S1 is splash resistant to boot (ideal for the bathroom or kitchen).</p> <p>Look out for reviews soon, and we&rsquo;ve also got an interview with Monster founder and CEO Noel Lee coming later this week &ndash; check back for that if you want to know how he feels about missing out on a cut of the Beats/Apple deal.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The party never ends, according to Monster" alt="The party never ends, according to Monster" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monster-soundstage-lounge.jpg?1410453212" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/monster/monster-takes-sonos-soundstage-its-new-wireless-music-system/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/monster/monster-takes-sonos-soundstage-its-new-wireless-music-system/news#comments Bluetooth Speakers Hi-Fi & Streaming Monster Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:40:12 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447173 at http://www.stuff.tv Sonos untethers itself by dropping its Bridge device http://www.stuff.tv/my/sonos/sonos-untethers-itself-dropping-its-bridge-device/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> While other manufacturers lean towards locking consumers into ecosystems, Sonos is playing nice with other platforms </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="567" height="425" title="Sonos untethers itself by dropping its Bridge device" alt="Sonos untethers itself by dropping its Bridge device" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sonos%20bridge.jpg?1409734807" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sonos has just taken another step to true wirelessness by dropping the requirement of a Sonos Bridge device (in some cases) for your wireless speaker setups.</p> <p>Not long ago, if you wanted to hook up your Sonos gear to the Internet, you would have to pay for a bridging device (the Bridge) to play middleman between your Internet router and Sonos.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</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"> Wirelessly yours, Sonos </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>Besides the Sonos Bridge, you used to also need a separate remote to control your Sonos device. But the remote has been gradually phased out as Sonos decided to rely instead of iOS and Android apps to do the same job.</p> <p>As music seems to be the new Internet battleground, with Apple&#39;s recent purchase of Beats and Google looking to offer audio-only, ad-free subscriptions to YouTube, it makes sense for audio hi-fi companies to work harder at connectivity.</p> <p>Sonos is also working on improving its streaming quality, looking to transmit high-def audio wirelessly, which could prove a challenge seeing how much data would need to be streamed. With Wi-Fi, it would be possible, but the question is whether Sonos is up to the challenge of transmitting high-def music over Bluetooth. The latter would probably also depend on the latest Bluetooth standard and how well Sonos can implement it in its speakers.</p> <p>Though Sonos&#39; reputation is built on its wireless speakers, you wonder if Sonos has plans to diversify seeing how much competition there is in the market for wireless speakers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/hi-fi-streaming">We have the goss on hi-fi streaming</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/02/sonos-kills-the-bridge-and-goes-almost-totally-wireless/?ncid=rss&amp;utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29" target="_blank">Techcrunch</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gKAFTtK4G6E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sonos/sonos-untethers-itself-dropping-its-bridge-device/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sonos/sonos-untethers-itself-dropping-its-bridge-device/news#comments Geek accessories Hi-Fi & Streaming Hi-Res Audio Sonos Wed, 03 Sep 2014 08:22:04 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1446415 at http://www.stuff.tv Philips Fidelio E5’s wireless speakers take the mess out of surround sound http://www.stuff.tv/my/philips/philips-fidelio-e5-s-wireless-speakers-take-stress-out-surround-sound/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cinematic audio on demand, minus the cables and the clutter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips Fidelio E5’s wireless speakers take the stress out of surround sound" alt="Philips Fidelio E5’s wireless speakers take the stress out of surround sound" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/philips-fidelio-e5-hot-stuff.jpg?1405995058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Surround sound systems are a pain in the you-know-what&hellip;</strong><br />Not this one. Philips knows that trailing cables around your living room can be a drag &ndash; not to mention a surefire way of making your floor resemble Spaghetti Junction &ndash; so it&rsquo;s made a 5.1 system that doesn&rsquo;t need much in the way of setup.</p> <p><strong>So is the Fidelio E5 wireless?