With Airstream you're never far away from the company of great sound. Combining all the virtues of Monitor Audio design, it has the ability to control the world's music and your own digital tunes wherever you are in the home.
AirStream 10 is a brilliant way to enjoy more music. Uniting the power of the Internet with an uncomplicated user interface and luxury build quality, AirStream 10 lets you experience over 15,000 Internet radio stations, global music services and every music file on your home network. It gives you DAB as well, and a port for your MP3 player and hi-fi system. It even reaches into analogue to provide FM with RDS.
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Available in a choice of black or white finishes, the completely versatile, utterly flexible and refreshingly compact AirStream 10 will bring the world's music, in astonishing detail, to your fingertips in any room.
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.