Clearly changes have been made since the neet airstream was first reviewed: there’s a decent instruction manual and barring an unusual wifi setup you should have little trouble getting this device to come online. It’s not made that clear, but this device acts like an access point for wifi as well, so you definitely need to set a password on it lest your neighbours use it to bypass the pass key on your home wifi. If you’re an analogue audio user (like me) you also need to be mindful of your power source. Originally i was using a powered usb hub that was also driving a portable hard drive and charging other devices, however it was also causing so much interference that i could hear a flutter when using other audio devices on my hifi (this took months to figure out). So a standalone usb charger is suggested. Only other issue i’ve noted is that my iphone connection gets dropped whenever i stop playback, so if you want to change playlists without having to reconnect to the airstream, just get in the habit of tapping the track you want rather than pausing first. Considering the price i’m pretty impressed and it’s more convenient than using an apple dock.
A great little addition to a hifi system if, like me you want to stream music from itunes to an amplifier and speaker set up. It does, however, rely on a good wifi signal and i have experienced some continuity issues with periodic buffering. It would also benefit from the addition of an ethernet port as i use tp-link ‘power line’ ethernet connection devices in order to make a direct connection to my router. So far, i have been really impressed by this little box, which is so light, you would almost imagine that it doesn’t contain anything at all.I purchased this as an alternative to the apple airport express, which at £79 was a little too expensive for me; the neet airstream seems to do much the same thing for a fraction of the cost, so happy so far with it.
Absolutely fantastic piece of kitif like me you have a large ‘digital’ music collection, but want to listen to it on your hi-fi equipment that maybe as old as the ark itself, but is still better than anything on the market today, then get this and hook it up. I can now play all the music i want, from my wd nas drive, or my pc, or my laptop. Controlling what i want to play and when. With my android phone or tablet using the bubbleupnp app (which for £3. 06 on google play is fantastic, as i can also cast movies to my wd tv live hooked up to my lcd tv from the same places via the same devices). You can use this device even if you don’t have a wireless network, as it broadcast’s it’s wi-fi signal on it’s own ssid. However, i preferred to use it peer mode (lan connection), by setting the ssid and passphrase to the same as my wi-fi hub. Thus it became part of my network and even acts as a repeater for the wi-fi signalcomes with adequate instructions (if you know what you are doing), a 3. 5mm to twin rca and a usb cable, but you will need a usb charger 5v dc (0. 5 – 3 amp) to power it with the cable, so i chose the neet usb power adapter that is also on sale here at amazon (product code: icp12-050-1000b) as it is a perfect match. All in all, one of the best purchases i ever made.
Key specs for Neet® – WiFi Wireless Music Receiver – AIRPLAY + DNLA – for APPLE (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac), ANDROID (phones, tablets), WINDOWS (Laptop, PC) – High quality wireless audio streaming – Wolfson DAC – Turn your Speaker Dock, stereo Hi-Fi, home theatre etc. into a wireless sound system.:
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- Neet AirStream is a wireless WiFi audio / music receiver – connects to your traditional speaker dock or HiFi etc. and turns it into a wireless sound system — Wolfson DAC.
- Works with WiFi enabled devices – Apple IOS / OS X (All iPhones / iPad / Macbook / iMac etc.) -ANDROID (smartphone / tablet) – WINDOWS (Laptop, PC)
- PLEASE NOTE: You do NOT need an internet connection to stream local stored music – Supports multiple devices & users and even acts as a WiFi hotspot.
- ANDROID or Windows devices require a DNLA music streaming APP… – APPLE Airplay support means no additional music streaming software is required for Apple devices , simply plug & play! – Both local and online audio content are supported.
