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If you want to watch downloaded movies, play music or watch slideshows on your TV, the best way to do it is to buy a media streamer. These dedicated boxes hook up to your home network and TV to display all the shared files you've got, and can also play back files off USB or an internal hard drive.

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Olive Olive 2

While the concept - to make stored digital files easily playable at higher quality over a hi-fi system - is a very worthy aim, the Olive Media Olive 2 fell short of our expectations for a product at this price. It's limited to playing last century's 16-bit files, which it does competently enough once you've navigated its clunky interface. Ultimately though it's that awkward, dated and slow user interface, lying just below a cramped and insensitive small touchscreen, that deterred us from turning to the Olive 2 for regular music playing duties at home. In its present guise at least, this is not audiophile technology we'd recommend for your investment.

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  • 25th Jan., 2010
  • Andrew Harrison
  • Olive
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  • Pros:
  • Silent, Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Cons:
  • Annoying user interface, design won't appeal to everyone, can't play 24-bit audio
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