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Orb Music Player MP-1 review

Kat Orphanides
14 Mar 2011
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Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
55
inc VAT

The MP-1 is small, easy to use and can play music from any PC associated with your Orb account

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Specifications

Orb's tiny Music Player MP-1 wireless audio streamer can play music stored on any device anywhere in the world associated with Orb’s streaming service. Through this service it can stream media files from any switched-on computer running Orb’s software, including from SMB shares connected to it.

The MP-1 has no integrated controls, so you have to plug it into your PC over USB to set it up and use the Orb Control utility on your PC, iOS or Android device to control the streamer and select which tracks, playlists or streaming services you want it to play. After initial configuration, you just plug the streamer into the mains and connect its 3.5mm line-out to speakers or a stereo. It also requires a wireless network connection.

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Both the mobile and PC apps are incredibly easy to use, and the mobile app rivals those of more expensive streamers, like Sonos's range. We were disappointed by the number of streaming services it supports, though. Internet radio and YouTube audio works, but Pandora and SIRIUS are only available to US users. We'd like support for UK-friendly services like Last.fm and Spotify.

Despite that, the MP-1 is an excellent streamer. It's cheap, compact and easy to use - the user-friendly PC and smartphone controls are much better than poking at buttons or remote controls. The lack of support for UK music-streaming services costs it a star, but if you keep most of your music in MP3 format it’s a fantastic wireless player. The Orb is shipped from the US, so will come to a total of £74 if you have to pay its £12 import duty.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
Media Streamer typeaudio streaming device

Audio Compatibility

Audio MP3 playbackYes
Audio WMA playbackYes
Audio WMA-DRM playbackYes
Audio AAC playbackYes
Audio Protected AAC playbackNo
Audio OGG playbackNo
Audio WAV playbackYes
Audio Audible playbackYes
Other audio formatsALAC

Video Compatibility

Other video formatsnone

Image Compatibility

Image BMP supportNo
Image JPEG supportNo
Image TIFF supportNo

Network Interfaces

Wired network portsnone
Wireless networking supportYes

AV Interfaces

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

Physical

Size20x83x83mm
Power consumption standby5W
Power consumption on5W

Server Compatibility

Software includedOrb (PC, Mac OS X), Orb Caster (PC, Mac OS X), Orb Controller (iOS, Android)
UPnPNo
iTunesNo
SlimServerNo
SMBYes

Buying Information

Price£55
Warrantyone year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.orb.com
Detailswww.orb.com

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