</strong><br />Well, not so much a case of &ldquo;wireless&rdquo; as one of &ldquo;less wires&rdquo;: the system&rsquo;s front speakers will still need to be hooked up to a power source, but you won&rsquo;t need to trail cables from the front unit all the way to the back of your sofa, because the rear pair are battery powered (a charge is good for ten hours, according to Philips).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Wait a sec &ndash; shouldn&rsquo;t that be &ldquo;fewer wires&rdquo;?</strong><br />OK, Captain Grammar. But where were we? Oh yeah, so the Fidelio E5 can work either as a 2.1 or a 5.1 system. The tops of the front pillar speakers detach to become the wireless rear speakers. So if you want, you only need to set up the 5.1 array when it&rsquo;s time to watch a movie. There&rsquo;s a wireless subwoofer too, to provide those neighbour-bothering low-end bass sounds.</p> <p><strong>And the centre speaker?</strong><br />That comes courtesy of clever psychoacoustic tech. The two front speakers are able to use soundbar-style fakery to create a centre channel without the need for a separate speaker.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="674" title="The rear speakers&#039; batteries last for 10 hours" alt="The rear speakers&#039; batteries last for 10 hours" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-fidelio-e5-3.jpg?1405995058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sounds good on paper. But what about in the flesh?</strong><br />Well, we did give the system a listen almost a year ago when <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/philips/ifa-2013/hands-review-philips-fidelio-e5-hi-fi-speakers-transform-home-cinema-demand/news">Philips first demoed it at IFA 2013</a>. But a huge hall full of hundreds of people milling about and talking isn&rsquo;t exactly ideal test conditions. So we can&rsquo;t say how well Philips has pulled it off until we&#39;ve given the E5 a proper review.</p> <p><strong>What else does it offer?</strong><br />A couple of HDMI inputs mean you can hook up two good quality sources &ndash; say a cable box and a PS4 &ndash; and there&rsquo;s also Bluetooth for audio streaming, accompanied by NFC for easy pairing with suitably-equipped tablets and phones.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">PERUSE MORE HOT STUFF</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="The Philips Fidelio E5 is on sale now for £600" alt="The Philips Fidelio E5 is on sale now for £600" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-fidelio-e5-2.jpg?1405995058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/philips/philips-fidelio-e5-s-wireless-speakers-take-stress-out-surround-sound/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Home Cinema Hot Stuff Philips Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:10:59 +0000 Elissa Loi 1442891 at http://www.stuff.tv Denon's miniature speaker system wants to be your all-in-one PC speaker solution http://www.stuff.tv/my/denon/dont-let-size-fool-you-denons-miniature-speaker-system-punches-well-above-its-weight/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Denon&#039;s tiny cubes promise to blast out sound without taking over your desk </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Storm Trooper paint job" alt="Don&#039;t let size fool you: Denon&#039;s miniature speaker system punches well above its" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Denon-ceol-hot-stuff.jpg?1405993958" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Woo, speakers.&nbsp;</strong><br />Sarcasm isn&#39;t a good look for you. And the tiny insides of&nbsp;Denon&#39;s new Ceol Carino desktop speakers promise power, with brains to spare.</p> <p><strong>Such as?</strong><br />Well for starters, they pack in 25 watts per channel. Coupled with on-board digital signal processing, that means they should pack an auditory punch above what their minute appearance would suggest, though we&#39;ve yet to test them with our own ears.</p> <p>Denon also states that its bass radiators mean that you won&#39;t need a sub, although we doubt that they can match the booming bass of a dedicated unit. </p> <p>Still, if you really want to knock the paintings off the wall, you can hook a separate dedicated subwoofer up to it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How clever is it?</strong><br />It&#39;s no dunce. The system supports CD-quality aptX Bluetooth audio streaming, and it&#39;s even got NFC for easy one-touch pairing.</p> <p>It also supports USB-B DAC, which mean that you can bypass your laptop&#39;s inferior tinny speakers, and has a headphone jack for gaming and watching movies without disturbing snoozing partners.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Black goes with everything" alt="Don&#039;t let size fool you: Denon&#039;s miniature speaker system punches well above its" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/denon-ceol-3.jpg?1405993958" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>You might have sold me...