January 04 2010
The whole world’s gone streaming mad, and good on it. But if you don’t want to be spending limitless amounts on terminals around the house to stream music to, then this absurdly good value unit from the trusty Philips is a gem. So much so, you might care to buy two or three.
The Philips Streamium NP2900 Network Music Player is a direct rival to Logitech’s excellent Squeezebox Boom, but it’s a bit smaller at 346.5mm x 69mm x 99mm – and much louder at, well, loud, thanks to its four speakers.
The NP2900 gets along fine with both PCs and Macs, as well as purpose-built media servers and, crucially, plays nicely with iTunes, even displaying album art on its more-than-decent colour LCD screen.
One of the most surprising things about this machine, especially given the puny price, is its classy build quality. The other is a couple of patented internal software twiddles to improve the sound output called LivingSound and FullSound, which are really worth trying.
The NP2900 also does the internet radio thing, although I’m not sure anyone much is doing that these days, now that we know we can.