- EASY SET UP — Latest Firmware — English instructions — Fast & friendly customer support — Full Retail gift box — Aux 3.5mm jack to stereo L+R RCA cable included — USB Powered ! … Easy and versatile for home, travel and even in-car… USB Cable is included for power — (NOTE:: Mains USB PSU / adapter is optional (requires 5v / 0.5-3amp) – Compact design
Comments from buyers
“Great Device! But may not work for everyone., AirPlay in the car with INSTRUCTIONS, Bring an old music system into the Airplay generation”
My daughter and i both love music in the kitchen and we were achieving this by plugging phones into an old stereo, this was awkward and the stereo looked very unsightly. I have replaced it with a neet and small stereo amp, which i have wired to ceiling speakers. I mounted the amp under a kitchen cupboard, where they are hidden by the ‘skirt’. I made up a short jack to phone lead, so just have the 2 x power cables running to the whole setup, which is very ‘neat’ indeed and sounds greatthe neet was very simple to setup, i linked it to my router and thus have access to all my networked stored music from any phone/tablet or pc. My wifes samsung phone can play straight to the neet from it’s native music app, i installed bubbleupnp to play it from my htc phone and tablet. Apple devices cast straight to it from itunes. It’s been used a lot i the 3 weeks since i installed it and i have only experienced a couple of drop outs, but believe that will be due to wifi rather than the device itself. I would echo some other comments on here that linking the neet to your home network can inadvertently create a ‘backdoor’ but this isn’t a problem as long as you set a strong password.
Excellent bit of kit to utilise an existing hifi set-up with the availability of music from eg itunes or anything on your devices. I am listening to music from itunes match that are common across ipads, iphones, macbook pros and win 10 laptops. Was plug in and get playing for most of these – just one of the macbook pros had any issues, found by apple itunes support to be to do with mcafee firewall on one macbook pro. Change the firewall setting from ‘public’ to ‘home or office’ and the airplay icon shows and then it works as with all the others by picking the output device as ‘airstream’ instead of ‘speakers’. I connected the airstream up to the tape input of a cyrus 2 amp and sound from my monitor audio speakers is brilliant. I am now listening to lovely sounding music again – far better than the built in speakers of any of my devises. I can control from three rooms away with my laptop or upstairs with an iphone. Very easy to get working and wonderful to hear good quality sounds from my digital music sources. Best purchase of tech for a while.
Please read if you’re looking to install this in your car – skip halfway to see instructionsif you’re streaming music from your phone to your car stereo via bluetooth, you’re probably familiar with the compromise on sound quality. I use apple airplay at home but everything is connected using airport extreme and express routers to send audio to each room in the house. The great thing about airplay is that it uses wifi, but most importantly, the sound quality is improved using this method. Some solutions involve some diy on the power adapter of an existing airport express device, making it possible to install in a car. However, that requires you to have some wiring knowledge, and could be an expensive and possibly dangerous solution if not done properly. I stumbled across the neet airstream device and for the price, thought i’d give it a go. The only reservation i had was that for the airplay to work, i’d need to be connected to wifi. As this was to be installed in the car, the neet device wouldn’t have an internet feed, and to be honest, i didn’t want it to either. What i wanted to do was stream from the likes of spotify or apple music using my mobile data connection, and then send the audio to the neet device. So how do i use my mobile data and connect to wifi at the same time?if you have an ios device such as an iphone or ipad, my instructions below should work for you.
In theory, the neet airstream is a great product. It’s cheap, compact and when it works* produces a clean sound. There are caveats to this device that relate to preventing frequent dropouts on certain wifi setups, though i actually don’t think it is the fault of the device itself, rather the airplay protocol. I’ve experienced a similar set of issues with an apple legacy device, and with this in mind, i can’t recommend this product to anyone who isn’t technically savvy or up for a challenge when it comes to reconfiguring your wifi router. This means that in essence, for some people it will not be a plug-and-play device. Build quality:the packaging of the device isn’t sexy, and it’s not ‘premium’, in the sense that it is simply a light plastic box with the device’s name printed on the top. However, it is small and light enough to place somewhere discrete, which was fine for me, because it allowed me to mount it behind a cabinet and integrate it into my system without adding visible clutter. It doesn’t need to be switched off and on. The sockets on the back have a good positive feel, though it is a shame that there aren’t rca sockets instead of the 3.
I noticed on a few websites that the neet receiver exhibited a possible problem. You’re listening quite nicely to your music on your iphone and suddenly a stutter in audio for about two seconds. I experienced this exact problem myself with my iphone using airstream from my apple music membership. I played around a bit and found the cure (at least for my system). The neet unit must access your own wifi to get streaming from the web. The app neet suggests is the easy way to select your best wifi source (i will call this source a). Then you can connect on you iphone to wifi either source a or to the neet units own wifi signal (call this b). If connected to a you get stutter, if b everything’s perfect.
