QED announces uPlay Stream network music streamer for £150

6 Nov 2013

QED has unveiled a new network music streamer, the uPlay Stream. The Stream plugs in to any hi-fi equipment with an auxiliary input, and connects to any mobile device via LAN or Wi-Fi.

The idea of the uPlay Stream is to allow users to stream high-quality audio through their home cinema or audio system, but for a much more affordable price than competitors.

High-quality audio is possible because of the 'Wolfson' DAC found onboard; it can support audio files up to 24-bit/96kHz. Audio formats supported include MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, FLAC and Apple Lossless Audio.

Jack Fox, QED Brand Manager, says of other products on the market: "Conventional hi-fi network streamers are large and have beautifully finished casework, knobs, buttons, and exotic displays - all of which are very expensive and, more importantly, completely unnecessary in today's 'Smartphone' age."

However, of QED's own uPlay Stream, he says: "uPlay Stream on the other hand is a small, neat box that plugs into your system but never needs to be seen. Why? Because controlling the uPlay Stream couldn't be more straightforward. You simply download the user-friendly, dedicated uPlay 'apps' that are available for iOS and Android."

The uPlay can also be used as a multi-room system. Up to eight devices can be placed in separate rooms, and can be renamed to allow for easier identification. Volume levels can be controlled independently, and if several mobile devices are available, then different music can be played through each uPlay Stream unit. 

by Max Langridge

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Looks to me as if the CA bludac is closer in function to the QED uPlay puck (£60) rather than the uPlay Stream.

What would be the difference in quality between streaming spotify directly using this streamer or streaming using a phone or tablet to the uplay? 

No Spotify stream integration? That's not too clever these days!

QED does an aptx receiver for £70. I think the point is that it does 'true' 24/96 whereas aptx relies on compression. I think you need aptx lossless for 24/96 and I'm not sure what's available with that. The website for aptx says it's 16/44 http://www.csr.com/products/60/aptx

I would beg to differ. Bluetooth AptX will handle 24/96 as does this DAC.

You won't get 24/96 over bluetooth though. Going to do some reasding on this product as it looks promising.

Crystal Acoustics bludac seems to do this and more for £80 less...