Best of the Week: all the news and reviews 11.04.14
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.
Sonos adds Google Play Music support
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Thanks to its attractive aesthetic and some very good social features, we found Rdio to be well worth a look.