Audio Streaming: The Group Test

App-friendly web radios and music streamers

Image 1 of 5 Altec Lansing Inmotion Air IMW725
Altec Lansing Inmotion Air IMW725
Image 2 of 5 Sonos Zoneplayer S5
Sonos Zoneplayer S5
Image 3 of 5 Pure Sensia
Pure Sensia
Image 4 of 5 Gear4 Houseparty Airwave
Gear4 Houseparty Airwave
Image 5 of 5 Marantz MCR603 Melody Media
Marantz MCR603 Melody Media

Tired of playlists? Radio offers something very different, with both greater specialisation and a much more eclectic range of sounds. All these different means of getting it also allow you to stream your PC or Mac’s music collection AND gift you yet another excuse to play with apps, as if you needed one.

Best: For app maniacs
Pure Sensia
£250
Love: Gorgeous design. Lounge app. Streams from your computer
Hate: Touchscreen lacks sensitivity. Apps are sluggish and gimmicky
Pure Sensia review I Link: Pure

Best: Airplay
Marantz MCR603 Melody Media
£450 (Airplay upgrade +39)
Love: Excellent sound. Plenty of music sources
Hate: No speakers or Wi-Fi. AirPlay costs extra
Marantz MCR603 Melody Media review I Link: Marantz

Best: Music streamer
Sonos Zoneplayer S5
£350
Love: Great sound. Easy, reliable wireless setup
Hate: Pricey. No AirPlay
Sonos Zoneplayer S5 review I Link: Sonos

Best: Value
Altec Lansing Inmotion Air IMW725
£180
Love: Multi-room. Bluetooth streaming
Hate: Boxy design
Altec Lansing Inmotion Air IMW725 review I Link: Altec Lansing

Best: iPod dock
Gear4 Houseparty Airwave
£150
Love: Wi-Fi streaming. Control via app
Hate: Weak sound and plasticky design
Gear4 Houseparty Airwave review I Link: Gear4