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 top four 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.
Up to £600
Bluesound Node
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Best streamer up to £600, Awards 2014. With its ability to handle hi-res audio, Bluesound brings hi-fi quality sound to an affordable streamer.

£600-£1000
Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 V2
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Product of the Year, Awards 2014.

The best at this price made better – the Stream Magic 6 V2’s added functionality makes this a better proposition than ever. 
£1000-£1500
Cyrus Stream Xa
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Best streamer £1000-£1500, Awards 2014.

There’s no doubt that paying over £1250 for a streamer is a serious consideration, but if it’s something that both your system and budget can afford, the versatile Cyrus Xa will show its worth in every single track.
£1500+
Cyrus Stream XP2-QX
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Best streamer £1500+, Awards 2014.

The Stream XP2-Qx serves up an energetic, enthusiastic and truly immersive performance, with both the Qx DAC module and improved software proving to be worthwhile additions.

We’d have absolutely no problem dishing out the extra cash for this fantastic streamer.