</strong><br />Excellent. Although you might find &pound;300 (RM1625) for computer speakers a little hard to swallow. Still, if you&#39;re after a compact, hassle-free, flexible system for your PC setup, then it&#39;s worth taking the system for an auditory spin before dropping the cash.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertical or horizontal?" alt="Don&#039;t let size fool you: Denon&#039;s miniature speaker system punches well above its" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/denon-ceol-2.jpg?1405993958" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/denon/dont-let-size-fool-you-denons-miniature-speaker-system-punches-well-above-its-weight/news#comments Denon Hi-Fi & Streaming Hot Stuff Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:52:39 +0000 Elissa Loi 1442887 at http://www.stuff.tv The best new albums on Spotify so far this year http://www.stuff.tv/my/music/best-new-albums-spotify-so-far-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With more than 20 million tracks now available on Spotify, deciding what to listen to can be a nightmare. So let Stuff be your guide to the best new music released in 2014 </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="Our 25 favourite albums so far in 2014" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-music-spotify-2014.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The tyranny of choice, eh? The modern Spotify catalogue is vast enough to strike terror into the indecisive music fan, with more than 20 million tracks now available and some 20,000 new ones added each day.</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="/my/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. The Horrors - Luminous </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 Horrors&rsquo; fourth album might as well be titled <em>I &hearts; Indie Dance 1991 </em>such is its slavish devotion to the era.&nbsp;It&#39;s all shimmering synths, shuffling beats and shoegazey guitars, and while the band&#39;s previous two albums also mined the same seam, the influences are more obvious here.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&rsquo;s no bad thing in our book, though, because the early &#39;90s were an amazing time for British music.&nbsp;<em>Luminous</em>&nbsp;isn&#39;t quite as good as the best of its idols - it&#39;s certainly no <em>Loveless</em>&nbsp;- but it starts brilliantly with the hypnotic &#39;Chasing Shadows&#39;, ends strongly on the swoony &#39;Sleepwalk&#39; and serves up plenty of highlights in-between.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:5kxEB1eJQSH7ODUB2VRQeR" width="604"></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="The Horrors - Luminous" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-horrors-luminous.jpg?1405680249" /> </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"> 2. Warpaint - Warpaint </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A song named &#39;Biggy&#39; isn&rsquo;t the only nod Warpaint&rsquo;s self-titled second album gives to hip-hop &ndash; this is a record that&rsquo;s all about beats and bass lines. Guitars take a backset in favour of synths, but even those are there to texturise rather than drive these songs forward.</p> <p>Sometimes you feel like it could&rsquo;ve made more of a mark &ndash; &#39;CC&#39; drifts by and &#39;Go In&#39; sounds like one of Radiohead&rsquo;s more obscure B-sides &ndash; but even with hints of trip-hop (thankfully that doesn&rsquo;t include the smell of dreadlocks) Warpaint are doing more interesting things with indie rock than a thousand Kasabians.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:31apTrtvkVuSoAqDNjaEip" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Warpaint - Warpaint" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Warpaint_Warpaint_Album_Cover2.jpg?1405680249" /> </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"> 3. Mac Demarco - Salad Days </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You could say that 23-year-old Canadian Mac Demarco&rsquo;s public persona is that of a gap-toothed jackass &ndash; on the surface, he&rsquo;s a schlubby slacker liable to disrobe on stage or embark on a long-winded rant about <em>The Simpsons</em>. But there&rsquo;s nothing lazy or coarse about his music: these home-recorded pop songs (on which Demarco plays all the instruments) reveal an understanding of life and love as much as they do a talent for melody.</p> <p><em>Salad Days</em> is his third and most musically diverse album, and its languid pace make it the perfect accompaniment to those lazy, hungover Sundays.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:2J4obtL5oOmstcOfq5UW3C" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mac Demarco - Salad Days" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-demarco-salad-days_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </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"> 4. Beck - Morning Phase </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 difficult to know quite what you&rsquo;re going to get with a new Beck album. Sometimes you might not even get a proper album at all (2012&rsquo;s <em>Song Reader</em> was released as sheet music) but <em>Morning Phase</em> is as conventional as he&rsquo;s been since <em>Sea Change</em>. And that&rsquo;s no bad thing.