12:36 Wednesday 10 April 2013

Who needs an iPod dock? Wireless music made easy

Written byBY GARETH BUTTERFIELD

StreamPort Universal, by Bayan Audio, priced at £59.99, visit www.bayanaudio.com

THIS tiny little box of tricks is in danger of becoming one of my all-time favourite gadgets.

It’s designed to wirelessly transmit audio from your phone or another bluetooth device to your home sound system and, that might sound complicated, but its brilliance lies in its simplicity.

It’s technology that’s widely used in cars these days to stream audio from your phone through the car’s built in stereo, out of the speakers - but it’s finally made it into the home.

Most premium HiFi systems will have an auxillary input, which is what’s needed to hook the small black (or white) box up and it can be powered by either mains or USB.

Then, connect it up wirelessly and your music will leap from your phone, through your sound system and fill your room. Volume, playlists, forward and reverse, are all dealt with on your phone’s screen - this just allows your stereo to put out what’s playing.

So if you’re addicted to Spotify, as long as you’ve got the right kit at home, this could be the perfect gadget for you.

Of course, you could very cheaply link your phone to a stereo with a simple 2.5mm cable, but having the freedom to walk around your house, wirelessly cycling through albums and skipping tracks, is worth every penny of the thoroughly reasonable £59.99 this unit costs.

It even uses a very clever emerging technology called NFC to effortlessly connect your compatible phone just by touching it and the sound quality is, as you’d expect from Bayan Audio, spot on.

In an age where streaming music through WiFi is becoming the norm, and as we all seek ways to get rid of wires, the new ‘StreamPort’ is well worth a look.

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