Unboxed – Monitor Audio Airstream 10

Last year Altec Lansing's Expressionist Bass speakers revitalised the concept of Dalek-chic, and now Monitor Audio has delivered Tetris-chic to the ho

Last year Altec Lansing's Expressionist Bass speakers revitalised the concept of Dalek-chic, and now Monitor Audio has delivered Tetris-chic to the home audio scene with its eccentric Airstream 10.

Maybe it's a reflection of how terrible we were at the block-stacking game, but we've had a tough time figuring out which way up the FM, DAB and internet radio should stand. The controls and screen suggest front-facing is the way to go, but with the aerial pulling out of the front and speaker built into the 'overhang' we're inclined to rest it on its back.

Apart from the crazy design, the Airstream 10 is a pretty standard radio; it can latch onto your Wi-Fi network for internet radio (or plug in via the supplied Ethernet lead), take four presets for DAB stations and play tunes from your MP3 player via the aux-in (a 3.5mm lead is also in the box).

To make sure it lives up to the 'stream' part of its name, it also has a 'Music player' mode for playing music (MP3, WMA and AAC) from Windows Media Player 11 over your network (which you can also do via UPnP on a Mac).

There's no word on pricing yet but our brief listen suggests sound quality shouldn't let the Airstream down either – look out for a full review well before its expected UK release in June.   

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