</p> <p>What it lacks in invention it more than makes up for with lush orchestration (&#39;Wave&#39;, &#39;Phase&#39;), catchy alt-country (&#39;Say Goodbye&#39;, &#39;Blue Moon&#39;, &#39;Blackbird Chain&#39;) and good old-fashioned melancholia (er, all of it). <em>Morning Phase</em> might be a record full of sadness, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean there&rsquo;s not plenty to love about it.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:5BLFYfJY79vG1qNWsebaUS" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beck - Morning Phase" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BECK_morning-phase2_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </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"> 5. Chromeo - White Women </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>Canada&rsquo;s favourite electro-funk duo return with an onslaught of foot-tapping melodies, naughty lyrics and effortlessly cool style. And they&rsquo;ve not forgotten the vocoder.</p> <p>Stand-out track &#39;Fall Back 2U&#39; drags disco into the modern day, and while the lyrics to &#39;Over Your Shoulder&#39; verge on the obscene, they never detract from the rhythms. Their best work yet.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:3kfmKRaCfuyYk0aaL4jDlI" width="604"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature">The 25 best games for iPhone and iPad</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="Chromeo - White Women" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromeo-white-women_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </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"> 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"> 6. Metronomy - Love Letters </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>Metronomy&#39;s first three albums have been miniature masterpieces of quirky electronica, but&nbsp;on&nbsp;<em>Love Letters&nbsp;</em>mainman Joseph Mount&nbsp;has gone for a wholly eclectic approach. So instead you get campfire acoustica, low-fi dubstep, glitchy electro and <em>Crocodile Rock</em>-style glam stompers - and that&#39;s just in the first four tracks.</p> <p>That approach could grate, but thankfully Mount&#39;s mastery of melody is such that each new style merely gives him a new way to pleasure your ears. The whole thing&nbsp;ends up sounding like an entertaining trip through one man&#39;s diverse record collection - kind of like those <em>All Back To Mine</em> compilations, but one recorded by a single artist.&nbsp;</p> <p>Not every track works, but there are way more highlights than lowlights and it&#39;s worth checking out solely for the first two lines of &#39;The Most Immaculate Haircut&#39;, which intentionally or not may be among the funniest ever written.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:5gRBzv7QQJXz7HkEJYBIyx" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Metronomy - Love Letters" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/metronomy-love-letters_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. Tom Vek - Luck </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>Tom Vek&rsquo;s 2005 debut <em>We Have Sound</em> was a refreshing blast of originality in a time saturated by post-punk poseurs. It was also an exciting, largely homemade example of what Vek calls &ldquo;garage rock for the Pro Tools generation&rdquo;. Though lacking its lo-fi urgency, <em>Luck</em> pulls off the same trick of melding varied styles into a cohesive, rhythm-led whole. </p> <p>There&rsquo;s electro-rock (&#39;Sherman&#39;, &#39;Animals In The Jungle&#39;) and &rsquo;80s synthpop (&#39;Ton Of Bricks&#39;), before Vek removes the black-rimmed glasses and goes all Joseph Arthur (&#39;The Girl You Wouldn&rsquo;t Leave For Any Other Girl&#39;). Not a huge departure, then, but further proof that Vek can still sound compellingly unique.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:6db8YTh29LrLZlYY48E17c" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tom Vek - Luck" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tom-veck-luck_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. Mastodon - Once More &#039;Round The Sun </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 most jagged shards of Mastodon&rsquo;s sound may have thawed and broken away since 2009&rsquo;s <em>Crack The Skye</em> but they can still bludgeon like the early days of <em>Remission</em> when they want to.</p> <p>&#39;Chimes At Midnight&#39; sounds like it was buried under the studio where they recorded their debut, only now stirring to lay waste to the earth, while &#39;Aunt Lisa&#39; peaks with a chanted, foul-mouthed witches&rsquo; chorus from fellow Atlanta residents The Coathangers.