UK start-up Musaic unveils wireless hi-fi system at CES 2014

The show may be over, but there are still a couple of stories we picked up at CES that are worth reporting. British start-up Musaic unveiled its new wireless hi-fi system, due for release in mid-2014.

It's the brainchild of Matthew Bramble, formerly engineering head at Cambridge Audio. The Musaic system will include wireless music players such as the MP20 (above) and MP10 (below) shown here, and a home server.

The system will be able to play music from Apple and Android devices, Macs and PCs as well as UPnP and DLNA servers. It will also support iTunes, Windows Media Player and "the latest streaming apps", says Musaic. There's a party mode to play the same music throughout the house, and built-in internet radio too.

Matthew Bramble says: "Musaic is a great sounding system that's easy to use, and we have a number of very exciting features that we can't wait to talk about."

He adds that so far, Rhapsody, Napster, Grooveshark, iHeartRadio and SomaFM have signed up to be part of the Musaic offering. TuneIn and Aupeo! will also be included.

Technical highlights of the players include Ethernet, wi-fi and AptX Bluetooth connectivity, along with the ability to play hi-res 24-bit/192kHz audio files. File formats supported include MP3, AAC, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF and WAV. We'll bring you more info as soon as we have it.

By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.