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McIntosh McAire Integrated Audio System

US-based McIntosh has been crafting high-quality audio gear for more than 60 years. From powering the music at Woodstock in ’69 to making a splash at this years Concours d’Elegance, McIntosh amplifiers have earned a name for timeless design and world-class sound. So when McIntosh meets AirPlay, things are looking promising.

Featuring the timeless styling cues of its legendary predecessors, the new McIntosh McAire integrated audio system combines two 4” woofers, two 2” midranges, and two ¾” tweeters within a … read more >>

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BeoPlay A9 Premium Active Speaker System

B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen has introduced a new AirPlay alternative for party people with money to spare: the BeoPlay A9 Premium Active Speaker System.

Reminiscent of those bolt-on satellite dishes (that used to be all the rage until all the free channels got locked down), the BeoPlay A9 is designed to deliver room-filling sound with style, wherever both are needed.

You can stand it on the floor or mount it to a wall; the BeoPlay A9 includes three … read more >>

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Libratone Zipp Portable Speaker

Libratone has announced what it claims is the first and only device to deliver AirPlay connectivity without requiring a Wi-Fi network: the Libratone Zipp portable speaker.

Using the company’s new PlayDirect™ technology, the Libratone Zipp creates its own direct connection between any compatible device (such as an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or iTunes-equipped computer) making it a versatile addition to your next camping trip, beach party, or trudge through the woods. Stylish touches like a selection of fuzzy wool covers … read more >>

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Bowers & Wilkins A5 and A7 wireless speakers

As manufacturers scramble to accommodate Apple’s iPhone 5 with the next generation of Lightening connector-equipped docks, Bowers & Wilkins offers an elegant alternative: forgo the dock entirely. The new Bowers & Wilkins A5 and A7 wireless music systems are designed to deliver high-quality audio, simply and discretely.

Brought to you by the folks who created the formidable Zeppelin Air, the A5 and A7 look to be worthy additions to the lineup. The high-end A7 features an integrated 6″ subwoofer … read more >>

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Paradigm Aera Wireless Speaker

Paradigm Aera AirPlay SpeakerParadigm Electronics celebrates 30 years in the business with the addition of the Aera™ wireless AirPlay speaker to its SHIFT series of audio products.

Boasting the “fastest AirPlay setup in the industry,” the Aera speaker incorporates two 1” aluminum dome tweeters and two 4-inch composite cone woofers, powered by a Class-D amplifier to deliver 30 watts a side. A top-mounted 30-pin connector accommodates all your (non-iPhone 5) needs, and additional connection options include a USB 2.0 input, and a 3.5-mm … read more >>

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Bose SoundLink Air

Bose has announced an AirPlay addition to its SoundLink line of mobile speakers: the SoundLink Air Digital Music System.

The SoundLink Air represents the second generation of the company’s wireless product family and along with its sibling, the SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II, should deliver even better sound thanks to improved neodymium transducers and better DSP performance, combined of course with Bose’s signature waveguide speaker technology.

The SoundLink Air features sleek styling with gloss black trim, a remote control, and … read more >>

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AirPlay without WiFi? Meet AirPlay Direct

With the launch of Apple’s newest iPhone only days away, rumors and speculation are flying about a new version of Apple AirPlay as well.

According to an article in the Telegraph, the new version (tentatively called “AirPlay Direct”) will enable your iPhone, iPod or iPad to stream media directly to your AirPlay-compatible speakers without WiFi. (AirPlay in the car anyone? By the lake? At your technophobe parents’ house?)

Although the ability to stream media without a network is already … read more >>

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kaikuuu01 Table with AirPlay

Be the first (and only) kid on your block to swap your old-school speakers for a wireless audio table.

kaikuuu01™ combines a minimalist design with concealed audio technology to stream music via AirPlay from your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or iTunes equipped PC or Mac. The table’s glass surface produces the sound, and the only visible wire is a power cord. For those *shudder* Apple-free moments, kaikuuu01 accommodates alternative sources with its integrated AM/FM radio tuner, and an auxiliary input. … read more >>

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Onkyo ABX–N300 wireless speaker dock

Sometimes deploying the latest tech just isn’t enough. Sometimes you need both form and function, beauty and brains, style and substance, and what better way to convey your own unique taste, elegance and refinement than by buying and displaying cool stuff? Like the Onkyo ABX–N300 iOnly Stream wireless speaker dock.

Based on Onkyo’s decades of experience designing high-quality speakers for a range of audio applications, the ABX–N300 incorporates two 10W 6cm cones housed in independent cabinets and complemented by Onkyo’s … read more >>

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Denon Cocoon speaker docks

Denon has joined the Apple AirPlay speaker party with two new offerings: the Cocoon Home and Cocoon Portable speaker docks.

Featuring an organic “futuristic” style (that would not look out of place in Woody Allen’s 1973 sci-fi “Sleeper” home) the Cocoon Home balances elegantly on a polished metal base that conceals multiple input options including USB, AUX IN, and Ethernet ports. Both versions support wireless streaming from your Apple i-device, Android phone, or home PC or Mac, and offer integrated … read more >>

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