What Hi-Fi (UK)




Audiolab 6000N Play £449

Best music streamer under £500, Awards 2020 ★★★★★

A great, affordable way to implement streaming into your system without compromisi­ng sonic quality. The best budget solution we’ve seen… Outputs Line-in, coaxial, optical, subwoofer

Bluesound Node 2i £499

Best music streamer under £500, Awards 2018 ★★★★★

Even better than before, this large-scaled, well timed Bluesound has sensationa­l streaming skills and features for the money. Outputs Line-in, coaxial, optical, subwoofer

Cambridge CXN V2 £799

Best music streamer £500-£1000, Awards 2020 ★★★★★

All the success of the classy CXN streamer, with added Google Chromecast. Great design, features set and performanc­e. Inputs Coaxial, optical, USB x2

Chord 2go £995

July 2020 ★★★★★

The Chord 2go is a brilliant way to add streaming capability to the company’s Award-winning Hugo 2 DAC (and only the Hugo 2). Works as a server too Inputs Ethernet

Cambridge Audio Azur 851N £1399

Best music streamer £1000-£1500, Awards 2018 ★★★★★

A sterling streamer that boasts excellent file support, plenty of connection­s and a sound that’s both expressive and dynamic. Inputs Coaxial x2, optical x2, USB x3

NAD C 658 £1499

Best music streamer £1000-£1500, Awards 2020 ★★★★★

One of the most fully furnished, future-proofed and intuitive streamers we’ve come across – and one of the most convincing performers at this price. Inputs Coaxial, optical, USB, phono, RCA

Moon Neo MIND £1799

Best music streamer £1500+, Awards 2018 ★★★★★

An elegant performer that delivers the kind of musical finesse we rarely hear at this price. You’ll need to factor in the cost of a DAC. Outputs Coaxial, optical, AES/EBU

Melco N100 £1999

June 2020 ★★★★★

An excellent choice if you’re looking for a high-quality streamer with storage built-in and already have a capable DAC, or can add one. Inputs USB 3.0 x2, ethernet Outputs USB 3.0

Naim ND5 XS 2 £2299

Best music streamer over £1500, Awards 2020 ★★★★★

Naim’s ‘entry-level’ network streamer? Fear not; if this is the best your system ever sounds, you’ll be doing your ears mighty proud Inputs USB, ethernet Outputs Line-out, DIN, coaxial, optical

Technics SL-G700 £2350

February 2020 ★★★★★

A high quality digital source that covers all the bases – including CD and SACD to go along with its terrific streaming smarts.

Inputs Coaxial, optical Outputs Line-out, balanced, coaxial, optical

Cambridge Audio Edge NQ £3500

March 2019 ★★★★★

A truly fantastic streaming preamplifi­er that has a clear, bold and spacious presentati­on across all its many inputs. And it looks good, too.

Inputs Line-in x2, balanced XLR, coaxial, optical x2, HDMI, USB x2, BT

Moon 390 £4750

February 2019 ★★★★★

A well connected streaming preamplifi­er that’s uncluttere­d in design and use, and sounds terrifical­ly dynamic, refined and engaging.

Inputs Line-in, MM/MC, balanced XLR, coaxial, optical, AES/EBU, HDMI x4

Linn Selekt DSM £5250

Reviewed online, 2019 ★★★★★

If you’re looking for a top-end one-box electronic­s solution, this is a good place to start. Its modular approach to high-quality sound is admirable. Inputs Line-in, MM, MC, coaxial x2, optical x2, HDMI, USB, Airplay

Linn Klimax DS3 £15,800

February 2017 ★★★★★

If you want the finest-sounding music streamer on the market and aren’t afraid of the heavyweigh­t price, then invest your money here. Outputs Balanced and single-ended XLR

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