Speakers for iPad 3

AlexandriaS

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Hi again,
There are a dizzying array of speaker docks. Does anyone have any guidance or suggestions. I am looking for room filling sound and am willing to spend a few bucks to get it. I put off getting an iPad for a long time because of the price but it was worth every penny! The sound, however, is pretty dismal. Thanks!
Alex
 

meistervu

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AirPlay

For room filling sound, there is no better option than AirPlay. There are AirPlay speaker docks out there, but if you want good sound at reasonable price, going with a set of good speakers hooked up to something like an AirPort express is the best approach IMHO.

Why not speaker docks? Well, for good stereo separation you need some distance between the 2 speakers. And there are a lot of good and affordable speakers out there, many with built in amplified, or if you already have a sound system for the space, use it. Add the AirPort express and you are done. Why pay to limit yourself with a speaker dock. Your old sound system or one you can pick up for less than $100 will sound much better than that. Or if you want a clean solution, a pair of AudioEngine A2 for $200 will sound fantastic, and adding a $90 Airport Express will give you a really good sound system for under $300. And you can use those same speakers with your PC, Mac, your friends Ipod, Ipad, your Apple laptop.

That is my current set up and I am really happy with it.
 

AlexandriaS

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Aug 22, 2012
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Thank you for the great information

I wanted to thank everyone for taking the time to give me advice. A special thanks to meistervu. Your information was very useful. I was ready to lay down quite a few bills for the Logitech UAE. Your setup seems the much better option. Thanks again everyone
Alexandria
 

augustya

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For room filling sound, there is no better option than AirPlay.
I believe with Airplay you mean a APP which can help you stream music wirelessly over your existing speaker system. There are several Airplay APPS on iTunes, which one have you tried and is your favourite ?
 

Binarymix

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I bought an iHome iW1 wireless airplay speaker, it's been great for both an outdoor (not purely outdoor, it's not weatherproof), and indoor speaker using either my iPad or iPhone.

I was lucky, I purchased it a few weeks ago when it went on clearance at FS, ended up scoring it for $160 taxes in.
 

Hammie

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B&W Zeppelin Air

I have the previous version of the Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin without the AirPlay function but it is an amazing unit.

I would highly recommend this for you. That is, if you do not go with the separate device setup. I have both and each fulfills a different purpose.

Good luck!
 

rhythmac

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Don't laugh....Logitech Mini Boombox...$80.00 bluetooth speaker! I bought one and the thing sounds fantastic, better than the ubiquitous "Jambox".

Link

 

augustya

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Just checked with the Makers of "THE OONTZ" sad they dont ship out of the United States, would have gladly gone for it at that price :-(
 

meistervu

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I believe with Airplay you mean a APP which can help you stream music wirelessly over your existing speaker system. There are several Airplay APPS on iTunes, which one have you tried and is your favourite ?
More or less. I think of Airplay as the streaming protocol that is implemented in many (most?) current iOS apps. All the apps I use that output sound Music, Stitcher Radio, etc. all supports Airplay. You just use the app as you would with the internal speaker, but instead, select the available Airplay speakers that your iPhone, iPad, or Mac can see.

Another way to put it, I don't think of Airplay apps, but rather I assume that the app I want to use would support Airplay, and so far that has been the case for me.