</p> <p>Older fans might skip the gentler rides offered by tracks such as &#39;Asleep In The Deep&#39;, but if you&rsquo;re partial to a slice or two of riff cake there really are no better bakers in the business.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:4KYy8DKz2E9DSnlgN0YJOs" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mastodon - Once More &#039;Round The Sun" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mastodon-once-more-round-the-sun_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 9. Real Estate - Atlas </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>New Jersey&rsquo;s Real Estate have tumbled comfortably into their role as the primary purveyors of sweet, summery suburban indie rock: all jangly guitar riffs, soft vocals and lyrics that speak of lawn sprinklers, sun-dappled streets, bicycles, humid nights and cookouts.</p> <p><em>Atlas</em> is their third full-length album and the down-home lo-fi of their first recordings is long gone, replaced by polished arrangements that befit a band of their growing confidence and skill. Makes you want to throw some franks on the BBQ, fill the paddling pool, crack open a Bud and drift away.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:2BmREVNjF9HI7AZtKkgtF6" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Real Estate - Atlas" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/real-estate-atlas_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Woods - With Light And With Love </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>Brooklyn&rsquo;s Woods have been quietly and prodigiously making rustic, rootsy indie-rock for years, but <em>With Light And With Love </em>is their boldest LP to date (it&rsquo;s also their sixth). From the psychedelic twangy guitar wig-out of the nine-minute title track to the Shins-esque stomp of &lsquo;Moving To The Left&rsquo; to the old-school folkie finisher &lsquo;Feather Man&rsquo;, this is a Woods album all the way, but a bigger, better Woods than we&rsquo;ve seen thus far.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:6QDzA9wOCaF3cOFd5QRvIc" width="604"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/25-best-things-watch-amazon-instant-video-right-now/feature">The 25 best things to watch on Amazon Instant Prime</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="Woods - With Light And With Love" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/woods-with-light-and-with-love_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 11. Jungle - Jungle </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>Everyone loves a mystery, and the shadowy figures behind seven-piece London band Jungle make them all the more enticing. Known only as &lsquo;J&rsquo; and &lsquo;T&rsquo;, the founding duo have, despite giving zero publicity, scored thousands of views of their break-dancing videos and had festival crowds flock to their euphoric synth-and-jangling-coke-bottles sets. It&rsquo;s their unique sound &ndash; an intriguing blend of disco, &#39;70s funk and soul, but with a modern, stripped-back edge &ndash; that bring them in. The stunning falsetto harmonies on tracks such as &#39;Busy Earnin&rsquo;&#39; and &#39;The Heat&#39; will carry on in your head long after they&#39;ve finished.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:1vOMVuIa9B7G5MRK40mcE1" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jungle - Jungle" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jungle-jungle_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 12. Kevin Drew - Darlings </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>Despite being the principal vocalist and major creative force behind Canadian chamber-pop supergroup Broken Social Scene, Kevin Drew has never enjoyed the level of mainstream recognition of other members such as Feist or Emily Haines. And yet with BSS on hiatus, he&rsquo;s delivered a solo album that&rsquo;s as weird and wonderful as anything in the band&rsquo;s discography, albeit a little slower in tempo and lighter on ambition.</p> <p>With three of the first four songs called &lsquo;Body Butter&rsquo;, &lsquo;Good Sex&rsquo; and &lsquo;Mexican Aftershow Party&rsquo;, <em>Darlings</em> starts as it means to go on: winkingly dirty and unblinkingly odd.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:3JFuAmcQIDVn51hXCFo0ir" width="604"></iframe>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kevin Drew - Darlings" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kevin-drew-darlings_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 13. Future Islands - Singles </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>Future Islands&rsquo; slot on David Letterman affected the veteran host so deeply that he retired. It didn&#39;t bother us quite so dramatically, but we were mildly horrified at the disjoint between frontman Samuel Herring&rsquo;s bewitchingly odd vocals and his drunk-dad-at-the-disco dancing. Nonetheless, <em>Singles</em> is lovely, if a tad too slick at times. Just be careful to listen to it with your ears, not your eyes.