For some time i’ve been using an apple airport express to relay music from my computer to another room to plug into an old fashioned sound system that hasn’t heard of wifi. The setup works well, but it’s overkill as the aiport is a fairly expensive piece of kit that can do far more. I needed to redeploy the airport express for a more heavy duty use, so i looked for a good, low priced alternative to do the job – and settled on the neet airstream. It’s a little black puck, squarish with rounded corners. It feels fairly lightweight, but seems reasonably well made. The setup process was not brilliantly described in the manual, but is reasonably straightforward, and once it was up and running it simply appeared as an airplay device available to computers or phones via the wifi. The sound seems fine – i’m very happy. There are a couple of small niggles. The biggest one is that it doesn’t come with a power supply. It assumes that there is either a usb outlet on your sound system (there isn’t on mine) or that you provide your own power supply.
Ordered this to use with my shiny new kindle fire hdx to stream music to front room speakers in conjunction with the smsl sa-50 2x50w d-amp (reviewed separately). There is a lot of general info regarding audio streaming around, but specifics are thin on the ground. Let me just say this product works and works well. The supplied manual is quite lucid. I think my setup is pretty standard, i wanted to stream audio but still maintain my wifi to the kindle. It took me all of 5 minutes to get this running. – you only need to alter one simple setting detailed in the manual (bridge to internet via airstream box), and that’s it. Sound quality is great and if you use the (recommended) imediashare personal app, it works quickly and easily. Can’t fault anything about this except i wish it was supplied with a power supply – i know others have mentioned this – i missed that part and only saw the comments the day after i ordered. Delivery and packaging also great – ordered on 29 dec and received the next day (30 dec) well done amazon.
I have found the wifi audio works fine with airplay on ios 9 beta in my car by plugging the device into the tv tuner’s aux-in behind the luggage compartment trim. In order to use internet-streamed audio such as spotify, tunein etc. Over 3g/4g while on the move i had to jot down the iphone’s dhcp ip address, subnet mask and reenter them manually but leaving router/gateway field blank. Otherwise the iphone would try and access the internet via the neet and fail – without the default gateway set, the wifi symbol disappears and it falls back to 4g but the neet stays bonded and appears in airplay. There is terrible popping and whining background hum with every charger psu i have tried (the device came with a note about this implicating chargers). The only thing that didn’t cause this was running it off a rechargeable mobile travel battery pack so yes the device is very sensitive to the power supply but can be mitigated. The device needs some kind of usb power conditioner/smoother building into it’s circuit.
I have many streamers but this one is a bit fiddly to set up and use. Its on board dac is very feisty in sound quality compared to the sleepy sound that comes out of a google chrome or the musical non-entity that is an apple airport express (i recommend an external dac with both of the latter). So be careful if you want to relax to your music. If you can afford it, pay the £100 extra and get the yamaha wxad10 – that is a stunning work of audio art for the money, and comes with yamaha musiccast – i doubt if you can get better sound than the yamaha without spending a thousand or more on an external dac.
A good solution for the playing of dlna based music (mine comes from a netgear readynas) to some audio in player – i just use a spare source port on my bedroom tv but active speakers would probably be a good idea. Couple of things to watch out for. Configuration is easy but having the ssid for the unit broadcast is a bit intrusive (i would rather be able to hide it) and more important it doesn’t work with solwise homeplug access points, or at least not the pl-200 range. No issue whatsoever with a cisco access point. I didn’t diagnose why it wouldn’t work with the solwise units (which have no problem with pcs, apple devices, android etc), and neet support were not aware of the issue before i reported it. No, of course not but it will do, for now.
This is a useful gadget and i use it on its own closed network to airplay music from my iphone to the hifi amp. Beware of the hacking potential. Although you can set a password it is very easy to bypass this and someone with the appropriate knowledge could gain access to your network and computer. You can find this information with an internet search.
