Playing a range of audio files over our Wi-Fi network from a Windows 7 PC, we were highly impressed by the NP3700’s sound quality. Granted, you don’t get a massive amount of power and punch with just 10W on board, but what you do get is a very crisp and detailed sound that will serve you well no matter what genre you’re into.
We started out with some uptempo house tracks where the hi-hats floated along nicely, vocals had admirably body to them, and the overall sound was more fulsome than we expected from such a small unit. There’s decent bass depth too thanks to the efforts of FullSound, which is more at home here than on the MCI8080, but not quite enough to balance out the treble bias. A tinge of brightness at loud volumes reminds you of the speakers’ limitations.
We also tried out a bit of Amy Winehouse and the chanteuse’s distinctive vocal tones came across loud and clear without testing your aural tolerance, while the jazzy music backdrop was warm and rhythmic. There was some lovely high frequency detail in the mix too.
Internet radio sound quality varies according to the station bitrate but none of the stations we tried gave any cause for concern. Likewise Napster content, which the NP3700 played back with admirable smoothness and clarity.
The NP3700’s range of networking talents, coupled with its crisp sound quality and ease of use, make it a solid proposition for those looking to enter the wonderful world of music streaming. We love the top-mounted colour LCD touch screen, which is intuitive, responsive and incredibly cool. The ability to access Napster and internet radio will be welcomed by music lovers with specialist tastes, and being able to stream them from the bedroom or kitchen is incredibly convenient. The only foibles are the lack of an USB port and slightly bright sound, but in the face of such brilliance elsewhere these are relatively minor quibbles.