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
Pioneer N-50
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Product of the Year, Awards 2013. With the N50, Pioneer has really raised the standard for streamers. We love this premium-feeling debut product.

£600-£1000
Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6
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Best streamer £600-£1000, Awards 2013. Looks good, sounds great, easy to use – a runaway success.

£1000-£2000
Naim NAC-N 172 XS
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Best streamer £1000-£2000, Awards 2013. Preamp and streamer in one is a real star turn at this price level.

£2000+
Cyrus Stream XP2-QX
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Best streamer £2000+, Awards 2013. This superb streamer sounds absolutely fantastic.