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:41X9To0bQ4fpoSRri4NHiI" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Future Islands - Singles" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/future-island-singles_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 14. Brody Dalle - Diploid Love </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>Hey, you remember when Brody Dalle was in The Distillers and had a mohican? Yes? Then you&rsquo;ll probably like this. No? Well, it&rsquo;s a mix of fuzzy, angryish songs and a couple of slower, more electro-tinged tracks. Dalle sounds better the angrier she is, but even when she calms down a little the underlining bassy grooves mean there&rsquo;s something for everybody.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:74kdhSytzNNQpoyVsyBdQQ" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Brody Dalle - Diploid Love" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/brody-dalle-diploid-love.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 15. The Antlers - Familiars </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you like your dreampop to lean towards 3am heartache, dunk your head in this nocturnal album. Mellow and claustrophobic, it sees Peter Silberman&rsquo;s yearning falsetto glossed with lush production. Fans of the <em>Hospice</em> album might find it too one-paced, but it&rsquo;s a fine soulful nightcap.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:62D2CvOMVOaXwoUmgC97x9" width="604"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/kill-your-productivity-stuffs-top-22-free-browser-games/feature">Kill your productivity - 30 great games you can play for free in your browser</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="The Antlers - Familiars" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-antlers-familiars.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 16. The Amazing Snakeheads - Amphetamine Ballads </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>Some albums have the power to remove you from your surroundings and plunge you into a new world. <em>Amphetamine Ballads</em>, the debut album by Glaswegian trio The Amazing Snakeheads, is one such album.</p> <p>Wherever you listen to it &ndash; bus, office, kitchen on a sunny day &ndash; it&rsquo;ll transport you to a dingy bar in the worst part of town, a bar made for knocking back something strong and making a play for the wrong kind of person.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s musically sparse yet emotionally rich, pulsing with barely restrained fury that channels everything from The Clash in rockabilly mode to Joy Division at their most aggressive and The Birthday Party. Yes, that good.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:0J96sxF1ZyJhqyoCDIa6sU" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Amazing Snakeheads - Amphetamine Ballads" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazingsnakeheads_LP_II_rt2.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 17. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal </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 scruffy spectre of lo-fi indie rock legends Pavement looms large over Parquet Courts&rsquo; music: there&rsquo;s something recognisable, at once slovenly and winningly melodic, at work in the Brooklyn-via-Texas band&rsquo;s third full-length album.</p> <p>But it also exhibits more scope and variety than their previous efforts, and the studied listener will also pick up echoes of Talking Heads and American college town punk bands of the &#39;80s and &#39;90s.</p> <p>At 13 tracks and 45-plus minutes, <em>Sunbathing Animal</em> is a fairly lengthy album, but after a single listen you&rsquo;ll have plenty of its ragged riffs and hungover hooks implanted in your brain.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:5uojJv0rFozERjq666I75E" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/parquet-courts-sunbathing-animal.jpg?1405680249" /> </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-17"><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"> 18. Avey Tare&#039;s Slasher Flicks - Enter The Slasher House </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As one third of Animal Collective, Avey Tare is used to straddling the line between experimental pop and pretentious tosh, but this side-project happily majors in the former. It&rsquo;s summery, catchy and, on the single &#39;Little Fang&#39;, stuffed with melodies from heaven.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:10AjxgpD5oDUBkLikGNKRd" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Avey Tare&#039;s Slasher Flicks - Enter The Slasher House" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/avey-tare-slasher624_rt2.jpg?1405680249" /> </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-18"><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"> 19. Cloud Nothings - Here And Nowhere Else </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>Cloud Nothings&rsquo; frontman, founder and songwriter Dylan Baldi, might be a mere 22 years old, but <em>Here And Nowhere Else</em> is his fourth album. It&rsquo;s also his best, and the group that started life as a one-man bedroom band is now making some of the finest pop-punk around.