Summary: Free your music with the most stylish streaming player on the market today. It’s not quite as speedy or smart as the Logitech Boom but it’s simple, reliable and delivers where it counts in sonic superiority.
Summary: Philips has put together a very attractive, easy to set up Wi-Fi music streamer and radio. The colour display and improved navigation, plus a standby power consumption of just 1Watt are all in its favour â€“ itâ€™s really only the Â£230 price tag that lets down the Philips Streamium NP2900.
Excerpt: Philips describes its Philips Streamium NP2900 network music player as a way of experiencing music without borders. It acts as a wireless server providing access to the tunes stored on your home PC or on other connected devices and can also be used as an internet radio.
Excerpt: 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.
Pros: Compact, stylish, wall-mountable and very solidly built, great remote, bright screen, surprisingly big sound
Cons: Treble could be better controlled, lack of format and music service compatibility
Summary: Streaming music around the house and tuning into the world’s finest radio stations are nothing new, so it’s a little baffling to find that there are still so few affordable network media players. Our current favourite is the Logitech Squeezebox Boom , but it finally looks to have a challenger in the form of Philips NP2900, which is wall-mountable and packs a lovely full colour screen.
Summary: The Philips Streamium NP2900 is a great-sounding Wi-Fi radio with a unique colour display, but it doesn't offer enough features to justify its price premium over competitors
Pros: Excellent sound quality for its size, Unique colour screen that displays album art, Provides access to thousands of Internet radio stations, Stylish exterior design, Easy set-up to stream music from connected PCs
Cons: Interface can become sluggish with large music libraries, Slight delay between tracks, Included remote is occasionally confusing
Excerpt: The moment we started playing a file through Philips' latest Streamium it was obvious that the NP2900 was a cut above your average streaming audio player. Although it measures just 99x347x69mm, it produces a beautifully rich, warm and powerful sound. We're usually sceptical of sound-enhancing features, but Philips' LivingSound uses clever processing to allow the four small speakers to produce a big sound that filled our labs.