Feeds
80%

Aerielle i2i Stream 2.4GHz music streamer set

Wireless music streaming for dummies

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Of course, we'd be the first to admit that pumping music through an amplifier's headphones jack, two i2i Streams and a fifty quid pair of powered speakers is hardly likely to keep the folk at Sonos or Logitech awake at night, but the results were still very far from shoddy for an all-in outlay of under £120.

Aerielle i2i Stream

i2i streaming among friends

Maximum range is quoted as “30+ feet” or nine metres, a number we take no issue with. In practical terms, this meant that no matter where we set up a network in a three-bedroom semi, we got a clear signal and suffered no interference from the five Wi-Fi networks – including our own – in the vicinity.

One of the handy things about the Stream is that you can keep adding to the network as long as each receiver is set to the same channel colour as the transmitter. i2i also reckon that up to three Stream networks on separate channels can co-exist quite happily within the same 30ft radius but you will have to take its word for that.

The user guide states that a full charge is good for between five and seven hours but we found this to be just a touch optimistic. When tested, our transmitting Stream died after 4.5 hours though the receiving module only soldiered on to the 6.5 hours mark.

Aerielle i2i Stream

Wireless music streaming for dummies

Since charging takes an average of five hours and the modules will bizarrely neither transmit nor receive while being charged, keeping a Stream network up and running throughout the day is a tough gig unless you have spare – and charged - modules. i2i say its optional DC 6V adaptor will reduce the charge time to two hours, but not having one on hand to test we can't vouch for that.

Verdict

As a twit-proof way of getting audio from A to B, the i2i has a lot going for it. Set up is very easy, signal quality and range more than acceptable and the price is right too - the two-module Stream pack costs £68.51, which is pretty fair value for such a versatile bit of kit. Shame you can't use them while charging, should you just want to keep them plugged in. ®

More Music Streamer Reviews...


AudioEngine AW1

Logitech Squeezebox Boom

Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi
ExpressCard

Logitech Squeezebox Duet

Music Wireless Streamer Group Test

Application security programs and practises

80%

Aerielle i2i Stream 2.4GHz music streamer set

Wireless music streaming for dummies - and on the cheap too.
Price: £69 (pack of two) RRP

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Microsoft confirms secret Surface will never see the light of day
Microsoft's form 8-K records decision 'not to ship a new form factor'
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.