All the music, anywhere, anytime
The Airstream family is a super compact and stylish range of products designed to energise your music files and online sources with great sound. They combine Monitor Audio’s award-winning engineering with the best wireless technologies to provide easy, convenient, wire-free access to music stored on your tablet, phone or computer, and a wealth of Internet radio and online libraries. Since the advent of computer audio Airstream has found innovative ways to serve a world of digital content with the audio firepower of our acclaimed speaker designs, allowing music fans an instant, intimate and inspirational connection with the widest choice of tunes anywhere in the home.
Compact and AirPlay™ enabled, the Airstream S300 is a powerful new 150W stereo speaker system in a single curvy cabinet, designed to look and sound great in any room. Simply connect your computer, smartphone or tablet wire-free to experience all your stored music and favourite online content refreshed and revitalised through the S300’s custom-tuned high-performance audio system. Beyond the range of wifi, use the S300’s Airplay Direct feature. Engineered to adjust automatically for optimum sound in any space, the glamorous S300 is the perfect blend of technology and style for contemporary interiors and music delivery.
The WS100 is a wireless audio system comprising a pair of high quality 5” cube speakers with on-board amps and an easy-to-use transmitter dongle. Conceived to coordinate with desktops and laptops, the monitors are precision engineered to deliver clean wideband uncompressed audio from any computer. Simply position the speakers, plug in the USB transmitter and play your online content and music files in CD quality wire-free. Add further WS100 systems for multi-room audio within the transmitter’s ten metre range.
The higher the Stream Rate the better the Sound Reproduction. So tune to Linn Classical or Linn Jazz,
two stations using 320 Kbs high stream quality. Both
programmes are UK based.
JOSE HERRERO DE ALDANA
The mono speaker does its job and the quality of the sound is good. I am sure that there are radios in the same price-range with better sound, but I am very happy with the sound. I use the radio mainly in the lying down position (speaker facing down) and find that this works excellent for me.
It feels quality all through. I agree with other reviewers that the positioning of power cable etc makes the radio a bit unstable when in the lying down position. The design was one big reason for me when buying it. The volume control is graded from MUTE, 1-20. Some people might find the lowest volume of 1 still being to loud if using the radio on the bedside table
I find the radio easy to use. BBC channels are already pre-set into the menu (more abt BBC later)and it is easy to add channels through "Frontier Silicon WIFI Radio portal" web-page. The touch buttons and volume/select dial are nice to use. To coast through the menus are very much like using an Ipod. The screen is ok, can be hard to read from certain angles.
PODCASTS/BBC ON THE DEMAND
I use Itunes and an Ipod to listen to a lot of podcasts. I can pause, fast forward etc. Using podcasts on Airstream is a bit more complicated. The easy way is to add on podcasts through "Frontier Silicon WIFI Radio portal" web-page. If the podcasts is not on the web-page it gets much more complicated....at the moment I do not know how to be able to do it. There is no way to pause, fast forward, rewind. If you stop listen the you have to start all over again.
BBC on demand is something many people have discussed in this forum. I listen a lot to BBC but I tend to listen live or on podcasts. I have never really used on demand. As I said before a lot (possibly all?) of BBC channels are pre-installed in the menu. If you choose a for example BBC 4 you will see the following on the screen:
BBC Radio 4
If I here choose podcasts I will see a long list of program names. If we take the program "A point of View" I get 2 different entries:
A point of View>
A point of Viev-podcast
It seems like the top entry is the actual on demand service cause it only have very few of the latest programs while the podcast option have loads. Another example is the program "A good read" that does not have a podcast option but the the 2 latest shows available.
To summarise; there seem to be some kind of "on demand" radio available. Feel free to ask in the comment field about the options for a particular show
LACK OF DAB
I personally see no use in paying extra for the DAB version since I have a very stable internet connection and another DAB radio already. I would only suggest to someone to buy the DAB version if the do not already own a DAB radio.
I am very happy with my purchase and can warmly recommend it to anyone that have done some research and knows what other radios are out there in the same price range. I love the design and have it going for hours everyday.