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Onkyo unveils universal streaming speaker

Onkyo's NCP-302 benchtop speaker will be one of the first products to support both Play-Fi and Google Cast streaming standards.

Onkyo has announced its first wireless speaker, the Onkyo NCP-302, is shipping now as of April 25, and as you'd expect after waiting this long, it's packed with pretty much every streaming technology you could ask for.

The NCP-302 is a compact desktop radio-type design that offers dual 3-inch woofers and a 1-inch tweeter housed in a wooden cabinet. It's a compact-looking unit, available in white or black, with playback and volume controls on the top.


While DTS and Google are seemingly at loggerheads over their respective Play-Fi and Cast technologies, the Onkyo NCP-302 is one of the first products to support them both. These technologies are two of the best options for multiroom music, especially if you want to mix and match from different brands. These platforms let you stream from services such as Spotify, Pandora and Tidal.

However, if neither option excites you, the speaker also offers Onkyo's FireConnect, Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay. The Onkyo also includes Ethernet and 3.5mm auxiliary inputs.

Onkyo and sister brand Pioneer have also enabled streaming from Play-Fi (and Google Cast) on "select 2016 soundbars, AVRs, lifestyle products and home theaters-in-a-box".

The NCP-302 is available for $349 or £280, with Australian pricing and availability yet to be announced.

Editors' note, April 25, 2017: This article was originally published on September 12 2016 and has been updated with new information.