Streaming music is all the rage these days, and whether you're a Spotify subscriber or have a computer or NAS drive packed with hi-res music files, adding a dedicated music streamer to your hi-fi is a logical step in upgrading your system.

The majority of the options here can handle all manner of hi-res audio formats, and some have the added benefit of AirPlay, Bluetooth or UPnP compatibility, as well as built-in DACs and USB connections. Internet radio is standard, as are smartphone and tablet control apps.

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Under £100
Our Rating 
84%

Google Chromecast Audio

Reviewed on 9th November 2015 at
£30

Google turns its expertise to audio streaming, bringing music from any Cast-compatible app to your amp and speakers. And for only £30.

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Under £500
Our Rating 
100%

Pioneer N-50A

Reviewed on 26th February 2015 at
£500

Impressive with all file formats, the N-50A offers an insightful performance, and can pluck music over DLNA and internet radio or via a hoard of inputs.

 
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Under £1000

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Under £1500
Our Rating 
87%

Cambridge Azur 851N

Reviewed on 25th January 2016 at
£1,200

A sterling streamer that boasts excellent file support, plenty of connections and a sound that's both expressive and dynamic. A deserved Product of the Year 2016.

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Under £3000

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Money-no-object

Linn Klimax DS 3

Reviewed on 18th January 2017 at
£15,800

If you're looking for the finest-sounding music streamer on the planet, and price isn't an issue, start here.

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