iHome AirPlay Wireless Speaker System

It looks like iHome is the first on the block with their new iHome AirPlay wireless speaker system. Details are minimal, but it looks like this is a nicely designed system with a rechargeable battery. Expect to see these this holiday season. iHome AirPlay Wireless Speaker System

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15 Responses to iHome AirPlay Wireless Speaker System

  1. charles September 24, 2010 at 5:45 pm #

    Will the airplay speakers work with any wifi enabled mac running the latest iTunes version?

    Good luck with the blog.

    • airplayj September 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

      This is straight from Apple,

      AirPlay works over Wi-Fi or an Ethernet connection, or a combination of both. So you can stream music directly from your home network if you’re near an Ethernet port or connect wirelessly if you’re not.

      To answer your question, yes.

  2. Jason September 30, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    I really hope to see some selections of stand alone speakers that can connect via airplay. In-Wall or In-Ceiling speakers that connect to Airplay, or even standard bookshelf speakers that connect to airplay.

    I love this for whole-house audio, something I have always wanted.

    Im not sure if I would jump on this iHome model before seeing what other options come out. I hope to see more “permanent install” solutions available.

    This is exciting, I cant wait to see what products come out with this new option.

    • airplayj October 1, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

      I agree with you Jason. I have a great pair of Audio Engine 5’s that would be that much better if they had the Apple AirPlay built in. They’re setup to use Apple’s AirPort but that’s another piece of hardware.

      • Dave December 22, 2010 at 6:48 pm #

        I’ve gone the Audio Engine route with AirPort Express as well but in some locations simplicity would win out.

        • airplayj January 2, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

          Yes, we couldn’t agree more!

      • Ted February 15, 2011 at 3:28 am #

        Hey AirplayJ, if you want a pair of individual stereo speakers or a 5.1 Home Theater package to go wireless, it won’t happen with AirPlay. That’s because it is based on standard Wi-Fi which is not capable of creating wire-like synchronization between each receiving speaker. The result is bad phase errors as the sync drifts in and out. It’s the equivalent of having a friend hold every speaker in the room and randomly move them about in a 2 foot imaginary box. I know this because my company is the first and only one to solve this problem and we also stream HD Video as well. If you want to know more, let me know. Apple should use our technology to make every speaker and TV set wireless.

        • Norm August 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

          Ted, I’m streaming music around the house using Shairplay and after a while the receivers go out of sync. How did you solve the problem?

  3. Kay November 1, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

    could you please tell me if there are any airplay speakers in the market now? I still don’t exactly understand this airplay thing if i can’t buy a speaker. if i want to do the airplay thing now, I need to buy Denon or Marantz receivers? thank you.

    • airplayj November 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

      Hi Kay, there are no AirPlay Speakers currently on the market but we are patiently waiting. Expect some in time for the holidays.

  4. Max November 2, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    I love this but seeing as I already have an iHome and as i’m sure alot of other iphone/ipod owning people also have an iHome its really hard to justify this purpose when I can use the airplay through my laptop speakers. Depending on how much this costs (does anyone know?) I am going to bet this will struggle, which really sucks because its SO cool and a lot of really cool stuff could come from it.

  5. Joel November 29, 2010 at 2:53 am #

    Good postings and info; there’s scant info on AirPlay products out there. I’ll be interested to see how easy it is to use the iHome and other AirPlay “appliance” speakers when they come out. They need to be simple, or they won’t make it in the market. Over the weekend I set up my AirPort Express to test AirPlay (my experiences here: http://idlethoughts.jdunns.com/?p=251 ). Question is will they make it easier to use? The AE is pretty simple for a techie, but it’s a powerful device with a lot of operational modalities and configuration settings.

  6. Bob weber April 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    It’s just vaporware

  7. Dwell December 29, 2011 at 1:41 am #

    My AirPlay doesn’t hold a connection with iPhone… Any hints?? It starts and the sec I move it drops the connection.

  8. Dwells December 29, 2011 at 1:53 am #

    Everytime I connect my airplay to my iPhone it connects but the second I move my airplay drops the connection. It works great from my computer but I got it to use with my iPhone… Any suggestions???

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