Philips NP1100/37 Streamium Network Music Player Review
15 March 2010
Conclusion: The NP1100 does a really good job at conveniently delivering your music/radio stations. It is very easy to setup and integrate into your existing systems and its big display makes it easy to navigate from across the room.
Excerpt: Big house? Loads of music? You, my friend, need a music streamer to pipe all your digital tunes from one room to the next. The Philips NP1100 is a stylish black little number, with more musical talent than the whole of Girls Aloud.
Pros: Compact and stylish (a bit like Frankie Dettori), this Wi-Fi equipped shelf-sitter from Philips benefits from a user-friendly set-up process – anyone able to follow a user manual properly should have it corralling digital tunes after about ten minutes. It hooks up to an existing audio system via digital or analogue cables, and solid showings in both sound quality and network reliability make it an impressive performer.
Cons: With no playback controls on the unit itself, you’ll need to keep the remote control handy at all times – lose it and you’ll have no way to stream music or access internet radio stations. Compatibility wise, it’s not bad – MP3, WMA and AAC files are supported – but it can’t play DRM-protected files or any kind of lossless format. What’s with that?