Available AirPlay Speakers for Every Budget

At the start of 2011, anyone who wanted an AirPlay speaker had one choice: the Zeppelin Air. Over the year we’ve seen the list of AirPlay options grow steadily, and today we have 15 unique models to choose from. Although these aren’t the most affordable speakers out there, the promise of untethered sound and ease of use helps justify the cost.

While some of these may seem insanely expensive, they aim to make up for it in superior design and performance (who knew cashmere was for speakers!). Others seem rushed to market with their odd design and sub-par audio. Basically, anyone shopping for an AirPlay speaker needs to choose carefully. To help make your decision easier, we’ve listed every available* AirPlay speaker to date, presented by cost. Find your favorite, and let your budget decide!
 

High End ($500-$1299)

Model Price Buy
Libratone Lounge $1299.95 Apple
Philips Fidelio DS9800W/37 SoundSphere Philips DS9800W SoundSphere $799.00 Amazon
Libratone Live Libratone Live $699.95 Apple
Zeppelin Air B&W Zeppelin Air $599.95 Amazon
Apple
Klipsch Gallery G-17 Air Klipsch Gallery G-17 Air $549.99 Amazon
Klipsch

 

Mid Grade ($300-$499)

Model Price Buy
Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS6800W/37 Philips DS6800W SoundSphere $499.00
Altec Lansing inAir 5000 AirPlay Speaker Altec Lansing inAir 5000
Philips SoundCurve AirPlay Speaker Philips SoundCurve $399.99 Amazon
Sony SA-NS500 AirPlay Speaker Sony SA-NS500 $399.95 Sony Amazon
JBL On Air AirPlay Speaker Dock JBL On Air Wireless $349.95 Amazon
Apple
Audyssey LES AirPlay Speaker Audyssey LES $349.99 Amazon

 

Low End ($179-$299)

Model Price Buy
Philips SoundRing AirPlay Speaker Philips SoundRing $299.95 Apple
iHome iW1 AirPlay Speaker iHome iW1 $299.95 Amazon
Apple
Best Buy
Crutchfield
iHome iW2 AirPlay Speaker iHome iW2 $200.00 Amazon
Philips Fidelio AD7000W/37 Philips AD7000W/37 $179.99 Amazon

 

Budget ($99)

While these are not speakers on their own, they are one of the cheapest options available. Hook up one of the devices below to an existing set of speakers, stereo system or TV and you have AirPlay audio streaming.
Model Price Buy
Apple AirPort Express for AirPlay Apple AirPort Express $99.95 Apple
Apple TV with AirPlay Apple TV $99.95 Apple
Amazon

*Sorry, not available in all countries.

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2 Responses to Available AirPlay Speakers for Every Budget

  1. Michael December 30, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    Might be a nice addition to include a column or two with features of the speakers?

    One such feature that would be helpful for me would be if it had a rechargeable battery built in. In clicking through I’ve found 3 so far that do, which is up from the 1 I was aware of.

    I didn’t click through all of the speakers, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who would feel that would be a nice addition to your already very helpful graph. 🙂

    • AirPlayJ January 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

      Thanks for the tip Michael. Our chart on all the AirPlay speakers and devices gives more info, like if the speaker is wireless or not, but I will add it to this one as well.

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