Bowers and Wilkins Z2 AirPlay Speaker

Bowers and Wilkins Z2 AirPlay SpeakerAs a follow up to the Zeppelin mini, Bowers and Wilkins unveiled their Z2, an Apple AirPlay capable speaker designed to work with the iPhone 5’s 8 pin connector.

The Z2 is the first of its kind to connect with Apple’s Lightning connector, enabling it to hook up directly to the iPhone 5, iPod Touch (5th generation) and iPod Nano (7th generation). A slot sits on top of the speaker, allowing you to slide in whatever device you’re using. … read more >>

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iHome iW3 Portable AirPlay Speaker

iHome iW3 AirPlay SpeakeriHome launched their long anticipated iW3 AirPlay speaker. The iW3 is the latest addition to iHome’s growing list of AirPlay enabled speakers. It features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for portability, USB dock, aux-in and IR remote. For sound, it has SRS WOW HD for clarity and deep rich bass along with Reson8 speaker chambers for additonal clarity depth and power. Available in black, red and grey.

Available now for $199 from iHome.

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JBL SoundFly Air

JBL SoundFly AirThe JBL SoundFly is a compact AirPlay speaker, that for some strange reason, plugs directly into a power outlet. No wire, just straight in. Perhaps JBL is trying to save costs by not including the wire any other plug-in device would normally use, but we’re really not sure.

Aside from it’s unique power delivery design, this unit offers 20 watts of power and an accompanying iOS app to aid in multiple speaker setups. Priced at $199 it’s available now from … read more >>

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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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