Audio Streaming Tech

21 Apr 2016
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Whether you’re in the zone at the office or just partying, relaxing or exercising, it’s always nice to have some music to match the mood, Matthew Herbst checks out the best hi-fi streaming sound available.



Mu-sic

audio streaming tech

You feel the vibe and hear your tunes with a Naim Mu-so. Whatever you are looking to connect up, the Naim Mu-so has it covered. Whether you’ve got an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, just connect up with Apple AirPlay and stream your iTunes music collection straight to the Mu-so. Also standard is Bluetooth, which works with most smartphones and tablets, and supports aptX for enhanced sound quality. At johnlewis.com from RO489.50

In Style

Despite resembling a rugby ball the new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless is quite an unusual but beautiful and smooth-sounding network music player. It not only comes with a very powerful aural experience but is no longer just limited to Apple’s AirPlay. It now also rocks Bluetooth aptX support as well as Spotify Connect. At www.johnlewis.com from RO272.90

Despite resembling a rugby ball the new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless is quite an unusual but beautiful and smooth-sounding network music player. It not only comes with a very powerful aural experience but is no longer just limited to Apple’s AirPlay. It now also rocks Bluetooth aptX support as well as Spotify Connect. At www.johnlewis.com from RO272.90

Small Beats

You might recall that back in 2008 KEF launched the dynamic Muon speakers limited-edition aluminium towers. These were especially sculpted by industrial designer Ross Lovegrove at the enormous cost of RO77,000 per pair. This time, KEF has launched the pint-sized KEF Muo, which is easier on the wallet and more accessible. The KEF can be positioned upright or horizontally and paired through Bluetooth aptX. There’s also a 3.5mm auxiliary input for a wired connection. At www.kef.com from RO134.00

You might recall that back in 2008 KEF launched the dynamic Muon speakers limited-edition aluminium towers. These were especially sculpted by industrial designer Ross Lovegrove at the enormous cost of RO77,000 per pair. This time, KEF has launched the pint-sized KEF Muo, which is easier on the wallet and more accessible. The KEF can be positioned upright or horizontally and paired through Bluetooth aptX. There’s also a 3.5mm auxiliary input for a wired connection. At www.kef.com from RO134.00

Just Go

In an over-flooded market full of Bluetooth speakers, you’ll find that some are flashy; others more subdued. Then you meet a Cambridge Audio Go that has all the bases covered. It’s not just cool but also sports two 50mm woofers, two 19mm tweeters and a rear-firing bass radiator. On its back, it comes with three ports that are wedged into the body: a USB port for charging devices with the speaker’s battery, an aux port for wired listening and finally, an 18V port for plugging in the external power brick. At www.amazon.co.uk from RO97.91

In an over-flooded market full of Bluetooth speakers, you’ll find that some are flashy; others more subdued. Then you meet a Cambridge Audio Go that has all the bases covered. It’s not just cool but also sports two 50mm woofers, two 19mm tweeters and a rear-firing bass radiator. On its back, it comes with three ports that are wedged into the body: a USB port for charging devices with the speaker’s battery, an aux port for wired listening and finally, an 18V port for plugging in the external power brick. At www.amazon.co.uk from RO97.91

Air Tunes

The new Airstream S200 Wi-Fi speaker concentrates on functionality, advanced digital processing and powerful amplification within a modern speaker design. It is smaller than the average one-box system but packed with the latest tech to generate huge stereo sounds from any any streaming audio source. This S200 engages audio quality and lifestyle designs, which are beautifully compatible. Connect with extraordinary entertainment and wireless living. At www.amazon.co.uk from RO164.50

The new Airstream S200 Wi-Fi speaker concentrates on functionality, advanced digital processing and powerful amplification within a modern speaker design. It is smaller than the average one-box system but packed with the latest tech to generate huge stereo sounds from any any streaming audio source. This S200 engages audio quality and lifestyle designs, which are beautifully compatible. Connect with extraordinary entertainment and wireless living. At www.amazon.co.uk from RO164.50

Naim Mu-so Qb

The Naim Mu-so Qb set up comprises two dome tweeters and two mid-range drivers, as well as a single woofer. This helps the Qb take sound deep in the low end. This all then comes together to deliver a huge 300W of sound, which is ambitious for a speaker of this size. Fans who prefer high-resolution music are in luck, as it supports everything from MP3s all the way up to 24-bit/192kHz hi-res tracks in WAV, FLAC and AIFF. With all the connectivity available, connecting to the Qb is as simple as pairing via Bluetooth but you’ll get the most out of your sound by hooking it up to your home network via Wi-Fi and streaming it. At www.johnlewis.com from RO325.50

The Naim Mu-so Qb set up comprises two dome tweeters and two mid-range drivers, as well as a single woofer. This helps the Qb take sound deep in the low end. This all then comes together to deliver a huge 300W of sound, which is ambitious for a speaker of this size. Fans who prefer high-resolution music are in luck, as it supports everything from MP3s all the way up to 24-bit/192kHz hi-res tracks in WAV, FLAC and AIFF. With all the connectivity available, connecting to the Qb is as simple as pairing via Bluetooth but you’ll get the most out of your sound by hooking it up to your home network via Wi-Fi and streaming it. At www.johnlewis.com from RO325.50

APP OF THE WEEK

SPOTIFY

Spotify is one of the most popular subscription-based music streaming services worldwide. It offers users unlimited access and streaming limits to an enormous variety of audio tracks, artists, genres, albums and playlists. With a free account, you can play any artist, album or playlist on shuffle. Alternatively, become a paid subscriber and listen advert free. Free at www.spotify.com

Spotify is one of the most popular subscription-based music streaming services worldwide. It offers users unlimited access and streaming limits to an enormous variety of audio tracks, artists, genres, albums and playlists. With a free account, you can play any artist, album or playlist on shuffle. Alternatively, become a paid subscriber and listen advert free. Free at www.spotify.com

Editor’s Choice

CAST IN SOUND

Chromecast Audio isn’t a hi-fi system. However it assists your older hi-fi system if you’re not yet ready to replace it all. There is a small device that plugs into your speaker for streaming music through Wi-Fi, then use your iPhone, iPad, Android phone and tablet, Mac or Windows laptop, or Chromebook to stream your favourite tunes. It’s an affordable and a simple wireless music streamer that delivers a clear stream. At store.google.com from RO19.00

Chromecast Audio isn’t a hi-fi system. However it assists your older hi-fi system if you’re not yet ready to replace it all. There is a small device that plugs into your speaker for streaming music through Wi-Fi, then use your iPhone, iPad, Android phone and tablet, Mac or Windows laptop, or Chromebook to stream your favourite tunes. It’s an affordable and a simple wireless music streamer that delivers a clear stream. At store.google.com from RO19.00


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