Philips NP2900 review

It's got a couple of flaws and missing features, but we can't help but like this new Streamium Tested at £219.00

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Our Verdict

It's got a couple of flaws and missing features, but we can't help but like this new Streamium

For

  • Compact, stylish, wall-mountable and very solidly built
  • great remote
  • bright screen
  • surprisingly big sound

Against

  • Treble could be better controlled
  • lack of format and music service compatibility

This addition to the Philips Streamium range is the Keira Knightley of network media players: pretty, petite and classy. Unlike Ms Knightley (probably), it's also wall-mountable and has a lovely full-colour screen.

Wireless link to your network
Turn it on and it will quickly connect to your network via its wireless antenna or Ethernet port. If you use Windows Media Player on your PC, the Streamium will immediately be able to play all your shared music; if not, the excellent TwonkyMedia software is bundled and once installed will handle all the server functions.

When we said the NP2900 will play all your music, we should have added the caveat, 'as long as your music's in the right format'.

Compressed formats like WMA, AAC and MP3 are covered, but the only lossless codec that'll work is FLAC, which neither iTunes nor WMP will rip into. We reckon WAV should be covered at the very least.

It's also worth noting that the only online music service the NP2900 can access is standard internet radio, while rivals like the Squeezebox Boom are compatible with Last.fm and Napster.

Small unit, large sound
Play some tunes and the Philips is very decent, though. In standard mode you get a direct but narrow delivery, while LivingSound mode adds two rear-firing drivers to create a big soundstage for such a small unit.

There's good weight and vocal clarity, and though there's some hardness in the treble, it's not enough to put us off this stylish little player.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Brand NamePhilips
Product TypeInternet Radio
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product LineStreamium
Manufacturer Part NumberNP2900/12
Product NamePhilips NP2900
Product ModelNP2900

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • NP2900 Internet Radio
  • AC/DC Adapter: 110-240V
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • CD-ROM with TwonkyMedia, Video Tutorial and Manuals
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Wall Mounting Bracket
  • Remote Control
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Card

Network and Communication

Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes

Audio

Audio FormatsAAC, FLAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WMA

Management and Protocols

ProtocolsWEP, WPA2, WPA

Physical Characteristics

Width346.5 mm
Depth69 mm
Weight Approximate1.48 kg
Height99 mm
Dimensions99 mm (H): 346.5 mm (W): 69 mm (D)

Video

Video FormatsM4A