This week on What Hi-Fi?, Amazon announced the launch of its 4K streaming service… in the US, while Qobuz updated its high-res music streaming service and TEAC unveiled a new, smaller stereo amp in the form of the AI-101DA.
On the reviews front, there was plenty to read about in the home cinema and hi-fi market as we reviewed LG's svelte looking 55EC930V OLED TV, Mission arrived with the successor to its M-Cube in the form of the M-Cubed, and Micromega's punchy stereo amp – the MyAmp – rounded out the best of this week's efforts.
The battle for 4K streaming rages on… in the US at least.
Amazon has joined Netflix in offering 4K video as part of its service. US customers will need the Instant Video app for their 4K TV (LG, Samsung and Sony TVs appear to the only choices in that market) with American Hustle and Captain Philips expected to appear on the service soon.
What about UK customers, or the rest of the world for that matter? For now there's no word on when, or if, it will be coming to these shores.
The high-res music streaming market is heating up, and Qobuz is looking to take advantage by unveiling a series of updates.
You can now play CD-quality music (16-bit/44.1kHz) through your web browser, a feature that was previously only available through desktop and mobile apps.
Elsewhere, the mobile apps have seen improvements to the user interface and there's a new subscription tier – for French customers only – that allows access to downloads of 24-bit/192kHz music for a one-time fee of €220.
We reviewed TEAC's AI-301DA stereo amplifier not too long ago and were left impressed by it. Now TEAC have seen fit to release a newer, smaller amplifier called the AI-101DA.
The new unit is about the size of a book and retains several of the features seen in its bigger sibling. You can stream music up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution via aptX Bluetooth, and it comes with two optical inputs, USB and line audio input, too.
The TEAC AI-101DA will be available in January 2015.
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"If you want to make the most of what you’re watching today, it should be taken very seriously indeed"
The demise of plasma has allowed OLED to come to the fore. So far we've seen a few sets with the technology, but 4K has been the headline stealer in 2014.
That could change with LG's 55EC930V. It doesn't do 4K, which could've been a reason to dock it a star; but, the scarcity of 4K content and the excellence of this TV make the lack of 4K a moot point.
This LG is a gorgeous TV with an absolutely stunning picture. Worthy of an audition.
Read the full LG 55EC930V review
"The Mission M3 remains a likeable and convenient speaker package. It’s a fuss-free system to install and place in your room"
The Mission M3 (or M-Cubed) has satellite speakers not much bigger than a Rubix cube. And yet, it's able to pump out a muscular and weighty sound.
So while it's a very small and manageable package (great for smaller rooms), the M3 just lacks the clarity and bite that would put it amongst the class-leaders.
Read the full Mission M3 review
"The sheer driving force will entertain many listeners, and it doesn’t discriminate when it comes to low-res Spotify streams"
While it couldn't match those two juggernauts, it did give a very good account of itself. The MyAmp will please many with its energetic and aggressive sound.