Streaming music is all the rage these days, and whether you're a Spotify subscriber or have a computer or NAS drive packed with hi-res music files, adding a standalone music streamer to your hi-fi is the simplest way to upgrade your system.

The majority of models here will handle all manner of hi-res audio formats, and some have the added benefit of AirPlay, Bluetooth or UPnP compatibility, as well as built-in DACs and USB connections. Internet radio comes as standard, as do smartphone and tablet control apps.

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Best music streamer under £100
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Google turns its expertise to audio streaming to bring music from any Cast-compatible app to your amp and speakers. And for only £30.

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Best music streamer under £500
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Impressive with all file formats, the N-50A offers an insightful performance, and can pluck music over DLNA and Internet radio or via a hoard of inputs.

Best streamer under £500, Awards 2015.

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Best music streamer under £1000
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Tested at £700

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Streamer Product of the Year, Awards 2015. Building on the success of Cambridge's Award-winning Stream Magic 6 v2, the CXN features an all-new design and improved sound. It's a sure-fire winner.

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Best streamer under £1500
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The two-time Award-winning Xa is a corker. Its trademark half-width design won't be everyone's cup of tea, but its truly entrancing sound surely will.

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Best streamer under £2500
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Tested at £2245

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A forward-thinking design from an established hi-fi company. Thanks to its brilliant sonic performance and features, it's a must-have if you're after a high-performance, do-it-all streamer.

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Putting features where its price tag is, this multi-talented machine is a streamer, server, CD player and ripper all wrapped up in one superbly made chrome-laden box.

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