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Philips Streamium NP2900 review

Kat Orphanides
23 Jun 2009
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Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
219
inc VAT

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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. You can use the NP2900 as a powered speaker via the stereo phono inputs, while coaxial S/PDIF and mini-jack sockets handle audio output.

The NP2900 supports a wider range of formats than many other audio streamers here, including FLAC, Ogg and AAC, as well as the usual MP3 and WMA audio files. It only supports UPnP streaming but comes with the excellent TwonkyMedia Manager software, which is very easy to use and supports more formats than Windows Media Player.

The Streamium's 3?in colour screen can display album artwork and sleek-looking menus. The remote control is one of the best we've seen; it's comfortable, clearly labelled and has plenty of short cuts. All that's missing is the ability to page up and down or fast-scroll through long lists. An alphanumeric keypad on the remote makes it easy to enter wireless passwords and even register your email address to receive access to Philips' Streamium services. These allow you to control your internet radio listings through an online portal.

Adding new internet radio streams is easy, but the only music service the NP2900 supports at launch is Rhapsody, which you'll have to pay to use after your first free month. It doesn't support the massive range of online services available to Logitech's Squeezebox Boom, but the NP2900 can't be beaten for sound quality. It's a little expensive, but this is the perfect streaming audio receiver for your sitting room or bedside table. It's our Best Buy.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
Media Streamer typestreaming audio receiver

Audio Compatibility

Audio MP3 playbackYes
Audio WMA playbackYes
Audio WMA-DRM playbackNo
Audio AAC playbackYes
Audio Protected AAC playbackNo
Audio OGG playbackYes
Audio WAV playbackYes
Audio Audible playbackNo
Other audio formatsFLAC, eAAC+
Internet radio stream compatibAAC, MP3, WMA

Video Compatibility

Video MPEG-1 playbackNo
Video MPEG-2 playbackNo
Video MPEG-2 VOB playbackNo
Video MPEG-4 AVI playbackNo
Video MPEG-4 MP4 playbackNo
Video MPEG-4 DivX/XviD supportNo
Video H.264 supportNo
Video MPEG-4 MP3 audio supportNo
Video MPEG-4 AAC audio supportNo
Video WMV playbackNo
Video WMV-HD supportNo
Other video formatsnone
Internet video stream compatibnone

Image Compatibility

Image BMP supportNo
Image JPEG supportNo
Image TIFF supportNo

Network Interfaces

Wired network ports10/100
Wireless networking supportYes
128-bit WEPYes
256-bit WEPNo
WPAYes
WPA2No

AV Interfaces

Minijack line outputs0
Minijack headphone outputs1
Stereo phono outputs0
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs1
Optical S/PDIF outputs0
Total SCART sockets0
HDMI outputs0
Component outputs0
S-video output0
Composite outputs0
Other connectorsstereo phono inputs

Physical

Size99x347x69mm
Antennas1
Internal/external antennasexternal
Upgradeable antennaNo
Power consumption standby4W
Power consumption on6W

Server Compatibility

Software includedTwonkyMedia
UPnPYes
iTunesNo
SlimServerNo
SMBNo

Buying Information

Price£219
Warrantyone year RTB
Supplierhttp://shop.philips.co.uk
Detailswww.philips.co.uk

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