Sonos multiroom system
With Sonos you can expand your set-up at your leisure — why not start with a budget Play:3. and add a bigger Play:5 later? Then maybe hook up a Connect to your existing hi-fi and router, then add speakers to a Connect: Amp in another room, or a SUB for a bass boost. For a further upgrade, the Arcam rSeries SonLink DAC works a treat with the Connect.
Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6
Our favourite music streamer is only kept from the top spot by the brilliant flexibility of the full Sonos system; as a single player, we’d go for this every time. Team it with the Azur 651A amp (E350). feed it high-resolution 24-bit tunes and you’ll never look back.
The new Naim is the best streamer we’ve heard — feed it music by USB, Wi-Fi, or CD, and it’ll pay you back with a sound that’s breathtaking in its clarity and precision. It’s not cheap and lacks streaming services, but as soon as you hear it you won’t care.
Best for TOP SOUND QUALITY
A fuzzy, cylindrical, colourful AirPlay dock that will deliver detailed, punchy 360-degree sound anywhere at all, thanks to a built-in battery that gives it four hours of outdoors life. Direct Wi-Fi skills free you from cables, routers, and everything but the boogie.
Best for AL FRESCO PARTIES