Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 12:00 PM
"iHome manufactures dozens of Apple-oriented audio devices, ranging from headphones to speaker docks. The AirPlay-capable iW1 wireless speaker is by far the company's most advanced product, but its $300 price tag pits it against some tough competition, including the Sonos Play:3. Most people will stream music to the iW1 over their Wi-Fi network using Apple's AirPlay technology, or by docking an iOS device using the provided USB cable. But you can connect any audio source to the speaker using a 1/8-inch cable."
Making decisions about speakers is never an easy proposition. There are just so many options, performance levels, designs, and price points. If you are interested at all in the pro's and con's of various speaker systems, you will know that there is a lot of reading that can be done to form an opinion, and reviewing audio is somewhat subjective. If you are in the market for a wireless sound solution then the iHome iW1 speaker would be worth investigating. MaximumPC has evaluated the unit, and provided some comparison points with other systems, like the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air. The rechargeable battery in the iHome unit provides a useful and somewhat unique feature, but you'll have to hit the Read link to "hear" the whole story.