Notes from the listening rooms

Notes from the listening rooms

Maybe UPnP's not so Universal, after all…

Andrew Everard Wed, 22 Jun 2011, 2:38pm

Just bought myself a new NAS system, to take over from the WD MyBook World that's been doing a great job in my system since I first started storing and streaming music.A friend put me onto the giveaway prices currently available on D-Link 'empty ...

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£15 to improve a wireless music system beyond recognition? Looks like a deal...

Andrew Everard Fri, 27 May 2011, 3:11pm

It's not often that you get offered the chance to try something that looks set to alter once and for all the way your streaming music system performs.  And it's even rarer when the special something can be bought for just ...

Full stream ahead: hands-on with Naim’s NDX network player

Andrew Everard Mon, 11 Apr 2011, 2:44pm

After more than two months with Naim’s upmarket streaming client, I’m finally sure that ‘digits is digits’ is baloney     If they’re not careful, some of those who advocate consigning all your CDs to the dustbin, digitising ...

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Well, worth the masking price?

Andrew Everard Wed, 6 Apr 2011, 10:38am

OK, let's get the elephant out of the corner and slap-bang into the middle of the room right now: the Musicmask works.You put it on, using the adjustable Velcro strap provided, fumble around for the remote control to start your favourite music, ...

Hands-on with Virgin Media's new TiVo HD/3D set-top box

Andy Clough Wed, 30 Mar 2011, 1:32pm

We've been waiting quite a while for Virgin's new TiVo HD service to come on stream, and today the man from Virgin finally arrived with a new set-top box to plug into my home AV system.Selling for £199, plus £26.50 for the XL TiVo package ...

Living with Pure's Sensia internet radio

Joe Cox Fri, 18 Mar 2011, 4:03pm

Pure’s sexy Sensia internet radio is a real head-turner, but it’s had some usability issues since its release back in 2009. Has the latest update sorted things out?When we first saw the Pure Sensia internet radio it received a qualified, ...

Living with Sky+ HD, Sky Anytime and Sky 3D

Simon Lucas Thu, 10 Feb 2011, 12:43pm

We’ve showered the Sky+ HD box with five-star ratings and Awards before, but with new 3D capability and the Anytime+ on-demand service, let’s see what it’s like in action  If last year’s Product of the Year Award for Sky’s Sky+ HD 1TB box ...

Hands-on with Philips's iPhone TV remote control app

Andy Clough Thu, 20 Jan 2011, 3:14pm

 I must admit to yelling at my TV last night – not a common occurrence, you understand (computers are another matter). The cause of my frustration was not the telly itself – a Philips 42PFL9664 – but rather the new free remote TV app I'd ...

First impressions: Hands on with Apple AirPlay

Andy Clough Wed, 24 Nov 2010, 10:45pm

I've had a couple of days now to play around with Apple's new AirPlay streaming system, part of the iOS 4.2.1 upgrade issued for the iPhone, iPad and Touch earlier this week, so thought I'd share my initial thoughts.Downloading the software ...

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First impressions: Apple's new mini TV streamer

Andy Clough Mon, 11 Oct 2010, 8:00am

I've been toying with the idea of buying an Apple TV for ages, but the original model cost the best part of £250 and – in the early days at least – the choice of films on iTunes was limited.But the arrival last week of the new Apple TV at just ...