</p> <p>Short and brutal but infectious, it&rsquo;s something you can mosh to &ndash; and probably listen to around your parents too.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:1kDOjW8rKQfriOgq2NMlYe" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cloud Nothings - Here And Nowhere Else" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cloud-nothings-here-and-nowhere-else.jpg?1405680249" /> </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-19"><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"> 20. F**ked Up - Glass Boys </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>Like roaring? Then you&rsquo;ll like this record. You might also like that it combines roaring with some of the most rousing major-chord punk rock ever recorded. It&rsquo;s complex and subtle enough to get lost in, and the poignancy of the title track betrays deep emotional intelligence. Delivered through the medium of roaring.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:3rRVuL597efDZfzd5fsQlo" width="604"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">30 fantastic free Android games</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="F**ked Up - Glass Boys" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fucked-up-glass-boys.jpg?1405680249" /> </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-20"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 21. Tune-Yards - Nikki-Nack </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is the third Tune-Yards album but if you&#39;ve not heard them before, Merrill Garbus&#39; layered confections of voice, drum and sample loops might sound mad as a box of tune-frogs: by looping her vocals over and around each other, Garbus uses her voice as a digital instrument and then mixes it with chunks of any sound that fits.</p> <p>Get past the initial confusion, though, and you&#39;re in for some of the most inventive, intelligent and entertaining music of 2014.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:7JeYK1pt9Kds0E62S7uiIU" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tune-Yards - Nikki-Nack" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tune-yards-nikki-nack.jpg?1405680249" /> </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-21"><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"> 22. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream </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>Lots of people will tell you there&rsquo;s nothing cool about Dire Straits. Those people are either stupid, or just complete idiots. Just ask The War on Drugs. <em>Lost In A Dream</em> sounds like it was washed in the pocket of Mark Knopfler&rsquo;s denim waistcoat using Boss 2-in-1, Bruce Springsteen&rsquo;s new line in detergent.</p> <p>Gently parping brass occasionally breaks through the rippling surface guitars and synths, while shameless solos crash off drumbeats that&rsquo;d propel old American cars along the ocean roads these songs were written for.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:71jGGLe5VtEHjIk5dU2W3S" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-war-on-drugs-lost-in-the-dream.jpg?1405680249" /> </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-22"><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"> 23. Manic Street Preachers - Futurology </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For a band who proclaimed they&rsquo;d split up after one album and who peaked on their third, the Manics have sure been around for a while. <em>Futurology</em> is their twelfth album but their best for years; much of it was recorded in Berlin&rsquo;s Hansa Studios, a venue hewn from rock&rsquo;n&rsquo;roll history, and it&rsquo;s clearly inspired them.</p> <p><em>Futurology</em> is packed with ideas, takes tons of risks and has a definite European feel to it: the lovely instrumental &lsquo;Dreaming A City (Hughesovka)&rsquo; could be on Bowie&rsquo;s <em>Low</em>, also recorded at Hansa, while &lsquo;Europa Geht Durch Mich&rsquo; is an industrial-krautrock masterpiece with vocals by German actress Nina Hoss. The latter is one of three tracks featuring guest vocals, with&nbsp;Scritti Politti&#39;s Green Gartside lending his voice to the poppy &#39;Between The Clock And The Bed&#39; and Georgia Ruth joining in on the string-led ballad &#39;Devine Youth&#39;.</p> <p>Lyrically it&rsquo;s superb: angry, reflective, political, insightful and, on the superb &lsquo;The Next Jet 
To Leave Moscow&rsquo;, remarkably self-aware. It&#39;s not a quality we&#39;ve come to associate with the Manics, but the latter sees Nicky Wire berating himself 
