We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Audio Reviews
15,670 Reviews

Monitor Audio Airstream 10 review

£225 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Monitor Audio

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Internet radios used to be ugly square boxes on which finding a station worth tuning into was a matter of luck and the output anything but refined. The Monitor Audio Airstream 10, however, is a thoroughbred network music streamer that also offers DAB radio and plays iTunes music and podcasts.

Internet radios used to be ugly square boxes on which finding a station worth tuning into was a matter of luck and the output anything but refined. The Monitor Audio Airstream 10, however, is a thoroughbred network music streamer that also offers DAB radio and plays iTunes music and podcasts.

While video streaming still has its limitations, streaming music around the home can be done using even a basic Wi-Fi network. You don't need to worry about the latest wireless standards or confusing acronyms denoting that your new hardware will 'talk' to the items in your home entertainment setup.

As well as being vastly less complicated than media streamers that push video around, music streamers such as the Monitor Audio Airstream 10 are more reliable than their cleverer cousins and, often, easier on the eye.

See also: DAB/Internet radio reviews

Digital audio reviews

It's a versatile device too: with DAB and FM it has regular radio covered, and there is a mode called "Pure Lounge" which is a collection of internet-based audio. There's a set of internet radio stations from around the world, and a large collection of podcasts; there's Listen Again, which has a collection of radio shows available for a second listen (mainly BBC iPlayer shows); finally there's a large collection of ambient mood sounds (bird tweets, rainforest, dogs barking, and so on). You can also hook to either a PC or Mac for media streaming, and navigating

So it is with the Monitor Audio Airstream 10, a beautiful wooden-clad Wi-Fi and DAB radio that's a triumph of ease to set up. The stepped back design is a talking point in itself, whlle the quirky curves demand the Airstream be admired from every angle. The sound quality lives up to the promising looks too. A noticeably deeper, more bass-laden output results from that heavy duty solid wood and chunky metal construction. Other DAB Wi-Fi devices lose out by being encased in plastic.

Monitor Audio is a speaker manufacturer of some repute, so it's no surprise to find the 7 Watt speaker produces some great results.

Setting up the Monitor Audio Airstream 10 couldn't be simpler. It's a mains-powered player with its own wireless module which means it can be placed anywhere you wish and doesn't need to be physically connected to the network by ethernet. The device may be limited to mains use, but the excellent build means it's too heavy to lug further than the garden anyway.

A solid aerial extends from the left, while six hardware buttons allow direct access to the DAB and internet radio station presets.

NEXT: our expert verdict >>

Digital World

Monitor Audio Airstream 10 Expert Verdict »
Monitor Audio Airstream 10
Wi-Fi, DAB, FM internet radio
MP3 player
iPod speaker
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

A seriously classy piece of kit that has the sleek curves that make you want to show it off, the Monitor Audio Airstream 10 is triumphantly user-friendly. Made of solid aluminium that's cold to the touch and with a retro-style wooden veneer on one half, the £225 Airstream 10 can connect to your PC to see what's in your music library, play DAB and internet radio stations and serve up podcasts. It can also act as a speaker for whatever's stored on your MP3 player or USB memory stick. Far too classy to hide away in a bedroom, this versatile Wi-Fi DAB music streamer is an ideal family home music centre.

There are currently no price comparisons for this product.
  • HRT Music Streamer II review

    HRT Music Streamer II

    The HRT Music Streamer II is an asynchronous-mode USB audio converter, capable of high-end audio reproduction for less than £140.

  • Pure Sensia review

    Pure Sensia

    A built-in touchscreen transforms the Pure Sensia from a regular radio into a versatile, engaging, and fun audio streaming device. The radio of the future? It could well be...

  • Intempo iDAB review

    Intempo iDAB

    The Intempo iDAB is a handy widget that lets you listen to digital radio on the go through your iPod. And not only that, but if you've got an iPod docking speaker it'll also plug into that and give you DAB out loud too.

  • Pure Oasis Flow review

    Pure Oasis Flow

    The Pure Oasis Flow is a must-have item for lovers of radio and the outdoors. It's a portable, rechargeable and weatherproof DAB+ digital radio that's also capable of playing FM radio and Internet radio stations.

  • Revo Uno DAB+ review

    Revo Uno DAB+

    The Revo Uno DAB+ is an unusual looking and expensive digital radio alarm clock that offers an average feature set.


IDG UK Sites

Where to buy iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the UK: Launch day price, deals and contracts

IDG UK Sites

Is Apple losing confidence in itself?

IDG UK Sites

Professional photo and video techniques for perfect colours

IDG UK Sites

How (and where) to buy an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in the UK. Plus: What to do if you pre-ordered...