Are Airplay speakers like this available?

DrDomVonDoom

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May 30, 2010
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...and if not, should they be?

My idea is to make, a plug and play Airplay speaker, simply put, a design much like the Airport express, except with speakers attached to it.

What I found frustrating about the Airplay deal is this, I wanted some speakers in my bathroom, but its a messy place to have speakers, lots of humidity, plugs getting in the way, not a lot of space.

What I had was a old ipod docking radio, that I plugged into my airport express, and the problem came to. Well one plug for the airport express, another for the speakers, now I got a third aux wire running down the middle. Why not have a all in one solution? A box with speakers, exclusively for airplay, with speakers on either side of it, with a flip out plug that allows for simple plug, steam and enjoy.

I want to know if anything like this exists, and if not do you think its something people would want? Something kickstarter fans might back up?


Thanks. :cool:
 

Gav2k

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Jul 24, 2009
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They already exist! Use google, there are plenty of speakers on the market
 

DrDomVonDoom

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May 30, 2010
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Fairbanks, Ak
They already exist! Use google, there are plenty of speakers on the market
I know theres plenty of airplay speakers on the market, but not portable all in one packages. You can get a large zeppelin or comparable in size, but I am talking about a mini speaker system that can fit anywhere without taking up space or additional outlet plugs.
 

waw74

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or the iW2, also from ihome, it's what i use in my bathroom, same form factor as the iW1, but no battery, so a bit smaller, they apparently re-designed the speakers and most of the reviews say the iW2 sounds much better. haven't heard the 1 so can't compare.
it sounds really good. i Just moved, and thinking of picking up another once i figure out how i want to lay out the house.
 

marzer

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Nov 14, 2009
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...and if not, should they be?

My idea is to make, a plug and play Airplay speaker, simply put, a design much like the Airport express, except with speakers attached to it.

What I found frustrating about the Airplay deal is this, I wanted some speakers in my bathroom, but its a messy place to have speakers, lots of humidity, plugs getting in the way, not a lot of space.

What I had was a old ipod docking radio, that I plugged into my airport express, and the problem came to. Well one plug for the airport express, another for the speakers, now I got a third aux wire running down the middle. Why not have a all in one solution? A box with speakers, exclusively for airplay, with speakers on either side of it, with a flip out plug that allows for simple plug, steam and enjoy.

I want to know if anything like this exists, and if not do you think its something people would want? Something kickstarter fans might back up?


Thanks. :cool:
If you want to reuse your existing Airport Express, you may want to take a lookk at this:

http://airgo.russound.com/product.php

Its for outdoor use so should stand up well to the conditions in the bathroom.
 

marzer

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Nov 14, 2009
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Just a follow up....

I've seen the Russound AirGo in the past for $400 but wasn't willing to pay that much. This thread encouraged me to research the it some more and I found it at Crutchfield for half price, $200, so I ordered one. I also got a refurb AE gen 1 from Apple for $75.

The AirGo puts out some serious high quality sound, excellent in all ranges, including bass. This is the best stereo sound I've ever heard from a single speaker unit. And the volume is tremendous. It has a mute switch but doesn't have a volume control of its own, so be sure to turn down the volume in iTunes before pumping music to it or it'll knock you on your @ss.

Its got some good weight to it, I assume for a healthy amp. And a very solid build. I'd highly recommend it for anyone looking for what's probably the one of best sounding portables on the market.
 

hafr

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stump54

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Jambox connects via bluetooth, so you would have the problem with range that AirPlay doesn't have...


I wouldn't use Jambox as speakers for watching movies on a TV, there are much better alternatives.
Can you suggest a wireless alternative?
 
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