Get away from those pesky cables. Apple's AirPlay provides you with an alternative to go wireless while keeping the high quality of your tunes. Everything work as planned, as long as you have an iTunes centric system already in place. All these featured speakers have different personalities, let's check these AirPlay players out!
The new kid on the block: Philips DS3881 W Fidelio
The Fidelio is an Airplay enabled speaker that looks more like the Dyson fan. As an added bonus, the unit is portable due to its rechargeable battery and it features a 360 degree surround sound effect. 16W of power for $329. Due in time for the holidays.
Under budget option: Sony AIR-SA20PK
Using Airplay to stream your iTunes to a base station (that can also takes a 30 pin compatible i-Device), and streaming that content wireless to the speakers. It features an alarm clock with an LCD display and AM/FM tuner for alternative content. You can extend the sound power by adding up to 10 speakers to one base. Cost is $159.
Take it anywhere: iHome iW1 AirPlay Wireless Speaker
iHome is a little skinny box that you can take anywhere. It plays your music using an existing WiFi network for a digital lossless audio quality. You can control the device using Apple's Remote Control App and you can add multiple speakers for enjoying multi-room music experience.
A luxury item: Libratone Live AirPlay Speaker
The Libratone Live is very similar in design to the company's prior Beat wireless speaker, but, it offers AirPlay compatibility, a optical-capable 3.5mm input, 150W of total power thanks to five dedicated amplifiers, a built-in DSP unit, FullRoom acoustic technology, one five-inch bass driver, two three-inch midrange drivers, and two one-inch ribbon-based tweeters. Libratone's Live system will also be available in September and will sell for $699.
Exceptional sound quality: >Klipsch Gallery G-17 AirPlay Speaker
The Gallery G-17 retails for $549 and like all the other AirPlay systems, from your computer to your speakers without wires. The quality is much better than streaming thru Bluetooth. Set up is quite simple. Just plug to an AC outlet and the system will find the WiFi network for you. You are done.
Hard worker: JBL On Air Wireless
For $349 you have the duality of either plugging your iPod or iPhone into its dock or enjoy the total freedom of just using AirPlay to stream your tunes. A full color LCD screen will show you what is playing. The JBL will also play internet radio stations, audio from apps and even Pandora, Rhapsody and Last.fm.
Not your typical shape: Zeppelin Air
$599 will buy you versatility. AirPlay, USB connectivity and iPod dock are ready for whatever way you decide to enjoy your tunes. Sound quality is rich and crisp and the craftsmanship is at the level of a more expensive gear. 2X Nautilus tube aluminum tweeter, 2X Midrange and 1 subwoofer creates the kind of sound of a much bigger system.