Bought two of these for my daughter who kept on about us buying sonos equipment. No way was i going to change my trusty old hifi systems in two parts of the house so took a gamble with these as they support protocols other than just apple. I have them bridged to my wireless network. Dont forget to set a wifi password on them though, which is simple to do. The biggest challenge was working out how to play to two of these at the same time across the wireless network. For iphones you need the waale app (not the free one) which allows the phone to stream to multiple devices. Secondly, if you want to play from spotify you need two apps: audiobus and amplifind. Amplifind can take the spotify music and stream it through the audiobus to the waale app. The only way i have found to do it.
Works well, i have been using it in the car and the quality is defiantly better than bluetooth streaming. Makes its own wifi of you to connect too and play music, can also pass internet to your device form another network in the area. However, it cannot join an established network to just be an airplay reciver.
One works fine he second drops out. There is also a significant difference between the sincronisation of these items- if using as multi room the sound delay needs to be adjusted via a third party app to ensure all usic is in sync. Te difference can be quite significant.
Fantastic device but a word of caution: if you stream video (e. Youtube) from airplay there will be a 2-second lag between video and audio. You need to get a program to fix this lag (e. Airfoil for mac, not sure what the best pc fix is). Otherwise, it’s an absolute bargain: dead easy to set up, cheap, neat, tidy, good sound quality. I think other products at a similar price-point may well be re-badged versions of the same object. I’m delighted with this one. Chose this over the bluetooth alternative because i wanted easier access via airplay and better sound quality, and i don’t regret that decision.
This is a great device to add throw or airplay to a speaker/hi-if that doesn’t support it. I now play a lot of music from my phone (lossless rips) and wanted multi room. This device uses an open source version of airplay and isn’t quite in sync with my other devices (marantz and sony). I now use the paid for whaale app and it has the ability to alter the timing – my neet is about 470ms out, but the app remembers this once set. Obviously only works from a device though the app supports streaming from your device and your network, i did find some software to do something similar from mac and pc but the windows version doesn’t (or didn’t at the time) support the programmable sync adjustment.
This device will connect wirelessly your ‘old’ hifi music installation with your music library on your ipad, etc, using wifi. Arrived in time and does what is promises. Music quality is better then streaming via bluetooth. Installation is not as easy as being presented, but with some patience one will manage.
Used as an airplay device it worked really well with clear sound and no issues with it cutting out that some have reported. My only problem with this was that i have 2 other airport expresses already and the output from this device is not in sync with those other 2 devices so as you walk around the house the sound isn’t seamless from your different systems. Therefore i ended up replacing this with a second-hand airport express instead, so the sound is now continuous from the 3 different areas of my house. Used on its own (or presumably if you only have multiple ones of these) then the output is very good.
Was a little sceptical at first, but after reading the positive reviews decided it was worth a punt for 22 quid. Arrived the next day, plugged it into a usb power adaptor and picked it up on the wifi straight away. The instructions might be a little confusing for those not technically savvy (they look like they have been translated), but it is easy enough to work out. It was all up and running and connected to my 35 year old technics amp in under ten minutes – all my apple devices pick it up no problem, and can stream apple music etc. There’s the usual airplay delay at the beginning, but it’s less than that of my panasonic airplay speaker which cost 5 times the price. 5mm to rca lead but i used a cambridge audio one i had and also an amazon usb power adaptor. Having put it through its paces it is a no-brainer – sure if you have a hi fi costing several thousands of pounds it may not tick all of the boxes, but so far, i am struggling to find fault with it – great value for money and decent sound quality.
It works like it’s supposed to however i experienced sync issues between officially airplay licensed devices and the neet. Couldn’t find a way to adjust the sync. This causes a problem only when you want to use it to create a multiroom streaming scenario.
I bought this to connect an iphone to a high-end hi-fi i got(many years ago for my 21st)to stream apple music. I plugged it in and it works. Clear, crisp cd quality sound with no hum or hiss. I can now store my cds in the loft. If you’re worried about previous reviews: 1. No hum if you use the correct voltage supply. Really clear instructions, in reassuringly big type for people of a certain age. Yep, it’s made of lightweight plastic. I intend to store mine on a shelf next to my hi-fi rather than use it as a bowling implement, so i foresee no problems. If you’re just looking to make an older hi-fi streaming compliant, you can buy this for 22 quid, or spend 100 quid on an an apple imimportant express.