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Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200 Wireless Music System review

on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

A couple months ago I posted a review of the Cambridge Audio Minx Go and concluded at that time that it was my current favorite small speaker. Then I was given the opportunity to try the Minx Go’s bigger brother, the Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200 Wireless Music System. At twice the size and four times theRead More…

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Turn your old speakers with 30-pin dock into wireless AirPlay or DLNA speakers

on Thursday, September 19th, 2013

I don’t usually like to write about active Kickstarter projects, but the auris skye project caught my eye.  I’ve bought Bluetooth receivers for some old docking speakers, and they worked great for turning them into wireless Bluetooth speakers.  No matter how well they work, it’s still Bluetooth, though, with its inherent problems of sound compressionRead More…

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Logic3 and Ferrari unveil an AirPlay speaker – VROOM

on Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Logic3 has introduced the Scuderia FS1 Air speaker dock from their Ferrari Audio lineup of speakers and headphones:. The design is inspired by Scuderia Racing Team’s work with Ferrari. The Speaker looks fast with a sloping front nose and a raised spoiler in the rear. Even the two rear-facing speaker grills look like classic tailpipeRead More…

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Griffin Twenty Digital Audio Amplifier for AirPort Express review

on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

In the Cloninger family, we keep all our music in iTunes, so it’s accessible from our iPhones or iPads.  Music sounds great through earphones from an iOS device, but sometimes you don’t want to use earphones.  The built-in speakers in both the iPad and the iPhone are weak and wimpy, so we’ve tried various speakersRead More…

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Bowers & Wilkins have struck Lightning… twice

on Monday, April 1st, 2013

Bowers & Wilkins climbed on the Apple AirPlay wagon in 2011 with their wild and wonderful Zeppelin Air speaker (with dock connector). The following year, when Apple replaced the 30-pin connector with their proprietary Lightning connector, I thought B&W would go totally wireless with the next Zeppelin, as they had with the newer – butRead More…

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Griffin Twenty turns any speakers into AirPlay speakers

on Monday, January 14th, 2013

There are new AirPlay speakers on the market weekly, but what do you do if you have nice speakers you’d like to continue to use?  With the Twenty AirPlay Digital Amplifier for AirPort Express from Griffin, you can turn any non-amplified speakers into AirPlay speakers.  The Twenty is a 2.1 channel Class D stereo amplifierRead More…

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iHome iW3 AirPlay Wireless Stereo Speaker System with Rechargeable Battery review

on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

iHome makes a lot of nice accessories for Apple products, and I’ve gotten to review quite a few things.  I’ve reviewed docking speakers and Bluetooth speakers, but the iW3 AirPlay Wireless Stereo Speaker System is the first AirPlay speaker from iHome that I’ve gotten to try.  As you know by now, I have a lotRead More…

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Look up in the air, it’s SoundFly!

on Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Maybe the JBL SoundFly is appropriately named. With Apple’s AirPlay technology, sound kinda flies from your iDevice to the speaker. There’s no wires, so how else is it going to get there? Now that Apple has nixed the 30-pin dock, it’s a given that AirPlay wireless speakers will only become more popular. New speakers seemRead More…

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Bowers & Wilkins are on the Air

on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Bowers and Wilkins just keep the hits coming. You might think this British audio powerhouse would take a break, but they obviously have no intention of doing that. Apple has just changed their 30-pin dock, making every single dock speaker obsolete without a $30 adapter. One of the reasons Apple did this is to urgeRead More…

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Audyssey Audio Dock Air Speaker Review

on Saturday, July 28th, 2012

A while back, I reviewed the Audyssey South of Market speaker/dock, which Audyssey has recently renamed the Audyssey Audio Dock. I felt – and still feel – that the addition of Apple’s AirPlay wireless streaming technology would have made that Audio Dock practically perfect. It has only Bluetooth for wireless, and I’m just not aRead More…

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Gear4 AirZone Series 1 AirPlay Speaker / Dock Review

on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Of all the speakers I have heard based on Apple’s Airplay technology, the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air sounds the best. It has a presence and detail unmatched in other speakers. That said, it costs a whopping $600, making it unrealistic for the vast majority of people who want to experience the convenience of usingRead More…

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There’s Music in the Air

on Friday, March 23rd, 2012

When I reviewed the South of Market Audio Dock from Audyssey, I was blown over by the sound, the bass, the size, the… well, just about everything. Everything, except the Bluetooth wireless. As I have said before, I am not a fan of Bluetooth. Maybe the new Bluetooth 4.0 will change my mind, but forRead More…

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Philips Fidelio SoundRing Portable Speaker with AirPlay

on Thursday, December 29th, 2011

The Fidelio SoundRing Portable Speaker with AirPlay from Philips lets you stream music from your computer, iPad, iPod, or iPhone.  It has a rechargeable battery that can provide up to three hours of playback using AirPlay or up to 6 hours when using the aux-in or USB ports.  It can be used simultaneously with otherRead More…

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Sony HomeShare Portable Speaker

on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

The item in the photo may look like a plastic salt shaker, but it’s a wireless speaker.  The HomeShare Portable Speaker from Sony can play music from your iPod touch, iPad, or iPhone through Apple’s Airplay, or it can wirelessly stream music from computers, Sony Blu-ray integrated systems, or from the Sony tablet.  This little  9Read More…

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Libratone wireless AirPlay speakers

on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

All of a sudden, there are a lot of Apple AirPlay* speakers being offered just in time for the holidays. Libratone is a new high-end player in this enlarging US market. They’ve been around for a while in Europe where they are famous for their high quality and great sound. This Danish company subscribes toRead More…

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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air Speaker/Dock Review

on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

I’ve read in a few audiophile articles that a good, reasonably priced set of stereo speakers paired with an amplifier will trump the best iPod speaker/dock no matter the cost. While that may be true, when I heard the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air, I began to have some doubts. The British company, Bowers & WilkinsRead More…

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Audyssey Lower East Side Audio Dock Air Announced

on Friday, October 21st, 2011

The one thing I really missed from the Audyssey South of Market speaker dock I recently reviewed was Apple’s AirPlay technology (plus no headphone port, but I digress). I was so sure that the next version of that speaker would have it. I was wrong – sort of. Audyssey has released an AirPlay speaker. It’s justRead More…