for being &quot;an old jaded Commie&quot; and &quot;the biggest living hypocrite you&#39;ve ever seen&quot;, and throughout there&#39;s a feel that the Welsh trio are finally completely at ease with their past.</p> <p>A real return to form.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:4qG7Uc8wCuVSpKe4pYbVei" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Manic Street Preachers - Futurology" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/manic-street-preachers-futurology.jpg?1405680249" /> </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-23"><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"> 24. Ibibio Sound Machine - Ibibio Sound Machine </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 folk tales of lead singer Eno Williams&#39; Nigerian heritage form the basis of this London group&#39;s infectious album, which mixes West African sounds with European electronica, adding some classic disco and a touch of gospel in the process.</p> <p>The result is a fun, lively, foot-tapping 40 minutes that we&#39;d definitely dance to if our dancing was anything other than horribly embarrassing.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:77olimEkYdq1743eHmoBeF" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ibibio Sound Machine - Ibibio Sound Machine" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ibibio-sound-machine.jpg?1405680249" /> </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-24"><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"> 25. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There </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>Confessional songwriting has been around ever since Joni Mitchell pulled out her guitar and sat down to write <em>Blue</em> &ndash; heck, even Taylor Swift&rsquo;s at it these days &ndash; but Sharon Van Etten&rsquo;s lyrics still have the power to stop you dead in your tracks.</p> <p>When the New Jersey native sings &ldquo;Break my legs so I won&rsquo;t walk to you/Cut my tongue so I can&rsquo;t talk to you&rdquo; on &lsquo;Your Love Is Killing Me&rsquo;, she really sells it. With most of the tracks on <em>Are We There</em> concerned with doomed, desperate and destructive love, perhaps this isn&rsquo;t one to give your other half on their birthday &ndash; but do listen to it yourself.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:2S1IUGeYOV3JPSoaheqIo9" width="604"></iframe></p> <p><em>Additional reviews by Sam Kieldsen, Tom Wiggins, Will Dunn, Will Findlater, Fraser Macdonald, Mark Wilson, Max Langridge, Emily May and Ross Presly</em></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">READ MORE: The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sharon Van Etten - Are We There" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sharon-van-etten-are-we-there.jpg?1405680249" /> </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/my/music/best-new-albums-spotify-so-far-year/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/music/best-new-albums-spotify-so-far-year/feature#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Music Spotify Sat, 12 Jul 2014 08:37:25 +0000 Elissa Loi 1441915 at http://www.stuff.tv SoundCloud joins the Sonos gang http://www.stuff.tv/my/music/soundcloud-joins-sonos-gang/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes, you can now access the social music streaming service through your Sonos set-up... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sonos set-up" alt="The Sonos set-up" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sonos_app_family_0.jpg?1405062712" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sonos has signed up SoundCloud as part of its seemingly never-ending quest to integrate every music streaming service in the world.</p> <p>As of today, Sonos users will be able to access the music-discovery-and-sharing platform through its various apps, giving them access to SoundCloud&#39;s many millions of tracks.</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="/my/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-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The service joins the likes of Spotify, Google Play Music, Deezer, Napster, Rdio and The Hype Machine in the Sonos gang, and will initially be available in beta form.</p> <p>SoundCloud plays host to thousands of unknown artists as well as established bands, podcasts and more; with 12 hours of music added to the service every minute, there&#39;s certainly no shortage of content to listen to.</p> <p>The new addition comes just a few weeks after&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google-play-music-comes-sonos/news">Google Play Music was integrated</a>, also in beta form, and a few months after Sonos launched its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sonos/new-sonos-app-brings-universal-search/news">Universal Search&nbsp;</a>function - enabling users to search for tracks across all of the services, and create playlists containing music from a variety of sources.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google-play-music-comes-sonos/news">Google Play Music comes to Sonos</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/music/soundcloud-joins-sonos-gang/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Music Sonos Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:45:57 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1441738 at http://www.stuff.tv