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CAM­BRIDGE AUDIO MINX AIR 100

$599, APOLLOHIFI.COM.AU, TESTED MAY 2013

LOVE Pow­er­ful, de­tailed sound qual­ity. Air­Play and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity. Rugged, sleek de­sign. Handy web ra­dio but­tons

HATE Multi-room is less straight­for­ward than on Sonos T3 SAYS Sounds great and packs more fea­tures than any other wire­less speaker sys­tem on the mar­ket SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

POWER 100W CON­NEC­TIV­ITY Wi-Fi, Air­Play, Blue­tooth, RCA, 3.5mm SIZE 354x182x118mm

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DENON CEOL PIC­COLO

$796, HAR­VEYNOR­MAN.COM.AU, TESTED FE­BRU­ARY 2013

LOVE Denon’s ditched the orig­i­nal Ceol’s CD player but kept Air­Play, an iPod dock, 24-bit support and web ra­dio

HATE Very dull looks T3 SAYS Multi-for­mat minia­ture mar­vel at a very re­spectable price SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

POWER 2x 65W CON­NEC­TIV­ITY Wi-Fi, USB, op­ti­cal in, audio in, Air­Play, 3.5mm out SIZE 180x90x234mm

03

SONOS PLAY:1

$299, SONOS.COM, TESTED NOVEM­BER 2013 LOVE Great de­sign. An af­ford­able way to be­gin a Sonos multi-room setup HATE It’s mono. Adding more zones can get pricey T3 SAYS The cheap­est way to get Sonos sounds good, but you’ll want more than one for bet­ter-than-good audio SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS POWER Not quoted CON­NEC­TIV­ITY Eth­er­net, SonosNet 2.0 wire­less, power SIZE 120x120x161mm

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PI­O­NEER X-SMC3

$599, PI­O­NEER.COM.AU, TESTED JAN­UARY 2012 LOVE Air­Play and DLNA stream­ing, USB me­dia play­back and in­ter­net ra­dio, plus ex­cel­lent audio qual­ity HATE Not much of a looker T3 SAYS A no-non­sense slab of audio power, with a mas­sive dose of fea­tures for not much money SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS POWER 40W CON­NEC­TIV­ITY USB, eth­er­net, Air­Play,

line in, RCA SIZE 520x218x155mm

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SONOS PLAY:5

$599, SONOS.COM, TESTED MARCH 2010

LOVE Su­perb, multi-room sound. Spo­tify and Last.FM support. You can con­trol it all us­ing your smart­phone

HATE Go prop­erly multi-room and the costs pile up T3 SAYS A sim­ple, ef­fec­tive and classy way to pump well-rounded audio into ev­ery room SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

POWER N/A CON­NEC­TIV­ITY Wire­less, eth­er­net (Sonos pro­pri­etary stream­ing), line in SIZE 217x365x123mm

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BOW­ERS & W ILKINS A 5

$600, BOW­ERS-WILKINS.NET, TESTED FE­BRU­ARY 2013 LOVE Un­fussy de­sign and highly im­pres­sive sound. New app makes iTunes sync­ing easy HATE Bass wob­bles at higher vol­umes T3 SAYS El­e­gant audio ex­e­cuted ex­cel­lently. The A5 is the lit­tle black dress of speak­ers SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS POWER 4x 20W CON­NEC­TIV­ITY Wi-Fi, aux­il­iary ana­logue, Eth­er­net, Air­Play, 3.5mm out SIZE 300x180x120mm

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PURE J ONGO T4

$419, PURE.COM/AU, TESTED MARCH 2014 LOVE Multi-room wire­less stream­ing on a bud­get. Link two and you can achieve proper stereo sound HATE Con­nec­tiv­ity can be glitchy T3 SAYS The af­ford­able way to play dig­i­tal DJ for the whole house, with re­sults that sound great SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS POWER 50W CON­NEC­TIV­ITY Wi-Fi, Blue­tooth, eth­er­net,

3.5mm in SIZE 305x146x165mm

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PURE J ONGO S 3

$369, AU.SHOP.PURE.COM, TESTED SEPTEM­BER 2013

LOVE Good sound for the cost. De­cent bat­tery life. Can be linked for an easy, wire­less multi-room sys­tem

HATE Fid­dly Wi-Fi sync­ing. Multi-room via iOS only T3 SAYS Bet­ter-than-av­er­age sound in a com­pact pack­age, the S3 is a great in­tro­duc­tion to multi-room SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

POWER 4x 2.5W + 10W CON­NEC­TIV­ITY G Wi-Fi, Blue­tooth via USB don­gle, eth­er­net, 3.5mm audio in SIZE 131x139x135mm

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LOEWE AIRSPEAKER

$1,299, LOEWE.TV/AU, TESTED JUNE 2012 LOVE Ex­cel­lent audio. Com­pact, el­e­gant de­sign. Re­li­able wire­less Air­Play stream­ing HATE Ini­tial setup is a lit­tle clumsy. Overly Ap­ple-cen­tric T3 SAYS There are cheaper Air­Play speak­ers in this top ten, but few look and sound this good SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS POWER 80W CON­NEC­TIV­ITY USB for iOS de­vices only,

3.5mm, eth­er­net, G Wi-Fi SIZE 129x240x240mm

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ELIPSON P LANET LW

$1,999, KLAPPAV.COM.AU, TESTED SEPTEM­BER 2013

LOVE Su­perb sound. Won­der­ful ease of use and sim­ple wire­less setup. Great, well-rounded look

HATE Can’t be linked to other kit. Fright­fully ex­pen­sive, old chap T3 SAYS Bold de­sign, easy wire­less stream­ing and great audio go some way to­wards jus­ti­fy­ing the LW’s high price SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

POWER 2x 50W CON­NEC­TIV­ITY Pro­pri­etary wire­less stream­ing via 30-pin or USB don­gle SIZE 290mm cir­cum­fer­ence

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