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)
|Philips DS9800W SoundSphere||$799.00||Amazon|
|B&W Zeppelin Air||$599.95|| Amazon
|Klipsch Gallery G-17 Air||$549.99||Amazon
Mid Grade ($300-$499)
|Philips DS6800W SoundSphere||$499.00|
|Altec Lansing inAir 5000|
|Sony SA-NS500||$399.95||Sony Amazon|
|JBL On Air Wireless||$349.95|| Amazon
Low End ($179-$299)
|iHome iW1||$299.95|| Amazon
|Apple AirPort Express||$99.95||Apple|
*Sorry, not available in all countries.