Sitting back in your favourite armchair browsing your entire digital music collection, searching by album, artist, track and even genre, and an improvement in sound quality!

At the most straightforward of levels – connect your Mac, PC or Laptop to one of the many DACs on the market and using iTunes, Pure Music, Windows Music Player or one of the other music management programs to manage the storage and replay of your music.

Until recently, streamed music usually meant a compromise in quality, however with music stored in a lossless format (FLAC, ALAC or WMA) many of these computer based systems now outperform their disc spinning counterparts.

Many labels are now releasing for download, albums and tracks in high resolution format (24/96 or even 24/192 as opposed to CD’s 16/44), these represent dramatic improvements over standard CD and cover a huge variety of genres.

Via the use of Network Attached Storage (NAS) drives which utilise multiple hard disc drives, huge amounts of music can be stored easily and safely on a device no bigger than a shoe box and accessed by any music player attached to your home computer network wirelessly or wired.

Subscription based music library services such as Tidal, Spotify, Deezer and Napster are also available, offering real time access to over 30 million tracks.

Many streaming products no longer require you to have a computer in your listening room, these music streamers act like any other source component and can be plugged directly into an existing amplifier. These are then usually controlled from a handheld device such as an iPhone, iTouch, iPad or Android device.

Meridian 218

What we have all been waiting for!

A Hi-Res Tidal, MQA and Roon compatible player that can be added to any system!

The 218 Zone Controller contains all of the functionality needed to create a Hi-Res audio zone.

Accommodating both local and distributed audio, whether analogue or digital, the Meridian 218, which comes equipped with lip-sync technology is also an endpoint for the award-winning Sooloos music management platform.

With both digital and analogue inputs and outputs, the MQA–enabled Meridian 218 is suitable for a wide range of distributed audio applications from single zone to multi-zone use.

£750

MOON Neo ACE

Simaudio's excellent streaming solution, MiND, meets with their world class amplification, creating a box that does it all. All you need to do is hook up a pair of speakers and you're ready to start streaming high-quality music.

Not only a streamer/amp, the ACE also features a moving magnet phono preamp, multiple analogue and digital inputs, and a jack for headphones. Anything but a jack of all trades, the ACE truly is A Complete Experience.

From £3300

MOON 380 D DSD Mind

The new Nēo 380D DSD MiND is an extremely versatile, world-class, music streaming DAC that supports the DSD file format up to DSD256 via its USB input. At the same, PCM files up to 32-bit/384kHz will also be playable. These changes to the Nēo 380D will make it the most up-to-date DAC in the marketplace.

From £3600

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