Best of the Week: all the news and reviews 11.04.14

11 Apr 2014

This week on whathifi.com, we reported on Google's attempt to refresh its TV service with the advent of Android TV. Netflix's introduction of 4K streaming to UK shores and Sonos adding Google Play Music support were other big stories of the week.

Elsewhere, we reviewed the very attractive Philips Fidelio E2 wireless speakers; the gorgeous music streaming service Rdio; and Roksan's Kandy K2 BT stereo amplifier.

And don't forget – this week is new What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine week. We take an in-depth look at the some of the best stereo amps on the market, several portable Bluetooth DACs under £100 and a supertest of some frankly massive phablets.

You can find it online, either as an iPad download or as a single issue; or you can pop in to your nearest newsagent and buy it there.

 

NEWS

Sonos adds Google Play Music support

Sonos Google Play Music

Multi-room speaker company Sonos has officially announced the addition of Google Play Music to its list of streaming music partners.

It brings Google's library of 22 million tracks to the service, as well as the ability to stream directly from within the Google Play Music Android app to a Sonos speaker.

READ MORE: Google Play Music added to Sonos' streaming services

MORE: YouTube delays music streaming service

 

 Google set to relaunch Google TV as Android TV

As reported earlier this week by The Verge, it looks like Google could be readying a new TV service.

Via screenshots leaked online, it looks like Android TV (replacing Google TV) will be a set-top box offering content through Google's own portals, as well as outside vendors.

READ MORE: Google TV to be reborn as Android TV?

 

Netflix Ultra HD 4K goes live in the UK

Netflix 4K

It looks as if Netflix has begun streaming in 4K Ultra HD resolution with House of Cards Season 2 making its debut in the format.

2014 4K TVs from LG, Samsung and Sony have the required specification and you'll need the latest Netflix app to stream 4K content.

READ MORE: Netflix launches 4K streaming in the UK

MORE: Yahoo! eyeing a move into original content?

 

More:

New fibre-optic deal to provide 'dishless' Sky TV to new homes

Dynaudio launches Evidence Platinum speakers

Xbox announces drama production partnership with Channel 4

Apple could offer high-resolution music downloads in June

Microsoft announces new in-car Windows "infotainment" system

Samsung launches Galaxy Ace Style smartphone

FIFA now reveals 8K TV production plans for 2014 World Cup

Oppo launches PM-1 planar magnetic headphones

Finlux launches new range of budget 4K Ultra HD TVs

Qualcomm announces next-generation Snapdragon processors

 

REVIEWS

Philips Fidelio E2

We've been impressed by what we've seen of Philips' Fidelio range and we expected this trend to continue with the Fidelio E2 wireless speakers.

From the off, we could tell that these were fabulous looking pieces of hi-fi kit. Add to that their versatility, meaning they could be used for either your movies or music, and you're on to a winner.

MORE: Philips Fidelio E2 review

 

Roksan Kandy K2 BT

We loved the Roksan Kandy K2 when it come out in 2011. We liked it so much that we gave it an award later that year.

So with the Kandy K2 BT now seeing a release, there was an expectation that  it could match its predecessor. Unfortunately, it couldn't quite do it.

MORE: Roksan Kandy K2 BT review


Rdio

Not as well known as music streaming giants such as Spotify or Google Play Music, Rdio is a nifty, beautiful looking music streaming app.

Thanks to its attractive aesthetic and some very good social features, we found Rdio to be well worth a look.

MORE: Rdio review

 

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KEF R100

Pioneer SBX-300

Yamaha NSBP182

Napster music streaming

 

by Kobina Monney

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